with Charles Brock
The extraordinary furniture built by Sam Maloof (1916-2009) defined a distinctive style. With sculptural forms and flowing lines that accentuate the figure of the wood, Maloof's work continues to inspire furniture makers, but presents considerable technical challenges. Charles Brock, a well-known chairmaker and instructor, designed two chairs as faithful adaptations of Maloof's originals, detailing the building process in two comprehensive project modules. Each includes full-size cutting patterns, an instruction book, and a companion DVD in which Brock demonstrates every step in a down-to-earth manner that makes this advanced material more approachable.
Each module serves as a skill-building tutorial, full of expert advice on everything from wood selection to shaping techniques, specialized joinery and finishing. A password is provided, giving access to an Internet forum for additional advice.
The Maloof Inspired Sculpted Rocker incorporates many characteristic elements — recurved rockers, a deeply sculpted seat with a pronounced pommel, and a balanced rocking action. The resulting chair is about 45" high by 45" deep by 26" wide. Softcover instruction book, 8-1/2" x 11", 46 pages, 2010. 103-minute DVD on construction and 110-minute DVD on shaping.
The Maloof Inspired Low-Back Dining Chair is a classic piece with a comfortable design and curvilinear, graceful contours, either as a single chair or a complete dining set. The resulting chair is about 30-1/2" high by 26" deep by 22" wide. Softcover instruction book, 8-1/2" x 11", 46 pages, 2010. 130-minute DVD.