Sam Maloof, 'woodworker'

Sam Maloof is perhaps most famous for his rocking chairs, though they account for a just a part of his fame. Sam  (January 24, 1916 – May 21, 2009) was a furniture designer and woodworker at new jersey, the first craftsman to receive a MacArthur fellowship. Maloof's work is in the collections of several major American museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Described by the N.Y. Times as "a central figure in the postwar American crafts movement", presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan owned rockers. He was described by the Smithsonian Institution as "America's most renowned contemporary furniture craftsman", but his business card always said "woodworker"

"I like the word," he told a Los Angeles Times reporter, his eyes smiling behind his signature large, owl-eyed glass frames. "It's an honest word." 

Sam Maloof, wood artisan
Sam Maloof, wood artisan

Portrait of Sam Maloof in his workshop. Master artisan of wood

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Sam Maloof with his wife at his home
Sam Maloof with his wife at his home

Sam Maloof on his 83rd birthday with his wife, Beverly

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joinery detail
joinery detail

Detail of joinery on Sam Maloof's chair.

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Music Stand by Sam Maloof
Music Stand by Sam Maloof

Beautiful music stand designed and built by Sam Maloof

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Joinery in progress
Joinery in progress

Joinery of a chair by Sam Maloof

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Templates hanging in the workshop
Templates hanging in the workshop

various templates for chairs in Sam Maloof's workshop

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