fact:I started building sculptures, because my wife wanted me to make a better
snowman then her X-boyfriend.
fact: The flat shovel I used to carve the sculptures for 11 years,was found
on the side of the road. It become to be known as, "the magic shovel."
fact: The Flintstone sculpture was originally designed to be, Fred and Wilma.
Wilma's head fell down as I was sculpting her.
fact: The batman news photo went AP,( associated press )and was seen half
way around the world.
fact: Batman was my shortest lived sculpture,it lasted two days, before
being replaced by Robin and Two-face.
fact: When designing sculptures, I try to keep good moral value's, I thought
this one promoted violence.
fact: Bugs Bunnies ears were made of cardboard, and his whiskers from light-weight
fact: Taz would have never been built, if I hadn't had to wait two weeks for
a snow sculpture contest.
fact: Odies ears were made from a foam mattress,I try to stay away from using
fact: The perfect snow sculpture wheather is, 20-25 degrees, and cloudy.
fact: The first 2-3 nights after completing a sculpture, I display them under
lights, for people who work during daylight hours.
fact: I do most of the serious, detailed carving in the middle of the
night, because there's less distractions.
fact: Some sculptures I sketch never get built, like this one I planned on
doing with Tommy and Cat-Dog.
fact: Most sculpture projects are assigned a code name. Each with a story
behind them as well. This one, snow where art thou, refers to the lack of snow that year, and having to get our snow from
a church parking lot.
fact: Snow sculptures last longer when built facing away from the angle of
fact: Snoopy was the tallest of my sculptures, topping out at fifteen and
a half feet.
fact: Baby-sitting the sculptures after their done is necessary, because kids,
although I love them, can't keep themselves from touching, and climbing on them.
fact: It takes, on average, for two-three people, and a loader, 8 hours
to build a block of snow, 15-20 hours to carve, and 2 hours to color major snow sculptures. This does not include the designing
or maintenance (touching up of) after their completed.
fact: The Statue of Liberty is a sculpture I still want to do someday,and it
was my first thought for the 9-11 sculpture.
fact: Only if you have had drafting classes, might you understand the above
picture, it is the top veiw of the previous picture. Understanding of what a sculpure looks like looking down at
it, is a big + for a sculpter.
fact: At some point during the process of carving every sculpture,
I say to myself, " I can't do it ", and " I must be crazy ".
fact : the cleaner the snow that is used for a sculpture, makes for a better
looking appearence when completed, and also makes it easier to carve.
fact: the best time to take pictures of a sculpture is after the second coloring.
fact: I have recently started designing sculpters with backgrounds like this
one, because its adds to the overall theme to a project.
fact: the hardest part of building a snow sculpture, is actually starting
fact: the # 3 and cookie monster are the only sculpture themes, i've
ever done twice.
Click here to check out snowsculptures of Bill Clinton,King Kong and more,sculpted by a friend in Minnesota.