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Announcing new North Texas chapter

  • Location:  Dallas, Texas
  • Chapter Leader:  William (Jud) Rogers  email:
  • Secretary:  Chris Morgan
  • Assistant Leader:  Alton Bowman
  • Number of Charter Members:  18
  • Next Meeting:  Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Register Now for SAPFM's Annual Cartouche Award Banquet

The 2018 SAPFM annual banquet will be on Friday, January 26 at the Williamsburg Lodge, with cash bar beginning at 6:00 p.m., and the banquet at 7:00 p.m. The Cartouche award and raffle will follow the dinner. Click here to register online. Download the printable form here.

Announcing 2018 Annual Meeting of Members

Our Annual meeting of members will be held on Thursday, 25 January, 2-4 pm at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, 326 West Francis Street in the Hennage Auditorium.
Tentative topics include:
Treasurer's Report (Financial Statement)
Report from prior day's Board Meeting
Midyear Plans
Board Plans for 2018
Update on Potential Follow-on Winterthur 2018 Program
We hope that you can attend.
Dale Ausherman
President, SAPFM

James Journigan - SAPFM 2018 Cartouche Award Recipient

The Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM)  is pleased to announce that James R. (Ray) Journigan, Sr. is the 2018 Cartouche Award Recipient.  The Cartouche is awarded to a craftsperson who has demonstrated a lifetime of making exceptional furniture in period style.  The work should be of excellent quality and provide a broad range of examples and styles and be an extensive number of pieces.  Part of the consideration for this award is the amount of  contributions to the craft through writing, teaching and mentoring the recipient has made.

More than 40 years ago,starting at the of age 14, Ray’s passion for woodworking and furniture making was already evident and has grown more intense as the years have passed. Mostly self taught, Ray is none the less very quick to praise those who have inspired and taught him along the way, including his father, a master finish carpenter; Chuck Lammers, his shop class teacher; Ben Hobbs, 2011 Cartouche Award recipient; and Pierre Restelli, a master carver from Portsmouth, VA.

Between 1988 and 2013, Ray was pursuing two careers, simultaneously. He served his city as a fireman and his state and country as part of various FEMA teams. When not on duty, he created more than 200 pieces of museum quality period furniture, for his own use and on commission. Today he produces furniture and teaches out of his shop in Virginia Beach, VA.

Ray’s work has been featured in various newspapers and in local and national magazines.  He has taught fellow furniture makers through out Virginia for 30 years and is tireless in his efforts to increase awareness and appreciation of American period furniture, determined to keep the craft alive into the next generation.

New Webmaster

The SAPFM Board has recently accepted the resignation of Laurin Davis as SAPFM webmaster. We thank Laurin for all of the work on the website over several years. His hard work has done much to advance the mission of SAPFM. Going forward, Material for web posting from Directors, Committee Heads, Chapter Leaders, members and others should now be submitted to

If you want this to appear in Pins & Takes, contact

2018 Board of Directors Elections

SAPFM is pleased to announce that Dale Ausherman, Charlie Driggs, Michael Holden, and Greg Pilotti have been elected to three-year terms on the SAFPM Board of Directors, with terms commencing 1 January 2018. Please join us in welcoming these talented members to the Board. 

Is Your Membership Current?

 The Annual SAPFM Journal, American Period Furniture, will be mailed to all members who are active (dues paid up) as of October 31st, 2017.   So that members do not miss receipt of the Journal, it is important that each member ensure that their membership is current.  

You can log into the member area at any time to see your date of renewal. It would be wise to check ahead of time, and not wait until the last day to renew. 

 You can renew on line here.

Renewals by check must be sent by October 17 to:

SAPFM Membership
c/o Bob Van Dyke
249 Spencer St
Manchester, CT  06040

SAPFM Sponsors Best Traditional Piece Award

SAPFM sponsored the Best Traditional Piece Award at the 34th Annual Northern Woods Exhibition, organized by the Minnesota Wood Workers Guild. The award was won by Ron Ausen, for a Windsor Rocking Chair.
Tony Kubalak  won both the Peer Award and the Best Handwork Award with his Chippendale lowboy.

