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"Artist" or ?
The other night I went to an art show in Laguna Beach CA. My wife made me wear long pants and uncomfortable shoes - it was pretty fancy! There were paintings, jewelry… some things I don’t know exactly what they were. And to my amazement there was some furniture made out of wood! One guy had a rocking chair in the Maloof style. Another guy’s pieces were in the Craftsman style and this other gentleman’s was more the newer what I call the Fine Woodworking style. All the pieces were magnificent, as nice as Rick’s “cherry display cabinets”. As I was talking to the man that made the FWW style armoire about his “linear” curves (looked like stick drawn curves to me) a lady walked up and asked, “is the artist here” and the guy said “yes, its me, I’m the artist”. Well later on that got me to thinking (uh-oh!) when I’ve made furniture, or a really nice staircase, or made a real intricate inlay, I don’t remember anybody calling me an “artist”. Nor have I thought of myself as an “artist”. Now how come he is called an “artist”? Is it because his stuff is at an art show? He calls his curves “linear”? Or because he’s asking $18,500 for it?
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Now should all woodworkers be called “artist”?
I once read where Sam Maloof said some people have called him an “artist”. He said, “No, I’m just a woodworker” I think I’ll stick with that cause I’ll be in pretty good company.
Well I should get back to work now and stop thinken so much - I might hurt somethin. I’m making some curved steps for some flooring contractor, compass curve with a router I might add. See ya.
Jeff in so cal
PS: If you want to know what a stick drawn curve is? Well, you find a stick - not to big and not to small. Then you grab onto both ends and bend it to what ever curve you want - then get a friend to draw the line for you.
Edited 7/16/2002 10:05:38 PM ET by FLOMAN47