Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Ice Man

Today I met the Ice Man. Joe O’Donoghue of Ice Fantasies taught a class at my school and my head almost exploded. This man took a block of ice (divided into three pieces), a chainsaw, a drill, and chisel and created an angel fish swimming in seaweed, a martini glass and a horse head (along with many smaller serving pieces). In less that two hours.



It was absolutely amazing to watch him work. Here he is working on the first block…



He just pulled out the chainsaw, carved off chunks, drilled some bits…



And bingo – a fish…



The best part was that he was absolutely hilarious. He’s a born teacher. He talked about the relationship between peanut butter & jelly and the human psyche. He told a story about his friend who has a job drawing the eyes on mannequins. (You’d think it would be an easy job, until you see his imitation of a cockeyed mannequin admiring another mannequin’s shoes.) If you ever need an ice sculpture, call Joe – it’s worth it just to get the opportunity to meet with him in person.

Here he is again, working the chainsaw magic…

6 Comments:

Blogger amandamonkey said...

Ooooh, wow. What a cool (eep) opportunity.

8:24 AM  
Blogger s'kat said...

That would be a killer demonstration to watch!

9:17 AM  
Blogger Mona said...

So, I take it, he's not your average joe. Wow, that is so cool. I love ice sculptures, and always wonder how someone got good at it. I can't believe that was a part of your cooking class.

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

"see this? chop up some ice into nice bits like this and BOOM, you gotta hip way of layering your oysters...!"

He was technically adept and so hilarious at the same time!

7:16 PM  
Blogger Jeff in MD said...

Now that is something to see! I wish I had talent. Any talent....

11:53 PM  
Anonymous paz said...

Wow! Really cool!

Paz

8:00 PM  

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