South Korean artist Jae-Hyo Lee is a master of manipulation in his beautiful art. He turns discarded pieces of wood into attention-grabbing works of art that are both elegant and functional.

These incredibly sleek and beautiful sculptures are the result of Jae-Hyo Lee’s meticulous work: having assembled various chunks of wood, he burns and then carefully polishes them to create visual contrast in his sculpture art.

“I want to express the wood’s natural characteristics without adding my intentions,” says Lee. “I like to make the most out of the material’s inherent feeling. Little things add up to transmit a stronger power, greater energy. That is why I have quite a lot of large pieces among my wood artworks.”

Now scroll down below and check the unique art of wood carving for yourself!

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