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Mid-Year 2016

Photo: John Fitzpatrick
Photo:  Dave Boeff
Carving, Philadelphia Museum of Art. Will Neptune: Period Casework Construction
Photo: Dave Boeff
Photo:  Dave Boeff
Mary May: Sharpening Carving Gouges Jim Moon's Studley Tool Chest.

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. Candidates must submit their biographical information electronically to by 5PM EST October 1.

As SAPFM has grown, its requirements for skills possessed by Board members have evolved. First and foremost we are an educational organization dedicated to period furniture. So the need for a strong interest in that subject has not changed. We also continue to need Board representation of accomplished makers of period furniture including professionals.  While that was originally the main skill needed, we now have additional needs for more managerial, operational, marketing, fund raising and board experience and skills.  This is of course is not an exhaustive list, and many other abilities will no doubt enhance the Board's effectiveness.

Serving on the board is a great way to meet and collaborate with others who want to make SAPFM as good as it can be.  You’ll gain satisfaction from helping preserve the art and skills we are all interested in, and make good friends in the process!

SAPFM is primarily a member-run organization. While we recognize the importance of outside experts to ensure we are compliant with regulations, we want the diversity of managerial and business execution skills in our own governing body to allow SAPFM to thrive.

To date most of our personal statements submitted by members seeking election to the Board have been our journey to and within period furniture making. While this is helpful, we’d like to ask that personal statements also emphasize business and other relevant skills and experience that candidates can bring to the Board to help make SAPFM successful.

This past year SAPFM established a Nominating Committee to help in the identification, recruitment and  vetting of possible Board candidates.  That committee is actively seeking candidates at this time.  The Committee welcomes all SAPFM members in good standing to submit their information for election.  The Nominating Committee will provide a list of candidates for membership consideration on September 20 that will be sent via email.  If you would like to ask questions, submit your name for consideration or nominate others, please contact the Nominating Committee at

Of course, any member in good standing wishing to stand for election may do so regardless if they have submitted their information to the Nominating Committee or of their skills or experience.

SAPFM is your organization. We hope you will consider ways you can be of service by committing time and sharing your expertise.

Ken Johnson,
Nominating Committee

Chapter Support Committee  Looking for Presenters

The Chapter Support Committee is  looking for SAPFM members who would be willing to make presentations at various chapter meetings.  

If you are interested, please contact Dick Reese.


Staffers Needed for  Upcoming Lie-Nielsen Events

Staffers are needed for the Lie-Nielsen Open House in Warren, ME.

If you can help out, please contact Dave Redlin.



Upcoming Events


Lie-Nielsen Open House.  July 8 - 9, 2016.  Warren, ME.

Join the New England chapter and the folks from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks  to celebrate Lie-Nielsen's 35th anniversary of providing quality hand tools. And there's lobstah!


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.



On the Edge of Your Seat:  Chairs for the 21st Century.  May 6 - July 23, 2016.  Philadelphia, PA.

Along with a three-centrury retrospective of Philadelphia chair design, the exhibition considers new designs in chairs, benches, and stools for the 21st century.




Design in Wood June 4 - July 4, 2016.

San Diego, CA.

A competition and exhibit done in collaboration with the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association. Woodworkers from all over the world compete for honors. 


Of the Best Materials and Good Workmanship: 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking.  Through July 9, 2016.  Freehold, NJ.

This exhibition explores the craft of chairmaking in New Jersey from the 1790s to the end of the 19th century.



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.


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.


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.



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

Keith Rackley's tea table.


In the Members Area

Making It, by Evgeny Morozov.                   


SAPFM eZine- Pins & Tales

We are pleased to present the Spring 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

Mid-Year 2016

Photo:  Dave Boeff
Fine Woodworking Magazine's
Mike Pekovich: Woodworkers Guide to Fine Finishing.
Photo:  John Fitzpatrick
Assembling for the PMA trip.
Photo:  John Fitzpatrick
Admiring Jim Moon's Studley
Chest reproduction.

Chesapeake Chapter

Photo:  Mark Maleski
Brian Cunfer, Windsor chairs.

Moulding Plane Working Group

Photo: Mark Maleski


In the News

Wearable Wooden Shoe
Photo:  nat-2
Historic Deerfield Acquires Desk of Nehemiah Bull  
Hoke's Tool Co.