The pair, who compete nationally and run the Treasure Island-based company Sanding Ovations, was hired to create a replica of the Mad Hatter's hat to celebrate Monday's release of Disney's Alice in Wonderland on DVD and Blu-ray.
It depends if we have a job or not. If we're not out on the beach doing sand, I'm usually on the computer. A lot of my work is spent on the computer, where Dan is very much the artist. He's the conceptual person. I'm the detail person. If we're doing a job, we're organizing and waiting for dump trucks waiting to drop sand off. We're toting hoses. It's a very physical job.
They have to find good sand. The only way I can explain it is if you can make a ball of sand — what we call a Florida snowball — get it wet enough but not too wet. If you can throw it up in the air and it doesn't crack, you can do something with it. The key is water. You absolutely need water.