RAF Wittering's Mark Day has ordered several Vodka Luges from us over the years for their Summer and Winter Balls. This year Mark wanted something a bit more special, slightly different to what they have had in the past for their RAF 100 Warrant Officer and Sargents Mess celebration Ball. Mark was very specific in what he wanted (as he always is). He wanted the RAF Swooping Eagle crest. Mark loves to throw is a challenge.
With a high resolution image of the RAF Swooping Eagle crest we set about planning and designing the ice carving.
The crest fitted a Landscape format of an ice block - 1m from left to right and 1/2m high. Ice carving is all about pre-visualization of the final image. The perspective must be just right, the dimensions accurate, be it judged by eye or by meticulous measuring by a tape measure.
Taking a 2D image such as the RAF Swooping Eagle Crest or logo and then translating that into a 3D version is not the easiest of things to do. Looking at a finished sculpture, anyone one can spot a mistake, an errror or a wrong dimension. However when a piece is carved 'just right' it then becomes a work of art and something really special. It then comes alive.
With the RAF Swooping Eagle Vodka Luge everything worked. The detail was carefully planned prior to he first chisel touching the ice, close attention to how the feathers lay, the angle of he head, the subtle nuances of the crest features such as the eyes, the claws and the actual pose were all taken into account.
RAF Swooping Eagle - Hand carved- not CNC carved
This RAF Swopping Eagle was hand carved - not CNC carved as we would for a crest or cap badge. We love challenges. When everything works as we planned it, this gives us tremendous satisfaction and pride in what we do.
When we set-up the RAF Swooping Eagle Vodka Luge, the reaction from those around was truly amazing and pleasing. People took photographs and exclaimed how 'spectacular', 'amazing' and 'brilliant' the sculpture was - one of the best they have ever seen at RAF Wittering one person commented. Comments like that make it all worth while.
Other RAF100 sculptures this year have included for exmple, the famous Spitfire.
No. of Ice Blocks - ONE
Item - Ice Sculpture or Vodka Luge
Format - Landscap
Height - 1/2m x 1m wide
Text - No
Delivery to venue - Yes
Complete set-up of sculpture at venue - Yes
Lighting included - Yes
Lighting set-up created for you at venue - Yes
Drain Tray - Yes
Thick-bore Tubing - Yes
12-point Check Assessment - Yes