Sam Maloof

I was sad to hear that Sam Maloof passed away late last week – of course being one of the most influential woodworkers of our age, it never made the news (perhaps some celebrity slept with some other celebrity somewhere which took precidence). Obituaries

Sam Maloof is possibly best known for his chairs, although this is far from the only thing that he made, a Maloof rocker was something highly desired, even by past US Presidents

Photo by George Baramki Azar

Photo by George Baramki Azar

Although at 93, you might expect that he stuck with only traditional tools, I always found it fascinating in the Taunton Woodworking DVD on Maloof that he was not against using any tool that would get him to his desired destination, whether that be the bandsaw or spokeshave, or whatever.

 Photo by Anacleto Rapping / TPN

Photo by Anacleto Rapping / TPN

Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times

Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times

There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it.

– Sam Maloof

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