Blog Entry-write about your woodworking journey in a casual or tutorial format; whether it is a project in progress, inspiration or a challenge
Well, I guess this is the right place for this…It was a woodworking journey, an inspiration and a challenge, all rolled into one.
I have admired Sam Maloof for many, many years….and although Ive never actually laid hands or even eyes, on a true Maloof piece, Ive managed to collect hundreds of photos through magazines, books and the internet.
For all those many, many years….I always told myself…”one day”. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I said that to myself.
Too busy…...Not enough time….Don’t have any plans. Blah, blah, blah. If there was an excuse to not build a piece, I used it. Even though, in the back of my head….I was just purely intimidated.
I would whisper to myself….you can build 100,000 dollar staircases, and all kinds of other furniture….why the hell are you intimidated by a chair?
But, I was. I stared at those pictures for ten years at least….studying them, admiring them, studying them some more…dissecting them…every line, every curve. Then I would make another excuse….close the book….one day.
Well, “one day” came about two months ago!
And let me tell you….It was a woodworking journey like Ive never been on before. I guess maybe because I’ve admired Maloof for so long…stared at those pictures for so long.
Sounds stupid….but it was almost a religious experience for me as the chair came together. Really hard to explain that part of it. Many times I would get frustrated during the shaping process’s…standing there staring at the chair with a rasp in my hand. Finally I’d just have to say “to hell with it” Just do it! and start grinding….rasping…sanding. Grind some more…rasp some more….the hair on the back of my neck would stand up as it started to come together, blend together. The lines would start flowing….I don’t know how many times I muttered to myself… The man was a *#^%ing genius…
And he really was….I don’t think you can truly appreciate what that man did (I know I didn’t) till you’ve built something designed by him.
As I said earlier….Ive built 100,000…200,000 dollar staircases and furniture galore. But…I truly consider this my biggest ‘mountain climbed’ to date.
Ok…I’m rambling again. I’ll show you some pictures. Sorry I’m not a great photographer….
Hope you enjoyed the Journey…and the crappy pictures….feel free to ramble back at me.
-- Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing. ~Harriet Braiker