Welcome to the National Ice Carving Association

The National Ice Carving Association (NICA) is a global organization based in the United States that is devoted to promoting the art of ice sculpture or ice carving, networking carvers, education, business and competition across the country and around the world. With nearly 400 members, NICA sanctions and organizes ice carving competitions around the world. Providing standardized guidelines for judging, learning seminars and certifying carvers, NICA has given the art focus and direction. Continually reaching for the highest standards, NICA carvers have become some of the best in the world.



2015 NICA National Ice Caving Championships Announced

Officially! The 2015 NICA US National Ice Carving Championships will be held in Levis Commons and Downtown Perrysburg both located just south of Toledo, Ohio. Master and Professional Division carvers will be given three hours on Friday to carve one block, and four hours on Saturday to carve a two block show piece. Please stay posted …

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Photography by Roger Mastroianni

Miracle on Ice

By Jordan Rane, American Way, http://hub.aa.com/en/aw/kenneth-diederich-ice-carver-nica KENNETH DIEDERICH has a cool job. So cool, in fact, that you might want to bundle up before reading about it. What do you get when you stick a giant block of ice in front of an artist in a parka armed with a chainsaw, chisels, grinders, a blowtorch and …

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