Since high school, Jeffro Uitto has been creating with wood, his favorite medium. Each piece of wood is found and rescued from the shores of Tokeland, the banks of Smith Creek, or the valleys between the Willapa Hills. In due time the varied sticks, slabs, and roots are cured and then found a fitting home. As a finished project comes together you can finally see what Jeffro’s had in his mind all along. A gnarly rocking chair, elegant bed frame, or even a burl-topped bar ready for drinks. Every project that rolls out of the shop enjoys the same careful construction whether it’s a rosebud made from cedar shavings or a commissioned sculpture. Take a look at photos of Jeffro Uitto’s work in the gallery below and find contact information on his website under his business name Knock on Wood.
“I grew up immersed in nature creating my own fun,” said Jeffro Uitto.
He was always carving things from wood, things that boys like, big knives, for example.
Jeffro found that his friends wanted them and were willing to trade. He discovered his capabilities.
Jeffro’s shop is located near the historic Tokeland Hotel, a stone’s throw from Willapa Bay.
Jeffro works in a shop on the property next door to his home which he was able to purchase.
The lot also houses part of his huge collection of driftwood. His storage and work area has spread out to two more rented locations in the neighborhood.
He always has several projects going. Large projects.
He will find a piece of driftwood reminding him of an animal with its particular energies.
He will collect more wood paying attention to the energies and the sculpture will take shape.