Moss Bluff man builds world record swing - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Moss Bluff man builds world record swing

MOSS BLUFF, LA (KPLC) -

It's a feat that not many people can swing, but Chris Cruze has his name in the Guinness Book of World Records.

When Cruze isn't at work or making duck calls, he is in his woodshop building swings.

"I have been building porch swings since I was 12," Cruze said. "My dad cut out a pattern one day when I was bored and showed me how to build one. The last time we counted, we have sold over 5,000 swings across the world."

It wasn't until a friend sent Cruze a picture of the world's largest porch swing that he decided to break that record.

"My first impression when I saw the swing was, ‘there's no way that is big enough to be a world record.' "

Cruze thought it over for a couple of months and then presented the idea to his Dad.

"I just didn't think it would work," his father, Donald Cruze, said.

Days later, the two teamed up and began planning.

"It took us probably a week to two weeks to build it," Chris said. "It sits at least 40 people. We weighed it, and it weighs 548 pounds. It's made out of cypress and its 60-feet-long."

Chris said constructing the frame was the hardest part.

"It'll hold about 40 adults," Chris said. "If you do the math, that's about 9,000 pounds it has to hold."

Once the swing was completed, they contacted Guinness.

"I had to have a couple of witnesses to verify that the surveyor measured it correctly," Chris said. "I had to have video and pictures. I kind of appreciated how difficult it was. They wanted to make sure it was a world record."

It's a record Cruze and his family are proud to share.

"I can always tell all of my friends that my dad made a world record," Cruze's son, Ethan, said. "He's pretty much the only dad in my school that's done that."

For now, the massive swing will stay in Moss Bluff. Cruze said he may donate the swing one day.

"It just shows the kids and family that even though we are in a little town in the suburb of Lake Charles you can still do big things," Chris said.

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