More About Us…
We work in genuine collaboration with our valued clients to design and deliver bespoke ice pieces that perfectly complement their glassware and drinking vessels. Currently we have over 30 styles of ice on the books for our customers, and that number rises with every new business relationship. An example of our latest pieces? How about a 55, 65 or 70mm hemisphere for a coupe serve? Or another tapered rocks block to fit that double rocks like a glove. That’s why we proudly call ourselves ‘home of the tapered serve’. Seen those on Instagram much? No, we didn’t think so.
Of course, if you’re looking for brand activations, eye-catching encapsulations, product inclusions in ice for media events etc, that’s something we’d love to help with. And because we operate a very lean machine, we don’t just think of a number, double it and add a zero. Yeah, back to that fairness thing.
We’ve been in the frozen water trade for a long time, enough to make mistakes ourselves, and see others make them and that’s why we have a dislike of dogma, in fact, we could call ourselves iconoclasts. A lot of the stuff we tell you might go against popular opinion, but there’s a good reason for that.
If you want CNC, our strong recommendation is Hamiltons working out of London. If it’s sculptural pieces you’re after then there are none better than Glacial Art working out of Liverpool.
That’s why we make a guarantee to you that you will never see us:
- Using some of those old school ice tongs. We’re not wearing britches delivering off the back of a Model T Ford
- Looking through a block of clear ice
- Spinning a slab of clear ice on a steel prep bench
- Spraying fireworks out of the front of a Stihl chainsaw and thrusting. We prefer Husqvarna, and not thrusting
- Piling 50mm cubes up to the moon
- Doing a time-lapse video of a table saw and sled setup cutting 50mm cubes ad infinitum
Now that’s not just because it’s naff – in our opinion – but worse than that it’s derivative. It’s unoriginal. The first people to do it, and we imagine that was Hundredweight or someone similar, well done, hands clapped etc but now? Seriously that’s the best you’ve got? Jeez, OK then.
Creating crystal clear, low/no PPM, dense ice isn’t hard. It’s just a time-consuming, precise procedure that needs patience and experience. And expensive equipment. And good operators that don’t come cheap. And premises. And electricity and a great water supply. And delivery vehicles. And low-temperature storage. And most importantly IMAGINATION. But it’s not hard, per se. Capisce?
Well, that’s enough about us. If you have a question, we’d love to talk it through with you. Oh lastly, don’t just ask for a price list. We don’t do them and if we reply to a one-sentence email and you ghost us, we assume you’re just fishing for the opposition.
Working with Black Ice means you never have to feel standard.