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Maloof-Inspired Rocking Chairs

The Martha Stewart Show, January 2011

Like Martha, her brother Eric Scott has been working with his hands since childhood. But it was not until his graduation from dental school years later that he decided to learn the art of woodworking after seeing a Maloof rocking chair and other beautiful projects in the pages of Fine Woodworking magazine.

One of America's preeminent makers of handcrafted furniture, Sam Maloof worked as a graphic artist before pursuing woodworking, and had no formal training. One of his signature rocking chairs, regarded by many woodworkers as the most difficult type of furniture to make, was the first piece of contemporary furniture selected for the White House collection in 1982.

Inspired by the elegant, flowing design of this handcrafted chair, Eric signed up for a seven-day Maloof-inspired furniture workshop in Atlanta, Georgia, taught by master woodworker Chuck Brock and began work on his first homemade rocker. He has since become a masterful woodworking hobbyist and crafted bowls, fish, and goblets in addition to the Maloof-inspired rocking chairs and a sophisticated highboy with scroll molding.

Learn how to build a Maloof-inspired rocking chair with the "Build a Maloof-Inspired Rocker with Charles Brock" instructional plan bundle and Maloof-Inspired Rocking Chair Walnut Parts Kit.

Comments (8)

  • woodhead 30 May, 2011

    If people were so selfish that they coundn't share ideas so others could learn, it would be a sad world.

  • woodhead 30 May, 2011

    please add

  • OC92660 27 Jan, 2011

    WoodGuy perfectly summed up the ethics of the issue.

  • alwaysdusty 25 Jan, 2011

    As a builder of Maloof ?

  • WoodGuy 25 Jan, 2011

    Ya Woodjeff which would be perfectly fine if it was done for personal enjoyment! But for this man to be making money off of plans of a Sam Maloof rocking chair is just WRONG! I'm sure if Sam was still around he would be highly ticked off at this guy! And if Maloof Wood Working would want people making their furniture they would sell plans themselves but they don't want that and that's why they don't sell them. So you get your head out of your butt! I hope there well be a LAWSUIT!

  • Woodjeff 25 Jan, 2011

    As a builder of Maloof inspired rocking chairs, I find the two preceding comments absurd at best. Nobody creates "knockoffs" of a Maloof chair. It's not a purse or a watch. We build our own versions of these chairs and honor Mr. Maloof and his team every time by incorporating Maloof design details plus our own creative featurees. Pull your head out and try building something sometime. Thank you Martha for doing the piece on the chairs.

  • OC92660 24 Jan, 2011

    Plagiarism may be the ultimate form of flattery, but shame on these guys for capitalizing on Sam Maloof Woodworker's designs! I can't believe Martha didn't do her homework beforehand. Embarrassing. The show would've been much more interesting and authentic if she'd featured the REAL team of Maloof woodworkers.

  • ArtFan92625 24 Jan, 2011

    Shame on the Martha Stewart for supporting something as uncreative as a knock off Maloof chair. Why didn't you just invite the existing Maloof team? I'm so disappointed. I hope they take this guy to court.