Why This Artist Turned Down $17,000 For A Piece Of His Work

Mar 8, 2015

Woodcarving is an ancient style of art, but what artist Sergei Bobkov makes is like nothing you’ve seen before. The 53-year-old sculptor proves that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, as he uses wood chips (specifically, wood chips from the Siberian Cedar tree) to create delicate and intricate works of art.

In his own words, Sergei states that "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."

The cedar chips he uses are small and very delicate.

By using different shapes and sizes of chips, he creates uncanny detail and texture in his sculptures.

Some of the shavings he uses are so fine that they resemble fur or feathers.

Though one could make comparisons to taxidermy, Sergei says what he does is very different.


His animals are representative of life, not death.

He soaks hundreds and thousands of wood chips in water to make them easier to work with.

He then meticulously carves and shapes them.


Sergei works for 10-12 hours a day, and sometimes spends over 6 months just to complete one sculpture.

Despite being offered a small fortune for his art, Sergei says it’s not for sale.

The fact that he refuses to sell his work might be the most interesting about Sergei. He turned down an offer of $17,000 for his wood chip eagle. Although he’s been making these sculptures for a long time, because each one is so painstaking to create, there are only 11 in existence currently. Each one is a true labor of love. Check out more of Sergei’s amazing work by visiting his gallery page.

Credit: ViralNova | Sergei Bobkov

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