Most people were impressed with a Fort Nelson man who built a 20-foot snowman in his yard last month, but not Fort St. Johners Tyrell and Braden Brown.
“We saw that one in the newspaper and said, ‘There is no way Fort Nelson should have a bigger snowman than Fort St. John!’” said Tyrell.
The brothers started construction on their parent’s front yard in the northwest of the city, drawing on experience building a moderate 10-foot tall snowman four years ago.
They drilled sheets of plywood together and packed snow into it, working over the December cold snap. Tyrell used a torch to melt the snow so it would ice over. They took the shoring down from around it and there sat a large block of snow.
It sat there for a while. Weeks passed, and puzzled neighbors asked what it was supposed to be. A robot? A Lego man? Their parents, growing increasingly impatient with the headless, undefined pillar of snow in their yard, finally threatened to bulldoze it.
The brothers leapt back into action, crafting the head, which they lifted to the top with the help of a bobcat. They threw away the coal buttons and opted for more modern ones, made out of semi truck lights. The arms are beefed up too, made from PVC piping.
The final piece was the hat, made out of cardboard, and filled with snow.
Once it was finished, the Brown brothers measured it, but found that it was only 17 and a half feet, just shy of their mark. They aren’t discouraged though, they plan to build another, bigger one next year.
Their goal is to make it taller than their parents’ house.