February 28, 2022

Making an Ice Carousel in Maine

Have you ever seen an ice carousel? Have you ever heard of one? Picture a giant "lazy Susan" rotating on a frozen pond or lake - it's actually very interesting.

Ice carousels are floating discs cut into the ice and then propelled into rotation by an outboard motor. These ice creations originated in Finland, but have grown more popular over recent years here in the United States and in Canada. Recently, my longtime special projects producer, Judy Morris, was in South Bristol, Maine visiting family when she came across a group of individuals making an ice carousel in a backyard pond. The entire process took about three hours, but it made for a very fun afternoon on a cold winter day.

Here are some of Judy's photos and a short video, enjoy.


Here is a short video showing how the ice carousel in motion.