Steven J. Backman, a San Francisco native, makes incredible miniature 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 such art mediums as toothpicks and glue. This was one way in which he knew how to show his appreciation for these famous landmarks. Shortly after, Steven established his wood carving 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 unforgettable and unique 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 creative ideas.


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.