Sam shares his love of wood, how he came to make the furniture he is so rightly admired for, and his philosophy of life in this very personal narrative. His long-time friend Jonathan Fairbanks, curator of American Decorative Arts and sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, encouraged Sam to think about his life and career and to share those thoughts with the reader. The result is a fascinating and warm account of a life well lived.
Sam relates how it all started in the opening of Sam Maloof, Woodworker. “It was 1948, I was thirty-two years of age, and I decided I wanted to be a woodworker. From the day I started I have been able to make a living working for myself and doing what I like to do: work in wood. I love the feel, the character of wood, no matter what the species and I enjoy making objects that are both functional and beautiful. My aim is not for recognition or for monetary reward. Working with my hands is a joy. It gives me a sense of fulfillment – something so many seek and so few find – and for this I am thankful.” We are all thankful for the beauty and joy his love of wood has given us.