Steven J. Backman's painstaking (and splinter-inducing) artworks require only three things--toothpicks, glue, and plenty of patience.
San Francisco native Steven J. Backman has been building replicas, sculptures, and portraits out of toothpicks for decades.
Backman began his unusual career by modeling the city's iconic cable cars when he was in college. He decided to work only with glue and toothpicks. This one was displayed at Maker Faire 2011 in San Mateo, Calif.