Cape May Snow Sculptor Featured on Travel Channel

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Each summer people young and old take a stab at creating sand castles and sand sculptures at the beach.

But one Cape May County resident takes sculpting to the next level by doing it in the snow, and now he’s taking it to a national level.

Brendan Schaffer has been making masterpieces out of snow for the past five years.

“I started with my father," said Schaffer. "We went out and we built a snowman. We decided to start making facial features on it and we found out that we could kind of manipulate the snow the way that we wanted. It takes a lot of time and a lot of patience out in the cold weather. It’s a lot of hard work.”

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Neighbors would drive by their Warren County home to see what sculptures the duo made next.

“Then we made a dragon, then a unicorn mermaid thing," said Schaffer. "As we started to make them people said we should start to color them.” 

It was awesome. It was a huge adrenaline rush to know that all these people were going to see my art.

But it was the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks logos he made out of snow for the Super Bowl— back in 2014 — that gained him some real attention, followed by a larger-than-life campfire scene he also created out of snow.

“It went all over the world [and had] millions of views and likes and shares. It was great," said Schaffer. "It was the fire seen around the world.” 

That fire was seen by the team behind the show Best in Snow on the Travel Channel.

“Then they contacted me because of that picture and came to my house and filmed me from start to finish making a huge fire-breathing dragon,” said Schaffer.

And on Sunday, January 7th, Schaffer was featured on that show among other snow sculptors from around the world.

“It was awesome," said Schaffer. "It was a huge adrenaline rush to know that all these people were going to see my art.” 

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Whether it’s for the Travel Channel or just outside his office at the Nature Center of Cape May, creating art is something that means a lot for this sculptor.

“A lot of times it’s pretty morose in the winter. People get pretty cold and gloomy and that’s really why we do it," said Schaffer. "I got a letter in the mail saying, 'You make winter fun,' and that’s like the [best] words right there.” 

Schaffer plans to keep creating snow masterpieces and once summer comes he hopes to perfect a few sand sculptures as well. 

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