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KnickKnack

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07-11-2012 03:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: masterworks

We all know, I hope, some of the most famous works in the “painted arts” – the Mona Lisa, the Scream etc etc.
And Masterworks of literature – Romeo and Juliet, The Catcher in the Rye, Nausea etc etc. (I’m looking to argue about these, they are but examples)

I was wondering, what do people think are the “Masterworks” of woodworking?
I ask this in order to be better informed, and to be pointed towards works I’ve not run across before.

I’ll start with this…

Rietvelds’s Red and Blue chair

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


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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. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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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 isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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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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KnickKnack

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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.

http://boggscollective.com/

pete

-- "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 isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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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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