Sam Maloof, 93 and Still Woodworking

Stephen Coles

Thanks to Brooklyn Modern for posting this video of actress Rene Russo visiting furniture designer Sam Maloof who turns 93 in January. Some good inspirational nuggets in there about age and vitality.

Maloof is considered by many to be America’s greatest living woodworker. He turned down millions to mass produce his work and continues to make everything in his own studio, completing about 50 pieces a year. The Wood Working Channel has a full day of video with the artist telling stories and demonstrating technique. It’s fascinating stuff.

Maloof is probably most famous for his spindled rockers, but he has designed around 500 pieces, some of them more modern in style.

Finally, a video tour of his home and workshop, complete with melodramatic narration.

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  1. 12.01.08 Otto Van De Steene

    Let’s me think about the Danish design of Hans J. Wegner, from who I have some chairs… but it is even even more close to the nature, more sensual.
    I really like this! They just ask for being sit on.

  2. 12.01.08 Kitchen crunch

    I hope I’ve got his energy at 93. Some days I don’t have that kind of energy already.

  3. 12.01.08 BrooklynModern

    Thanks for mentioning my blog with the video. It’s great to be a part of your site. The stuff you feature is really spectacular. Amazing taste level. Keep up the great work!

  4. 01.12.10 Woodworking Advice

    You might want to update this on his death.

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