Kono works with a range of power tools, and usually uses a small handheld chisel for careful details, such as intricately carved fur and feathers, or fine points around the animals’ eyes. Once carved, the artist then brings the pieces to life during the coloring process, which allows the animals to stand out from their pale colored logs.
Kono mainly works on a commission basis, with each piece tailored to individual customers. The MK carving & sculpting studio’s aim is to bring back the wonders of nature to the modern world. “If our completed works of art are able to contribute to society […] to have a deeper feeling and respect towards nature and the wild,” the team states, “then that is our greatest dream!”
Wood carving artist Mori Kono transforms ordinary logs into impressively detailed animal sculptures.
The skilled artist documents his techniques and processes on social media.