FESTIVAL READY: Julie and Jon Day with their giant snowflake.
FESTIVAL READY: Julie and Jon Day with their giant snowflake. DEIRDRE SMITH

Snow flake ready for festival

WHAT do you do when you're new in town and want to contribute to a popular local festival? You weld your own snowflake.

Made of copper piping and with 350 welded joints to hold it in place, the snowflake stands nearly twice as high as creator, Jon Day of Border Refrigeration.

It will be put in place at a yet-to-be-decided location for the Snowflakes in Stanthorpe festival, held from July 5-7.

Mr Day downloaded a sketch from the internet, added to it and made calculations and then the snowflake started to come together on the workshop floor with pencil marks and welding burns in the concrete to tell the story.

Mr Day estimates that the work took 160 hours and even though it's a family business, involving wife Julie, daughter Sophie and twin sons, Alex and Thomas, who are also refrigeration mechanics, he still got a few terse phone calls asking when he was coming home.

The flake is powered by a second-hand refrigeration unit rebuilt especially for the job and the colder it gets, the more the ice grows.

"It goes fluffy at night,” said Mr Day.

"It's the humidity, just like with fog,” he said.

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