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The set must have at least 1000 pieces when Dr Tess Byrne of Smile Style Dental in Bulleen, VIC, is looking for a new Lego project.

“I’m a little bit obsessive and really like pastimes with a definite outcome. When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time with my dad and sister building Lego. We’d always build the set following the rules then break it down and build our own creations. A couple of years ago, I saw the Lego Tree House and bought it on a bit of a whim. It was a massive set and took me a fair while to complete. It also got me back into building Lego.

“I like the larger sets. Once I’ve completed it, I’ll put it on a shelf and just enjoy my creation. My son has just turned three and all of a sudden, he’s really into Lego too. At Christmas, we got him a Lego advent calendar and built it together. He’s also teaching me how to let go of things. I often watch him destroy one of my builds to make his own creation.

“I’m not committed to one style of Lego. It just depends on what grabs my attention. Being a dentist, I’m drawn to things with teeth, so I bought a dinosaur skeleton set that had some pretty big chompers. I also like the Lego Mixels that are little creatures with teeth. I purchased a set for me and a set for the practice and had three different patients build them in the chair. Their finished pieces are in a display cabinet at work.

“Each Christmas, Lego releases a Winter Village set that’s huge. My birthday’s in November, so my husband usually gets that for me. The amount of time it takes to complete varies in relation to how often my children interrupt me. I get a bit obsessive when I start a set and want to continue until it’s done. 

“Over the years I’ve collected a big tub of mixed Lego. My son loves it and even though my newborn is way too young at the moment, I can see a day when me, my husband and my two children will be sitting around a table building Lego.

“Dentistry can be a stressful job and I find that kicking back with some Lego helps reset my brain. I just like having something I can work through with a clear end goal. Even though I absolutely love my job, it’s important to switch off at the end of a long day. You need something that clears your head and enables you to relax. Lego is my off switch.” 

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