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Sam Maloof, Woodworker Paperback – January 15, 1989


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA (January 15, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870119109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870119101
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... handles prose with the same clear, natural manner with which he applies a chisel to a walnut board." -- The New York Times

"An inviting, visual, intellectual and emotional experience." -- American Craft

"It is hard to imagine a book more representative of Maloof's work than this exquisitely crafted volume." -- Los Angeles Times

"Sam Maloof, one of the best of them." -- Time

About the Author


SAM MALOOF was born in Chino, California, of Lebanese parents. He embarked on his career in furniture in 1948 and in 1959 and 1963 was sent to Iran, Lebanon, and El Salvador as a woodworking design consultant. He has exhibited actively and widely throughout the United States and also in the Vatican. His pieces are in numerous American museum collections and in the Vice President's house and the White House. He has received many awards, given workshops, and has been a consultant and exhibition juror. He has been featured in articles and books and is the subject of the films Sam Maloof: Woodworker, by Maynard Orme, and Sam Maloof The Rocking Chair, by Bob Smith. He is now a National Trustee and Chairman of the Academy of Fellows of the American Craft Council and a member of the Board of Directors of the World, Craft Congress.

JONATHAN FAIRBANKS is a former associate curator of the Winterthur Museum and a cofounder of the American Prints Conference. He has been Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, since 1971.

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Beautiful book with great illustrations.
Vyasasan
I've been woodworking for a a little over a year and had read about Sam Maloof in articles here and there.
L. Romero
The book was advertised as like new, and it didn't look like it had ever been opened.
Steve Ponto

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
Sam Maloof is a world treasure. His book reflects his passion and skill as a master. Sam's book is not written in a pompous manor but in a matter of fact point of view. Sam shares his life with us and puts it on paper. I have had the opportunity to meet Mr. Maloof and his lovely and gracious wife, Alfreda before her passing. Sam's love and passion for his craft is second only to his devotion to God and his love for his beautiful wife. His book reflects that in a way that is educational, thought provoking and simple. His warm and friendly demeanor in person is very evident in this book! Sam beleives there are no secrets in woodworking. He shares his finish and techniques in this book, although this is NOT a "how to" book. Reading this book, you will learn something about philosophy, Spirituality and some woodworking along the way.
Keith Kidd Vice-President Cerritos Student's Woodworking Association (CSWA)
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By ryan marten on January 11, 2000
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I bought this book when I was a student of woodworking/cabinetmaking in college, after hearing and seeing and studing some of Mr.Maloof's work in class. I found his command and respect for his craft, and the material that he works with to be second to none. His work is a insperation in it's self but once you find out the story behind this unbeliveable man it is all the more fasanating. his simple thoughts and down to earth style are a insperation to all. after reading this book I was amazed and inspired by this man and will remember and re-read this book may times.he will always be a insperation to myself and all woodworkers for years to come
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 1997
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You may never build furniture of this quality, or even make enough money to buy a single piece, but Sam Maloofs book will capture the imagination of every woodwooker. Rich biographical detail is matched with exquisite photographs of signature chairs, tables and other masterpieces of this unique craftsman. A must own addition to your library
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G. R. Lisle on February 11, 1998
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Sam gives an excellent insight into the craft business, his attitude to his customers is an excellent insight for anyone in business. To often we chase money and forget to enjoy the work we are doing. Sometimes it is better to give than to receive..... congratulations Sam Maloof
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Romero VINE VOICE on June 27, 2008
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I've been woodworking for a a little over a year and had read about Sam Maloof in articles here and there. A few months ago I got to visit the Sam Maloof foundation and I fell in love with the way he shapes his pieces of furniture. As part of the tour we got to sit on one of his rockers and not only do they look beautiful but they are amazingly comfortable. That's when I decided to buy this book to learn more about him and his art.
This book includes Sam Maloof's story from when he first began and his experience as he grew into his woodworking career. It is inspiring to read and to see how he persevered even though it was not easy at the beginning. The book is full of pictures of his work, more than was available at the Maloof foundation. It includes a high-level description of how he makes his famous rockers too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JJ Gray on November 9, 2006
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As you most likely know, Sam Maloof is an icon in the world of woodworking. This book does a great job of both highlighting his many creations as well as to tell the story of the man who would define an entire style and change the face of fine furniture. Written by Sam himself, the book gives you an insight into his genius and humility that you can't get anywhere else other than from the man. And it's clear he had creative input into the design of the book itself, as it's beautifully illustrated and elegantly laid out. I'm relatively new to woodworking and the brilliance of Sam Maloof, but I'm so glad I'm able to have discovered him while we're still blessed with his presence on the earth. Get this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johanna Dordick on June 23, 2009
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For someone who loves to work wood with his hands, for someone who appreciates the work of a master artisan, or someone who loves beautifully crafted furniture, you will love this book. It not only has beautiful photos of some of Maloof's finest pieces, but gives great insight into how he achieved the results. This book is put together with real love and an eagerness to share with others who love to work in wood and make beautiful pieces of furniture.
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By John Hersey on September 24, 2014
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I read this book between the several James Krenov books I read and enjoyed the contrasting thoughts of the two. I did like Maloof's approach to woodworking and was interested to see his personal history/journey to arrive at his craft. This is a great book for someone who plans to set up their own shop for custom work. The production line approach he developed allowed him to make a living while reserving his ideas. While this is different from my personal approach (hobby not professional), it is certainly very interesting. His sketches and the photos were certainly far superior to the Krenov publications so for those who are inspired by his flowing designs, this could be a source of design ideas as well. I think Maloof would have been a very great person to know and his personal values are communicated well through his writing.
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