There is a lot of debate around the web about who are the top wood workers in the industry. When it comes down to it, there is no real standardized list that can define who is better than who. There are so many great woodworkers in the world than ever before.
At CabinetParts.Com, we are huge fans of the wood working industry and wood workers. That’s why we came up with this list of notable wood workers. Notice we said NOTABLE. It’s in no specific order and we might do this on a weekly basis where we highlight notable wood workers who have made a NOTABLE contribution to the Wood Working industry.
Jesus of NazarethJesus is one of the first notable wood workers in history. He was known as a carpenter and built yokes and ploughs. Historians also believe that Jesus was the general carpenter and craftsman for the village he grew up in.
Lu Ban is revered by wood workers across the world. He was a Chinese engineer and contractor who is credited with inventing the cloud ladder, wooden bird, and grappling hooks and rams. There are other inventions that are associated with Lu Ban such as wooden horse carriage and the coachman. He is noted as a Patron of Saints in China.
Krenov is respected by many wood workers for his inspiration to bring into one's work simplicity, harmony and above all, a love of wood. Krenov's books A Cabinetmaker's Notebook and The Impractical Cabinetmaker shun ostentatious and overly sculpted pieces, stains, sanded surfaces, and unbalanced or unproportional constructions. Krenov felt that details such as uniformly rounded edges, perfectly flat surfaces, and sharp corners remove the personal touch from a piece of furniture.
The host of the longest running “How-To” show on PBS called “The Woodwright’s Shop”, Roy Underhill has long been respected as a notable woodworker. He is the author of many books and holds several prestigious positions in the world of wood working as a consultant. Mr. Underhill is regarded highly among Wood Workers because of his use of non-electrical tools. He is affectionately known as “St. Roy.”
Last but certainly not least, is Sam Maloof a furniture maker and well respected wood worker. He designed and built a suite of furniture for his home using salvaged materials. Recognizing his talent, Maloof was eventually commissioned to design pieces. From there on out Maloof continued working in the garage of his Ontario home. Maloof relocated to California where he built a studio to continue making furniture. Maloof became the first craftsman to receive a MacArthur fellowship; and despite such recognition, he declined to identify himself as an artist. Maloof's work is in the collections of several major American museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 1985 he was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" grant.
This list is by no means standard or is any specific format. We at CabinetParts.com want to recognize the significant individuals that contributed to such a fine industry.