One of the benefits of living here is that I can get to events at Winterlude throughout the festival- though I've missed a couple of events last weekend, such as the winter triathlon or the Byward Market stew cook off. One of the things I love to do is watch the ice carvers at work, both the pairs teams and the solo carvers. They come from various places around the world, and this year, the two sets of carvings have been done in the east end of Confederation Park. I took these shots a week ago, on the first Friday of the festival. Carvers have the weekend to work from blocks down to the final work, using a wide variety of tools, some customized. They include chain saws, hand saws, chisels, hammers, sand paper, and electric sanders. I have even seen flame or hair dryers used in the past.
This last table is over among the single carvers. Imagine using this chain saw to cut through ice.