met Rob down at Hamlin Beach, just west of the city of Rochester
on Lake Ontario. He caught my attention right away because
we were just spacing out on the beach and there he was getting
right down to business. He had his own full size plastic
trash can and a pointed shovel with a long handle - real
tools on the beach! It looked like he was going to build
the biggest sand castle in the world and I was thinking
who lives in Rochester, was practicing for a competition
down south. He had his own interpretation of some child's
story that he was working out. He told me the concept but
I just couldn't follow it. The contestants get a dump load
of sand and twenty two hours over a three day period to
create sand sculptures. He was telling us that some guys
just shovel like mad for the first ten hours and then carve
for the remaining twelve. His daughter was learning the
trade. This little guy is her work.
makes his living doing this. He hurt his back at his construction
job and was laid up for a while when he "discovered he
could carve" while helping a friend. He has even laid
claim to "sandsculpture.com"
the last few times I visited, it was out of order.
I found this photo on his site before it went
down. It's from a mall show in the Midwest. These guys work
the mall circuit in the winter months.
looks like Rob was giving me the finger here but he wasn't.
He is an entertainer as well as an artist and he loves to
talk so stop down this summer and say Hi.