Maloof Low-back Dining Chair

2012 – 23¼“w x 25”d x 31”h

Cherry, Bubinga


My clients are often given a homework task: look through furniture-picture books that I provide them and tag anything they like, such as a color combination, the shape of a leg, or the pattern of a veneer.  A client saw Sam Maloof’s famous ‘Low-back Dining Chair’ and wanted a direct replication.  Having been asked to recreate a masterpiece, I decided to make two chairs: one for the client and the other for “practice”.  His chair, as seen here, was made from Wenge, which is a very difficult wood to carve.

An important note: I do not copy others’ work; that is unethical. My designs may have elements similar to others’, but they are my unique designs.

Sam Maloof achieved the fame and success that most woodworkers aspire to accomplish.  This design was one of his favorites because of its comfort and graceful styling.  Many have tried their own interpretations of this chair, but in honor of the great master, I have attempted an accurate replication.  I think Sam would approve of my efforts.

Cherry is a wonderful wood to carve and I love the way its beauty and patina that develop over the years.  Sam used large screws to supplement his traditional joinery, then plugged the holes with a contrasting wood; I chose Bubinga for the plugs as a subtle contrast with the Cherry, which will darken with age.

 

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