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Tiny Sculptures Made From A Single Toothpick

Steven J. Backman, a San Francisco native, makes incredible tiny sculptures using only one toothpick, a straight edged razor blade and glue. It all began in elementary school when Steven made a Science project of DNA molecules from ordinary toothpicks and beans.

While attending San Francisco State University in the fall of 1984, where Steven later received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Industrial Arts, he decided to design a San Francisco cable car for an art project using toothpicks and glue. This was one way in which he knew how to show his appreciation for these mobile historical landmarks. Shortly after, Steven established his toothpick art business named “Landmarks of San Francisco,” which he still presently operates.

Steven’s motto, “The Essence of Patience,” truly exemplifies his drive and determination towards creating unique and unforgettable one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Steven feels that making these sculptures is as relaxing as lying on a secluded island at peace with himself and his surroundings. He is truly a perfectionist at heart and takes much pride in his toothpick sculptures.


Eiffel Tower

Burj Khalifa

Golden Gate Bridge

Meydan Grandstand

Transamerica Pyramid

White House

Empire State Building

Brooklyn Bridge

All sculptures above were made using only one toothpick, a straight edged razor blade and glue.

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  • tc

    One word: WOW. These pieces of art are truly expectational. I wonder how long it takes to create one sculpture? I love the attention to detail and the sculptures really show the artist’s perfectionism. I really would love to hold the Eiffel tower in my hands! That one is definitely my favorite sculpture. These all are definitely one-of-a-kind! My final question would be…does the artist use a microscope or a magnifying glass to create these tiny pieces of art?

  • Cutie

    That reminds me of a French movie Le diner de cons, where one of the main characters is making sculptures from match- sticks :)

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  • Ana

    he must have used really big toothpicks but still it’s freaking awesome!!