Maloof Veterans Workshop

Fourth Annual Veterans Workshop

October 7-9, 2016

Maloof Veterans Workshop Background


The Maloof Veterans Workshop, named for celebrated modernist woodworker Sam Maloof (1916-2009), was developed as a way of introducing veterans to the healing effects of art-making through an intensive, three-day exploration of the skills, tools, materials and processes of woodworking. The workshop, which originated in 2013, introduces participants to the life and legacy of Sam Maloof and his wife Alfreda Ward Maloof, who were both veterans of World War II. Sam served in the US Army and Alfreda was a US Navy Wave.


HELPING VETERANS: Military veterans often return home from combat experiences with PTSD-related symptoms that impair their ability to function as they transition to civilian life. Art-making therapies in concentrated creative environments have been found to relieve veterans’ post-traumatic symptoms, nurturing neural pathways that can open doors to healing. Even many years following deployments on combat missions, art-making may help reconnect veterans to positive, creative work that helps replace traumatic memories, building personal confidence and self esteem and contributing to improved occupational and social adjustment.


WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE: The Maloof Veterans Workshop begins with a tour of the Maloof Historic Home, Gallery, and Workshop, where Sam Maloof and his wife, Alfreda, lived and worked for more than half a century. Visitors learn about Sam’s life of imagination, creativity and achievement, and may take inspiration from his example. Veterans with little or no previous woodworking experience will then receive hands-on instruction from a master woodworker who guides them in the making of a Maloof-inspired piece of furniture. Up to six workshop participants will learn to saw, shape, sand and finish their pieces, which they may then inscribe and take home as a lasting memory of their experience. The workshop also produces a group piece, which is signed by the participants and added to the Maloof’s collection of veterans’ work. Through conversation at communal meals throughout the weekend, the veterans also have an opportunity to build new relationships with peers who know well the challenges of overcoming combat trauma. Their interactions with the Maloof Master Woodworker who guides their woodworking experience, provides them with a first-hand connection to the Maloof legacy. During the workshop weekend, spouses, children, family members, friends and supporters of the participants are invited to visit The Maloof gallery and workshop, where they, too, come to appreciate the Maloof legacy, viewing the works in progress and celebrating the veterans’ participation. The weekend workshop serves up to six veteran participants and about one hundred additional workshop and site visitors.


WOMEN VETERANS: IN 2016 for the first time, the workshop will serve women veterans, the self-described “she-roes” of our nation’s recent military engagements. Enlisting women as woodworkers seeks to overcome gender barriers in an activity that is traditionally associated with men. A focus on women as participants also underscores the values of Sam Maloof, who devoted a portion of his own personal philanthropy to scholarships targeted specifically to encourage and cultivate the skills of women woodworkers. Women veterans will learn as well of the important contributions of Sam’s wife Alfreda, who was herself a WWII veteran, and who played an important role in the building of the Maloof family’s woodworking business.


FUNDING REQUEST: Philanthropic grants to the Maloof Veterans Workshop go directly to support workshop expenses, including instructors, tools, materials, participant meals, visitor programming, lodging (as needed), documentation and assessment.


If you are interested in donating to this year's Maloof Veterans Workshop, please visit our Go Fund Me page or by clicking on the image below.


"I enjoy coming to the Maloof house - and often bring friends and family there. The place is wonderful, the house and grounds - the gift store - everything is a true delight. The staff is always very nice. Thanks for being there to all."  - Melissa 


"Excellent presentation superior cultural-historical-artistic resource.." - Jane


“This is a very special place, dedicated to one of the great woodworkers of our time. ... It is visually stunning and at the same time presents a flow and feel of relaxation. I think you must see it some time. Put it on your bucket list! Special place to visit.”  -H. G. Smith


"What a genius Mr. Maloof was. I feel honored to have experienced this tour." - Liz

The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts is a member of the Historic Artists' Homes and Studios program (HAHS) of the National Trust for Preservation.  HAHS is a coalition of 30 museums that were homes and working studios of American artists. Come, witness creativity!

Maloof Service Animal Policy

The Maloof welcomes all visitors, including those assisted by a service animal. Visitors with a registered service animal are permitted in all publicly accessible areas.


In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), The Maloof recognizes only dogs as Service Animals. These animals are specifically trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Guests who use service animals must retain control of their animal at all times, and are required to keep them on a leash or harness while visiting.


Emotional support animals are not recognized as service animals under the ADA; we apologize for the inconvenience, however, The Maloof is unable to accommodate them. 






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The Maloof is a Smoke Free Facility.

Smoking is not allowed anywhere

on the property or in the parking lots.







How does the state define an e-cigarette?

Tobacco product means “a product containing, made, or derived from tobacco or nicotine that is intended for human consumption [including] an electronic device that delivers nicotine or other vaporized liquids to the person inhaling from the device, including, but not limited to, an electronic cigarette, cigar, pipe, or hookah…”
Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 22950.5(d)(1) (2019)Cal. Health & Safety Code § 104495(8)(A) (2019)


Public Days & Hours:

Saturdays 10AM - 4PM

Gates open at 9:45AM


For Home Tours: 

Please click HERE for Home Tour information and times



General Information:

Phone 909.980.0412

Address: 5131 Carnelian St.

Alta Loma, CA 91701

(use Rancho Cucamonga for GPS)


Foundation Office Hours: Mon - Fri: 9 AM - 5 PM

The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation Offices will be closed on the following holidays :

New Year's Day

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Presidents' Day

Memorial Day

July 4th

Labor Day

Veterans Day


Christmas Eve


New Year's Eve

The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts acknowledge the Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Tongva world, including the Los Angeles Basin, South Channel Islands, San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, and portions of Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties) and are grateful to have the opportunity to work for the Taraaxatom (Indigenous peoples) in this place. As institutions located on unceded Indigenous land, we pay our respects to Honuukvetam (ancestors), 'Ahiihirom (elders), and ̓Evoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present, and emerging.

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