Ice Harvesting 2003
Tamworth, New Hampshire

On February 22nd, the Remick Museum in Tamworth, New Hampshire, was the site of a modern-day Ice Harvest! Mr. Bob Cottrell, the executive Director of the museum, has used our class web site in the past to gather "primary source" information on Ice Harvesting - including how to build a real ice house!

He and his wife Debra, the museum's Director of Education, invited Mr. and Mrs. Round to attend this year's annual Winter Carnival. Other activities included Dog Sled Rides, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoe Races, Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides and sledding. A great time was had by all!

Lots of people to work and watch.....
Look for the ice tools used; large ice tongs, a pike pole, an ice saw, a two-prong breaker bar and...
... our Ice Auger to measure the thickness of the ice! Ryan and Miranda Cottrell demonstrate how it was used.

The ice was over 2 feet thick! Unfortunately, only the crystal-clear ice on the bottom was good enough to keep. The milky-white "snow ice" had to be chipped away.

Mr. Round helps with the sawing. That's our auger on the right.
Mrs. Round helps out, too!
Up the ramp and onto the sledge....
This wasn't the biggest load these guys have ever hauled....
.... but into the Ice House and under the sawdust it goes. Ahhh... I can taste the ice cream now. After all, summer's only 6 months away.