Thanks, Joe. I have to ask you, how did you meet Sam Maloof? That is Sam you're shaking hands with in your avitar, right?
Yep, that's Sam! A great guy! I live just down the street from him, maybe a mile or so.
I think it was toward the end of 2005, a local group got together and took a Special tour of Sam's shop & house... Sam gave us the personal tour of his shop, we sat in a large rocking chair he was just finishing up (I almost fell asleep just sitting in it!), saw various projects in process & some of the techniques he uses... We could ask all of the questions we wanted, as well as take pictures of anything we wanted. When the "Band saw" was mentioned, like what kind of blades he used, the light bulb in his head LIT UP and he gave a wonderful demonstration of his band saw & autographed & gave the demo piece to a lady in the group. It was F A N T A S T I C!! Was the best $25 I've ever spent!
When I told him where I lived, he said "Well, come up and see me anytime!"... I haven't tried it... I don't think his management people would let me.
It was real FUN talking to him like just like any another woodworker and having him answer the questions in a normal down to earth manner.
If you ever get the chance to take a tour with him, TAKE IT... you will never forget it!
I hope I wasn't too long winded in answering your question...