ice sculpting innovations at the 2002 Olympics

Photos by Louis Manzoni

Doug and Don Henley use an ice lathe
Doug and Don Henley use an ice lathe to carve a scuba tank.
This is a gallery of some of the more innovative techniques and tools that sculptors used at the 2002 Olympic Arts Festival ice carving event. These photos were taken by Louis Manzoni of Art in Ice in Rhode Island and he was generous enough to allow his photos to be posted. Louis, as a talented ice carver himself who has carved on a world champion team, was able to recognize when carvers were using unusual methods, and was able to get a lot of interesting photos.

Erik Cantine & Greg Butauski carved an archer making an arrow out of himself. Surprisingly, the bowstring is made up of many smaller pieces of ice, welded together

in Cantine & Butauski’s finished sculpture, titled “Marksman,” you can see the weld lines in the bowstring

in preparing for their sculpture, Junichi Nakamura & Hideaki Sakamoto made a small foam block version of their piece, “Dragon Fighter”

Steve Brice is well known for his innovative ice tools, so a look at his toolbox is always interesting




Junichi’s specialized bayonet bit & die grinder; notice the ridges on the edge of the bit

Lee Ross & Michael Mackasey also used an ice lathe for part of their sculpture. Lathed pieces ended up as the base of their sculpture

Ross & Mackasey added an adjustable bracket to the tiltcart, allowing them to attach a long bar chainsaw and cut flat slabs of ice at different thicknesses.

Ross & Mackasey also turned a tiltcart and a chainsaw into an ice slab cutter that they used for their piece, “Captain Hook’s Escape”

making an ice slab with the modified tiltcart rig

Vladimir Zhikhartsev uses a small right-angle polishing tool on the face of his sculpture

while creating their Silver medaling “Hymn of Amphitrite,” Michel Amann & Roger de Campagnolle used many innovative tools, including this specialized iron

the sculpture by Vladimir Zhikhartsev & Sergei Loguinov, “Peace to the World,” incorporated unusual white ice “flowers” that were apparently inside the ice

a look at some of Michel Amann’s ice tools

Michel Amann uses a specialized lathe to cut a sphere for “Hymn of Amphitrite”

a daytime look at Amann’s specialized sphere lathe

a few of the many spheres cut for “Hymn of Amphitrite”




a closer look at Amann’s sphere lathe

Amann cuts spheres by a different method, using a specialized bit

as the bit turns, it gradually cuts out nearly perfect rings from a slab of ice

Amann also used a specialized bit to cut many rings for the sculpture

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