What could you sculpt from snow? Dave Andrews works on his team's snow sculpture entitled "“The Doormaster,” depicting an an old man controlling worm holes ,Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 in Lake Geneva, Wisc. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
What could you sculpt from snow?
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Fifteen teams of snow sculptors from 11 states gathered in Wisconsin to compete to be named the best in the nation.
 
The U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship went on for three days in February along Geneva Lake.
 
The Wisconsin team that won with "Arbor Amor" depicting two intertwined trees last year has split into two. They competed against each other this year.
 
The teams receive a cylinder block of snow eight feet in diameter and nine feet high. They can use only saws, axes, files, scaffolding, shovels and other homemade implements.
 
They are judged on creativity, technique and message and the winner gets a trophy and an invite to an international snow sculpting competition.

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Why are the participants limited to certain tools?
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COMMENTS (28)
  • grantm-2-bar
    2/11/2016 - 11:03 p.m.

    The participants are limited to certain tools, because it wouldn't be fair if they used gas powered equipment. If they used tools like bulldozers and chainsaws they would be able to go faster and make better sculptures. "They can use only saws, axes, files, scaffolding, shovels, and other homemade implements." One team might have more money, so if they could use anything they might get expensive equipment, where another team couldn't afford expensive exuipment. This is why the participants are limited to certain tools.

  • matthewp-6-bar
    2/11/2016 - 11:43 p.m.

    The participants in the snow building contest are limited to certain tools. The reason for this is that it shows their ability at building instead of the ability of the tools. This is shown in the article by,"They can use only saws, axes, files, scaffolding, shovels and other homemade implements." My opinion about this is that I think it is very cool what people can make out of snow.

  • stonep-6-bar
    2/12/2016 - 01:25 a.m.

    I think the snow sculpting competition is cool and exiting! The participants are limited to certain tools like saws and axes so the can't cheat. If they could use any tool then they could go over board and so the competition stays small.

  • oliviam-6-bar
    2/12/2016 - 01:31 a.m.

    The participants are limited only to "saws, axes, files, scaffolding, shovels and other homemade implements." But why? One reason might be because if the were allowed to use higher tech tools, then it would be easier to build their snow creations. And therefore, the competition would be reduced significantly.

    Also, the truly skilled craftspeople would not get as much recognition. Which would not be fair to them.

  • paigea-3-bar
    2/12/2016 - 02:32 a.m.

    The participants are limited to certain tools because if they could use as many tools as they wanted, they could build something crazy and super huge with tons of tools. Also if the groups had to use the same tools, the judging would be fair. The article states, "The teams receive a cylinder block of snow eight feet in diameter and nine feet high. They can use only saws, axes, files, scaffolding, shovels and other homemade implements. They are judged on creativity, technique and message and the winner gets a trophy and an invite to an international snow sculpting competition." In my opinion this article was not that interesting because it did not have tons of information.

  • adamp-3-bar
    2/12/2016 - 03:21 a.m.

    They are given such limited tools because they are working with snow not wood, they want to keep it consistent, and they want everyone to remain creative. Working with snow you have to be more careful because of the heat emited when you use a powered tool. Consistency is important in all things. If they let you pick any tools it would be very different because so much more can be done which kills fairness. Tools are also limited because they want people to still be creative. "They are judged on creativity [and] technique." Power tools would make the technique very different. My opinion on this is it is very cool because of all the amazing sculptures made. I want to make snow structures.

  • angelinat-3-bar
    2/12/2016 - 10:46 a.m.

    The participants are limited to certain tools because the judges want to see how creative they can be, just using the tools that they have. The article says, "They are judged on creativity, technique and message..." This shows that the judges want to see how well you do with what they give you to use. I was interested in this article because I love everything about the snow. I was not surprised by this article because I did not know that this competition existed.

  • williamb-4-bar
    2/12/2016 - 12:10 p.m.

    The participants are limited to certain tools because it has to be a challenge

  • jfigu-wim
    2/12/2016 - 12:44 p.m.

    they were limited to certain tool because tools like bulldozers and chainsaws etc. would make things way to easy for some teams.

  • swise-wim
    2/12/2016 - 12:45 p.m.

    The participants are limited to certain supplies because if other participants were to use powered tools that would not be fair to the rest of the people participating. I had no idea that there was such thing as a U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championships. That would be a very interesting competition to watch.

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