A South Korean Artist Starts With A Pile Of Wood. Then Proceeds To Create Something Stunning

Jae-Hyo Lee, a South Korean artist, shows off his sculpting skills in a very unique way. After gathering discarded pieces of wood, Jae-Hyo creates stunning works of art that are both beautiful and functional. 

"I make artworks with materials around me that I can manipulate. Usually, those materials are from nature," Jae-Hyo mentions in a video profile about his work. He continues to describe his artwork as a spin on ordinary, everyday objects, "I believe you can get more of a 'wow effect' when you create a striking piece from everyday, common materials." The results of his many recycling-based projects are quite impressive. Just take a look at some of his best work. 

His creations start as various chunks of wood, then the materials are burned and carefully polished into a desired shape.

The black details are achieved when select materials are burned until a charred black appearance is visible.


The 50-year old artist continues to polish and chisel away at the furniture or sculpture until the charred material shines brightly through the chunks of wood.

A majority of his pieces reflect globes, columns, or furniture-like objects.

Jae-Hyo Lee refuses to work with expensive, rare tree parts, and prefers to use scraps from cheap or abandoned specimens.

Jae-Hyo’s admits that his organic work is extremely labor intensive, but the results are totally worth it.


His artwork can be found in museums, galleries, the lobbies of high-end hotels and even along the streets of South Korea.

He has created dozens of these masterpieces, which goes to show the sheer determination and passion Jae-Hyo Lee has. If you want to learn more about the artist, check out his website for more incredible artwork.

Via: Bored PandaJae-Hyo Lee

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