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SWAPPING GIGS: Sterling grabs a chainsaw to learn to make ice sculptures

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Louisville, KY (WDRB) -- Louisville's largest catering company not only provides hot meals, it also creates fancy ice sculptures for any occasion.

Sterling Riggs swapped gigs with Masterson Catering's ice artist to learn what it takes to shape a master piece.

The artist commissioned to crank out every one of Masterson's ice sculptures might surprise you! Paul Masterson is the president of the company and the man behind every ice creation. "I've been doing ice sculptures since I was 18. I learned from a chef that we had at the time. For my brothers wedding, I made a 12 foot tower," said Masterson.

Masterson set off to teach Riggs how to transform a 300 pound ice block into an Easter basket for a holiday brunch display. He told Riggs not to worry about messing things up. He said to just follow the lines, and take a few whacks at it.

From time to time, Paul gave pointers and stepped in to help out. "It's difficult to learn the physics of the ice to see how the ice is going to react when you put a chainsaw or chisel to it," said Masterson.

It typically takes Paul 15 to 20 minutes to create a piece. Together, they knocked out the Easter basket in about 30 minutes. Riggs took care of the shaping, and Masterson finished off the details.

The sculptures typically last 5 to 6 hours and the blocks of ice are shipped in from Cleveland.


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