According to Wikipedia, “knock on wood” is used to express a desire to avoid “tempting fate” after making some boast or speaking of one’s own death. However, this is not how my friend uses the expression. She uses it to express people being silly or dumb. For example, if you were to get your words mixed up or can’t remember something, she would tap you on the head and say ‘knock on wood’. Now as odd as this sounds, it’s a somewhat endearing trait she has. She’s now moved back to her home country, so when I saw this ‘knock on wood’ panel from Wonting NYC, I knew I had to get it for her (especially as my head was nowhere nearby to be knocked on!).
Aside from the fact that it reminds me of my friend, it’s actually a pretty cool little work of art. It’s a piece of lightweight blond wood with the word “knock” in Wonting‘s signature handwritten script, gocco-printed in chocolate brown. (Gocco is an amazing portable screen maker and printer from Japan.) Each one is hand-made, signed and dated. They’re out of stock on Wonting’s website at the moment but she does say to get in touch if something is sold out. And touch wood, she might just be able to make one for you.