Toothpicks Aren’t Just For Teeth

by Sherry Riter in Art  


Working in my pajamas is the ultimate perk in a job. Don’t let your mind go into the gutter. I simply enjoy working at the computer while wearing pajamas instead of professional attire. I’m really a pajama or flannel shirt girl, so I really believe that I should have been a farmer’s wife, but that’s another story altogether.

Right now I want to tell you about a guy who has a really fascinating job. Stan Munro said, “My wife is the only sponsor I’ve ever needed,” Stan admits. “She’s a pretty good boss, and she doesn’t mind if I work all day in my underwear….My wife is a doctor. She has her own life. She supports me whole-heartedly, but wants me to pick up my toothpicks and take out the trash. Occasionally, I get to open a jar for her.” I’m sure Stan would understand my pajama obsession.

Every day in Syracuse, New York, Stan uses thousands of toothpicks to create intricate sculptures that are truly magnificent. Using round, square-centered toothpicks, Elmer’s glue and a lot of imagination, Stan has created these amazing sculptures…

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I don’t know Stan, but one thing I can surmise from his art is that a whole lot of patience was involved in his toothpick creations.

Patience is the state of bearing or enduring misfortune, suffering, pain and difficult circumstances without irritation, loss of temper, complaint, or acting in a negative way.

When I first started sewing, I made many mistakes. Often, picking out the stitches of a garment occupied more of my time than actually making it. I would become so frustrated as I plucked out one stitch after another. I cried. I screamed. I even threw the offending material across the room. Eventually, I would complete the article of clothing, but patience at that time was not my virtue.

My patience barometer with things like sewing and cooking has increased significantly as I’ve aged, but when it comes to suffering through life experiences, I fail miserably in doing it with any semblance of grace. Unfortunately, I keep getting more opportunities to practice as I’m sure you do also.

I know that my sweet niece would probably pull out every strand of her beautiful red hair if she had to create sculptures with toothpicks. What tests your patience to the max? Do you think a toothpick would do you in?

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 sherri November 18, 2010 at 3:32 am

absolutely amazing! the things that people can create blows me away…

patience… it can be so elusive some times… such a booger.. and even when we've learned and think we've got it mastered… we learn that it's not so…


2 poet November 18, 2010 at 4:02 am

those are some fabulous creations, and yes toothpicks would do me in. i am not a patient sort, unfortunately for me most of the time. great post. hope you are doing a little better. take care~


3 Holly November 18, 2010 at 11:51 am

WOW!! VERY COOL!! I always say hubby has more patience in his little finger than I have in my WHOLE body!! LOL!! Also, I sew, but I don't quilt… It's a patience thing… now if it's a TIED quilt working with my sis… then I MIGHT consider. HAH!! Yeah… NOT much patience in this woman… *sigh*


4 katlupe November 18, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I don't have the talent to do something like that, or really any type of artistic craft. Though my mother was an artist and good at many things like sewing, painting and drawing and crafts of all kinds. I do have patience and have been told by others in jobs I have had, that I have more patience than others. But to be honest, my patience runs VERY thin in my own house almost daily by demanding cats and one big dog. They want to eat and they want to eat MANY times or every time I step into my kitchen. They drive me to lose my temper with them and I get mad at myself over it.


5 Carol November 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I am reading your post in Jammies. I love relaxing with a hot cup of coffee and relaxed. Great blog


6 Patti Hanan November 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Dear Red, I love your analogy about sewing and patience. Patience is so very hard, and I also don't always submit to it's lessons very gracefully. But patience given time can bear much fruit. Those little stitches resewn in frustration will one day turn into a masterpiece! Much love your way. Patti


7 mimito5 November 19, 2010 at 9:32 pm

What awesome works of art! That I could not do. I was a piano teacher for many years and, yes, that took more patience than I realized. No longer do it…..don't want to……no patience… I had it when I needed it though 🙂


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