Monday, April 16, 2007
As you can see in the photo at left, I got to meet Sam Maloof on Sunday evening at the Arkansas Art Center where he made a presentation on his work. I gave him a signed copy of my latest book. He is a gentleman and a fine craftsman. My friend Jim Nelson, who went with me on the trip asked me what was really different between Sam Maloof and many of the other fine American craftsmen? My answer, "Sam Maloof has done more to encourage others to engage in woodworking at a high level of craftsmanship than any other American craftsman." Sure, Norm Abrams is on television, but he's no Sam Maloof. Sam is a national treasure, and exemplifies the wisdom of the hands.