One of my most unique endeavors was attempting to sculpt ice. Knowing that this would be an extremely challenging medium to work with, I scoured the internet to find as many resources about making the ice and the tools and process involved in sculpting. The challenging thing about block making is that you cannot simply fill a container with water and freeze it. Doing so results in air being trapped in the block making cloudy ice that is also unstable to carve. Carving ice is formed by progressively freezing the block from one side to another. To do this effectively, I modified a used chest freezer to be insulated on the sides and redirect the heat out of the bottom. Circulation pumps were added to the surface to keep the water flowing during the freezing process. Metal clips are frozen into the sides of the block to provide a mechanism to hoist the block out of the freezer using a winch. the result is a perfectly clear block of ice that is ready for carving. Aside from chisels, power tools like chainsaws and angle grinders are commonly used for modern ice sculpting, making this an exciting new hobby to try.