Meet the Makers: Toothpick World

Troy Mini Maker Faire is excited to welcome Maker Stan Munro and his creation Toothpick World! It’s an ongoing project to re-create famous buildings and other structures from around the world ALL to the same 1:164 scale using toothpicks and glue. Munro has exhibited his amazing toothpick models at World Maker Faire New York, NYC and Mini Maker Faires in Buffalo, Rochester, and Utica, and his work was featured on the Make Magazine website and on the New York Times’ City Room blog.

Munro answered a few questions about what’s in store for visitors at the Troy Mini Maker Faire on August 27:

Your exhibit was a major hit at World Maker Faire New York in 2012. Since then you’ve exhibited at several Mini Maker Faires upstate. What do you enjoy about being a part of Maker Faire?
I truly enjoy meeting the other makers–there’s something about their “can-do” attitudes that inspires me. I always learn something new and make great connections. It’s the best place to recharge your creative energy.

Toothpick Cathedral

What will you be bringing to Troy Mini Maker Faire?
I’m going to bring some well-known buildings (like the US Capitol and Notre Dame), and a few surprises–maybe some pieces from my new Sci-Fi exhibit.

What’s your favorite building? Which was the toughest to build?
“My favorite building is always my next building–it’s the joy of creating and meeting new challenges that keeps me going. Two of my most difficult pieces were La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the Golden Gate Bridge (that’s 40 feet long).

How long does it take you to go from idea to finished product?
“The process is widely different from building to building. The Washington Monument took five hours –La Sagrada Familia took five months –and they’re both about the same height. But in general, a tower takes a week, and a temple takes a month.

What buildings are you hoping to make in the future?
So many buildings… So little time… I have over 40 countries represented, but I’d like more. So many ships too (SS Great Eastern is haunting me). I’d love to do a cross-section of El Duomo in Florence. The Shard in London, a cathedral in Cuba, a temple in Vietnam, Baalbek in Lebanon, an oil rig… Hopefully, I’ll be working on one of these at the Faire!

If you would like to have your own Maker exhibit at this year’s Troy Mini Maker Faire, the Call for Makers is open until August 1. Just fill out the online application form and let us know what you’re like to do. It’s free!

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