Last week we spent two days carving ice. That was...uh...interesting...and a LOT of fun! Joyce was my partner the first day and we made a vase. We had three choices that day--vase, chef hat from our school logo, or a swan. The second day we could make what we wanted. DaRon & I made a cross. Crosses look very simple but they're not even a little bit. It's very difficult to get everything even and straight so you keep trying to fix it and end up with a much smaller cross than you meant. I told Chef it was an old rugged cross--emphasis on rugged. He missed the first day so I let DaRon choose our project and have all of the the power tool fun. They are addictive. I just wanted to go home and cut down some trees. I beveled the edges and made the scrolls on our cross. Anyway, while DaRon worked I had plenty of time to stalk my classmates--I mean to take pictures. None of us did too horribly for our first try, did we?
Each new block of ice weighs 300 pounds and is 10"x20"x40":
Some instructions from Chef Calvert before we get turned loose:
Do I scare you?
Starting to look vaguely vase-ish...sorta...if you squint (we drew a lot of spectators from the smoking area):
Chef DeKoster--he's an awesome ice sculptor!
I wanted to cut gems from the chunks we cut off:
Jazman & Nick:
My turn...hehehe (that was an evil laugh):
Edith & Leo:
See, you'd think that power tools and puddles would be a bad idea, right?
Can you see a vase?
You missed a spot.
Chef said to cross-hatch the sides...
...but now it looks like a pineapple!
He wouldn't let me make leaves out of the top.
We wanted to hollow it out some like a real vase:
They did great!
I don't know this person! (jk, jk)
It's a swan. Duh!
Looks like a cold little graveyard.
Jesse missed the first day, too, so Joyce let him have his fun. This is his vision:
I toldja it wasn't easy!
He did great!
Really a pineapple!
They are making a mouse with cheese.
I work on the details (stole Mike's sweatshirt--look like a big tangerine):
My detail work:
Spongebob, pineapple, & Sandy (no, it wasn't planned!)