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The Italian artist has a knack for creating haunting, incredibly lifelike sculptures grewn out of wood. His works somehow manage to capture the expressiveness in a person’s eyes and the body’s fleshy curves.

Walpoth told The Huffington Post in an email this week that wood basically runs in his veins. “In our valley there is a 400-year-old tradition of wood-sculpting culture,” he wrote in German. “Both my grandfather and my uncle were wood sculptors, and so I grew up with this medium.”

He added, however, that wood is “very hard to work with,” and it takes a “great delicacy” to make the material “appear like skin.” He says it takes him about two months to complete a life-sized figure.

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