Arnold Schwarzenegger has gotten another statue - this time one carved out of a tree trunk.
Master sculptor James O'Neal's "Austrian Oak" measures 6' 2" in height and features Arnold in his signature bodybuilding pose. The black oak statue took more than six months to complete.
“This piece of black oak has the craziest grain of anything I’ve ever carved,” O’Neal says on Instagram. “Burls, knots, bark, bug tunnels, and grain that changes direction every few inches. Arnold fans will probably feel it interferes with the statue, but this piece is why I carve trees. So much character, and after all, Arnold is the Austrian Oak.”
O'Neal documented the build process on his Instagram page, teasing his audience every week or so with an update. The finished statue features a polyurethane coat that brings out the wood's natural grain.
His work has earned him more than 25,000 Instagram followers. His sculptures have been seen by people around the world and have spawned numerous articles.
O'Neal didn't begin sculpting with Arnold. He's also made Sylvester Stallone's Rocky, Muhammad Ali, Floyd Mayweather, and Conor McGregor, among others. O'Neal hasn't had any formal sculpting training. He has taught himself over the past 10 years.
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