Salute to Wildlife Ice Carving Week

Friday, December 28

Carver Bios

Mark Crouthamel is the owner and lead carver of Sculpted Ice Works, located in Lakeville, PA. The Sculpted Ice Works team has designed and constructed a number of large-scale projects including an outdoor ice bar for the Rusty Nail Ice Bar in Stowe, Vermont, a 900-block Ice Wall for a fashion show in New York City, and their annual Crystal Cabin Fever event, a 100-ton themed ice display with a giant ice slide in Lakeville, PA

Neil Trimper is the former owner of Trimp’s Ice Art, which merged with Sculpted Ice Works in 2009. Neil has earned several NICA medals as well as a first place at the Stowe, VT annual ice carving competition.

Mark McKenzie is the owner and carver of Cool Way Ice Creations located in Queens, NY. He has earned bronze NICA medals at the Toledo Zoo carving competition and Mount Holly NJ carving competition, and first place in the Crystal Cabin Fever ice carving competition.

TJ Neary is owner and carver of Touch of Ice since 1996 and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He was introduced to the art of ice carving through the culinary field and has been carving ice for over 20 years.

Walter Gasiorek worked at Sculpted Ice Works for over five years where he held the title of Physical Plant Manager as well as vehicle maintenance. He was introduced to ice carving 3 years ago when he jumped on stage during Crystal Cabin Fever and carved a large ice mug. He was a natural.

Mike Swingle is the youngest ice carver competing in the Bronx Zoo competition. At the young age of 18 he worked at Sculpted Ice Works as an ice harvester and quickly was promoted to Manager of Ice Harvesting. Mike does on-site demonstrations throughout the tri-state area.

Laura Borer has always been a natural artist. She joined the Sculpted Ice Works team in 2011 as a sales assistant. She was then promoted to Sales Manager. Laura now travels the tri-state area doing on-site demonstrations.

Rich Dalyhas been carving ice since 2000 and is the President of Ice Melodies Inc. located in Mastic Beach, NY. Over the last decade, Rich has pushed himself through competitions to be recognized as one of the top carvers on the east coast. He has earned a gold medal at the US National Ice Championships and has won nearly 100 ice carving events across the US.

John Hansonworks as a CNC operator, CNC designer and ice carver at Sculpted Ice Works. He also travels to do onsite ice carving demonstrations and competitions.

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