School Demonstrations

Rock On Ice can provide schools with fun, educational, interactive activities. We visited General Rosecrans Elementary on two separate occasions for interactive demonstrations: soap carving a turkey, and building an ice castle wall.

For “Pioneer Days” we used about 80 bar soaps to create this turkey carved from soap. Master carver, Greg Butauski, pre-carved the head and body. Bars of soap were carved into feathers by the students, and then were secured in place with toothpicks.
The students were very excited to get to participate in this fun, hands-on activity!

Soap carving preparation

 

 

 

 

 

Greg sculpted the body of the turkey from a 5lb. block of soap.

Soap Carving School Demonstration Teaching the Class How to Carve

 

 

 

 

 

Students in groups of 8 were taught how to sculpt
feathers from a bar of soap.

Soap Carving Demonstration Adding Feathers

 

 

 

 

 

As they completed the feathers, Greg added them
to the turkey with toothpicks.

Soap Carving Adding Feathers with Toothpicks

 

 

 

 

 

Each child was able to see where their feather
was placed on the turkey. This was a great activity
in which the whole 2nd  grade class contributed.

Turkey Soap Carving Completed

 

 

 

 

 

The completed turkey. The feedback from students
was overwhelming – they commented that this was
their favorite of all the activities that day!

 

For a different event at the school, we came in
to build an ice castle wall. Ice blocks were pre-carved
and brought in for the students.

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Students stack the ice blocks to build up the wall.

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The ice blocks are held together by fusion. The wall
grows taller as each student gets to place their block.
How cool! 

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Greg adds some finishing touches to the wall.
This is a great interactive activity for a small
space such as an individual classroom.

Best of October Pumpkin Carving

October was crazy busy for Rock On Ice with pumpkin carving and pumpkin carving demonstrations.

Rock On Ice traveled all across Ohio and even outside Ohio to bring pumpkins to life! We carved pumpkins as small as 20 lbs. to over
1,000 lbs. In all, we carved over 400 pumpkins in October.
We carved pumpkins for Fall Festivals, Zoo’s, Corporate Events,
and Trick-or-Treat events.

Here are some of our favorite pumpkin pics from this Fall…enjoy!

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“Haunted House” carved by Greg Butauski.
5 pumpkin masterpiece display.

 

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“Da Bomb Squad” carved by Titus Arensberg.
3 pumpkin demonstration display.

 

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11 pumpkin demonstration display carved by
Rock On Ice crew and led by Trent Mason.

 

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“Vulture” carved by Jon Michaels.
3 pumpkin masterpiece display.

 

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“T-Rex” carved by Greg Butauski,
Titus Arensberg, and Dean Murray.
15 pumpkin masterpiece display.

 

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“Windmill” carved by Titus Arensberg.
5 pumpkin masterpiece display. This was a
working windmill.

 

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“Spooktacular” carved by Dean Murray, Greg Butauski,
and Titus Arensberg.
32 pumpkin masterpiece display.

 

Warrior Pumpkin Carving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Viking Warrior” carved by Jon Michaels
surrounded by the Rock On Ice crew.
800 – 1,000 lb. giant pumpkin.

 

Humpty Dumpty Pumpkin Carving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Humpty Dumpty” carved by
Shannon Gerasimchik.
350 lb. competition masterpiece display.

Gift An Ice Sculpture or Fruit Carving

Need a unique gift idea for a relative or friend but have completely run out of ideas? Then perhaps you should consider an ice sculpture or fruit carving.

Gift cards, flowers, perfume—these are some common gifts to give someone, but if you are looking for something truly unique, then a customized ice sculpture or fruit carving is the answer.

Rock on Ice can take any interests or hobbies and incorporate them into a one-of-a-kind sculpture. We can design personalized sculptures for weddings, birthdays, graduations—any special occasion you can think of, we can design a sculpture that will create that wow factor.

All we need is an idea and you can sit back and let us do all the work!

Sweet-16-Ice-Sculpture

Give your sixteen-year-old the one thing they probably have never had for their birthday—a personalized ice sculpture. This one includes a picture of the birthday girl with a cute swirly design. And don’t forget the block numbers that make the whole sculpture the hit of the party!

Fruit-Carving-Watermelon-with-nameAnother idea for a birthday is a fruit carving customized with a name. This watermelon features beautifully carved roses surrounding a name. This carving would work well for a graduation party also.

Disney-Frozen-Ice-Sculpture

What child would not be amazed to see this Frozen themed sculpture at their party. We can take any character from a favorite movie and incorporate into a design to make it unique and memorable.

