(Air Date: July 30th 2007)

Kim Fong, from Philadelphia, worked on part of a sculpture depicting the midnight ride of Paul Revere yesterday for the “I love Boston” ice carving competition at the Winter Festival at Quincy Market  Two-member teams from around the country gathered to compete using the Boston theme this year.

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Jan 29th 2006

David Fong uses and electric grinder to shape his entry in the annual Ice Carving competition at Stoweflake Resort last Thursday.  The competition is part of the Stowe Winter Carnival.

Photo by Glenn Callahan









Jan 20th 2006
Professional ice carver David Fong of Philadelphia works on his creation called The Midnight Dancers during the annual nationally sanctioned ice carving competition at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa in Stowe on Thursday.




Bringing life Chefs and designers came out to the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing for a contest to see who could chisel, chop, or saw the most appealing ice sculpture.  RiverRink visitors served as judges for the contest, held Saturday and yesterday, at the Winter WonderfestWeekend.  David Fong, 19, a graphic design student at Pennsylvania State University, won the Ice Master title both days.

David Fong wears and intense expression as he works to make a figure of a “Precious Moments” boy and girl.  His father is a master ice carver

Inquirer photographs by Akira Suwa






“There are about 400 different sculptures that I usually get requests for, including cranes, swans, fish, wedding bells, marriage couples, people, portraits, bowls, Christmas trees, reindeer, menorahs, antique cars, new cars, lanterns, flowers, and flower vases,” says Kim Phuong.  “But sometimes I sculpt something completely new.  One time I carved an entire Japanese garden out of 35 blocks of ice.  A standard-sized block of ice weighs 300 pounds.  The garden had a pagoda that was 9 feet tall.  It took about two days to do it, and it lasted for a week.
“When I first started out it used to bother me that my work only lasted for a short time.  I would put so much time and energy into each sculpture, and it would melt away in four or five hours.  But now I have a better attitude, I realize that because my art melts, it ensures that I have many repeat clients.  Also, I do many sculptures per week, and it really helps sharpen my skill and pushes me artistically. “October, November, and December are my busiest months. Sometimes I only get two or three hours of sleep at night.  And my hands get very cold.  During the slow season I do two or three sculptures a week, sometimes four or five.  During the busy season I can carve up to 20 a week.  It takes anywhere from one to four hours to carve an average ice sculpture, and the can cost anywhere from $50 to $2,000." -Chalfont, Pa., Dec. 8, 2003