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Knock on Wood with Jeffro Uitto

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

Rhino at Chimei Museum in Taiwan

In episode 24, I chat with Jeffro Uitto of Knock on Wood. Jeffro is a long time friend and a true Modern Master. He literally earned a page in Masters of Contemporary Fine Art (Volume 1). Jeffro chats with me from his front yard in Tokeland, Washington as he ponders what to tackle next. I can't help but remember the first time I met Jeffro about 15 years ago. He said, "My name is Jeff, but my friends call me Jeffro." Well, Jeffro, the world is your friend, even Wim Hof! Jeffro explains how he went through a transformation soaking in ice water with Wim Hof at the SummitLA18

Jeffro with Wim Hof

Jeffro has a unique technique, each art piece 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. His sculptures are so impressive, they have gone viral on Reddit and he has a permanent installation at the Chimei museum in Taiwan.

His horse sculpture ranked #10 on the Top 23 Cool Sculptures You Won't Believe Actually Exist. His horse sculpture is on this video at minute 4.

Jeffro and friends at Ohana Festival

Jeffro's work literally blows your mind. Not many artists get to see the fruits of their labor during their lifetime, yet Jeffro magically finds himself in the right place at the right time, more times than one can imagine.

His Whale sculpture has become an icon at Eddie Vedder's Ohana Festival. I recall when Jeffro first started building this sculpture for a small seaside town in Oregon. The sculpture ended up being too big for Oregon, instead of getting bummed out, Jeffro kept building it, knowing it would find a good home. Now it has found a home where thousands of people get to enjoy it each year at the Festival.

Whale at Ohana Festival

We also discuss an interactive sculpture that he made in 2012 for an exhibit at my art studio, Mind Unwind. The sculpture now lives at the Everett Museum. This photo is of the first installation of "Dentrite Briar".

"Dentrite Briar" 2012 at Mind Unwind in Seattle

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