Calgary teacher representing Alberta in national online ice sculpture competition


Scott Harrison began ice carving when he labored a job on the Chateau Lake Louise. That was greater than 20 years in the past. 

At present, the Calgary instructor has been chosen to symbolize Alberta on the Winterlude ice sculpting competitors.

The Ottawa-based competitors is being held on-line this 12 months with pictures and movies of the candidates. The general public can vote for the winner. 

“A number of years I’ve gone out and completed nicely, however principally due to COVID this 12 months, they weren’t having any huge worldwide competitions,” Harrison informed The Homestretch.

“However Winterlude determined to profile seven carvers throughout the nation and so they threw out an invite. And a bunch of us utilized, and I acquired chosen to symbolize Alberta.”

Harrison’s entry known as Rocky Mountain Blades, and depicts a downhill skier.

Together with ice sculpting, Harrison likes to ski and the 2 passions are linked in his life.

“, 20 some odd years in the past after I labored on the Chateau Lake Louise, I noticed the worldwide competitors for the primary time,” he stated. 

“And it was a type of life moments the place it wasn’t, wow, I want I may do one thing like that. It was, I checked out these carvers doing this, and I selected proper then and there — I’ll be that man in the future.

“I simply began asking questions, getting espresso for carvers, you recognize, just a bit little bit of self-taught, after which ended up discovering a mentor. And yeah, 20 years later, right here we’re.”

Harrison has been to the Ottawa competitors earlier than. However the whole lot is totally different this 12 months.

“Typically, there’s anyplace between 10, 12, even as much as 20 worldwide groups,” he stated. “All people is normally with a associate, and we get 15 blocks of ice and three days, normally about 30 hours complete, after which all people goes to city.”

This 12 months, he stated it is a new idea. Every carver had a logistics workforce, a location and a movie crew. Harrison was photographed and filmed by award-winning Alberta photographer Kristian Bogner.

“, it is a actually neat idea and so they actually pulled it off,” Harrison stated.

“We chosen a location up on like a steep hill on the ski resort there, as a result of it was in a position to be COVID-compliant and folks could be, you recognize, passing us. And it is easy to form of maintain folks from congregating.”

The Homestretch8:22Calgary instructor and ice scupltor goes for gold

We speak to Calgary instructor Scott Harrison about his entry within the Winterlude ice sculpting competitors. 8:22

Harrison, who teaches culinary arts and a few choices courses, stated he enjoys sharing his craft together with his college students at All Saints Excessive College in southeast Calgary.

“A few of them suppose it is fairly cool, I feel, you recognize, it is one thing totally different that I get to share with them. And I even have particular initiatives generally with my superior college students to do some ice carving,” he stated.

“And we have completed totally different initiatives for the Calgary Catholic College Board as nicely. It is a enjoyable, enjoyable time for instructing and studying.”