A Very cool thing happened to me at CA art show

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scott shangraw

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03-17-2009 11:12 PM

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I had to share a very cool thing that happened at my latest art show with all my fellow LJ’s.On the third day of doing the La Quinta art show and trying not to get bumbed out about the poor sales I was having and all the other artist as well(thanks to the current economy).I had of all people come into my booth Sam Maloof and his wife Beverly !!!I had taken classes from Sam and been to his house about 5 years ago but to actually have him see my work and ask about it was just very uplifting .He sat in one of the chairs asked about my rocker and stuff but was very interested in my carved bowls and vessels and my use of the turquise.He shook my hand twice and said he hoped that I would have great success and to hang in there.As he left I watched him walk by another wood booth that was just down from me and just kind of hesitated and looked from the isle then kept walking so that even further pumped me up(I did feel a little bad for that guy).In all the show sales were very poor for the #8 juried art show in the nation but I walked away with one of the greatest experiences in my woodworking career and will always charish those 15 minutes I had with Sam talking about my work.

-- Scott NM,

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#1 posted 03-17-2009 11:17 PM

Neato!! And, from looking at your pieces in your album, I totally understand why he stopped at your booth. Genius recognizes like souls.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 03-17-2009 11:22 PM

Hey Scott

Waaaay coooool as to what Gene said ditto


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#3 posted 03-18-2009 12:11 AM


Sales = Poor / Experience = Priceless


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#4 posted 03-18-2009 12:18 AM

That’s a REAL very cool thing!
I was watching this morning a dvd from the public library, “the craft in America” and concidentally he was one of the artist featured in the video. What a great personality is that old man…

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#5 posted 03-18-2009 12:19 AM

What an honor, and how gracious of Sam to spend some time with you. Mark DeCou has espoused the same kind of sentiments toward Sam, adding what a down to earth person he is and graciously lends his time and skill to anyone willing to learn. You’re a lucky guy.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 03-18-2009 01:57 AM

Wow. That had to be amazing.

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#7 posted 03-18-2009 02:14 AM

What an honor is right….........lucky you.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 03-18-2009 02:51 AM

Sorry about the poor sales, but what a thrill to have the visit from Sam!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 03-18-2009 06:41 AM

How absolutely breathtaking to have such a master recognize your work. I’m sure he enjoyed seeing his teachings evolve in your designs and realized that the highest compliment one can received for their work is to have another craftsman mimic your own work. He seems like he would be a wonderful teacher. I have his videos and he’s amazing to watch.

Oh, what a delight it would be to walk through his home and studio.

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#10 posted 03-18-2009 04:31 PM

Congratulations Scott that is a real honor. I love your stuff. Keep it up.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#11 posted 03-18-2009 04:33 PM

It was definitly an honor.I think other than the bowls he was interested on my spin taking his influence into a bar stool and office chair.If ever in his area I would recomend staking one of his tours thru the compound.

-- Scott NM,

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