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Thread: A Day at Sam Maloof's Shop

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    A Day at Sam Maloof's Shop

    Thanks to a gift from a friend, I spent yesterday in Sam Maloofís shop.

    The class from University of California at Riverside is entitled ďA Day with Sam MaloofĒ. Sam is ill and was unable to teach, so he handed he job to Mike Johnson. Mike is one of three of Samís woodworking partners, and has worked for Sam since 1981.

    At the end of the day Sam was very gracious to invite all 23 students into his home and spoke with us from a hospital bed for about 15-20 minutes. No one took pictures or asked for autographs. We were just grateful for Sam and Beverlyís kindness in inviting us into their home.

    What amazed me was that the artistic accomplishments of this manís life can be summed up in a few joints and techniques, assembling beautiful wood into chairs and tables. How wonderful to find the thing he did best and spend a lifetime developing an idea. I find myself not so much wanting to make a Maloof rocking chair (though I am obsessing on his tables), but to grow in what I can do beautifully in life and keep on growing for my whole life. Thanks, Sam!

    Now with that intro, Iíll post some pictures. Instead of trying to re-create 6 hours of explanations, Iíll let the photos speak and invite your comments. If you have questions, Iíll try to answer what I know. I am choosing shop photos over finished pieces.

    For Southern Californians, there is a nice collection of his pieces that opened last night in the Riverside Art Museum.
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    Veni Vidi Vendi Vente! I came, I saw, I bought a large coffee!

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    Maloof Shop Part 2

    A few clamps.
    Creative jointer guard.
    A really big saw.
    Delta Lathe.
    Sander with various spindles.
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    Maloof Shop Part 3

    Oneway Lathe.
    Smaller Bandsaw - Agazzani.
    Handtool Cabinet Collage.
    Horizontal Drill.
    Vise.
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    Veni Vidi Vendi Vente! I came, I saw, I bought a large coffee!

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    Maloof Shop Part 4

    Sam's Bosch Colts.
    Mike's Shaping Tools.
    Unfinished Chair with a real-live gap!
    Shaping a Chair.
    Sanding a Pedestal.
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    Veni Vidi Vendi Vente! I came, I saw, I bought a large coffee!

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    Maloof Shop Part 5

    Bocote chair - I think.
    Table Top Joint.
    Historical Home.
    1950's Dining Chair.
    Dining Table.
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    What a treat. Even sick in bed he was nice enough to talk with your group,that is amazing. Sam is a true woodworking hero.

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    Maloof Shop Part 6

    Me in Sam's Chair - the only one for the public to try.
    Walnut Pedestal Table.
    Walnut Pedestal.
    Two views of Sam and Beverly's new home.

    I hope there is something good in this or you to glean. Please comment on his shop and fill in some information.
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    Thank you!

    Thank you for taking a wonderful array of pics that provide us all with insight into a humble, but skilled woodworker who has chosen to stay focused on the creative aspects of woodworking!

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    Looks like a day to remember. Glad you shared it with us. Sam Maloof has certainly given many of us inspiration.

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    I'm sorry to hear Sam was ill. I hope to be half as active as him when (an if!) I get into my 90s. Been on a couple tours with students at Palomar College's woodworking program, something Sam has a long association with. It's always an exceptional pleasure to be around such a skilled artist and humble, down to earth individual.

    During the last tour I was on, half a dozen of us sat with him for a while in his home and were admiring a small Ziricote pedestal table and chairs. I recall him saying he paid $1K/bd ft. for the wood, but I still have trouble believing I actually heard him correctly. The set wasn't for sale, but he said it would probably bring $300K.

    It's hard to go home to my dinky shop after one of those tours.

    Mike
    If you can't make it perfect, make it adjustable.

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    Awe man...I hope Sam Makes a comeback! Glad to hear you had a great time though.
    Dewey

    "Everything is better with Inlay or Marquetry!"


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    thanks for posting. sounds like a great day.
    ben

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    Wow! Great pics!

    Thanks for taking the time to share.

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    Thanks for sharing! Sam's work and his life are truely an inspiration to us all.

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    I did the same event back in late '05 with a few other Creekers:
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