Team members of the Winterfest community carving event attended an ice carving workshop Jan. 16 at Farmers Fare in Rockport led by professional chef and master carver Tim Pierce.

“This was our biggest turnout in eight years,” said Winterfest Chairman David Jackson in a news release.

“We’re excited about the level of participation this year in the carving workshop, and the venue at Farmers Fare was absolutely perfect,” saidAnita Brosius-Scott, another member of the Winterfest Committee.

After a welcome from Winterfest board members, Pierce proceeded with an introduction to the art and technique of ice carving, showing some essential tools for the carver. In addition to tools for carving, Pierce pointed out the many safety precautions that are necessary when carving. Other carving items of importance are knee pads, several pairs of warm gloves, and water-resistant pants, as carvers will be spending a fair amount of time on their knees close to the ground.

The enthusiastic group gathered at the front entrance of Farmers Fare and watched as Pierce sprayed a 40-inch-by-20-inch paper with water and laid it onto the ice block, where it froze in place. He then carved the outline of the image with a chain saw, as he will do for each team’s ice before they begin carving at Winterfest on Saturday, Jan. 30. The finished carving from the workshop of a boat is currently on display at Farmers Fare.

Winterfest will be held Jan. 30 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Camden Public Library and amphitheater. It will include warm food, crafts for children, horse and wagon rides, and music. For more information visit winterfest.mycamdenmaine.com.