We showed up early and set up hundreds of pounds of equipment this morning before the 9:00 starting time. We spent the morning carving large slabs of ice off of our block and making a pad of ice upon which we will build our sculpture.
The pad is made of hard-packed snow that has been leveled. After leveling the snow, we dribbled cold water onto it a few times, did some sanding, and eventually got it to the point where we could pour water onto it like a skating rink. By lunch we had a fairly slippery rink and were starting to carve structural pieces out of our slabs. Not a single slab has yet broken!
The giant chainsaw is working flawlessly, as is every other tool. Wow! We look like we sort of know what we are doing!