Last weekend I had the opportunity to do some sand sculpting for the first time ever. I have of course carved snow in the past, and while nothing beats carving out your creation in a 10 foot block of snow, there is something to be said for warm weather, water and sand.
Sean and I met up and put our maquette together at The Fix Coffee shop in Uptown Bay City earlier in the month, and I was very excited to make it a reality. The next step was securing a sponsorship to help provide some digging tools. Thankfully Home Depot of Bay City took us under their wing and provided some shovels, tamper, buckets and a sweet cooler to house our Sharkleberry-Fin Kool-Aid. After packing some sand into our mold and waiting overnight, our lump of sand was ready to take shape.
Bit by bit our creation took shape, and now we were staring at a magnificent Siege Turtle in all its glory; from its bilge pumps, to the docking station at the rear where the Nautilus was moored. After losing the fore canon due to a collapse we instead fashioned a small cathedral where it is rumored the turtle priestess interprets the will of the Siege Turtle.
All in all it was a good weekend, and a great introduction to sand carving. Special thanks go out to John Martinez of the Martinez Art Group, he organized the even and was a great mentor and a very cool guy!