About the Artist
Christopher Scott Karlson
I have always been fascinated with all things wood. My family on my Mother’s side have an old house on Cape Cod, and there is furniture there from the early 19th century. You can see tool marks and how it was handcrafted. There was the most scenic little harbor with old wooden boats and I always dreamt of building one of my own. I reminisce about spending the summers sailing in and out of the Wychmere Harbor. I would stay up late with a flashlight looking at books about old ships. When I was 50, I finally built a ‘Cape Cod Catboat.’ I’ve sailed her in Marina Del Rey and have plans to drive her to the Cape and sail there as well. A little of each.
People always tell me how talented I am, and I thank them; but I attribute most of my “skill” to hard work, a love of math and geometry, understanding Pi, the Golden Mean, and the Fibonnaci sequence, plus an obsessive passion for architecture and furniture, and design in general. I am Finnish on my Father’s side, who was one of the hardest working people I ever met. He had some random tools and bits of wood at his desk in the garage. That’s how I originally started experimenting with woodworking.
I just love making things. I love cutting wood.