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Author Archives: Sal Maccarone, M.A.

Sal Maccarone is an American author, furniture maker, and sculptor. He is best known as a master craftsman, and for his internationally distributed woodworking books such as Tune Up Your Tools, and How to Make $40,000 a Year Woodworking, both published by Betterway Books, Cincinnati, Ohio. He is also known for his woodworking technique articles published both online since 1994, and in print by the national magazine Popular Woodworking. Sal attended San Jose State University, and achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art History, and a Masters degree in Design and Applied Arts. In 2009 Sal began a syndicated newspaper column called, "How Art Shapes Our Lives". The column is published once each week in the California central valley, Sierra foothills, and the Yosemite area. Sal has also been in the business of building cabinetry, furniture and sculpture since 1972. His woodwork and sculpture can be viewed in many public, and private collections throughout the United States, and British Columbia. Locally, Sal built the Tenaya Lodge Bar, complete with the four sculptures of historical people. He also built 80 pieces of furniture, and 14 carved doors for the Chateau du Sureau. In 2010 Sal designed and built the two walnut display cases which reside in the Great Lounge at the Ahwahnee hotel.

How Art Shapes Our Lives: Thomas Hill

Image of Yosemite Valley.

By Sal Maccarone Artists have been rendering their surroundings ever since they began to walk the earth. For instance, primitive cave paintings and pre-historic petroglyphs bear witness to the way things were. Landscape paintings are the only record that we have about where, and how these ancient groups lived. Bodies of water, forests, mountains, valleys, animals and people are just ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: The Gilded Age Mansions

Image of a Rhode Island mansion known as The Breakers.

By Sal Maccarone During the years following 1870 America was beginning to enjoy a bustling industrial economy. As with some of the phenomena of today’s world, a few remarkable individuals became very wealthy during this short lived era. This time period is now referred to as “The Gilded Age”, a name first coined through the title of a book which ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: The Palace of Fine Arts

Image of the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

By Sal Maccarone It is fascinating once realized how the discovery of gold here in California had such a profound impact worldwide. For instance, as a direct result of the 1849 gold rush, leaders in this country began thinking more seriously about connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This of course was to facilitate commerce by moving goods, (and people), ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: The Oscar

Image of Walt Disney and Shirley Temple at the Oscars.

By Sal Maccarone The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences was the idea of Louis B. Mayer (1884-1957), head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM.) Mr. Mayer felt that the organization would lend respectability and status to the movie industry, the reputation of which had been tarnished during the Roaring Twenties. So on May 4, 1927, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: The Shinzen Friendship Garden

Image of a bonsai garden.

By Sal Maccarone Parks are wonderful places! They provide recreation, they are aesthetically pleasing, and they are helpful to our environment in many ways. There are many types of parks, from urban to national, but they all share the same basic goal: setting aside space which will contribute to our physical and psychological well-being. Many urban parks are green spaces, ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Optical Art & Crop Circles

Image of a crop circle.

By Sal Maccarone Optical art, fractal art, abstract art, and many other forms of art rely heavily upon the placement of geometric shapes within a given space. Geometry is a language! The math that is used to create shapes — comprised of points, lines and curves — is thought to be universal. Geometric art forms can run anywhere from a ...

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 How Art Shapes Our Lives: Yachts of Fun

Eclipse

By Sal Maccarone Pirates and their pirate ships have always had a special place in our lore of the land. Those reprehensible villains in their sturdy well-manned boats. Arrrrgh! Forever a problem, it took the 17th century Dutch navy to finally devise a way of combating the threat. Their approach was simple: build a light weight, extremely fast ship that ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: The Art of Money Making

Morgan Dollar

By Sal Maccarone The lines that distinguish the difference between art and craft are oftentimes blurred. Craft is utilitarian, art is for looking at, but sometimes a particular craft is so precise that it might as well be art. Let us explore the world of engraving as an example. Beginning sometime during the fifth century B.C. man figured out how ...

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