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Small band saw cuts the ice at Norway's Royal Palace


Small band saw cuts the ice at Norway's Royal Palace A small band sawmill cuts ice into carefully measured blocks at the royal palace or ‘slottet’ in the preparation of an ice rose, for HM the King of Norway’s 70th birthday on 21st February.The 100 tonnes of ice came from the frozen lake near H?nefoss, in the North of the country. Each 1,20 x 2,20 x 0,40 metres block weighed one tonne and was cut into seven 1,2 x 0,3 x 0,4 equal parts with a chainsaw in the palace forecourt. Each resized block was lowered on to the Wood-Mizer sawmill, 5cm taken of the tops and bottoms to ensure only pure, blue ice was used and then further resized to 1,2 x 0,3 x 0,3 metres.

Finally, the 1,2 metre blocks were sawn into three equal 0,4 metres parts, producing 2100 accurate building blocks. These were assembled into a basic structure and carved into a three-metres-high rose. It entertained the king for a month before melting in the warm, early March winds.

The Wood-Mizer LT15 band sawmill isn’t designed for this task. Normally, it saws logs up to 70 cm in diameter and 5.4 metres long in its standard form, although extra bed sections allow almost any log. It was bought for the task by Orderud Design which specialise in ice sculptures, in January.

Thomas Orderud explains:
"It was particularly reasonably priced and with its thin band blades it gave each block a smooth surface for precise positioning in the ice rose structure".


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