When trees fell, Japanese wood carving artist Mori Kono sets out to create wildlife woodcarvings from the remnants.
Capturing the playfulness of woodland animals, the Canada-based artist often carves the creatures so that they look like they’re crawling from forest trees, or positioned to hang from wooden logs.
Mori Kono and his team make use of local materials such as yellow and red cedar, alder, and birch wood to create the series of sculptures, which include bears, raccoons, rabbits, owls, and chipmunks, as well as wood signs, architectural decors, totem poles, memorial woodcarving and educational projects for schools.
Mori Kono’s business, MK Carving & Sculpting accepts commission works, on-site projects and custom-carving orders for doors, mantels, furniture and signs.
MK Carving & Sculpting said: “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!”
A particular highlight of Mori Kono’s woodcarving collection are the dragon tap handles that he and his team created for Odin Brewery in Seattle.
Mori Kono is currently working on a carving with a Norse God theme, made from cherry wood. The huge twisted cherry trunk will explore Vikings. Mori Kono said: “This is the biggest and funkiest cherry I’ve ever had.”
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