Sculptor Makes Amazing Statues of Famous Athletes

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James O’Neal is an artist who specializes in wood sculptures. He is known for carving trees and turning them into statues. He started his sculpting career after moving to Stow Creek Township. He does not have any formal training in wood sculpting and has had to learn the techniques as he goes for the past 10 years.

He creates life-size wooden figures, mainly human and animal, with a certain degree of a stylistic element to enhance the look of the wood. His previous works also include famous athletes such as Floyd Mayweather, Muhammad Ali, Connor McGregor, and Cris Cyborg.

His latest project was a replica of the former professional bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger. Since the action star was also known as the Austrian Oak, he was carved from an actual oak tree. The statue measures 1.88 meters and was completed after 6 months of work. He posted the entire process on his Instagram page.