Icy January

Icy January

Every January, special events take place in many different cities around the world. Chainsaws and carving tools are sharpened in preparation for spectacular feats. January is prime season for ice sculpting. From Michigan in the United States, to the town of Banff in the Canadian Rockies, all the way across the pond to London, England, artists are gearing up to create amazing works for ice carving festivals.

In the town of Banff, Canada, the third week of January has been centered around ice for the past 19 years. Banff’s Ice Magic Festival has a 34-hour competition where teams compete to carve 300 lb. blocks of ice into towering displays of frozen ice sculpting brilliance. People from around the world travel here to witness these stunning pieces of ice sculpting art while they last.

No matter your art form, any artist should be able to appreciate the unique challenges that come with sculpting ice. Ice sculpting is an art that deals with a constantly changing medium. This is a medium that can, quite possibly liquefy right in your hands.

“X-ACTO knives are great for the fine detail in ice sculptures” John B. from New York. One of the keys to success in ice carving is having incredibly sharp tools. X-ACTO tools are frequently a part of an ice sculptor’s toolbox. The razor sharpness of an X-ACTO stainless steel blade makes it an ideal tool for intricate carving work. Whether you are a competitive ice sculpture, a professional, or a beginner, keep your tools sharp with an X-ACTO close at hand.