1The world's largest wood sculpture
2A spiral staircase made from a single tree
3The largest wooden Buddha statue
The 18-meter tall Maitreya statue stands in the main hall. Hand-carved during Qianlong Emperor's reign of the Qing Dynasty.
The Cultural Revolution in the 1960s caused tremendous and irreparable damage to thousands of architectural and cultural treasures across China. Miraculously, both the statue and the temple survived the calamity. (Source)
4Totem poles from the Royal Ontario Museum
C.M. Barbeau acquired the Nisga'a crest poles, and the Royal Ontario Museum received them in the early 1920s. However, due to their large size, they could not be put on display until an expansion of the museum in 1933, when the building could be constructed around them.
Notably, the largest of the four crest poles, the Pole of Sag̱aw̓een, stands over 24.5 meters (80 ft.) and is the tallest known example of a pole from the 19th century. (Source)
5Possibly the world's largest wooden sculpture
The lion was carved from a rosewood tree and measures 14.5m (47.5 ft.) long, 5m (16.4 ft.) high and 4m (13.1 ft.) wide. If these measurements are true, it would make the lion the longest wood carving in the world, the title of which is currently held by the first artwork on our list. (Source)
6511 interconnected pliers from the same trunk
Warther's most significant carving before he changed his focus almost exclusively to locomotives, was a tree created from 511 interconnected pliers using the same technique he learned as a child. The piece required some 31,000 cuts and each branch can fully articulate like a functional pair of pliers all the way down to the base of the trunk. Watch the video bellow to see Warther's son David demonstrating the technique (seriously, it's almost miraculous at the end, well worth a quick watch).
7The God of War, the largest wooden statue in Japan
8"Chopstick," a swing set and concession stand
"Chopstick" was designed for the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park in Indiana from a yellow poplar tree harvested from a nearby forest. Bark was carefully stripped and dried to be used as shingles for the concession stand and hanging ornaments for the branches.
The structure of the stand itself also comes from the tree. Pieces of wood were cut from the trunk to create the stand's frame and the swings, and even flowers found on the tree were used as ornaments in the concession stand's glass. (Source)
9The Great Canoe
The great killer whales depicted on either side of the prow of the Great Canoe were most likely painted by Charles Edenshaw (1839-1924), one of the most influential Haida artists of his time. (Source)