Sergei Bobkov wood chip animal sculptures

ART: Amazing wood chip artwork by Sergei Bobkov

“It’s not very interesting to do what others can. To create something out of nothing in a completely new way is far more inspiring” – Sergei Bobkov

Sergei Bobkov (55 this year) is an artist who possess a unique technique of creating amazingly lifelike animal sculptures out of Siberian cedar wood chips. Sergei focuses on wildlife creatures and studies their anatomy for months before starting work on his amazing animal sculptures.

Sergei says many people compare his artwork to taxidermy, because most of his artwork looks so much like the animals they replicate. Sergei, however, believes they are as different as light and dark. While taxidermy is all about death, his wood chip art symbolises life.

Sergei Bobkov is a resident of Kozhany, Russia, where he has developed his very own technique that prevents wood chips from falling apart over time. After creating about 100-150 chips from 2-3 inch long cedar branches, Sergei soaks them in water for several days. Thereafter, Bobkov carves the wood chips into any shape he needs with surgical precision.

Sergei has been crafting his amazing wood chip animal sculptures for some time now, but admits that the work really is tedious. Just one of his incredible wooden animal sculptures takes around 6 months to complete. That’s not to mentioned that he works at a rate of 10-12 hours a day with no days off. Now that’s dedication.

More wood chip animal sculptures by Sergei Bobkov

– uncredited photos by Reuters via Daylife

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