See how Russ Leno is pursuing his passion in the place he truly calls home.
‘It would be boring if we all did the same thing’
When he started whittling for fun in his 20s, Russ Leno didn’t know he would one day carve the world’s largest pumpkin.
“I started honing my pumpkin-carving skills because I could be at home with [my kids],” the master sculptor explains.
A design engineer by trade and an artist by heart, Leno relished the days when everything was done by hand. But over time, computers started taking over the job, and he needed a new outlet.
First he started sculpting sand because his friends were doing it, and then he tried his hand at carving snow and ice. Pumpkins were an afterthought.
“It was somebody’s turn to have a party at their place, and they ran down to the store and got pumpkins,” he explains. “It was so much fun…