Ice sculptor working toward heart-warming goal

Published 02/10 2014 12:18PM

Updated 02/10 2014 12:30PM

CHAMPAIGN -- Gold medalist ice sculptor Aaric Kendall, from Central Illinois, has been turning ice into art for years. Now he's raising money for the Cub Scouts with each chip of the ice. WCIA-3's photojournalist Jeff Samson shows us what goes into making a freezing cold masterpiece.

"I could sit out here with the chisel and just listen to the ice chips fall to the ground. That's relaxing to me. I've been sculpting ice for 19 years. I first trained to be a chef and I was a chef for 10 years."

"You have to be an architect and engineer and a carpenter all in one trade wrapped up. We take a 300 pound block of frozen water and we add texture and design to it. And a lot of hard-work."

"You know, we come up with a lot of beautiful sculptures. Being able to go to compete on an international level and succeed is definitely a success no matter what what craft or sport or trade you're in."

"As soon as I'm done with one, I'm thinking about my next sculpture. The igloo is 47 blocks of ice and so it's almost 15,000 pounds of ice and we sculpted it in about 12 hours total."

"Just a great opportunity for people to get out and enjoy some of the beauties of winter and see some really cool art and craftsmanship. I got several more years I'd say and maybe someday, I'll pick up an apprentice, to you know, pass on my trade."

So far, Kendall has raised about $1,000. The money will go for a trailer for the Cub Scouts' camping gear. Kendall will be competing in a national ice carving championship in Ohio in a few weeks.

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