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)
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.
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
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
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
Real old school craftsman!! Sam Maloof was the best. This book is wonderfully laid out,and depicts his whole life,personal and professional. I'm very happy with my Amazon purchase,and recommend it highly for information as well as a nice "coffee table" book.
I have never had the pleasure of sitting on one of his chairs but this book makes me understand what it could be like. Wonderful text and great color prints of the form. It's a must have for chair makers and lovers.
In addition to being one of the founding fathers of modern woodworking, Sam Maloof wrote openly and honestly about his approach to design, craftsmanship and running a business.
The book is beautifully illustrated with his own hand sketches along with photos of his furniture, home and workshop. While George Nakashima's book (The Soul of a Tree) is similar in layout and presentation, Maloof's book is clear and concise in it's prose while Nakashima's can be more spiritual and vague in nature. If you are choosing between the two, I would start here. You will not regret it.
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.