Out on a Limb: The Felling of 3 Giant Oaks

By Christopher Schwarz
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From the December 2009 issue #180
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With 2009 at a close, I’m trying to take stock of all my gains and losses for the year – not the financial ones, but the more important personal ones.

This year we lost three men who changed the way I work wood: Sam Maloof, James Krenov and Jack Hill.

Of the three, I’d only met Sam Maloof, who died on May 21. In 2002, Maloof opened his home and shop to us, even though there was nothing that we could do to possibly make him more famous.

He introduced us to his shop workers and we examined one of Maloof’s earliest pieces – a cabinet – that a customer had brought in for minor repairs. Maloof pointed out all the little mistakes he had made in the piece, both structurally and stylistically. (In other words, he acted just like any other woodworker.)


From the December 2009 issue #180
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