This sand sculpture, done earlier this summer at Maumee Bay, is an example of the type of work done by Ice Creations, out of Napoleon. A sand sculpture will be done this Saturday at Ted Fest 2014 at Pandora Park. (Photo submitted)
This sand sculpture, done earlier this summer at Maumee Bay, is an example of the type of work done by Ice Creations, out of Napoleon. A sand sculpture will be done this Saturday at Ted Fest 2014 at Pandora Park. (Photo submitted)

NAPOLEON — Chad Hartson was attending culinary school when he was given an opportunity to learn how to ice sculpture. He enjoyed it so much he began to do it as a side job. This Saturday, Hartson will bring his sculpting skills to Pandora when he does a sand sculpture in the park.

“We were engaged at the time,” said his wife Mancey. Chad accepted the opportunity to stay after class and learn how to do ice sculpture including learning how to draw templates, use chain saws to carve the ice and also how to use finer tools on the ice.

Sixteen years ago, The Hartsons started their own business “Ice Creations,” in Napoleon. Over the years they have expanded into also doing sand sculptures, chalk drawings, and 3-D pumpkin carvings. The business does work for festivals, weddings, organizations, and private functions.

“We’ve done a lot of unique ice sculptures,” said Mancey. Examples she gave included doing a full-size piano for Barry Manilow, a full size car and a full size bar.

Ice Creations has refrigerated trucks and a semi to haul their creations. “It’s more about the packaging when we deliver an ice creation,” Mancey said. She said they give their customers special tips to keep their sculptures frozen.

Unusual mediums they have used for carving have also included doing a road salt sculpture for Cargill, butter sculptures, tallow sculptures and sculptures using different fruit and vegetables.

One block of ice used for sculpting includes 40 gallons of water and weighs 250 pounds according to Mancey. “We create a special mixture that freezes and will stay frozen,” explained Mancey. She said they also use a special filtration system so the water stays clear.

Mancey said they know how to put anything a person wants inside an ice sculpture. They also have the ability to make full-size curtains and can put personalized logos on the ice sculptures.

“We have a computerized router program we use to do logos on the ice,” Mancey said.

Chad has competed in the World Ice Arts Championship competition in Fairbanks, Alaska, and won in different categories. The contest features artists from all over the world.

The Hartsons will be bringing five tons of sand to Pandora to do their sculpture. It will be done north of the tennis courts in the park along SR12.

“This is just one of many events we do throughout the year,” Mancey said. “We do 17 winter festivals in four states every year.”

They are already booked for upcoming ice festivals in Toledo, Perrysburg, and at the Toledo Art Museum.

Mancey said at some festivals they have brought along a sandbox filled with sand to show children how to do sand sculpting.

“We have several employees with different backgrounds,” Mancey said. “They also have artistic skills and Chad has taught them how to do sculpting.”

One employee, Jay Leahy, is currently carving two trees in the Pandora Park. One will be a Pandora-Gilboa Rocket and the other will be a bear carved into a tree.

While supporting her husband with his carving business, Mancey has started her own business “The Better Half,” that will be next door to Ice Creations. She will be offering wine and canvas painting, wine glass painting, various craft projects, 3D pumpkin carving and stained glass creation classes among other things.


PANDORA — This Saturday’s Ted Fest 2014 in the Pandora Park will feature a world renowned sculpture doing a sand sculpture in the afternoon. Chad Hartson with Ice Creations in Napoleon will be bringing four tons of sand to the park to do a fish sculpture for the festival In addition to the sand sculpture Ted Fest 2014 will feature radio-controlled demonstrations, ATV stunt daredevil shows, live bands and food served throughout the afternoon.

The celebration will begin at 2 p.m. with the sand sculpture near the tennis courts and bingo and 50/50 in the bus garage

Ted Sigler, owner of Ted’s Market, will begin serving hamburgers and pulled pork sandwiches at 3 p.m.

Kids’ games inflatables will begin at 4 p.m.

Serving of Ted and Don’s Barbeque Chicken dinners, served by Gilboa Fire Department, will also begin at 4 p.m. and will continue until 6 p.m.

The radio-controlled demonstrations will be underway from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the ball fields.

ATV Stunt Daredevil shows by Henry “Pitbull” Rife will be given at 5:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 7:45 p.m.

The band “Brother Believe Me” will perform from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Nashville Crush will follow at 9 p.m.

Fireworks will be shot off at dusk.

Immediately after the fireworks the car and gun raffle along with the Boy Scout 50/50 drawing will be held