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Masterworks of our art

by KnickKnack
posted 07-11-2012 03:35 PM

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#1 posted 07-11-2012 04:27 PM

I’m going to go ahead and rule out ANYTHING done by CnC, there is no masterwork in that, just mad programming skills.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#2 posted 07-11-2012 04:56 PM

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#3 posted 07-11-2012 06:27 PM

Sam Maloof’s Rocker

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#4 posted 07-11-2012 06:36 PM

I measure the greatness of a piece of work against function, design, and execution. Rietveld’s chair fails on all scores. It’s not a chair, but an “artistic” statement about “chairness.”

A piece that I consider a Masterwork is found right here on LJs. It’s a deceptively simple bookcase by vipond33 – Gene, the function of which is undeniably perfect in its design, and ececuted in flawless detail. I grade it A++.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#5 posted 07-12-2012 12:30 AM

I, ummm, hummmmm. uhh Wow! I wouldn’t know what ta do with any of em

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 07-12-2012 03:02 AM

Maloof Rockers! I think these include all the woodworking skills from design to joinery to finish. Anyone who does one of these is a master woodworker in my opinion.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 07-12-2012 03:18 AM

Great question. I am a big fan of Nakashima. HIs pieces are original works of art.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#8 posted 07-12-2012 01:32 PM

I have admired the works of Dilo Marcio Fernandino, one of our members. Hardly a day goes past without someone posting a project i think of a masterpiece. There are some great boxmakers here working out of garages and basements equal to any of the studio artists.

-- Stephen NYS

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#9 posted 07-12-2012 06:05 PM

Thanks for the answers so far (I hope others will still chip in) – some interesting places for me to further look into.

It seems somewhat rum to me that in a room just down the hall the discussion on Creationism started by someone who most people believe is here just to cause trouble, has 91 comments.
Still, “quality over quantity” I say.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#10 posted 07-12-2012 07:29 PM

very nice table

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#11 posted 07-12-2012 07:33 PM

nice work

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#12 posted 07-12-2012 08:06 PM

I’m partial to Brian Boggs. His stuff has a wonderful straight from the tool feel to it.


-- "Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another." -Anatole France

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#13 posted 07-12-2012 09:01 PM

OK, I like Thos. Moser. I know they spend a lot on their fancy catalogues, but I think they repsect the wood and let it speak.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#14 posted 07-12-2012 09:31 PM

^+1 – I am I fan of Thos Moser as well.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#15 posted 07-13-2012 01:54 AM

Iwould say “the egg” by Arne Jacobsen to be right at the top of furniture art. I also consider a CNC to be just another tool, big and expensive, but just another tool.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#16 posted 07-21-2012 03:23 PM

I wish I could delete that picture for I’m no master craftsman and that is no masterwork. There are many tens of thousands of guys and gals with more skilled accomplishments. Thanks for the nod though.

I’ll give you three that I admire.

While not known primarily for their furniture items, Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Rennie Mackintosh both did beautiful things.

Wright’s office chair

Mackintosh’s table

More recently, Kevin Rodel’s work


-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#17 posted 07-21-2012 03:50 PM

Oh Gene – you are right about Wright. The built-ins and furniture designed for his homes are masterpieces in my eye!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#18 posted 07-22-2012 01:07 AM

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s “Tea Room” chair.


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