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Sam Maloof is probably the nicest living legend I’ve ever met. Several years back we visited his new relocated shop for a tour and were expecting one of his underlings to take us around. Instead, Maloof himself gave up an entire afternoon to show us his shop, wood collection and early pieces of his work.

And when we were done, he insisted that he take us out for lunch at a local taco stand. It was one of my most amazing days on the job.

As a result the entire magazine staff is itching to see a new book that promises to have some gorgeous photography. “Maloof Beyond 90: An American Woodworker” is a 92-page collection of photos taken by California photographer Gene Sasse of Maloof at work and play. It features text by Maloof’s customers, co-workers and friends, including President Jimmy Carter.

The entire book is printed on archival cotton rag fine art paper and bound in Moroccan leather. Only 500 will be printed.

At a cost of $1,500, I suspect we’re going to have to have a couple bake sales at the magazine to get an office copy. If you’d like to browse some of the contents of the book, you can visit To order the book, call Sasse at 909-941-3993 or e-mail him at

– Christopher Schwarz

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  • Charles

    I enjoyed Sam Maloof’s profile DVD. He does seem like a very genuine and likable fellow in addition to the exceptional woodworker that he is.

    The price of this book at $1,500 may seem steep to some, but I believe that may include shipping. One other way to rationalize the purchase is to consider that it’s just $16.30 per page. I’m saving up for page 52. I just need to find 91 other people to buy the other pages and we’re in business!

    Kidding aside, I’m sure it will make for a very nice collectible piece.

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