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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

SAPFM Scholarship Program – Looking for 2016/17 Applicants

SAPFM is seeking candidates/applicants for two $2500 scholarships for the 2016/17 school year.  Candidates must be full time students enrolled in an accredited program in cabinetmaking or a related field.  These scholarships are not directly needs-based but will focus on the candidates’ interest in period furniture construction and restoration. 

Full details of the requirements and application process can be found here.

Staffers Needed for the Hand Tool Event, Sept 30th - Oct 1st

The Southern California Chapter is looking for volunteers to staff the SAPFM table.  If you can help out, please contact Paul Babcock.

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

Volunteers to staff the SAPFM booth, furniture pieces for display, demonstrators are needed. Contact Bob Compton to sign up.

Cartouche Award--  September 1 Deadline for Material

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...

Upcoming Events

Southern California Chapter Summer Tour.  August 27,2016.  Pasadena, CA.
There will be a tour of the Gamble House at 9am on Saturday, August 27, 2016.  The cost of the tour is $15.  
After that we will walk around the area of Terrace & Grand Ave. which has several houses designed by Greene and Greene.  
Lunch is scheduled for Mijares Mexican Restaurant.  
Around  2pm, we will visit Jim Ipekjian's shop.  Jim is one of the leading authorities on Greene and Greene furniture.
To attend, SAPFM members should contact Bob Stevenson or Brad Ormsby

Chesapeake Chapter, Molding Plane Working Group.   August 27, 2016. Germantown, MD.

The focus of the workshop with be the design, layout and execution of actual molding profiles with participants bringing their own molding planes to  try out.  Several shooting boards will be available for participants to try techniques and develop basic skills and knowledge in sticking their own moldings.  Fred Walker will be our workshop leader.

Rock River Valley Chapter Meeting.  September 15, 2016.  Lake Forest, IL.
We have been invited to view a personal collection of Shaker furniture that has been acquired over the years. The collection also includes some pieces by George Nakashima and a few pieces by Sam Maloof.
The tour will be limited to a total of twenty people.

Symposium, Rhode Island Furniture 1650-1830. September 15-16, 2016.  New Haven, CT.

Yale Art Gallery has arranged to host this year’s Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque Memorial Lecture and Symposium with activities closely related to Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture 1650-1830.  

Presenters:  Phillip Zimmerman, Nancy Goynes Evans, Gary R. Sullivan, Patricia Kane, Dennis Car, Jennifer Johnson.

You must register to attend.


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.



Chesapeake Fall Chapter Meeting.  September 24, 2016.  Rockville, MD.

The morning session will focus on chapter updates/plans and summarizing the progress our Molding Plane Working Group. 

Presenters:  Jeff Headley and Steve Hamilton.
On the 25th, Jeff and Steve will be doing a class on traditional furniture techniques.  Register for the class here.
Furniture Masters 2016.  September 25, Portsmouth, NH.

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Hand Tool Event. September 30 - October 1, 2016. Norwalk, CA.

The Southern California Chapter of SAPFM will be on hand to answer any questions about the organization. 

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.



A Compass to Guide: South Carolina Cabinetmakers Today.  August 1, 2016 through July 15, 2017. Columbia, SC.
The exhibition wil focus on furniture from cabinetmakers actively practicing in South Carolina, with18th and 19th century examples of South Carolina furniture providing historical context. 

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.



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

NHFMA  offers Alden Artisan Advancement Scholarship
The recipient of the scholarship will receive $1,000 towards the development and promotion of an original furniture piece which will then be on exhibit at the group’s annual Furniture Masters Main Event in the Fall. 
1850’s Desk Links Roxbury’s Kittredge House with 19th Century Boston Furniture Making
Photo: Historic Boston
TKF Professional Development Award
The award is for $2,500 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