I was doing my typical free-time perusal of wood working blogs and sites when I came across the announcement that Sam Maloof had passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2009.
After a genuinely stunned and heart felt moment of silence I began to reflect on what an impact this person, whom I never had the pleasure of meeting, had on my life.
My very first adventure into wood working, beyond framing in doors and cabinets, was learning to build his signature rocking chair. My passion for wood working was awakened and, while it may sound a bit trite, my life was forever altered. I wish to take this moment to “thank” Sam and all the excellent people, who happen to be wood workers, that I have had and hope to continue to have the privilege of knowing and learning from as I refine and hone this passion called wood working.
Thank you Sam, may blessings and peace be with you.