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New Member Compliments SAPFM at Woodworking in America

An attendee at WIA 2016 stopped  by the SAPFM booth to mention how easy it was to become a new member by using the online registration form.

SAPFM welcomes new member John Barquin, from Charlotte, NC !

Staffers Needed for the Klingspor  Extravaganza

The Back Country Carolina Chapter will be at the Klingspor Extravaganza in Hickory, NC.  If you are free on October 28-29 and can help staff the booth, please contact Tom Sears or Dave Redlin.

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

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.

Upcoming Events


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. 


Hearne Hardwoods Open House.  September 30 - October 1, 2016. Oxford, PA.

The Delaware Valley Chapter will staff the SAPFM booth.  Other organizations in attendance include the Wharton Esherick Museum, Thadeus Stevens College of Technology, and the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop.


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.


Delaware Valley Chapter Fall Meeting.  October 8, 2016.  New Hope, PA.

2002 Cartouche Recipient Robert Whitley will be conducting a day-long tour of his shop and studio.  This is a unique opportunity to visit a true master of the craft and hear his story.

Also presenting: Craig Bentzley and Marc Gartner, Vice President of New Jersey Woodworkers.

If you will be attending, please contact Jim Chesterton  or William Duffield.


Great Lakes Chapter Fall Meeting.  October 22-23, 2016.  Livonia, MI.

Presenter:  Tony Kubalik. Mr Kubalak will present various carving techniques which may include shells, rosettes, finials, and possibly a ball and claw foot.

Depending on the number of members who RSVP, the cost should be around $50 per person.

If you will be attending, please RSVP Andrew Messimer by Friday, Sept 23rd.


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.


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

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
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
Wearable Wooden Sneaker
Photo:  nat-2