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An AICD graduate proudly
finishes one of his projects
- a perfect 20 inch sphere -
Student ice carver
Tools Used During Instruction

Overview of AICD's Ice Carving Tools

AICD is world those who value the best.

Shown below are many of the tools you will be using during instruction.

Ice carving die grinder bits


ice carving chisels saws

Below is an overview of some of the tools, supplies,
and equipment used during instruction.

Carvers have the opportunity to use a huge variety of the latest and most innovative
tools, equipment, ice carving books, and supplies in our ice carving instruction programs.

A major emphasis is placed on teaching the safe use of all tools.

  • Specially adapted power and hand tools
  • Clinebell Ice Block Maker ®, hoist, and related equipment
  • Innovative rotary bits
  • Stihl, Husqvarna, and Makita chainsaws
  • Modified chainsaw blades ranging from 12" to 28" long
  • Alaskan mill
  • Torches, irons, aluminum fusion plates, nail boards
  • The best Misono, Hiryu, and J.B. Prince chisels and saws
  • A variety of custom ice sculpture display bases
    including custom beverage bar display and rotational displays.
  • Advanced design materials
  • Computer graphics programs
  • High-tech special effects and lighting technologies
  • Professional layout and enlarging tools and equipment
  • Art and design instructional media
  • A library featuring all of the professional ice carving books (20 different titles) ever published

    ...and much more!

    "I received the instruction and hospitality beyond my expectations. Paul Germain made me feel at home. I was immersed into all aspects of Ice Carving. The emphasis on drawing and the use of clay was extremely helpful. The Studio was well equipped and Paul Germain demonstrated all their uses.

    AICD's Hospitality was like being at a Fine Bed and Breakfast. The one on one instruction was exactly what I needed. Being a chef, I will definately let those in my industry know about AICD. I look forward to returning. Thank you, Paul!

    Thomas Selzer, CEC, CPIC, General Manager of Instructional Food Service, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA

clinebell ice block maker
AICD's crystal clear ice block maker

All tools, ice, artwork, resources, and supplies used for instructional purposes are considered the property of AICD and are to remain at the AICD facility. AICD reserves the sole right to discard, donate, or raise funds for any ice sculpture completed through its courses of instruction.

ice sculpture instruction measuring tools

AICD Portrait Sculpting Aids (used in Masters Program)

portrait models

In addition to providing students the opportunity to use a huge selection of ice carving and design tools, a complete library of ice carving books is available.

Paul Germain has been collecting ice carving books since he first started carving ice sculptures over 35 years ago. The AICD library is second to none, featuring 30 of the most artistic and creative ice carving books that have ever been published - many of which are no longer being printed.

Students have the rare opportunity to view and be inspired by the incredible ice sculptures in these rare editions in the comfort of the AICD studio or at their hotel.

  coats and boots

Each first time student enrolled in an AICD Certification Program also receives a heavy duty AICD tool bag filled with gourmet snacks and refreshments to enjoy while practicing additional drawing and carving projects at his/her hotel in preparation for the next day's carving.

If you are traveling by air, please leave some room in your luggage
for your complementary AICD Tool Bag and your Certificate Plaque.

Be sure to read what chefs and career ice carvers have shared about their experience at AICD.

Memberships • CCR

American Society for Training and Development - ASTD
World Association of Chefs Societies - WACS
American Culinary Federation - ACF
National Ice Carving Association - NICA
National Education Association - NEA
California Teachers Association - CTA

Formerly served on NICA Board of Directors for three years

AICD is fully CCR approved and registered to provide training to all
branches of the Federal Government, including the Department of Defense


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