IUP Ice Sculptures Share Spotlight on Groundhog Day

Posted on 2/1/2019 1:04:38 PM

Gobbler's Knob Carving for Groundhog Day 2019When IUP classes and activities (including ice carving club) were canceled due to the frigid cold weather, culinary faculty members Thomas Barnes and Martha Jo Rupert stepped up to carve the ice sculptures promised for the Groundhog Day stage at Gobbler’s Knob.

Chefs Barnes and Rupert also completed the display at the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts featuring Punxsutawney Phil emerging from Gobbler’s Knob to greet his visitors. Six ice pillars holding finely detailed snowflakes representing six more weeks of winter and six daisy-topped ice pillars representing an early spring prognostication surround a sculpture of the groundhog. 

Carving Closeup for Groundhog Day StageSurrounded by clouds of ice and covered in their layers of insulated gear, chefs were almost unrecognizable as they sawed, chiseled, and smoothed their way through the dozen plus ice carvings.

As current and past advisors to the student ice carving club, Barnes and Rupert are passionate about sharing their love of sculpting ice with IUP students.

The IUP Academy of Culinary Arts Ice Carving Club is open to all culinary and baking students. The club carves for all culinary admissions’ open houses and many community events.

Students who participate in the club learn introductory carving skills and have the opportunity to progress to intermediate ice sculpting by the end of the first year.

Groundhog Day 2019 Ice CarvingsIn the hospitality industry, the ability to carve an ice sculpture for that special occasion or the holiday buffet table sets a job applicant apart from the competition. The carving experience gained through the IUPACA Ice Carving Club provides culinary graduates an edge in the job market.