Kobe Bryant Wood Carving
Screenshots from Woodart Vietnam

Woodworker Carves Stunning Portrait of the Late Kobe Bryant

Need a hobby during the coronavirus pandemic? Why not try your hand at something creative like woodworking? Sure it's going to take some time, but with COVID-19 forcing all of us into social distancing for the foreseeable future, it's not like we're going anywhere.

And if you need some inspiration, let me direct you to the Instagram account woodart_vietnam. The artists' following is relatively small, but one video is going viral online that's sure to bring more and more attention to their amazing set of skills.

When Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant tragically died in a helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, the world grieved. His death didn't seem real — and truthfully still doesn't — because Mamba's star was so massive. The five-time NBA Champion and 18-time NBA All-Star transcended sports. Even if you aren't a basketball fan, you knew Kobe Bryant.

Reverberations from Kobe's death could be felt all over the globe. In Vietnam, one incredibly talented craftsman began with a solid block of wood and filmed his process from start to finish, revealing one of the coolest carvings and tributes to the iconic basketball player I've ever seen.

Kobe Bryant Wood Carving

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One look at his Instagram page, and you get the full picture of just how impressive of a craftsman this group of artists really are. From figurines of anime characters to comic book characters like Iron Man and Spider-Man, each project seems to get better and better.

I dropped a few of my favorites here, but you can visit the Instagram page and even purchase some of these project through their website at DWoodart Studio.

We'll never forget Kobe Bryant, and seeing just how widespread and impactful the Laker legend's life really was never ceases to amaze and inspire.

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