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Staffers Needed for Woodworking in America Sept 16th - 18th

Volunteers to staff the SAPFM booth, furniture pieces for display, demonstrators are needed

Cartouche Award Nominations Welcomed at This Time

Each year the SAPFM cartouche selection committee identifies a candidate that exemplifies the qualities of a craftsman that has demonstrated a lifetime of furniture making. There are no specific criteria for the type of work, continued...







Photo:  NBSS

Lance Patterson Recieves Design  New England 2016 Distinguished Mentor Award

Call for Nominations

SAPFM will hold an election for three representatives on the Board of Directors(Board) this year. The election will be held electronically via a web site, from October 15 - November 1.  More information can be found here.

Upcoming Events


Chesapeake Chapter, Molding Plane Working Group.  Saturday 23 July 2016. Germantown, MD.

Dan Schwank will once again lead us through restoration of our user planes.  Unlike our kick-off meeting, this session will be a deep dive in restoration.

Instructions for joining us on 23 July:
 1) You must be a current member of SAPFM.
 2) You must register by sending an email to:
 3) Please plan to bring $25 to cover food costs.



New Hampshire Antiques Show. August 11-13, 2016.  Manchester, NH.

Exhibitors offer a wide range of both country and formal antique furniture and accessories including clocks, folk art, paintings and prints, textiles, woodenware, nautical and scientific items, metalware, glassware, pottery and ceramics, early lighting, samplers, Shaker furniture and accessories, decoys, architectural and garden ornaments, and books about antiques.


Woodworking in America.  September 16 - 18, 2016. Covington, KY.

The list of SAPFM speakers/presenters includes:

  • Nancy Hiller
  • Freddy Roman
  • Don Williams
  • Chris Schwarz
  • Alf Sharp
  • George Walker
  • Zach Dillinger
  • Matt Cremona
  • Mary May
  • Shannon Rogers

Registration is now open.  Session descriptions can be found here.


ORV Chapter Fall Meeting. October 8-9, 2016. Marietta, OH.

The Chapter  will hold its Fall meeting at the Campus Martius Museum.

Presenter:   Andrew Richmond, who is recognized as an expert in Ohio River Valley furniture and inlay work. Fee is $20.

Museum visitors will be treated to an exhibit of fine examples of period furniture made by members of SAPFM.



Hudson Hewn:  New York Furniture Now. Through August  14, 2016.  Garrison, NY.

Held at the Boscobel House and Gardens, the exhibition features locally made, contemporary furniture inspired by Boscobel's collection of furniture by Duncan Phyfe, Michael Allison and Charles Honore Lanuier.


Sam Maloof Woodworker — Life/Art/Legacy.  February 14 - August 31, 2016. Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

Part of a year-long celebration of the Maloof Centennial, the exhibition will bring together more than 60 objects including examples of Maloof furniture, drawings, photographs, and works of art.


Wallace Nutting: Preservation Pioneer. Through October 30, 2016.  Weathersfield, CT.

Now part of the Web-Deane-Stevens Museum,  Wallace Nutting opened the Joseph Webb house to the public one hundred years ago.



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.

Photo: Yale University Art Gallery

Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830.  August 19, 2016–January 8, 2017.  New Haven, CT.

The exhibition addresses the broad reach of Rhode Island’s furniture production, from the boom of the export trade at the turn of the 17th century and its steady growth throughout the 18th century to the gradual decline of the handcraft tradition in the 19th century.

Photo: Gavin Ashworth

Classical Splendor: Painted Furniture for a Grand Philadelphia House.  September 3, 2016 - January 1, 2017.  Philadelphia, PA.

The PMA exhibition features a suite of ten pieces of furniture in the NeoClassical style from the Waln House, completed in 1808 and located just a block from Independance Hall in Philadelphia.

The furniture was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe , who went on to design similar furniture for the public rooms of the James Madison White House.


Furniture Study Guided Tours.  Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

Free guided tours of the Furniture Study are given on Fridays at 12:30 pm. 

The Furniture Study is also open by appointment to individuals and groups of fewer than 15 people from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Photo © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Made in the Americas:  The New World Discovers Asia.  March 26, 2016 – January 8, 2017.  Winterthur, DE.

Marking the 450th anniversary of the beginning of the Manila-Acapulco Galleon trade between the Philippines and Mexico, “Made in the Americas” is the first large-scale, Pan-American exhibition to examine the influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas.

Furniture as Art as Furniture.  July 15 2016 - Februrary 22, 2017.  LAX, Los Angeles, CA.

The purpose of the exhibit will be to expose the traveling public to ‘Studio Furniture’ — showcasing the talents of southern California furniture designers / makers.


In the Gallery


In the Members Area

Making It, by Evgeny Morozov.                   


SAPFM eZine- Pins & Tales

We are pleased to present the Summer 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

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

Delaware Valley Chapter

Photo:  James Marsh

Mid-Year 2016

Photo:  Jim Altemus
Waln House Chair.

Chesapeake Chapter

Photo:  Mark Maleski
Brian Cunfer, Windsor chairs.


In the News

TKF Professional Development Award
The award is for $2500 to an emerging fine woodworking professional to assist them as an artist in residence or visiting scholar at a nationally recognized woodworking school or craft center. 
Wearable Wooden Sneaker
Photo:  nat-2
Hoke's Tool Co.