Tuesday 25 October 2016

Gallery: Conor McGregor fan reveals incredible life-size wood carving of The Notorious

Published 18/05/2016 | 14:49

James O'Neal stands alongside his wood carving of Irish MMA star Conor McGregor
James O'Neal stands alongside his wood carving of Irish MMA star Conor McGregor

A lot of incredibly talented artists have depicted Conor McGregor is so many ways but James O'Neal's creation has to be among the best.

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The New Jersey native completed his amazing wood carving of the reigning UFC featherweight champion from a single maple tree trunk.

Amazingly, O'Neal has never had any form of training.

"I have been carving around nine years now, completely self taught. I started carving after cutting down a large oak tree in our front yard. And my first piece was a four foot tall gargoyle," he told Independent.ie.

"Since then I have done mostly animals but had been wanting to try a lifesize statue of someone. The only sport I really follow is MMA, and Conor seemed to be becoming the most popular fighter in the UFC, and also had an impressive physique so I decided on doing him.

"I started last October 14th, with a 2000 pound maple tree trunk. I only used a chainsaw for the first day to remove some larger pieces of unneeded wood.

"Then I spent the next six months working with a mallet and chisels, followed by a lot of sanding and finished it with clear polyurethane.

"It now stands in my living room, and next week will make it's first public showing at the Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton, Massachusetts.

"After that I will probably have it for sale. Last week I posted a picture on Instagram and Conor himself "liked " it, so I know he has seen it, but I have not heard anything from him directly."

The 27-year-old Dubliner may want this incredible feat of artistry in his own living room.

Check out how the carving turned from a simple piece of wood to a work of art below:









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