Sam Maloof’s Reflections on Woodworking
After my colleague, associate editor Steve Scott, stumbled across a brilliant National Geographic documentary on George Nakashima, I couldn’t help myself. Trolling around the internet I ran across a piece on Sam Maloof that’s just as insightful. You don’t get much better than watching the master himself chat it up about his craft while seated in one of his signature rockers.
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I’ve always found Maloof’s manner of working with tools to be of interest-be it the way he freehands organic shapes at the bandsaw or the one-handed routing that just gives me the willies every time I see it (see minute 9:06). The guy really did have his own style-but just in the work he produced but in the very way he produced it. Perhaps that’s a result of the fact that he never had a single day of woodworking education in his life. Everything Maloof learned about working wood, he learned on his own, through trial and error.
This video dates back to 1982, and it’s dated to be sure, but woodworking is timeless-you’ll learn just as much by listening to Sam Maloof 30 years ago as you might listening to Roy Underhill today. Enjoy!