How Do They Do That?

This section is designed to take some of the mystery out of Sand Sculpting. Whether you are just thinking about it, or have tried it and experienced some difficulties, we hope you'll be able to learn some new techniques in this following story. Click HERE for text only version.
The first form, firmly interlocked with additional bracing, compacted and watered down.
It takes teamwork to build successful castles. One man compacts, one waters and one shovels sand.
Expect to fill and dump hundreds of buckets of water.
Compacting or "tamping" the sand is very important in the "West Coast Technique". Some sculptors become so attached to their tamper that they haul them across the country from contest to contest.
A large team in action. Note that shoveling over 4 metres usually requires a second stage. The water buckets arrive on the opposite side to the shovelers. Think safety always!
Carving begins from the top down. Note that there is only room for two carvers at the top, the rest of the team has other duties assigned by the Captain. Also note the twin top pieces and the prow design of the forms. Careful planning can speed up the finished design of your sculpture.
The Orbital Sanders of Seattle, WA demonstrate the teamwork that carried them to first place at the US Open and second at the World's Championship in 1997. Meticulous planning is their trademark and it pays off when all of the main pieces are formed-up and carving has begun on all of them.
Alan Matsumoto and the Artisans des Dreams enroute to a championship. Again note the careful planning necessary to form so many elements around the plot and then assign team members according to their ablities.
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