Ice Carvings Etc… has been serving the Twin Cities Metropolitan area as well as other cities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South and North Dakota.

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Featured image above is John Franks the ICEMAN with his wife Cheryl sitting in front of his 100+ block ICE BAR display in the outdoor party tent at Chase on the Lake Hotel in Walker, MN. Every year in February he carves and assembles the ice bar, luges and other sculptures for the Eel Pout Festival on Leech Lake. It takes a full week to carve the 36,000 POUND display for the event.


Founded in 1983, We are committed to providing you with the most beautiful hand carved custom ice sculpture for your special event. Ice sculptures add a very classy touch to your event, one that is not only unique but will excite and impress you and your guests. Our creativity and quality carvings are provided to you by award winning carver, John Franks who has won FIVE 1st place finishes at St Paul Winter Carnival. John has also judged, competed and won at various competitions as well throughout his career.

Ice Carvings Etc Inc is owned and operated by John Franks. His introduction of ice sculptures came from his culinary background as an Executive Chef at private clubs, restaurants and hotels. He had sharpened his skills and started his ice carving business in 1983 and has developed his career as a sculptor providing thousands of carvings, punch bowls, luges and ice bars over the years for individual parties, weddings, graduations, anniversaries, winter festivals, holiday buffets for area hotels, restaurants and country clubs as well as corporate clients such as 3M, General Mills, Red Bull, Pepsi, IBM, Mayo Clinic, FREE2B, American Express, Capital One, the list goes on…

I would like to THANK all my current clients for believing in me and for your loyalty. If you haven’t had the opportunity to work with me yet, I INVITE you to experience what I can do for you. You will be impressed with my dependable service, affordability and quality craftsmanship.

Building The ICEBAR
“One mans labor of love…


Ice Bars

Click on our our Ice Bar Gallery above for more of John Franks spectacular work, people love ordering drinks from ice bars! Call 763-757-4936 or email us at john@icecarvingsetc.com to order a custom bar for your event!

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Ice Carvings Etc at 2015 Eel Pout Festival at Chase on the Lake in Walker, MN

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