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Film prop artist helps decorate the Pineapple pub

31 October, 2019 — By Dan Carrier

A PUMPKIN walks into a pub and the barman says: “We don’t serve orange squashes.”

But for film prop maker Tad McCarthy, pictured left, pumpkins in pubs gives him the chance to show his craft skills. He has taken seasonal pumpkin carving to a new level – perched in the corner of The Pineapple pub in Kentish Town this week, he has created a series of Halloween masterpieces between pints of beer.

Tad – who grew up opposite The Pineapple, went to Acland Burghley School and studied at the Wimbledon College of Art – visits the popular pub each year in the run-up to Halloween to carve their eye-catching Jack O’Lanterns.

He said: “It is a delicate process – because you are carving, if you mess up, it is a nightmare if you cut away too much.”

Using specially adapted clay sculpturing tools, he has a rough idea in his mind of what each face will look like – as he bases the designs on himself.

He said: “I pull a face – or get someone in the pub to – and then use that as a starting point. The funny thing is everyone says they know someone who looks like the image I have carved.”

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