Snow Sculpting @ Ham Lake Snow Bowl 2018 (Ham Lake, MN)

Preliminary Sketches and 3D Modeling This process started 2 weeks before the competition.  The idea was to create something that had a high likelihood of collapse in order to learn for future designs.  The symbolism of the fox is representative of my current path in life.  I’ve also had multiple intersections with fox during the…

December 2017 Sand Sculptures (Avila Beach, CA)

Twice a year I wash-up on the shore of Avila Beach, CA.  I create sand sculptures from the images that come to mind.  Then the tide washes me back home. Here December’s (2017) sculptures      

The Wooden Dog

Oaxacan style Australian Cattle Dog.  24 in tall, carved from Douglas Fur.

Avila Beach Sand Sculptures March 2017

Late March, 2017.  I took time again to visit my favorite beach town.  Avila Beach, California – San Luis Obispo County.  I’ve now made it a goal to visit every 6 months.. I set tough goals for myself.  The Spring visit feels a little rusty after being frozen in at my Minnesota home.  I had…

Team JAO 2017 Loppet Snow Sculpture Competition entry

February 4th, 2017.  Theodore Wirth Park – Minneapolis. A week after my successful sculpt at the St. Paul Winter Carnival Amateur Snow Sculpture Competition I was excited about the Loppet event.  3 hours shorter (5 hours) and a couple cubic feet larger (4’x4’x8′) and working alone – I knew this was going to be a…

My 1st (Amateur) Snow Sculpture Contest Experience

January 28th, 2017 0730 hrs A chilly, overcast morning inside the front doors of the MN State Fair Grounds.  I pulled up with my truck full of tools and my newly adopted sidekick.  The next 8 hours dedicated to carving my name into the snow. The contest began with a preformed rectangular block of hardened…

Sand Sculptures – November, 2016. Avila Beach, CA

November 5-12 I was fortunate enough to spend time in my home away from home.  Avila Beach, CA.  Such a beautiful and beautifully small beach town snuggled in San Luis Obispo Bay.  I feel such a strong connection while I visit – because this place is filled with warm people who live in or visit…

January Sand Sculptures – Avila Beach, CA

This gallery of sculptures was made during the month of January in Avila Beach, CA.  It has been a warm, dry January and the people are loving it.  The sand is still rocky from the December storms that pushed in shells and stripped the soft sand.  The larger the grit the more difficult the sculpt…

How to Video: Lacerations

Retired Paramedic Jason Arney-O’Neil gives tips on how to clean up your mess before help arrives. Follow these basic steps to first aid a minor bleeding laceration. 1.Apply direct pressure with a clean dressing until bleeding stops. 2.If bleeding continues, apply more pressure. 3.Elevate your wound above your body. 4.Once bleeding has stopped, clean the…

Human Survival Tip: Cooling a Burn

How to sooth that burning feeling: 1. Remove yourself from danger 2. Cool the burn with running cold water 3.Cover the burn with a dry and clean towel or napkin 3. Take an over the counter pain reliever If you have a large second degree burn or any size third degree burn seek medical attention.

Lay Down and Rest

My friend Diesel passed away yesterday.  At this point I can’t properly describe how devastated I feel with this loss.  Diesel was a loyal companion since the day I brought him into my home.  He was my shadow, my shield, and my best friend.

Carve those Jack-o-Lanterns (video)

  Another year has gone and passed and if you’re like me and you’ve forgotten how to carve a pumpkin, here’s a refresher. In 5 simple steps: Carving a Jack-o-Lantern.