TUPPER LAKE - When someone is carving a bear with a chainsaw in Tupper Lake, it's usually being made out of logs.
But Saturday, visitors to The Wild Center were treated to another type of carving more appropriate to winter.
Chris Fish and Heidi Lyon are from Northwoods Ice Craft, a group of ice sculptors based in Montpelier, Vt., and they carved ice blocks into a series of sculptures that ended up lining the entryway to the museum Saturday.
Heidi Lyon of Northwoods Ice Craft uses an electric die grinder to sculpt a bear out of ice at The Wild Center Saturday morning.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)
They created one featuring the museum's logo surrounded by animals, plus several animal sculptures and one with an acrylic material suspended in ice that represents light reflecting off of ice crystals.
Fish said the group mostly does work in Vermont at ski areas and advertising gigs for businesses like Burton, but they travel to New Hampshire and New York at times as well.
The event was part of The Wild Center's Wild Winter Weekends series. The museum also had ice expert Peter Masilewski give a presentation called "The Color of Ice," and musician Doug Irving played several acoustic sets throughout the day for museum visitors.
Normally closed during the week in the winter, the museum is open all this week since many schools, including Tupper Lake, are out on winter break.