Staffers Needed for Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Events

Members are needed to staff the SAPFM booth at upcoming Hand Tool Events.  If you are available, contact Bob Compton.  Consider a two-hour (or more, if you want) shift at a fun event. Work the booth and visit with the vendors!

Staffers Needed for Woodworking Extravaganza

Members are needed to staff the SAPFM booth at the upcoming Woodworking Extravaganza.  The event is being held in Hickory, NC.  If you are available, contact Tom Sears. 

Photos from Woodworking Extravaganza 2016


Upcoming Events


Lie-Nielsen Handtool Event.  December 1-2, 2017.  Beverly, MA.

The event will be held at the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts,  run by Phil Lowe.


Lie-Nielsen Handtool Event.  January 12-13, 2018.

Hosted by the Kansas City Woodworkers' Guild
3189 Mercier Street
Kansas City, MO 64111


Lie-Nielsen Handtool Event.  January 19-20, 2018.

Hosted by Angel City Lumber
251 South Anderson Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

SAPFM presenters:

Presentation sponsored by SAPFM:

  • Roy Underhill   

Register Now for SAPFM's Annual Cartouche Award Banquet

The 2018 SAPFM annual banquet will be on Friday, January 26 at the Williamsburg Lodge, with cash bar beginning at 6:00 p.m., and the banquet at 7:00 p.m. The Cartouche award and raffle will follow the dinner. Click here to register online. Download the printable form here.


Lie-Nielsen Handtool Event.  January 26-27, 2018.

Hosted by the Chicago School of Woodworking
5680 N. Northwest Highway
Chicago, IL 60646


Lie-Nielsen Handtool Event.  February 2-3, 2018.

Hosted by Palomar College Cabinet & Furniture Technology
T-Building: Room 125
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069


Lie-Nielsen Handtool Event.  February 9-10, 2018.

Hosted by Independence Seaport Museum - Boat Shop
211 South Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106


Lie-Nielsen Handtool Event.  February 16-17, 2018.

Hosted by The Northwest Woodworking Studio
1002 SE 8th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214


Lie-Nielsen Handtool Event.  February 23-24, 2018.

Hosted by the American College of the Building Arts
649 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403


Lie-Nielsen Handtool Event.  March 2-3, 2018.

Hosted by Porter Barn Wood
901 South 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034


Lie-Nielsen Handtool Event.  March 9-10, 2018.

Hosted by Urban Specialty Woods
257 Broadway
Huntington, NY 11743


Lie-Nielsen Handtool Event.  March 23-24, 2018.

Hosted by Goosebay Sawmill & Lumber, Inc.
83 Dover Road
Chichester, NH 03258


Mid-Year 2018.  July 19 - 22, 2018.  Old Sturbridge Village, MA.

Old Sturbridge is a wonderful location for a midyear, as our popular 2014 event proved. Stay tuned for additional information as our plans firm up.



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. 

Planed, Grained, & Dovetailed: Cabinetmaking in Rural New England.   Installed June 2017.  Sturbridge, MA.

The exhibition examines the tools, products, and livelihoods of rural New England cabinetmakers in the early 19th century. 


In the Gallery

Bob Stevenson's Tambour Desk

In the Members Area

Podcast:  Dick Reese on
period furniture making.

American Period Furniture

SAPFM eZine- Pins & Tales

We are pleased to present the Fall 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

Al Hudson on Highland Woodworker  
SAPFM's Oldest Member Al Hudson on Highland Woodworker, along with member Bob Van Dyke  
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

Delaware Valley Fall meeting at Thaddeus Stevens College

Klingspor Extravaganza

Andy Bora, Tom Sears, Charlie Buchanan in the SAPFM booth.
Tom Sears’ Annapolis chair.
Andy Bora explains the use of a wrest for setting saws to curious visitors to the booth.
Tom talks with a visitor about his Eastern N.C. box.

In the News

Steve Branham:  Handtool Basics


Mary May:  Carving the Acanthus Leaf


Pat Warner 1943 - 2017


Rooted: Creating a Sense of Place: Contemporary Studio Furniture