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Snow sculpturing

You've just been hit with a good amount of snow fall. This could be a perfect opportunity to bundle up, go outside and create some magnificent snow sculptures. We are talking about more than the typical 3-tiered snowman. Be creative and build famous people, gigantic animals or beautiful scenes.

The history of the snowman : from the ice age to the flea market
Bob Eckstein.
New York, N.Y. : Simon Spotlight Entertainment, c2007.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 163-173).
     
Ice, snow, sand & wood sculptures
by Adolph (Steve ) Volk.
Bloomington, Ind. : AuthorHouse, 2005.
If you desire to have career in the culinary arts but cannot afford the cost of a major culinary school, my next book will tell how to further your career or begin your career by taking short courses to improve your skills and furnish direction to your goals. You have to learn to earn. To further help you to achieve your goals by attending and participating in culinary shows. Much is to be learned by attending seminars. Many have outstanding instructors and especially in cake decorating. My 3rd book will guide you toward more education in this way.
     
The snow show
edited by Lance Fung.
New York, N.Y. : Thames & Hudson, 2005.
Curator Fung, who has an art gallery in New York, introduces "The Snow Show" as a unique art/design show, evolved from an experiment undertaken by international artists and architects in Lapland in 2004 to create works in ice and snow. The silver- colored volume features 233 illustrations (many in color) showing the results, including a frozen amphitheater, with sketches and commentaries by participants on their methods and process. The traveling and expanding exhibit will serve as a centerpiece for the 2006 Winter Olympics. Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
     

When you head outside take a look at the snow. Look for natural formations like snowdrifts and mounds that can give you inspiration to start from. Look at the condition of the snow. While wet snow is easy to pack, dry powdered snow can be sprayed with water in order for you to work with it.

Be sure to bring out some basic tools to help you form your sculpture. You can mold the snow into big blocks with bowls, cups and large clean trashcans. Garden shovels, spoons and knives are good tools to carve with. Reinforce large sculptures and arms with wooden stakes.

Partly melted ice crystals cling together to form snowflakes. Snowflakes form in hexagonal shapes. They are six-sided symmetrical shapes that form needle, columnar, platelike, and star shaped flakes. Because of the fluctuation of weather conditions, there are no two snowflakes alike.

The Snowflake Man

To complete your snow sculpture add some finishing props. You may be able to find natural materials such as pinecones, branches, pine needles and rocks not far from where your sculpture is standing. Use items from the house such as fruits and vegetables or old scarves and hats.

When you have finished your sculpture, go back in the house, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and gaze out the window admiring your magnificent snow sculpture.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff