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Playing With Jacks

Chef is in Alaska right now, missing all the fun of a flooded basement and lots of snow and slick roads.  Poor guy.

Instead, he’s been working day and night, carving ice.  Here’s his finished piece for the Single Block Classic in the World Ice Art Championships.  He and his teammate worked for three days carving this one. (Photo courtesy Ice Alaska.)

It’s a little hard to see, but it’s a female diver with a school of jackfish (that’s why it’s called Playing with Jacks.)

Sunday he started working on the Multi-Block Classic, which is something like 60,000 pounds of ice.  He and three teammates have six days to carve.

To watch the webcam and to see all the other sculptures from this and previous years, go to


About Karen Koch

I like the old-fashioned lifestyle. All this new-fangled stuff baffles me sometimes. I cherish living out in the country, raising chickens and rabbits, planting fruit trees, and enjoying a slow life filled with beautiful words and ideas. I don't always achieve a slow life. I teach middle school English and manage a little burgeoning farm with my husband, and somewhere in the midst of that, I try to find time for writing, running, knitting, reading, and playing the ukulele. And sometimes, I actually succeed.

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