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October 31st

It's October 31st.  Is your membership current? If so, you'll receive the 2017 issue of American Period Furniture.  Don't miss out by letting your membership lapse!

You can check to see whether your membership is current by logging in to the Members Area and viewing your information on the 'Update Your Information' page.

New Board Members Selected

David Coker, Rolly Rhodes, Dan Santos, and Tom Sears are the new Board members.  

Read more about their professional careers, woodworking backgrounds, and making a contribution to SAPFM  here »

Staffers Needed for Handworks 2017

SAPFM will have a booth at the 2017 Handworks. If you are available May 19th - 20th  to staff the booth, please contact Bob Compton

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

Upcoming Events


Klingspor Extravaganza.  October 28-29, 2016. Hickory, NC.

The Back Country Carolina Chapter will be staffing the SAPFM booth. Jim Moon's Studley Toolchest will be on display!

If you are located in SouthWest VA, Eastern TN, upcountry SC, or the Western half of NC, this will be an easy drive for you.  Come on down!


Peach State Chapter Furniture Conservation Seminars. Oct 29-30 and Oct 31-Nov 1.  Roswell, GA

Presenter:  Joshua Klein.  
The first seminar will be a discussion of  examination techniques, materials used, restorative procedures, and documentation.  
The second seminar will involve conservation in practice:  The use of shellac, hide glue, paraloid-b72, safely manipulating deteriorated finishes, common structural repairs, and inpainting scratches and nicks in old surfaces.  
Each participant is invited to bring a project of their own and apply these techniques to their own restorations.

Indiana Chapter Fall Meeting.  November 5, 2016. Noblesville, IN.

POSTPONED.  Stay tuned for further details.

Presenter:  Zach Dillinger.


Tidewater Chapter Fall Meeting.  November 5, 2016.  Elizabeth City, NC.

The meeting will be held at the Museum of the Albemarle.

Butch Harris — Upholstery
Don Williams — Moldings on curved parts 
Barry Daniel — Brief history on the Roanoke River Basin School
Barry Daniel — Roanoke River Chair construction
Ben Hobbs — Chair shoes

A Passion for Luxury: Tastemakers and Trendsetters in Early New England, 1715-1815.  November 11 -13, 2016.  Deerfield, MA.

Registration is open for this Historic Deerfield forum.

Forum speakers and demonstrators include Judy Anderson, Zara Anishanslin, Caryne Eskridge, Hugh Glover, David (Ned) Lazaro, John Tschirch, Alexander von Hoffman, and Kariann Akemi Yokota.


Blue Ridge Chapter Fall Meeting.  November 19, 2016.  Fredericksburg City, VA.



Iroquois Chapter Fall Meeting.  November 20, 2016.  Bloomfield, NY.

Presenter:  2012 Cartouche recipient Al Breed.  The focus will be on the carving for a piecrust table.

The meeting will follow Al's visit to the Rochester Woodworkers Society on the 18th and 19th.



Delaware Valley Chapter Demonstrations.   December 2 - 4, 2016. Bedminster, NJ.

The Chapter will be giving demonstrations at the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum



 Working Wood in the 18th Century.February 2 - 5, 2017.  Colonial Williamsburg, VA.

Be Seated!  Eighteenth Century Chair Making will explore the regional, stylistic, and construction variations in a range of 18th-century American seating furniture and the shops that made them.

The conference will consist o a a single session this year.  To ensure availability of a seat, SAPFM members should register as soon as registration opens.  SAPFM will notify members a couple of days in advance of registration.  

69th Annual Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum.  February 24 - 28, 2017.  Colonial Williamsburg, VA.


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. 
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 Fall 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

Great Lakes Chapter Meeting


Woodworking in America

SAPFM booth being set up.
Photo: Dave Boeff
Caleb James, Hollows & Rounds.
Photo: Dave Boeff
Shannon Rogers.

Chesapeake Chapter Meeting 3, Moulding Plane Working Group

Photo: Mark Maleski


In the News

A trip home reveals the other side of town
Photo:  Massachusetts Historical Buildings