Mark VenitMark Venit is one of the world’s most renown sandcastle builders, specializing in authentic-looking works that, viewed from a distance, look like the real thing! Winner of more than a hundred local, regional, and international competitions, Mark and his work have been featured on television shows, in commercials and print ads, and at trade fairs and conventions, throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe, as well as in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. His passion since childhood has been castles, knights, and things medieval, and, when working in Europe, he spends his free time visiting castles and cathedrals. Having visited more than 300 of them and taking extensive notes and photographs, he has a first hand knowledge and appreciation of the history and architecture of the fortresses and palaces built by ancient masons and artisans. His home in Ocean Pines, Maryland, near the white, sandy beaches of Ocean City, Maryland, is decorated in medieval splendor, replete with heraldry, tapestries, reproduction thrones, trophy mounts, and bathed in authentic 12th Century colors and wall textures. Even his cats have royal names – Charlemagne, Louis XIV, and, well, “Princess” Tiger Lily. Occasionally lecturing on medieval times and architecture, Mark constructs castles and cathedrals using members of the audience to demonstrate the physical principles involved and uses people’s bodies, arms and legs to build roofs, walls, columns, and flying buttresses. In his “other” life he is a management and marketing consultant and author of over 400 articles in trade and professional journals. A graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, where he earned his bachelors and masters degrees, he’s also the Chairman of West Palm Beach, Florida-based ShopWorks Software Corporation.
Mark Venit: Welcome back to Camelot. I am Mark Venit, I am a professional sandcastle builder. I've just added a little extension of that triple track ornamentation, and using my apple core, I am going to start some windows and then I'll be using a different tool thats square and sharper. So, lets do a Romanesque window, its going to be a double window, looks real pretty. Think of Romeo and Juliet standing behind it. The total depth in here is about a quarter inch deep. Once again, shadows are doing all the magic here.
Now, if you saw the top of that window get damaged, I have another tool, its called the finger. And I am just lifting the top back up, getting a nice, round arch there. I am going to square the walls of the window, lift the sharp bottom out.
Now, I am going to even things out, and make the tower a little deeper, as I cut down because I saw emerge from the pile that theres going to be a staircase thats going to fit right there. My one inch cutting knife.
As you can see, we've finished the windows. Top terrace of the castle is finished. Next, we are going to look at putting a crenellated wall along here, and a staircase.