You have never thought that fallen wooden logs can still be brought back to life. Many would just throw these logs into the open fire. But this incredible Japanese artist has done something differently.
Mori Kono, the Japanese wood carving artist, and his team (MK carving & sculpting, based in Abbotsford, BC, Canada) create an impressively detailed animal sculpture using fallen yellow and red cedar, alder, and birch wood. The animals in these sculptures are so realistic and they’re like crawling from forest trees, or positioned to hang from wooden logs.
Kono’s creations are on his official website MK Carving and Sculpting. He makes high-quality creations according to customer’s requests from wood sculptures and carved doors to woodcarving restoration. His team is doing large-scale carvings or small custom gifts for commissioned projects for private clients. The team also creates wood signs, architectural decors, mantels, totem poles, or centerpieces for a hotel lobby aside from sculptures.
Mori Kono uses a small chisel and other power tools for the sculpture to carve out intricate details from the wooden log. He adds more colors to highlight features such as the eyes, feathers, and furs to bring the sculpture to life. Kono’s studio is trying to incorporate the beauty of nature with wood sculpture.
The team says, “If our completed works of art are able to contribute to society, to have a deeper feeling and respect towards nature and the wild. Then that is our greatest dream!”
Here’s the studio’s principal mission written on its website.
“Our main mission is to bring out, or back, the wondrousness of nature to this busy modern world. All living things in this world exist and accept every rule of mother nature… living in balance. If our completed works of art are able to contribute to
society – to have a deeper feeling and respect towards nature and the wild more often, then that is our greatest dream!”
Kono needs a range of power tools to create the designs he has in mind. He uses a handheld chisel for the delicate details in his sculptures, such as the animals’ fur, feathers, and eyes. He then brings the pieces to life by coloring them once the form is finished.
Kono has 20 years of experience in the industry. He has been recognized as a quality architectural woodcarver and wildlife sculptor by several groups in the United States and Canada.
They have commissioned work for private clients and also small custom gifts and large scale sculptures. They also create gorgeous hand-carved doors.
He documents his techniques and processes on social media.