Meltdown Winter Ice Festival

Ice Carvers



Master Ice Carver Andrew Thistlethwaite

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Hobby turned into obsession as Chef Andrew discovered the unique art of ice sculpting in 1996 as a culinary apprentice at the University of Notre Dame. Since then he has traveled tirelessly throughout the country honing his skills with a chainsaw creating awe-inspiring crystalline spectacles for winter festivals, parties, and demonstrations. Andrew is a Certified Ice Carver by the National Ice Carving Association, and is the Owner of Signature Ice Sculptures, LLC in San Antonio, Texas.
Distinctions and Awards
 NICA Professional Division National Champion 2007, 2008
 3rd Place 2016 World Ice Art Championships, Fairbanks, Alaska
 Awarded numerous Bronze, silver, and Gold Medals in NICA Competi-tions
 Certified Ice Carver
 Ivy Tech Instructor in Ice Carving
 Founded Hunter Ice Festival, Niles, Michigan

Master Ice Carver Aaric Kendall

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When Aaric Kendall was in high school, work-ing part time in the kitchen of a private din-ing club, he got the chance to carve a swan out of ice at a Springfield, IL charity event. Kendall was able to hone his skills when he later attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. There, he was president of the school’s ice carving club, which set up competitions so chefs-in-training could practice. Argenta, Illinois resident Kendall has since gone on to win the U.S. Ice Carving Nationals and earned the right to compete in ice carving events held in conjunction with two winter Olympics — Tu-rin, Italy, in 2006 and Vancouver, British Co-lumbia, in 2010. He was the Bronze Medalist in Turin and won Gold in Vancouver.
He placed 2nd at the World Ice Art Championships in 2015.
Kendall worked as a chef at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in St. Louis, where he did all of the hotel’s ice carving. After more than a year, he took a job in the same city with Ice Visions, a full-service ice carving company. There, he sculpted eve-rything from turkeys and cornucopias for Thanksgiving to corporate logos for busi-ness functions and monograms for weddings.Kendall also started Double A Carving Company(, a full-service ice carving company. His shop — which includes a 13-by-10-foot freezer where he carves — is on the property of his parents’ home, where he grew up. 


Master Ice Carver Jeff Kaisor

We have a new carver to announce this year! Jeff Kaisor will be joining the 2018 Meltdown carving team! Stay tuned for more details on Jeff and his accomplishments.

Master Ice Carver Dean DeMarais

It was the summer of 1988, I was in garde manger class at El Centro, a com-munity college in downtown Dallas, when I carved my first block of ice. By Octo-ber I was full time, at Bifulcos Vanish-ing Sculptures working for Robert Bi-fulco, doing a little bit of everything, sales calls, picking up equipment, deliv-eries, maintaining equipment and even a bit of sculpting.
After going back to school to work on my art degree 1992 i kept my hands on my chainsaw working anything I could find. By 1997 I was running full steam ahead and by February 1998 I officially stated Dallas Ice FX.
I only competed in a few local competi-tions winning some and DQ’ing in others. I competed nationally for the first time in 2003, again in 04, 07 and 08, finish-ing in the top 10. 3 silver medals and a bunch of bronze.
My first experience with international competition was in 2007 at the World Ice Art Championship in Fairbanks, AK. with team Fear No Ice.
2007 2nd place abstract multi-block “Sweet Motion of the Northern Lights”
2013 10th place realistic single block “Fallen”
2013 DQ multi-block Team Texas “STRIKE”
2015 2nd place realistic Team Texas “Octopussy” peoples choice, governor’s award,
2016 7th place abstract, single block Team Texas “H2” peoples choice.
2016 3rd place realistic, multi-block Team Texas “How to Train Your Dragons”