Talented artist Jeffro Uitto makes unique sculptures from salvaged wood
Artist Jeffro Uitto has an amazing and unique talent as driftwood sculptor. By using salvaged tree branches, sticks and roots found on the Washington coastline, he can carve anything from huge wooden animals to intricate home furniture. Jeffro is also commissioned to make wooden pieces for private homes.
His realistic and giant animal sculptures are made entirely from reclaimed driftwood. It is not a quick project for each piece he carves either. Each sculpture can take years to create and finding the right piece for each project can take months at a time. The various sticks, wooden slabs, and roots that he finds are cured and eventually found a fitting home as his artwork come together.
Jeffro's love for creating art from salvaged driftwood began at an early age. He now runs his own art shop in Tokeland, Washington. In fact his amazing artwork has become so popular that he is inundated with requests to travel and also make driftwood pieces on site. Jeffro says that it is the shapes of the wooden pieces that he finds that are actually the inspiration for his designs.
In describing his unique style of art, Jeffro has said: 'I've always loved working with wood. I love using such beautiful, natural shapes and giving them a new lease of life. I have many different spots where I am able to hunt for material and I find most of my pieces in the winter, when storms are moving the wood around.'
He goes onto to say, 'In fact finding material is half the fun, it's like a big treasure hunt. The pieces I find inspire the project a lot of the time, I will also come up with an idea and then save pieces for as long as it takes to accomplish it. It can be a very long process, from finding and drying the material to then putting the wood into a project. It's definitely challenging at times. Shaping, fitting and moving the wood takes a lot of energy, I'm going to have to live until I'm 300 years old to pull off all the ideas I have.'
Enjoy the many beautiful photos of his driftwood sculptures below.