Weymouth jigaw maker attempts new world record

Jigsaw maker attempts new world record

IN SAFE HANDS: Dave Evans with his giant hand cut jigsaw.

Dave Evans putting it back together after it collapsed

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Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Trainee Reporter

A WEYMOUTH puzzle-maker is putting the pieces together to earn another world record.

Dave Evans made headlines in 2013 when he completed a 40,763-piece puzzle – the largest ever hand-cut wooden jigsaw.

The puzzle was created from a montage of photos of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Mr Evans is now attempting a new world record at the end of September for the fastest time to make a hand cut jigsaw puzzle.

He said: “For years I’ve been cutting and people have been saying, ‘Gosh, you’re fast.

“I think I’m probably the best in the world in terms of hand cut jigsaws.

“This will be a 1,000-piece jigsaw. In terms of size it will be relatively simple.

“I will have to go like the clappers to create a time so fast that no one will be able to match it.”

This year’s puzzle design will have a link to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Mr Evans said he felt inspired to take on the challenge after feeling his legacy was incomplete. He wanted to take on a challenge highlighting how fast he could cut jigsaws.

Mr Evans’s spent five weeks creating a puzzle for his previous world record. His attempt was initially highlighted in the Echo, which was viewed online around the world.

He said: “I don’t know how it happened. It just went barmy.

“Everything just took off from there. It was over the whole of the internet. I just couldn’t believe it.”

Disaster struck a few weeks later however when the 19ft 5in by 8ft puzzle fell to the floor while he was adjusting to it.

It made Mr Evans even more of an internet sensation with the collapse of the puzzle caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube.

The video has since been shown on Have I Got News For You, RudeTube, and Russell Howard’s Good News.

Thankfully, Mr Evans’ record attempt wasn’t affected as he had already made his submission to Guinness World Records by this point.

Mr Evans said he was keen to capitalise on his internet fame and build interest for his latest attempt.

He said: “I have had reactions from every country in the world.

“I want to make this even bigger than the last one without any disasters.

“I’m going to issue a worldwide challenge.

“There are still people and small businesses all over the world that hand-cut jigsaws.

“I’m going to issue a challenge for the rest of the world to see if there’s anyone faster than me.”

Mr Evans is still arranging a venue for the world record attempt to take place.

He’s also looking for sponsors to help fund a visit from an official adjudicator. For more details visit facebook.com/worldrecordjigsaw

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