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Blog entry by wood_wench posted 05-25-2009 08:51 PM 1143 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was doing my typical free-time perusal of wood working blogs and sites when I came across the announcement that Sam Maloof had passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2009.
After a genuinely stunned and heart felt moment of silence I began to reflect on what an impact this person, whom I never had the pleasure of meeting, had on my life.

My very first adventure into wood working, beyond framing in doors and cabinets, was learning to build his signature rocking chair. My passion for wood working was awakened and, while it may sound a bit trite, my life was forever altered. I wish to take this moment to “thank” Sam and all the excellent people, who happen to be wood workers, that I have had and hope to continue to have the privilege of knowing and learning from as I refine and hone this passion called wood working.

Thank you Sam, may blessings and peace be with you.

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#1 posted 05-25-2009 08:53 PM

Sam was a wonderful Guy


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#2 posted 05-25-2009 10:21 PM

Sam Maloof was not only an exquisite craftsman, but a designer too. I can only hope to mimic a fraction of his talents. I fell in love with his work only a few years ago when I saw his incredible collection at an exhibit in 2001. How exciting it was to witness a master’s work during his life time.

Some of our LJ’s have had the priveledge in studying under him. It would be nice to hear from them.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 05-25-2009 11:08 PM

Maloof – One of the craftsman that made Fine Woodworking such a fine magazine and one of its earliest contributors.

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#4 posted 05-26-2009 01:05 AM

He was a remarkable man that has impacted many, many woodworkers and also home owners.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 05-26-2009 01:08 AM

I had mentioned in an earlier blog about his passing it was very heart breaking to hear the news.As I work on a current rocking chair for a customer it makes me sad to think that he is no longer with us and remember all the great things that he had taught myself and that I had the great privilage to take two classes from him.And the most recient was at a CA art show two months ago he stopped at my booth with his current wife and talked to me about my work.His wife Beverly sat in my rocker as Sam was interested in a bartstool and desk chair that I made using some of his principles he also really enjoyed my carved vessels so needless to say this was a very uplifting experience.Everytime I talked to him he gave me such great words of wisdom and most of all would tell me I just had to hang in there ,he would tell me stories of times that he and Freda weren’t sure how they were going to make ends meet but she would always tell him “you can do it Sam”.

I will miss you greatly Sam .I know at least you are happy being with your beloved Freda again.I also know you are probably already working on a rocking chair to be the Lords new throne.
Scott Shangraw

-- Scott NM,

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#6 posted 05-26-2009 06:44 AM

Hi all.. I was also one of those lucky ones who had the priveledge of knowing Sam on a personal basis..I spent many hours up at his home more than once and have been visiting him when he had his old home on Archebald st in Alta Loma.. and this was way before he put the wrought iron fence around his have tons of tales to tale.. one where one of his hanging plants suspended by a rope came crashing down on my head (Good thing I’m hard and the time we went to Cask and Cleaver together..he always took time to spend with me and visit with me and to impart advise on not only woodworking, but life as well.. I’m really going to miss my friend. I have made quite a few of his famous rocking chairs and had him show me the ropes as I went along.. but that’s Sam.. so freely giving..

-- Randall Child

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#7 posted 05-27-2009 07:00 PM

I had the good fortune 7 or 8 years ago to attend an exhibition of Sam’s work in Washington, DC. It was all I could do to keep my hands from caressing the pieces, and all the guards could do to keep all the public from doing the same. It was like going to church.

-- Whatever

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