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Author Fred Setterberg explores the life and work of master woodworker Sam Maloof

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Sam Maloof was an artist like none other. His medium was wood. He designed stunning pieces of furniture— chairs, tables, baby cribs— thousands of them in his time.

Sam Maloof was an artist like none other. 

His medium was wood. He designed stunning pieces of furniture— chairs, tables, baby cribs— thousands of them in his time. He was the first craftsman to receive the MacArthur Foundation's so-called "genius grant."

This year marks the centennial of his birth, and there are a number of events and exhibitions to celebrate his life and work. 

You can also learn more about his life through a new book, titled "Sam Maloof: 36 Views of a Master Woodworker," written by Fred Setterberg.

Setterberg joined Take Two's Alex Cohen for a conversation about Sam Maloof, his work, and the impression he left on those who knew him.

To listen to the full interview, click the blue player above.

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