Remember Lincoln Logs? As children, or later as parents or grandparents, we used the wooden toys to create buildings. Now a Kimberly man is using them to try to break a world record.
This artist's medium isn' t paint or clay, but Lincoln Logs and right now Dave Stumpf is working on his masterpiece.
"If you don't have no imagination, you know, you might as well forget it. And then you've gotta be a kid at heart," Stumpf explained.
Since he was a kid, Stumpf told FOX 11 he has loved Lincoln Logs. He said he'd toyed around the idea of breaking the Guinness world record for most logs in one structure for years, bt when a group in Lincoln Nebraska broke it in April with 10,036 logs, he told his wife it was time.
"I said, 'Judy, I'm breaking that record!' I have no idea why, it's just an urge," Stumpf explained.
For the past week and a half Stumpf has worked about 30 hours putting more than 10,000 Lincoln Logs into this castle and the work isn't over.
"It's gonna hit 14,000," said Stumpf.
Stumpf told us in all he's spent about $4,000 on Lincoln Logs, but said it is worth it.
"It's either go to a therapist or do this," Stumpf explained.
Per Guiness rules the structure has to be free standing. There's no tape or glue keeping it from falling apart.
"I would cry! And then I'd make you help me pick it up!" Stumpf exclaimed.
He's already knocked over a tower or two, saying, "you know and then you use some foul language," but Stumpf just built it back up.
His wife sent in photo evidence and an application to Guinness on the web this week. Stumpf told us he is beside himself thinking he might be a world record holder soon.
"Im just gonna be ecstatic! I don't even drink, but I might even take a shot of whiskey!" Stumpf exclaimed.
And he has advice for others with lofty goals.
"Just have fun. Take your childhood dreams and start having fun," Stumpf advised.
Stumpf told us he expects to hear back from the Guiness World Records committee in the next few days. When he does, we'll let you know if a new record has been set or has not.
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