Ice Sculptor’s Holiday Creations In High Demand

UPDATED: Sunday December 23, 2012 8:25 AM

Shopping mall employees are not the only ones busy this time of year trying to fill everyone’s Christmas lists.

A local ice sculptor is finding his holiday creations in high demand.

Greg Butauski is a master ice carver.

Each week during the holiday season, Butauski goes through six tons of ice.

“This week, we’ll go through 100 to 120 blocks of ice,” he said. “Each piece of ice weighs about 320 pounds.”

As he gets his hands on the ice, it starts to take form.

He uses chainsaws and ice picks to make shapes come alive in the frozen water.

Butauski has chipped away at ice for 22 years and has carved a career out of turning ice into crystal creations.

“It’s really fun to do this style of work,” Butauski said.

He has created wreaths, a Christmas tree and most recently, a replica of a bowl designed by famous glass sculptor Dale Chihuly.

Though Butauski’s art only lasts for a few hours, there always is another piece of ice at which to chip away, another melting masterpiece.

Butauski served as the captain of the U.S. Olympic carving team in 2002 in Salt Lake City.

His shop, Rock On Ice, is located on Harmon Plaza in Columbus.

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