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SAPFM Sponsors Best Traditional Piece Award

SAPFM sponsored the Best Traditional Piece Award at the 34th Annual Northern Woods Exhibition, organized by the Minnesota Wood Workers Guild. The award was won by Ron Ausen, for a Windsor Rocking Chair.
Tony Kubalak  won both the Peer Award and the Best Handwork Award with his Chippendale lowboy.

Staffers Needed for Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Events

Members are needed to staff the SAPFM booth at upcoming Hand Tool Events.  If you are available, contact Bob Compton.  Consider a two-hour (or more, if you want) shift at a fun event. Work the booth and visit with the vendors!


Upcoming Events


Lie-Nielsen Handtool Event.  September 22 -23, 2017.  Oakland, CA.

The event will be held at The Crucible, an industrial arts school with classes in blacksmithing, welding, woodworking, jewelry, glass blowing, and ceramics.

Florida Chapter Fall Meeting.  September 23, 2017. Lakeland, FL.
  • Mike Fucile-- Federal period demilune table
  • Pete Savickas -- Introduction to Woodcarving
  • John Norstom -- Carving a pie-crust table top 
  • Bill Boehm --  An unorthodox sharpening method

Hearne Hardwoods Open House.  September 29 - 30, 2017.  Oxford, PA.


  • International Wood Collectors Society
  • Wharton Esherick Museum
  • Chestertown Vacation Workshops
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • PA Dept. of Agriculture
  • Ortiz Studios

Lie-Nielsen Handtool Event.  October 6 - 7, 2017.  Norwalk, CA.

The event will be held at Cerritos College,  a  community college serving Southeast Los Angeles County. 

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. 

ORV Chapter Fall Meeting.  October 14 - 15, 2017. Columbus, OH.


  • Charlie Watson-- Hands-on Ball and Claw Carving Class
  • Dave Boeff-- Period Chair Construction
Great Lakes Chapter Meeting. October 28, 2017. Livonia, MI
  • Rich Herbert-- Introduction to vacuum veneering
  • Mike Holden-- Introduction to hammer veneering
  • Neil Hoegemeyer-- Marquetry basics

Tidewater Chapter Fall Meeting.  November 4, 2017.  




Gulf States Chapter Fall Meeting.  November 11, 2017.  Mobile, AL.


  • Scott Wetter-- Carving chisels, gouges, V tools
  • Tom Rassmussen-- Lathe gouges, skews
  • Bruce Thornton-- Laying out and carving a Philadelphia finial, examples of other region’s finials
  • Nevin Heller of Flomaton Antique Auction-- antiques appraisals

Lie-Nielsen Handtool Event.  December 1 - 2, 2017.  Beverly, MA.

The event will be held at the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts,  run by Phil Lowe.

SAPFM presenters:

Presentation sponsored by SAPFM:

  • Roy Underhill
Registration opens in August, 2017.  Single-day registration options are not available.
Several SAPFM meetings and events will be held in conjunction the conference-- 
  • On Thursday the 25th  we will hold our annual Members Meeting.
  • On Friday evening, the 26th we will hold our annual Cartouche Banquet. Registration for the Banquet is separate and will be open at a later date.

Mid-Year 2018.  July 19 - 22, 2018.  Old Sturbridge Village, MA.

Old Sturbridge is a wonderful location for a midyear, as our popular 2014 event proved. Stay tuned for additional information as our plans firm up.



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. 

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. 

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. 


In the Gallery

Bob Stevenson's Tambour Desk

In the Members Area

Podcast:  Dick Reese on
period furniture making.

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

In the News

Pat Warner 1943 - 2017


Rooted: Creating a Sense of Place: Contemporary Studio Furniture