Randall Boni's Animal Carvings Are Incredibly Realistic

By: Cecilia Biemann - Published: • References: abundance-acres
Randall Boni is truly a chainsaw master! His incredible carved wildlife sculptures appear so lifelike that I’m betting many passersby have to look twice at them to gauge whether they are real or not.

Using primarily a chainsaw, Boni sculpts dying or damaged trees into these extraordinary pieces of art.

Boni’s carvings involve three basic stages. First, he cuts away the large chunks of wood to get the general shape of the subject. Next, he defines the muscles and fine features of the animal. Finally, he adds the delicate detail of the subject such as fins, fur and feathers.

Boni lives in the Allegheny National Forest, where the abundance of wildlife lends Boni realistic references for his amazing work.