Havertown Man Holds Guinness World Record For Fastest Pumpkin Carving

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Steve Clarke of Havertown, a Bryn Mawr teacher, is the fastest pumpkin carver in the world with the 16.47-second record he set in October 2013.

Steve Clarke of Havertown, a Bryn Mawr teacher, is the fastest pumpkin carver in the world with the 16.47-second record he set in October 2013, according to a staff report from 6ABC.

Clarke did not start carving pumpkins until he was in his thirties, but quickly discovered he had a special talent for the skill. In addition to being a speed carver, Clarke also creates pieces of art out of his pumpkins, such as Edvard Munch’s “Scream” and the Mona Lisa.

He first found out there was a pumpkin-carving world record in 1999 set at 2 minutes and 12 seconds. So he immediately went to his basement and began carving a cleaned-out pumpkin.

“Guinness has an actual standard,“ said Clark. “You have to carve eyes, ears, nose, and mouth and it has to look like a jack-o’-lantern.“

He was done in about 90 seconds. He then decided to do the next run at his school, where he officially took the record.

Since then, he has been bringing his time down even further, and has managed to stave off several challengers who unsuccessfully tried to beat his record.

Watch the entire segment at the 6ABC by clicking here.

 

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