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  • Master woodworker Sam Maloof dies at 93

    You can read about it here

    A real treasure, one of the greats...
    Cheers! - Jim
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    All truth passes through three stages: First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. - Schopenhauer

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    Re: Master woodworker Sam Maloof dies at 93

    Originally posted by jbergstrom View Post
    You can read about it here

    A real treasure, one of the greats...
    You are right, it is sad to hear of his passing. He created some
    truly wonderful pieces from wood.

    A real artist whose medium is wood, though from what I have
    read of him in the past he never considered himself an artist.
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      Re: Master woodworker Sam Maloof dies at 93

      Yeah his work became art even though it started out as purely utilitarian...

      Sam and his wife bought a house and they couldn't afford to furnish it... so he built his own

      I remember reading stories of him climbing up on his garage roof and throwing chairs off to see if his designs were strong enough

      A very gifted and talented "woodworker" (designer, artisan) who has and will continue to inspire many people around the world

      Celebrating the Hemingway of Hardwood: The Furniture of Sam Maloof

      Last edited by jbergstrom; 05-23-2009, 11:46 PM.
      Cheers! - Jim
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      All truth passes through three stages: First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. - Schopenhauer

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        Re: Master woodworker Sam Maloof dies at 93

        Definitely an artist.

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          Re: Master woodworker Sam Maloof dies at 93

          Living in his home town, Alta Loma, I felt very close to him.

          During a Special group tour of his home and Personal guided tour of his workshop, I found out more about him. He was very much 'down to earth' and 'one of us guys' answering all of our questions. When I asked him what type blades he used in his Bandsaw, it opened a real can of worms where he walked over to it, turned it on, and proceeded to play with it like a master violinist... true poetry in motion. He made a nice little chair arm, signed it, and gave it to a lady in the group; I'm sure she appreciated it then and now, MORE than ever before.

          We talked about all kinds of things...

          I noticed that he a few scars on one of his hands... I asked him if he had any safety tips that he could share with us... He was temporarily confused in wondering what I meant... Then, I called his attention to the scars... He laughed and proceeded to describe each scar and how it happened... reminded me much of that scene in the movie Jaws.

          During the house tour, there were little custom latches, handles, etc. all over the place where he had just taken a piece of wood and made his current idea work... very unique and clever items.

          His dining room table with his hinged ends also impressed me... I tried to figure out how he made it... If all the pieces had been glued together, he would have needed a drill bit over 3' long and a drill press of super accurate control, which he did NOT do. He formed the ends of each piece, about 4" wide, and drilled the hole for the steel rod that was going to be used for the hinge. He basically finished each part of the table and ends, then when glued together, and the rod was inserted perfectly into place, and the Top was made! An awesome approach which I plan to try one day.

          He was very gracious, simple, and just a plain Good Guy!

          I told him that I just lived down the street, less than a mile away, and he said "Really! You ought to drop by more often for a visit!". I said OK, but I felt that if I had tried to do that, I wouldn't get past first base if I showed up, rang his door bell, etc. for a visit! Wish I had tried now... just to see if it would have happened!

          The world has lost a great and wonderful man... I will never forget him... I looked to him much as a father-figure.

          I pray for him and his Family in this time of sorrow.
          Have FUN! Joe ... www.woodworkstuff.net ..... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showg...0&ppuser=1389/

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