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Ice carving demonstration in Camden

Posted Jan. 02, 2014, at 3 p.m.
Master ice carver Tim Pierce at work.
Master ice carver Tim Pierce at work.
Master ice carver Tim Pierce at work.
Master ice carver Tim Pierce at work.

 CAMDEN, Maine – Tim Pierce, executive chef and master ice-carver of the Samoset Resort, will give an ice-carving demonstration at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, in front of Camden Public Library.

The workshop is in anticipation of the community ice-carving event on Feb. 1 on Winterfest Day in the Camden Amphitheatre. Teams and individuals are invited to register to carve at Winterfest, and to attend the ice-carving demonstration. The workshop is open to everyone and will be held outdoors. Pierce will be demonstrating the traditional tools of the ice carver, and show how the carving is planned and then the ice shaped by hand tools.

The ice-carving event has been a central part of Winterfest since it began 12 years ago. The blocks of ice that the carvers start with are crystal-clear, measure 10 inches by 20 inches by 40 inches and weigh 300 pounds. The cost for a block of ice is still only $50. Please inquire at the library for an application for a block of ice, and plan to attend Tim Pierce’s workshop.

Chef Pierce enjoys competing in ice carving events throughout New England and has won many awards. Pierce honed his talents while mentoring and teaching culinary arts and ice carving. He was also able to co-coach four culinary teams to state titles, as well as coach the 2002 National Collegiate Ice Carving Champions. He has Judged in Stowe VT for the last 7 winters and was the Lead Judge at the National Ice Carving Championships in Branson Missouri in 2012. The Camden Winterfest Committee is thankful to have such a talented professional donate his time to the community. The ice carving demo on Jan. 19 will be a good chance to see Tim in action and to discuss your design with him; Tim is very helpful with tips and pointers about what works and what doesn’t work when you lay out your design.

This year, for the first time, Winterfest will be expanded into Camden Winterfest Week, with community events through the week, beginning with the Amphitheatre Winterfest on Feb. 1 and culminating in Toboggan National Championships Feb. 7-9, at the Snow Bowl.

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