Ice sculpting
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 (
Ice sculpting the modern way
Robert Garlough, Randy Finch, Derek Maxfield.
New York : Thomson/Delmar Learning, c2004.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 327-328) and index.
Ice sculpture
Yukio Matsuo.
New York : John Wiley & Sons, 1992
You'll explore a fascinating world of creative art from one of the world's best-known ice sculptors. Included are discussions of the basics of ice sculpture, the tools needed and how they are used and elementary techniques such as joining ice and methods for carving spheres and columns. Focuses on the author's explanation of his own works including birds, fishes, animals, flowers and abstract works. Photos of some of his most famous designs complete this book.

Ice, a common crystal in nature, becomes anything but common when used by chefs and artists to create ice sculptures.  The sculpture only lasts a short time, but likely will be remembered by all who see it.

An ice sculpture adds a truly unique feature an elegant function.  Weddings feature carved swans, award banquets showcase trophies designed from ice, while cruise lines welcome guests with carved figures over 10 feet high.  Every year Alaska plays host to the World Ice Art Championship

Not all ice sculptures are done by professionals.  Consider trying it yourself.
As with any artistic piece, the finished ice sculpture relies on the carver’s preparatory drawing. To make a good product the best quality tools are required. Buy good tools, sharpen them regularly, and store them properly. The quality of your finished sculpture will reflect the quality of your tools.

Steps involved with ice sculpting

Choose a design
Prepare the template
Select the ice
Prepare the tools
Storing the sculpture
Display your masterpiece

For your own safety it is a good idea to have a sculpting buddy. A sculpting buddy is a second set of eyes adding safety and creativity to the process. Your buddy can share the weight when lifting ice, making for a safer and lighter load.

Keep in mind the display environment. Weather, temperature, lighting, room dimension, traffic patterns, dining and buffet set-ups, and many other factors will affect a sculpture’s stability. An ice sculpture artist needs to plan to execute a brilliant ice sculpture!

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff