Kenji Ogawa has more than thirty years experience hand-carving ice. The ice carver eschews rote methods and the assembly-line feel of “perfection” – each of Ogawa’s personal creations is a true, ephemeral one-of-a-kind sculpture that reflects his handmade touch.

All the craftsman requires for his trade is tools, preparation, patience and – as with any skilled maker – intimate knowledge of his craft. “I use all my hands,” says Ogawa. “Sharpening the tools, carry, everything.” Watch him make a six-centimetre ice ball by hand in the video below.

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