Mori Kono, a Japanese wood carver and nature lover, creates elaborate forest animal sculptures. Now living in Canada, the talented artist and his team (MK carvings and sculptures) use their native materials of yellow and red cedar, alder and birch wood. Existing sculptures include bears, raccoons, rabbits, owls, and chipmunks. The playful nature of each spiral is captured by the intriguing carvings, which often appear to be crawling out of the woods or hanging from wooden poles.
Kono works with a range of power tools, and usually uses small portable chisels for intricately carved fur and feathers or delicate details around the animal’s eyes. Once engraved, the artist brings the pieces to life during the coloring process, allowing the animals to stand out in their pale colors.