Ice art – temporary work that makes forever memories

“We take water and add value to it,” said Tom Gerlak of Ice T Inc., who saw a market niche and began filling it in 1998.

Gerlak (and co-owner Pat Caffrey) are both former chefs at the Doubletree Hotel. “Chefs love to do ice carvings because if you’re on the loading dock with a block of ice and a chain saw revving around at 5,500 rpm, nobody bothers you with other kitchen problems,” he said.

While there are other ice carvers in town, Ice T Inc. not only carves sculptures, table centerpieces, drink luges and ice bars, they are the exclusive manufacturers of the 300-pound blocks that other local carvers use. Read More