Stan has been creating museum exhibits out of toothpicks since his wife Suzi was diagnosed with Polycystic Liver/Kidney Disease in 2002. He would glue toothpicks while she did home dialysis 5 days a week. After they sold their first exhibit: Toothpick City, to a museum in Spain in 2006, they started building and renting new traveling exhibits. Suzi received her first kidney/liver transplant in 2011, heart surgery in 2018, and her 2nd kidney transplant in 2019. Today she's doing great! Now, they live with their puppies in Victor, NY--still creating and designing amazing toothpick displays.
While it takes anywhere from a couple hours to make the Washington Monument, or several months to make The Canadian Parliament and Library, every project is given extreme attention to detail--all to the same 1:164 scale, and all done by hand using blueprints, satellite photos, schematics and even drone videos. It gives the viewer a sense of scale and commitment, and it's just a little bit crazy
(ok, maybe more than a little)