fleur-de-lis ice sculpture for ISES
Mardi Gras mask: A Mardi Gras mask with color details is displayed at the entrance to the speed carving demo.
Talking about ice sculptures: Ways ice is used, as well as do’s and don’ts were covered.
Uncut ice: Just before the speed carving begins. The ice is a half thickness slab attached to a base. Note the snow at the bottom of the block.
Ready to carve: Dawson stands ready as the carving portion of the presentation is about to begin.
Ready-Set-Go!: A template is applied to quickly get the fleur-de-lis design on the ice.
Engraving the design: Cutting around and through the paper template, the fleur-de-lis is cut into the ice.
Chainsaw: Ice and snow flies off the block as the saw is used to quickly establish a rough silhouette.
Chainsaw: After the template is removed, the first cuts are made with the saw.
Plunge cutting with the chainsaw: Unlike wood, with ice the tip of the chainsaw can be plunged straight in without danger.
Bullet burr: A high speed bullet burr bit on a heavy duty die grinder is used to smooth the silhouette of the fleur-de-lis.
Logo reveal: Detailing is finished and a surprise logo is revealed (the ISES logo was precarved and initially covered with snow).
Detail lines: After the silhouette is established, the bullet burr is used to mark the beginning of interior detail.
Finishing touches: A regular iron is used to melt excess snow from the logo and straighten the base edges.
Finished carving: About twenty minutes after carving started, the sculpture is complete.
Photo op: Dawson List and Deanna Bernard of ISES stand with the carvings.