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Picks of destiny?

More than three decades ago, Scott Weaver began building a model of San Francisco out of 100,000 toothpicks. He began the fragile project at the age of fifteen, which has survived four homes, an earthquake, and a destructive dog. In The San Francisco Gate, Janny Hu writes:

“Rolling Through the Bay” is 9 feet tall, 7 feet wide and 2 feet deep. It sports four pingpong ball tracks with more than a dozen entry points…. (Pics)

There’s the Golden Gate tour, which snakes through Chinatown and Aquatic Park and ends at the old Fleishhacker Pool. There’s the Cable Car tour, which travels past the painted ladies of Alamo Square into Golden Gate Park and onto the old Ferris wheel at Ocean Beach. There’s even a nod to the East Bay that features a BART train and the Bay Bridge.

Look closely, though, and an even more detailed world appears. Surfers give the peace sign as they ride the waves near Ocean Beach. Two crabs are escaping from Fisherman’s Wharf. The tail of Humphrey the humpback whale splashes by the bay.

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Scott Weaver poses with his toothpick sculpture of San Francisco. He has spent about 3,000 hours over 34 years to build the project in the living room of his Rohnert Park home. Photo: Lianne Milton

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A pingpong ball rolls across the Golden Gate Bridge in Scott Weaver’s toothpick sculpture. Photo: Lianne Milton

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A smiley face ball cruises down Victorian Row, one of many scenes built by Scott Weaver, who has spent about 3,000 hours over 34 years building a sculpture of San Francisco from over 100,000 toothpicks. Photo: Lianne Milton

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