He always wanted to build an igloo but “there had never been enough snow.”
Ben Crutch realized when he woke up on Sunday morning that the time had come to tick an item off his “bucket list”.
After seeing a lot of cold, fluffy white snow in the garden, the 29 year old fromodie Giles and said, “I’m going to build an igloo.”
After Ben told his girlfriend about building an igloo, his girlfriend, her brother and brother’s girlfriend thought he was ‘mad’.
Ben made almost 500 bricks out of snow, working for eight hours straight completing the structure of igloo with light, a door and a window he was finished.
The carpenter-joiner learned the process as he went along – admitting he “should have googled the correct method”.
He made each brick by packing the snow into a small washing up bowl, started laying them down and just “went with the flow.”
It was “almost like a sand castle”, he said, “but with ice”.
In the start he feared that there might be certain issues with roof but it went out well without any major disasters.
After he began to make progress, the others joined him, using a wheelbarrow to collect fresh snow.
The finished structure, more than seven feet tall, was cosy. “The ice works as a good thermal wall,” Ben said. “It was actually really warm in there.”
He added: “It was just really good fun. It was a day’s work and it’s got a lot more attention than I ever thought it would.”