Saturday, January 21, 2012

Snow Sculpture

Another of the Outdoor Life students’ winter activities is Snow Sculpture.  Like the Ice Candles and Snow Ice Cream activities, a couple of third year students led the first year students. 

On Thursday afternoon, the students did the preparation for the actual sculpting on Friday. The activity took place in the quad area where snow hadn’t been shoveled away.

There were four groups of first year students.  Each group put four big boards together to make a square box and tied a rope around them to hold the boards in place. 

One student was inside the box to stamp down the snow and compact it as the other students in the group shoveled snow into the box.  When the boxes were full of compacted snow, they were left overnight.

The next morning the ropes and wood were removed, leaving the snow in place.

Each group had a drawing of what their sculpture would be.

After getting a safety talk on the use of the sculpting equipment, the students starting carving.

After about 3 hours, the sculptures were complete. The results were amazing.

The students work hard and well together and have a good time doing it.

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