Winter Wonderland takes over New Hope Winter Fest

Author: , Reporter, @CatherineH_WFMZ, chawley@wfmz.com
Published: Jan 26 2013 07:00:00 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 27 2013 02:33:23 PM EST
NEW HOPE, Pa. -

The cold weather was reason for celebration in Bucks County.  It's part of the annual Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival.  Huge ice cubes turned into beautiful creations Saturday.  It's not every day you get to watch live ice carving.

 

"I've never seen anything like that before," smiled Tim Fennessey.  "It was pretty interesting to see what they were doing, just going crazy with the chainsaw."

 

"It's really amazing that they're able to carve such intricate details with the big chain saw and a huge sander," shared Theresa Counihan.

 

For an hour the sculptors chipped, chiseled and cut away at five blocks of ice.  Each one weighing in at 300 pounds.

 

"At first it was just like a big block of ice and now it's like all curvy," explained 12-year-old Jillian Fennessey.

 

"Seems like they're making some sort of bar," added Counihan.  "I'm not really sure, we just got here but it's got beautiful details in it already."

 

Carving the ice takes a lot of time and practice, and they use a range of specialized hand-made tools.  It can take anywhere from 20 minutes to six days to make a sculpture depending on its size and how detailed it is.

 

"I've been doing this for 20 years so it's pretty much second nature to me at this point," explained Master Ice Sculptor Don Lowing.

 

The finished product turned out to be a bar for the Lambertville House.  It definitely impressed the spectators.

 

"I think it's amazing how they designed it because you could just see a regular table," shared 11-year-old Brian Smith.

 

If you didn't get the chance to head over Saturday, Winterfest events continue Sunday.

 

"This is really neat, coming back next year I think," said Fennessey.