Artist Jeffro Uitto has been masterfully creating furniture and sculptures out of wood since he was a teenager. A true artist in every sense of the word, Jeffro now scours the beaches and valleys near his Tokeland, Washington workshop for salvaged pieces of driftwood ready to be transformed into something new.
In what can only be described as an artistic process fostered in care and precision, the sticks, stumps and logs are taken to Knock on Wood, Jeffro’s shop, where he assesses, cures, and then individually handcrafts each sculpture.
While some of the work is commissioned, most of Jeffro’s finalized projects comes from an artist’s intuition, according to his website. Using mostly tools he made himself, Jeffro carves, saws, planes, and eventually ends up with an intricate piece that no one else saw coming from a couple of intertwined branches washed-up on the beach.
Jeffro's work is essentially broken down into three categories: furniture, sculpture, and large projects. This eagle—made of and perched on a piece of driftwood—is one of the larger sculptures, and has been moved around to various locations to get optimal lighting and weather conditions.
This bench—which looks like it was plucked straight from The Hobbit's front lawn—is a true feat in tri-coloured wood and smooth lines.
Fit for a king, viking, or die-hard wilderness adventurer, this chair easily enters into Game of Thrones territory.
Not for sale, an intricately-designed, hand-carved book serves as the artist's portfolio of past work.
After and before
This side-by-side provides a rare glimpse into Jeffro's artistic process and how much work is actually involved. On the left is what can only be described as a wooden throne, made of the burly fir roots originally shown in the picture on the right.
Jeffro finishes each piece differently, using polyurethane for some and oil for others depending on the eventual long-term home and purpose of the piece. This chair was an experiment in contrasting natural and finished textures. Fans and Facebook commenters have pointed out that the unique chair resembles the profile of a horse.
Since Jeffro works with 100% salvaged materials, one could imagine it would be difficult to create a symmetrical-looking piece of furniture. While not completely symmetrical in design, the wood faces of this dresser are indistinguishable yet still rustic and natural-looking.
A sculpted dining room table is the product of two spruce stumps that had grown into each other.
Cedar root stool
A combination of curled roots and a smooth, curved surface make this stool truly remarkable, and it isn't just the beach background.
A picture of the artist at work and a glimpse of the inside of Knock on Wood, the shop where it all happens.
Jeffro's perfectly-named daughter, Timber, is proud to support the family business and show off her dad's intricately-carved heron.
Driftwood table with glass top
This table, with rounded glass that sits on a gnarly driftwood base, was made for close friends of Jeffro's.