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Education Grant Application Period Extended

The deadline to submit applications for SAPFM education grants has been extended to August 15, 2017. Any student enrolled full time in a cabinetmaking or related accredited academic program is eligible to apply.  

Two grants are available for the 2017/18 academic year

If you believe you are eligible or know of an eligible student, get busy!  The application process is not difficult .  Full details with application materials are available here .

Scott Wetter Appointed to SAPFM Board of Directors

The SAPFM Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Scott Wetter to the Board. 
Scott, a resident of Mobile Alabama, has been a member since 2009, and a Lifetime member since 2013.  He also recently initiated and leads our new  Gulf States Chapter.  More details can be found here.
Please join us in welcoming Scott to the SAPFM Board of Directors.

Call for Cartouche Award Nominations

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.
See the Cartouche Award Guidelines for further details on submitting your candidate.  
The deadline for submissions is September 1.

SAPFM Shirts for Sale 

SAPFM is pleased to announce that we are once again offering shirts with our iconic shell logo. These are the same high quality shirts we have been purchasing in the past few years. 
After logging into the Members Area , go to the SAPFM store.

New Podcast, Sponsored by SAPFM

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, Bob Van Dyke explains why he calls his 6-week intensive woodworking class “the best he’s ever taught.” 

Derek McDonald Receives SAPFM Grant

Derek McDonald is a 2017 SAPFM grant recipient.

Derek's Oak & Mahogany table will be featured in the Readers Gallery in the upcoming issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine .

He is a student at Phil Lowe's Furniture Institute of Massachusetts.

Ron Young Furniture Plans Available to SAPFM Members

2016 Cartouche Recipient Ron Young has offered to share full-sized drawings of some of his furniture with his fellow SAPFM members.
Ron is an engineer by trade and training. Before he begins a project, he develops a complete set of full-size plans. Each set of plans comes with a printer-quality 11” x 17” color print of the furniture piece.  Most plans are 36” x 36” or 36" x 48”.
The plans are available for member purchase in the SAPFM Store.  All money received above the cost of producing and mailing the plans is specifically used to support the educational grant program of SAPFM.

Upcoming Events


Blue Ridge Chapter Meeting. August 19, 2017. Culpeper, VA.

  • Don Williams on saw sharpening 
  • Dave Heller  
Early American Furniture: Recent Research in Training, Technique, and Lifestyle.  September 15-17, 2017. Deerfield,MA.
This year's forum will examine the unspoken meanings imbedded in early American craftmanship.
    Hearne Hardwoods Open House.  September 29 - 30, 2017.  Oxford, PA.  

ORV Chapter Fall Meeting.  September 30 - October 1, 2017.  Rio Grande, OH.


  • Charlie Watson-- Hands-on Ball and Claw Carving Class
  • Eric Matson-- Period Chair Construction
ADA/Historic Deerfield Antiques Show. October 7-8, 2017. Amherst, MA.
The Antiques Dealers' Association of America, in conjunction with Historic Deerfield, will bring together some of the nation's finest dealers for their annual antiques show. The show moves to a new location this year at the Mullins Center at the University of Massachusetts. 

Tidewater Chapter Fall Meeting.  November 4, 2017.  


  • Peter Ross
  • Barry Daniel




Photo: Historic Deerfield

Why We Collect: Recent Acquisitions at Historic Deerfield, 2010-2017. Opens May 5, 2017.  Deerfield, MA.

A new exhibition at the Flynt Center, presenting more than 20 highlights from the collection that have been acquired in the past seven years.  The exhibition explains how these objects help to understand everyday life, work, and culture in New England's past, and why the museum's staff added them to the collection. 

Simply Splendid: Rediscovering American Design.  May 13 - August 13, 2017.  Hartford, CT.

The exhibition will feature key items from The Wallace Nutting Collection of Colonial American Furniture and Ironwork

Planed, Grained, & Dovetailed: Cabinetmaking in Rural New England.   Installed June 2017.  Sturbridge, MA.

The exhibition examines the tools, products, and livelihoods of rural New England cabinetmakers in the early 19th century. 


Arts Fest 2017.  June 6 - August 11, 2017. Beverly, MA.
Feaured artist: 2005 Cartouche Recipient Phil Lowe.
A juried exhibition of professional and emerging artists which honors those who live, work, or attend school in Beverly. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Photo:  © Vitra Design Museum, Jürgen Hans

Alexander Girard  -- A Designer’s Universe.  June 17, 2017 - October 8, 2017.   Bloomfield Hills, MI. 
Cranbrook Art Museum presents the U.S. debut of this career retrospective of Alexander Girard (1907–1993), one of the most influential designers of the twentieth century. 

Making Connecticut. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT.  

An ongoing exhibit four hundred-plus years in the making: The story of the people of Connecticut, from the 1500s through today.

Southern Flair.  Ongoing. DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Williamsburg VA.

 This wide-ranging exhibition celebrates the objects that were created in or imported to the Chesapeake, the Carolina low country, and southern backcountry. The exhibition highlights the aesthetic diversity brought to the region by the varied cultures and ethnic groups that ultimately defined a unique, early southern style.





In the Gallery

Chris Behm's tea table.

In the Members Area



American Period Furniture

SAPFM eZine- Pins & Tales

We are pleased to present the Summer 2017 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

The Modern Master:  Al Breed  
Fine Woodworking Live 2017 preview.  
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

Mid-Year 2017

Photo:  Dave Boeff

Delaware Valley Chapter

Pole Lathe
Pole Lathe

SF Bay Area Chapter


In the News

Philip Lowe named Arts Fest Beverly’s featured artist