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Nancy Lee Cogger  May 15, 1958 - May 28, 2017

"Nancy was a part of the 18th century furniture community, and an old friend."
     Mike Siemsen, Minnesota Chapter

SAPFM Shirts for Sale 

SAPFM is pleased to announce that we are once again offering shirts with our iconic shell logo. These are the same high quality shirts we have been purchasing in the past few years. 
After logging into the Members Area , go to the SAPFM store.

New Podcast, Sponsored by SAPFM

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, Bob Van Dyke explains why he calls his 6-week intensive woodworking class “the best he’s ever taught.” 

Mark Arnold Podcast

360 Woodworking- Mark Arnold Mark Arnold discusses his time at North Bennet Street School, editing and writing for American Period Furniture, and a woodworking technique known as sgraffito.

Derek McDonald Receives SAPFM Grant

Derek McDonald is a 2017 SAPFM grant recipient.

Derek's Oak & Mahogany table will be featured in the Readers Gallery in the upcoming issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine .

He is a student at Phil Lowe's Furniture Institute of Massachusetts.

Mid-Year 2017 Conference

Mid-Year 2017 The conference will be held June 22nd - June 26th in Old Salem, NC.  More information can be found here.  Registration opens April 17, 1:00 pm Eastern time.

Staffers Needed for Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Events

Members are needed to staff the SAPFM booth at the Lie-Nielsen Open House, July 7 - 8, 2017.  If you are available, contact Bob Compton.

Ron Young Furniture Plans Available to SAPFM Members

2016 Cartouche Recipient Ron Young has offered to share full-sized drawings of some of his furniture with his fellow SAPFM members.
Ron is an engineer by trade and training. Before he begins a project, he develops a complete set of full-size plans. Each set of plans comes with a printer-quality 11” x 17” color print of the furniture piece.  Most plans are 36” x 36” or 36" x 48”.
The plans are available for member purchase in the SAPFM Store.  All money received above the cost of producing and mailing the plans is specifically used to support the educational grant program of SAPFM.

Upcoming Events


Mid-Year 2017.  June 22 - 26, 2017.  Old Salem, NC.


  • Steve Latta 
  • Martin OBrien
  • Ronnie Young2016 Cartouche Recipient
  • Brian Coe

More information can be found here. Registration starts Monday, April 17th . Registration closes Monday June 12th.


Lie-Nielsen Open House.  July 7 - 8, 2017.  Warren, ME.

The New England chapter and the folks from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks  celebrate Lie-Nielsen's 36th anniversary of providing quality hand tools. And there's lobstah!


Before the 2' x 4': New England Framing Options to the Mid-19th Century.  July 15, 2017.  Deerfield, MA

A one-day program focusing on building framing technology used in New England up to the mid-19th century.


Blue Ridge Chapter Meeting. August 19, 2017. Culpeper, VA.

  • Don Williams on saw sharpening 
  • Dave Heller  
Early American Furniture: Recent Research in Training, Technique, and Lifestyle.  September 15-17, 2017. Deerfield,MA.
This year's forum will examine the unspoken meanings imbedded in early American craftmanship.
    Hearne Hardwoods Open House.  September 29 - 30, 2017.  Oxford, PA.  

ORV Chapter Fall Meeting.  September 30 - October 1, 2017.  Rio Grande, OH.


  • Charlie Watson-- Hands-on Ball and Claw Carving Class
  • Eric Matson-- Period Chair Construction

Tidewater Chapter Fall Meeting.  November 4, 2017.  


  • Peter Ross
  • Barry Daniel




Four Centuries of Portsmouth Furniture.  April 7 - June 18, 2017.  Portsmouth,NH.
The Portsmouth Historical Society is preparing dual exhibitions for the spring of 2017 to celebrate and document the important history of furniture in Portsmouth during the past four centuries, and to present outstanding work by some of today’s premier woodworkers. 
The exhibition will be accompanied by a five-part lecture series.
Inside Out exhibition

Inside Out/Upside Down; Furniture from a Different Perspective.  April 8 - June 25,  2017.  Rockville, MD

For a limited time, Rockville's  Beall-Dawson Museum will feature 18th and 19th century American furniture displayed with pieces turned over and around, so you can see their design and methods of construction.  Learn how furniture-making techniques have changed over time, discover secret drawers and locking mechanisms, and see the signatures and delivery instructions of the craftsmen.

The exhibition is a joint effort of the Montgomery County Historial Society and the SAPFM Chesapeake Chapter.

Design Reform Movements:  Nature and the Anxiety of IndustryApril 22 - July 16, 2017.  Philadelphia, PA.
The Arts and Crafts movement that flourished in the late 1800s saw nature as a refuge from industrialization.
Nature was also a key theme for Art Nouveau around the turn of the century.
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. 

Simply Splendid: Rediscovering American Design.  May 13 - August 13, 2017.  Hartford, CT.

The exhibition will feature key items from The Wallace Nutting Collection of Colonial American Furniture and Ironwork


Arts Fest 2017.  June 6 - August 11, 2017. Beverly, MA.
Feaured artist: 2005 Cartouche Recipient Phil Lowe.
A juried exhibition of professional and emerging artists which honors those who live, work, or attend school in Beverly. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

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. 
Simple Gifts: Shaker at The Met.  July 13, 2016–June 25, 2017. Met Museum, NY.
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. 





In the Gallery

In the Members Area

Embellish a Turned Post with Timeless Acanthus Leaves


American Period Furniture

SAPFM eZine- Pins & Tales

We are pleased to present the Spring 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

Delaware Valley Chapter

Pole Lathe
Pole Lathe

SF Bay Area Chapter

Gulf States Chapter

Photo:  Scott Wetter

Fine Woodworking Live

Photo:  Wilbur Pan

Great Lakes Chapter

Photo:  Dave Boeff

Chesapeake Chapter/MCHS

Photo:  Mark Maleski

Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event, Braxton Brewing Co.


In the News

Philip Lowe named Arts Fest Beverly’s featured artist