It's a truly amazing feat with hours of concentration and patience, and get this - the towers are only made from toothpicks and glue. The FAQs are interesting and funny. Here are a selection:
What kind of toothpicks do you use?
Round, square-centered toothpicks, found in most grocery stores.
What kind of glue do you use?
Elmer’s glue, regular. (not the "school glue").
What is your "real" job?
This IS my real job. I believe that if you put your heart and soul into an idea you truly believe in, you will succeed. I already did succeed with Toothpick City I, but I also believe… the first one was too small.
How long did it take you to make Toothpick City I?
Almost 2 years, full-time, limited potty breaks.
How long did it take you to make Toothpick City II?
Well, I’m still working on it. But by the time it’s finished in the Summer of 2009, it will be 4 years, full-time, overtime, and Depend undergarments.
How long does it take to make a toothpick structure?
It all depends. I did the Washington Monument in a day. Yankee Stadium took a month. The Vatican took two months. The Chrysler Building, since it was my first, took 6 months… thanks honey, I love you.
Where do you get the toothpicks?
I buy from the wholesaler. The truck driver is a good guy. He used to work at a brewery, but he likes this job much better. He gets to be his own boss and he brings that same level of customer service to the masses.
Is there anything you wanted to build, but you couldn?t?
I never thought I could build the Burj al Arab Hotel in Dubai. I was giving a presentation to a grade school class in Honeoye Falls, NY, and a student asked the question: "Why don’t you build the Burj Hotel?" I said it was way to complicated. The child responded: "Didn’t you just say that you love a challenge?" That little annoying kid was right. Now I have to ask myself that question every time.
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