ice sculptures by Dean Carlson and Ben Rand

A great hornbill ice sculpture by Ben Rand and Junichi Nakamura
a great hornbill on a branch, carved by Ben Rand with Junichi Nakamura.
(Photo courtesy of Karen Clautice.)
Dean Carlson has long been recognized as one of the top competitive ice carvers around. He’s a two-time National Champion, most recently winning the 1996 event in Scranton, PA. Ben Rand is recognized as a top competition carver as well, and has won world, national, and Olympic titles in recent years.

butterfly ice sculpture with colored lighting

Butterfly with colored lighting. Cut initially on the I-sculpt and finished by hand.

Dean works on a delicate ballet dancer ice sculpture.

Dean works on a delicate ballet dancer sculpture.

Chihuly-styled ice sculpture

Sculpture for an event celebrating the glass art of Dale Chihuly

frosty, orange lit ice sculptures of pilgrim children at Thanksgiving

“Thanksgiving kids;” the unusual look is largely due to the orange lighting and frosty ice. Cut on the I-sculpt and hand finished




Roman chariot driver ice sculpture by Ben Rand, practicing for an Olympic qualifier

Roman chariot driver by Ben Rand, practicing for an Olympic qualifier in 2005 (which he won)

detail of "Strength and Beauty" by Dean Carlson and Junichi Nakamura

Detail of “Strength & Beauty” by Dean Carlson & Junichi Nakmura at 1997 World Ice Art event. Single block; 2nd place

Harley V-rod ice sculpture

Harley V-rod; an elaborately detailed ice-cycle. Cut initially on the I-sculpt and finished by hand

a different sort of ice cube from the norm

Cube with vodka and caviar display. The cube was cut entirely on the I-sculpt & then assembled by hand

Together, they create fantastic sculptures for events in South Florida and beyond through Dean’s ice carving company: Styled Ice Inc. (561-795-1151) Dean is also the inventor of an innovative upright CNC machine for carving sculptures known as the I-Sculpt (see the picture with the foam swan.) The secrets blog entries that introduce this gallery are here and here. Enjoy!

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seahorse ice sculpture, hand detailed and with color ligthing

Seahorse with colored lighting. Cut initially on the I-sculpt and finished by hand. See the video below.

Dean works on “Angel of Peace” at the 1998 Olympics event

Dean works on “Angel of Peace” at the 1998 Olympics event in Nagano, Japan with Steve Rose

color rose ice centerpiece

Colored rose; a small centerpiece with a nicely colored rose. Cut on the I-Sculpt

ice sculpture of an elf sitting on a block

Elf on block; a playful holiday design. Cut initially on the I-sculpt and finished by hand

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Aladdin ice sculpture

Aladdin; Part of Dean’s practice carving for an Orlando competition

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“Fantasy Flight” by Dean Carlson at 1993 National Championships in Youngstown, OH

Boca Raton Resort and Club logo ice sculpture

Boca Raton Resort and Club logo sculpture. Cut initially on the I-sculpt and finished by hand

Dean works on an Olympic bobsled sculpture at Olympic trials competition

Dean works on an Olympic bobsled sculpture at Olympic trials in Nagano, Japan (1997)

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winning Jack Frost ice sculpture by Ben Rand at a competition in Texas

Jack Frost (blowing a snowflake); by Ben Rand, 2006 Lewisville, TX (1st place)

I-Sculpt cnc machine holding a foam swan

The I-Sculpt 3D upright CNC machine with a foam swan; invented by Dean Carlson

Easter ice sculpture with lillies and message

Easter lilies in color. Cut on the I-Sculpt

colorfilled Japanese letter ice sculpture

Japanese letter; A dramatic blend of white light and black and red coloring. Cut on the I-Sculpt




ice bar for the Club Managers Association of America

Art deco style bar with luge, logo, and bottle holder. Cut on the I-Sculpt

sushi ice bar with pagoda supports

Sushi bar with pagoda supports. Cut initially on the I-sculpt and finished by hand

Kimmel Scholars ice bar with ice luge and ice champagne holders

Blue logo bar with luge and holder for bottles of Dom Perignon. Cut on the I-sculpt and hand finished

leaping fish ice bar with colored lights

Leaping fish bar; a dynamic and creative treatment for an ice bar. Cut on the I-sculpt and hand finished

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New Year

New Year’s palette; emphasizing the new year’s blank canvas. Cut on the I-sculpt

“Mercury Rising” abstract ice sculpture by Ben Rand

“Mercury Rising” by Ben Rand, again practicing for an Olympic qualifier in 2005

stork delivering a baby ice sculpture

“Stork with delivery.” An innovative way to solve the support problem posed by the stork’s neck

round four tier seafood ice display

Four tier seafood display. Cut on the I-sculpt and hand finished

Ben carving the seahorse in the gallery above:
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