Link of the week

The Maloof Foundation

Sam Maloof in his shopSam Maloof is a living legend in woodworking. There. I said it. And, I doubt there would be many who would disagree.

Since he started building furniture, his projects have showcased the strong, flowing lines of his design and craft. His pieces have been sought out by presidents of the United States, museums and private collectors from around the world. His works have been emulated by thousands.

Now that Sam is 92 years old, his thoughts have turned toward the future of the craft and showcasing masterworks of up and coming artisans. The Maloof Foundation was founded in 1994 in the original structures of his home and workshop.

A principal responsibility of the Foundation is protection and conservation of the art, furnishings, structures and grounds entrusted to it. The residence itself is one of the most treasured parts of the collection, reflecting the living spirit of the arts and crafts movement throughout. The Foundation also makes the Maloof Center available to the public, artists and researchers and is developing a variety of programs, including visiting craftsmen, workshops, and arts and crafts exhibits. The Jacobs Education Center provides gallery and meeting space.

This site is definitely worth a visit to learn more about the master and his methods of work.

3 thoughts on “Link of the week”

  1. Tom,
    If you don’t already own a copy of Taunton’s Sam Maloof video, you owe it to yourself to get one.
    He basically takes the viewer through his chair making process. I love it. I also own Tage Frid’s
    video and that is also great in it’s own right.

  2. I saw the PBS special on Craft in America with the Maloof interview… holy smokes, that guy is talented! When I’m 90, I hope to be about half as good….

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