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Higher Temperatures Not Ideal for Carvers at Ice Festival

Melting ice is not easy to work with, according to sculptors at the Plymouth Ice Festival.

Jim Bur works on this dragon sculpture at the Plymouth Ice Festival for roughly 10 to 15 hours on Friday. Photo Credit: Nicole Krawcke
Jim Bur works on this dragon sculpture at the Plymouth Ice Festival for roughly 10 to 15 hours on Friday. Photo Credit: Nicole Krawcke
The warmer weather may be drawing larger crowds to the Plymouth Ice Festival this weekend, but it's not doing any favors for the ice.

With temperatures reaching a high of 40 degrees on Saturday, sculptors say it's difficult to carve into ice that is melting.

Jim Bur of Macomb Township, a 27 year ice carving veteran, said the ice is just too soft.

"I gave up worrying about it (melting)," Bur said. "This is awful weather for ice carving. I'll take the 8 degrees from two days ago."

According to Bur, the best weather for ice carving is between 10 and 15 degrees.

"At 20 degrees, the ice won't freeze together," he said.

Sculptures will be on display throughout the Plymouth Ice Festival, which runs through 6 p.m. Sunday.
geo land January 11, 2014 at 07:14 PM
I am beginning to think about global warming, they keep moving the show date back but the weather keeps getting warmer each year.

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