Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Glencoe, Illinois
I became interested in woodworking again after 20 years of putting it aside because of Sam Maloof. Craftsman, woodworker, furniture designer, innovator, call him what you like, but he was a true artist. He could do things with wood that I've never seen anyone do, and it was all instinct & self-taught. His seminars & demonstrations, now on video, leave you wondering how anyone could shape a perfectly crafted chair arm after sketching it on the board, using only a pencil and a $2 yard stick. He used a band saw & rasp to sculpt the most beautiful lines & always seemed to know exactly how each piece was going to fit together. I never met the man & kick myself for not making the trip to his Rancho Cucamonga workshop during one of my many trips to Southern California. Sam Maloof was an inspiration to all woodworkers who hope to reach that ever elusive level of perfection. He was a signature artist, one of the few. He may be gone, but his work is forever & speaks for itself.