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Corona Plumosa by Nancy R. Hiller will be included in the Indiana State Museum's studio furniture exhibition, scheduled to run from October 2013 through June 2014. Using a blind jury process, Professor Wendy Maruyama of San Diego State University selected 23 outstanding examples of functional studio pieces by Indiana artists in traditional and contemporary designs.
The Highland Woodworker’s first Moment with a Master of the 2013 season features 2008 SAPFM Cartouche award recipient Alf Sharp. Find out how Alf’s fascination with the centerfold of a British secretary attracted him to furniture making. Learn more as we visit with Alf in his Tennessee home and shop on the next Highland Woodworke, available after February 23 at Highland Woodworker.
Mary May describes how to carve foliage on a spindle in an article in Popular Woodworking. "Carving an Acanthus Leaf on a Turned Post" is in the October 2012 issue.
Nancy Hiller has an article in the September/October issue of Fine Woodworking (#228), "Arts & Crafts With an English Accent" The article details the making of a writing desk that she designed based on original circa-1903 drawings of washstands produced by the Harris Lebus furniture company of London. Nancy found copies of the plans at the Geffrye Museum in Hackney and obtained scans of the original drawings through the National Archives.
Freddy Roman shows how to quickly plot an ellipse using simple geometry in the August 2012 Popular Woodworking.
Charles Bender explains three variations of the trifid carved foot prevalent in Philadelphia in the August 2012 Popular Woodworking.
In the July/Aug 2012 issue of Fine Woodworking, Alan Turner describes how to make crosscut sleds for the table saw to accommodate a variety of cutting applications.
W. Mickey Callahan shows how he uses an overarm jig at the router table to produce curved mouldings with complex profiles. His article appears in the July/Aug 2012 issue of Fine Woodworking.
Eight members of SAPFM have been selected into Early American Life Magazine's 2012 Directory of Traditional American Crafts. Their work and contact information appear in the August 2012 issue. Congratulations to Dennis Bork, Vincent Chicone, David Diaman, Benjamin C. Hobbs, Tony Kubalak, Bob Stevenson, Matthew Wolfe and Fred Chellis !
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Registration for this The Society of American Period Furniture Makers 2013 Mid-Year Conference at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is now closed. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, email conference registrar Jim Altemus or call (585)-657- 5328.
There is no penalty for cancelling your registration before June 13, 2013. After June 13, refunds will be given only if the space is filled by another registrant.
This year’s presenters include Mickey Callahan, Will Neptune, Alf Sharp and George Walker. Mickey Callahan will give an in-depth presentation regarding the selection of wood grain and the role it plays in the final appearance of a piece. Past Cartouche winner Will Neptune will tackle tablesaw joinery and techniques, demonstrating some unique approaches along with many jigs and fixtures. Alf Sharp, also a Cartouche recipient, will dazzle his audience with hammer veneering and related techniques such as parquetry and crossbands. Author, scholar and furniture maker George Walker will give a detailed presentation on the importance of scale and proportion when designing furniture.
Members will gather for a reception-barbecue on Friday evening as well as a banquet on Saturday night. Attendees are encouraged to bring pieces of their work for the Members Gallery or digital images for a presentation Saturday evening. On Friday, there will be an optional bus trip to Winterthur Museum where members of the curatorial and conservation staffs will share some of their insights on this prestigious collection. A Saturday trip to Longwood Gardens will be available to spouses as well. An optional trip to the National Watch and Clock Museum is scheduled for Monday. Click here for museum details and a tentative schedule of events.
Rooms have been reserved at a number of hotels within a quick drive of the conference site planned. Click here for hotel information. The registration deadline is June 17.
Connecticut Historical Society Exhibition Catalogue Now Available
The catalogue of exhibitors from the 2012 A Tradition of Craft: Current Work by the Society of American Period Furniture Makers
can now be purchased. The catalogue contains images and descriptions of all the pieces juried into the exhibit at the Connecticut Historical Society. Hardcover, full color images $60/book includes postage. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. To see sample pages, click here
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