(C) 2014 Luke T. Bush
SARANAC LAKE, NY - 2/7/14
Carving and finishing an ice sculpture is like cutting a diamond: one wrong move and disaster.
I met local ice sculptor Rob Johnson outside the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival warming tent – an enclosure for people with frozen feet like me – as he was putting the last touches on two of his works, crystalline I (HEART/LOVE) NY signs.
|Here Rob is using a grinder to smooth the edges.|
|Time to apply some propane flame to make the sculpture more transparent. Rob has to be careful or CRACK!|
|As you can see from the above before and after images the flame has removed the cloudiness from the ice.|
He also adds each block is really heavy, weighing in excess of fifty pounds.