Who would have thought that fallen wooden logs can still be brought back to life? Most of us would just toss these logs into the open fire with nothing else to do with them. But this incredible Japanese artist would do something differently.
Japanese wood carving artist Mori Kono and his team (MK carving & sculpting, based in Abbotsford, BC, Canada) utilize fallen yellow and red cedar, alder, and birch wood to create impressively detailed animal sculpture. These sculptures are so realistic that these animals look like they’re crawling from forest trees, or positioned to hang from wooden logs.
You can see Kono’s creations through his official website MK Carving and Sculpting. From wood sculptures and carved doors to woodcarving restoration, he can make high-quality creations according to customer’s requests. His team is open for commissioned projects for private clients, may it be large scale carvings or small custom gifts. Aside from sculptures, the team also creates wood signs, architectural decors, mantels, totem poles, or centerpiece for a hotel lobby.
To carve out intricate details from the wooden log, Mori Kono uses a small chisel and other power tools for sculpture. To bring the sculpture to life, he adds more colors to highlight features such as the eyes, feathers and furs. Kono’s studio is aiming to incorporate the beauty of nature with wood sculpture, so people can appreciate it more.
“If our completed works of art are able to contribute to society, to have a deeper feeling and respect towards nature and the wild,” says the team, “then that is our greatest dream!”
The studio’s principal mission is 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 utilizes a range of power tools to achieve the designs he has in mind. Usually, he uses a handheld chisel for the delicate details in his sculptures, such as the animals’ fur, feathers, and eyes. Once the form is finished, he then brings the pieces to life by coloring them, making sure that the animal will stand out from the pale-colored logs.
Kono boasts of over 20 years of experience in the industry and has been recognized as a quality architectural woodcarver and wildlife sculptor by several groups in the United States and Canada.
The company accepts commissioned work for private clients as well as small custom gifts and large scale sculptures. Their wood-carving services also include gorgeous hand-carved doors.
The skilled artist documents his techniques and processes on social media.