Creative tradition evolves from a hunk of cheese

Emory Rice begins carving a 5-pound loaf of cheese.

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Most would agree cheese is an unconventional medium for a sculpture. But one person’s food is another person’s art supply.

For some reason 15 years ago—Emory Rice can’t remember why—he decided he “was gonna do something with cheese.” And just like that, an unusual holiday tradition began.

On Christmas morning, Emory and Margaret Rice’s children and grandchildren rush into the house and past them, not to see what presents lay under the tree, but to see Emory’s cheese creation. 

Since 2005, Emory has sculpted a local landmark or home out of loaves of sharp cheddar cheese.

A fourth generation carpenter and retired…

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