Fruit-Carving-Jill-and-GregHow about a fruit carving for a wedding buffet centerpiece? This can be customized  to the couples’ interests or hobbies. A very beautiful complement to any wedding.

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Here is a birthday block design featuring a personalized photo with script writing. Add your own flowers and accessories to compete the sculpture!

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This ice sculpture would be the perfect wedding gift, featuring an engagement photo. This simple, but elegant design would be a unique addition to any event.

Looking for more ideas? Visit our themed ice sculptures and food art pages.

Food Art at SeaWorld Texas By The Food Artist Group

The Food Artist Group visited SeaWorld, in San Antonio Texas, for two weeks of fruit and vegetable carving demonstrations.

The Food Artist Group was created by Food Network Star, James Parker, and includes some of the most talented artists from many different countries. Among those, Greg Butauski of Rock On Ice,
and Dean Murray.

The fruit carvings Greg and Dean created was a part of the new Food and Wine Festival.  Many countries were represented and this fruit display was based on the wildlife of Argentina and Brazil.  From fish, to land animals, and all the way up top to the birds.  There are owls, parrots, tree frogs, iguanas, piranha and more!

Check out more food art from Rock On Ice.

Ice Sculpture Display of a Life Size Kitchen – Over 2 Tons of Ice!

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Rock On Ice created a life size ice kitchen for Zehnder’s Snowfest in Frankenmuth, Michigan. This ice kitchen used 130 blocks of ice and was over 45,000 lbs. of ice…that’s about 2 tons! The kitchen consisted of: three ovens, a 12 burner stove with grill and griddle, pastry station, wood burning oven, cooler, dish tank, and an interactive dining room table with seating. Take a look at this unbelievable display that took 5 days to complete.

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Here are our talented carvers who helped build this amazing ice kitchen: Nick Foltz, Michael Stoddart, Dean Murray, Greg Butauski, Jeff Petercsak, and Titus Arensberg (not pictured).

Ice-Kitchen-Pastry-ChefHere is one of our chefs, standing at the pastry station. He is rolling out some dough (ice dough that is) with a roller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about a chef flipping ice eggs.

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A kitchen would not be complete without a dish tank.
Along with some dirty dishes in the sink and clean plates
stacked on racks. Pretty cool!

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Chef chasing chickens.

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Grilling some steaks.

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Loading the wood burning stove.

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Stirring the pot.

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Taking the pie out of the oven.

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This was truly a one-of-a-kind ice installation and a great collaboration among some very skilled ice carvers.

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Pumpkin Carving Installation with Over 80 Pumpkins

Rock On Ice was contracted to carve pumpkins and create a large scale pumpkin display for a zoo’s fall weekend festival. This was some serious pumpkin carving!

We started with over 80 pumpkins and had 2 days to carve.

Pumpkin Carving Demonstration for Zoo

Here we are with the team:
Titus Arensberg, Dean Murray, and Greg Butauski.

Our three carvers pulled a tag team match on the two larger pumpkins. They weighed around 500 lbs each. Each carver would work on the piece for an hour or two then break off to work on the smaller pumpkins to put around the entire display. This was truly a collaborative effort between 3 master pumpkin artists.

 

Here are some detail images of the Haunted House and Skeleton.

And here is the final product. In all we ended up carving 2,400 lbs.  (just over a ton) of pumpkins for this Halloween themed display!

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Rock On Ice carves pumpkins for all kinds of events. We carve small and large pumpkins for doorsteps, buffet tables, centerpieces, Fall weddings, special events, Trick or Treat events, and Fall festivals. We carve large scale pumpkin displays, which have been featured at Zoo’s and area Fall festivals. We also organize large scale pumpkin carving events and competitions.

Check out more of our pumpkin carving and festival entertainment.

Ice Sculpting Wins at the Crystal Classic Winter Festival

Greg Butauski had another gold winning weekend at the Crystal Classic Winter Festival. The event took place February 13-14th in Green River, Wyoming. Greg won both the People’s Choice and the Individual Ice Carving competitions.

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The first day was the People’s Choice. Greg carved his infamous
T-Rex sculpture and was the crowd favorite. This design was 2 blocks carved in 4 hours. Greg pulled out the win, although the weather was horrible for ice sculpting. Carvers were in a race with the sun, working in 55 degree temperatures!

Rooster-Green-River-Ice-Sculpting-CompetitionThe second day featured the individual competition. Greg carved a rooster. This was also 2 blocks and had a 4 hour time limit. Greg took First place and scored a Gold medal.

This was the final competition of the ice carving season. Check out more of Greg’s competition ice sculptures.

 

Welcome to the blog for Rock On Ice! Here you will find articles about one of the most unique and artistic professions—Ice Sculpting!!

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