Friday, February 25

Rolling Through The Bay

Scott Weaver 49, does a lot of things in his spare time. He juggles, is great with a Frisbee, has a family and worked full time as a supermarket produce manager. Although it's hard to believe he has any time to spare an accident opened up 900 hours more for him to pursue his hobby of making abstract structures made out of toothpicks.  
A box of 750 toothpicks only costs 99 cents.
Thirty-four years ago, the Rohnert Park resident began gluing the tiny sticks together to form different objects.Then he started rolling tennis balls around inside of them. Because of his long time love for San Francisco he started with a model of the Golden Gate Bridge and went on to Lombard Street. Included in his family is his wife Rochelle, his son Tyler, and his 4 Great Danes.
Weaver is a fifth-generation Bay Area resident that grew up in Marin County but visited the city often to go to his grandmother's home in the Richmond District for the holidays.
Weaver grew up around an alcoholic father and it wasn't long before he also became an alcoholic. But he proudly says he's been sober for more than a decade now, with help from Alcoholics Anonymous.
About a year and a half ago, he was running near San Francisco's Marina Green when he blew out his left knee. Limping to the finish he had three surgeries to try and fix it and was forced to take a temporary leave from his job at the supermarket. This gave him the extra time he needed to build his masterpiece, Rolling Through The Bay.
Using over a million toothpicks, three thousand hours later Weaver's dream has grown into a massive piece-de-resistance that includes every major landmark of the city that inspired it and then some. Even the toothpicks themselves have meaning. He has implemented parts of his life in the model including toothpicks thrown at his wedding instead of rice and numerous AA emblems to name a few. Friends have brought him toothpicks from all over the world that he used in the making of Rolling Through The Bay.
Here is Scott at his home talking about his unique one of a kind model of San Francisco showing all the different (tennis ball) tours in the city. His model is very detailed and you must try and see it in person to see just how awesome his work is
 Scott Weaver's 'Rolling Through The Bay'
Rolling through the Bay has survived four homes, an earthquake, and Trooper, one of Weaver's four Great Danes who once obliterated Fisherman's Wharf with a swipe of his tail.
His sculpture has already dazzled crowds at the Sonoma County Fair and will be on display at the state fair come August.
Rolling Through the Bay is 9 feet tall, 7 feet wide and 2 feet deep. It sports four tennis ball tracks with more than a dozen entry points for each tour of the city. 
Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum, offered $40,000 to buy it and he rejected it. Scott wants to find a home for it in San Francisco some day, but not yet. He still adds on to it and doesn't feel like parting with it as of yet. I don't blame him! It's a lifetime of work and memories of his life living in a unique city like San Francisco.
If you wish to see more of Scott's work do a search for him on YouTube. He is always adding onto his work and doing new things. Wait until you see his hats!
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