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> Man builds toothpick replica of San Francisco
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post Jun 26 2009, 03:24 PM
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Wow...3,000 hours of work and there you have it ... a toothpick sculpture you can roll a pingpong ball through... right.

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Excerpt: "He was a teenager when he started building his sculpture, and had it not been for one wrong step Weaver took during a race, the project might still be unfinished. About a year and a half ago, he was running near San Francisco's Marina Green when he blew out his left knee. Though he limped to the finish, three subsequent surgeries forced him to take a temporary leave from his longtime job as a supermarket produce manger. It also opened up more than 900 hours of free time.

Because Weaver's job doesn't pay much, he jokes that as far has hobbies go, his offers the best bang-for-your-buck: A box of 750 toothpicks costs just 99 cents.

"Rolling through the Bay" has survived four homes, an earthquake, and Trooper, one of Weaver's four Great Danes who once obliterated Fisherman's Wharf with a swipe of his tail."



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post Jun 26 2009, 04:46 PM
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Amazing. I wonder how old he is now? He doesn't exactly look like a spring chicken. There's nothing like a hobby to keep you active in later life.


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post Jun 26 2009, 05:42 PM
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Wow.....I wonder just how many toothpicks he used??
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post Jun 26 2009, 06:29 PM
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Wow this is impressive...though I hope the dog is well-behaved and doesn't knock it over.


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post Jun 29 2009, 10:43 AM
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Oh I forgot the link to the article! It's funny because his dog DID knock one over before! Like, 200 hours of work destroyed!

I can't remember how many toothpicks he used...it was in the hundreds of thousands though... I think.


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post Jul 1 2009, 01:37 AM
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If I spent over 200 hours on something, I'd make sure it was in a place unreachable by my pet...I'm just saying... :-)


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post Jul 2 2009, 11:37 AM
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Haha, yeah I know! Probably after that he doesn't let any thing near it.


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post Jul 5 2009, 02:38 PM
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Holy cow!

I bet that will be displayed on Fisherman's Wharf somewhere before too long.


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