CHRISTOPHER KLOSSON • Wish You Wood • Wood Utensils
Wood's natural appearance, its grain, any figured patterns, its colors, has always appealed to me – visually and tactilely. So when a friend gave me a knife blank and a piece of very old bristlecone pine, I carved a handle, and soon after began fashioning pieces from scraps given by others, exploring each wood's properties. Frustration with picking up flat letter openers inspired my own design and a scrap of rosewood gave it form. My first foray was a success.
Carving letter openers, and later knives/spreaders, became signature gifts for my family and friends, individualized by the combinations of contrasting colors, grains and figured patterns for specific people. For me, woodworking offers opportunities to be creative and artistic in a free form, to create something for someone. Being ever mindful and responsive to the specific properties of the piece of wood as I work produces a gratifying and superior creation to my initial visualization.
The arrival of grandchildren coinciding with my retirement from public school teaching, allowed for increased time to pursue woodworking, as well as motivation for larger projects: a rocking panda bear, twin junior Adirondack chairs and a bookcase. Never one to throw wood away, each project’s leftovers of exotic woods replenished my ever-growing scrap pile. That stockpile further fueled my passion and offered increased choices for combinations of blades and handles for my knives/spreaders. Wish You Wood has now taken form and functions to put wooden treasures in other hands.