How to do It ...Continued

The ultimate in formed sculpting - 6 metres in the air, trying for a new Guinness' World Record!
Freddie & The Sandblasters used a bottomless plastic garbage can to form the top of a small element on the top of their sculpture.
Most sculptors, such as Montanan Bill Dow, first erect wooden frames that are filled with sand and water and compacted. The next two-foot layer is usually slightly narrower and thus forms a ladder for the sculptor to climb and start carving the hard sand from the top down. For a small top piece, Bill has used a traffic cone as his basic form. When he pops it off, it will already have the conical shape he needs to carve a turret for this award-winning sandcastle.
Master Sculptor, Freddie Dobbs, uses a palate knife as his main carving tool.
Vern Cooley, Co-Captain of The Orbital Sanders likes a small trowel for detail work.
Al Fauchon of Calgary uses a straw to blow away sand grains.
Richard Varano of Orlando, FL used flexible forms enroute to a third place finish and Solo People's Choice award for this castle.
Joe Maize of Honolulu uses soft piled sand to achieve height and then tops the hills off with bottomless buckets of compacted sand to create the building details.
Mark and Suzanne Altamares of Daytona Beach, FL didn't use compacted sand at all. Surface detail is heavily watered and them carved, often with just their hands. Hand-built (not compacted) sculptors cannot achieve the height of other sculptors, but they make-up oodles of time in competition by shoveling less and carving more. This technique is less physically demanding also.

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