Sam Maloof on Design
"You just have to try, you have to use your imagination."
Fine Woodworking editor Asa Christiana spent a day with Sam Maloof at his California compound, talking about design and gathering advice for those who aspire to creating their own pieces. Read the full text of the article or become a member to download the PDF.
On a cloudless day on his four-acre California compound, 89-year-old Sam Maloof is in constant motion. He spends time on the bandsaw, as he does almost every day, making freehand, curving cuts on sinuous chair parts and table legs. He solves woodworking problems with his three assistants. He walks his sloped property with the agility of a much younger man, stepping lightly over construction debris and walls in progress.
When he speaks to his head maintenance man, he switches easily into Spanish. Around people, he is respectful, even affectionate. But he seems happiest and most focused when he is creating. Though he is most widely…