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2016 Issue of American Period Furniture Is Headed Your Way!

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2017 SAPFM Annual Meeting of Members

The Annual Meeting will be held on 2 - 4 pm Thursday, February 2, 2017, in the auditorium of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

Tentative list of topics to be discussed:

  • Reports from key committees
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Highlights from 1 February Board meeting
  • Midyear plans for MESDA/Old Salem
  • Call for volunteers

Please also plan to attend the Cartouche Banquet on Friday, 3 February at the Williamsburg Lodge.


2017 Annual Banquet

The 2017 annual banquet will be held on Friday, February 3rd at the Williamsburg Lodge, with cash bar beginning at 6:00 p.m., and the banquet at 7:00 p.m.

There will be tables available for members to display portfolios or small pieces, or items for sale.  

The Cartouche Award presentation and raffle will follow the dinner.  

Register here.

2017 Working Wood in the 18th Century Conference

  Running from February 2nd to the 5th, the conference will consist of only a single session. To ensure availability of a seat, SAPFM members should register here. 

2017 Cartouche Recipient Announced

The Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) is pleased to congratulate  Jeffrey S. Roberts for being selected the 2017 SAPFM Cartouche recipient  for lifetime achievement in period furniture.  
This is a unique and coveted prize that only a few have earned.  It is given to someone who has demonstrated over a lifetime his love for this form of furniture, shown a mastery of the skills and techniques, and demonstrated his devotion to advancing the craft and a willingness to help others learn.

Contemporary Classics: Selections from the Society of American Period Furniture Makers.  

In the spring of 2006, SAPFM held a juried members exhibition at the Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA.  Over 6,000 persons attended the exhibition, and it was featured in the 2006 edition of  American Period Furniture, Woodshop News, and Woodwork Magazine  continued »

Upcoming Events


 Working Wood in the 18th CenturyFebruary 2 - 5, 2017.  Colonial Williamsburg, VA.

Be Seated!  Eighteenth Century Chair Making will explore the regional, stylistic, and construction variations in a range of 18th-century American seating furniture and the shops that made them.


  • Peter Galbert
  • Don Williams
  • Brian Weldy
  • Christopher Swan
  • Bill Pavlak
  • Kaare Loftheim
  • Tara Gleason Chicirda
  • Ted Boscana

The conference will consist of only a single session this year. To ensure availability of a seat, SAPFM members should register here »   

69th Annual Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum.  February 24 - 28, 2017.  Colonial Williamsburg, VA.

Peach State Chapter Workshop:  Tall Clocks with Jeff Headley and Steve Hamilton.  March 13-14, 2017.

Jeff and Steve will focus on tall clock construction and variations on techniques and designs during the period.
More details will be available after the first of the year.

Furniture Up Close: Masterworks at Winterthur Study Days.  April 7 - 8, 2016. Winterthur, DE.

Registration opens December 6, 2016.  For information and registration, please call 800 448-3883.


2017 SAPFM Southern California Chapter Spring Meeting.  April 21 - 23, 2017.  Norwalk, CA.

Presenter:  2005 Cartouche Recipient Phil Lowe.



esherick to NAKASHIMA  February 2, 2016 - December 25, 2016.  Mount Dora, FL.

Furniture from some of the pioneering figures of the Studio Furniture Movement-- Warton Esherick, Wendell Castle and George Nakashima.




In the Gallery

In the Members Area

Making It, by Evgeny Morozov.                   


SAPFM eZine- Pins & Tales

We are pleased to present the Fall 2016 issue of Pins & Tales, the SAPFM e-Magazine. Read more about the current issue here.
Not a SAPFM member? You can receive a one-time eMagazine by signing our email list. Sign up here.


SAPFM Videos

Roanoake River Chairs  
Footage:  Barry L. Daniel
From a presentation given at the 2016 Tidewater Chapter Fall meeting.  
Ronnie Young on Highland Woodworker        

In Episode 23's 'Moment With a Master', Ronnie Young tells his story and demonstrates his method for creating beautiful paterae inlay.  (27:08 into the video.)

Brock Jobe discusses 'trick leg' tables  
Footage:  Mark Giles
A Method for Producing Seymour Line-and Dart Banding  

Read the hardcopy companion article to this video in 2105's American Period Furniture, or online in the SAPFM members area.


SAPFM Photos

Tidewater Chapter Fall Meeting

Photo:  Barry L. Daniel  
Don Williams, Ben Hobbs.

Lie-Nielsen Handtool Event

Edmonston, MD
Photo:  Mark Maleski


In the News

Restoration Under Way to Preserve Carter's Grove 

Photo:  Alexa Wedlund

Franklin Vagnone Named President of Old Salem

Old Salem Museums & Gardens’ Board of Trustees voted to name Vagnone as the 11th president of the 66-year-old institution.