This remarkable piece of carving is the latest work by the Swiss carver, Cornel Schneider. His utter devotion to realism never fails to astonish me. This grumpy toad on a lotus leaf is actually carved from a single piece of box wood and features acrylic "droplets of water". As life-like as the toad is, and he really does seem to be a grumpy fellow...the toad not Cornel ;-), I'm particularly drawn to the understated delicacy of the leaf and those beads of water. Lovely!here.
You can also see more of Cornel's work on his own website, here; http://www.cornelschneider.ch/