Sam Maloof passed away today at the age of 93.
Two years ago, my husband and I had the pleasure of spending the day with Sam Maloof at his property in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California.  He gave us a tour of the workroom, the storage sheds filled with beautiful wood, the museum and his home.   We met the men in the shop and we had lunch in town.   Sam was amazingly humble and inspirational.   Every word was thoughtful.  He referred to himself as a woodworker and appeared astonished at the demand for his work and the prices it fetches at auction.   Afterall he explained that he found his career by building a home for his family, room by room and he was one of those lucky people who’s passion became their career.
May 22 friday
“I want to be able to work a piece of wood into an object that contributes something beautiful and useful to everyday life. And I want to do this for an individual that I can come to know as a friend.” Sam Maloof  [Smithsonian American Art Museum]

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