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2017 Education Grants

SAPFM is seeking candidates/applicants for two $2,500 education grants for the 2017 school year.  Candidates must be full time students enrolled in an accredited program in cabinetmaking or a related field.  These scholarships are not directly need-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 2017 Working Wood in the 18th Century Conference

SAPFM will have an information table at the 2017  Working Wood in the 18th Century Conference. Volunteers are needed to staff the table during session breaks.  Contact Dave Redlin for additional information and details.

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.

2017 Annual Banquet

The 2017 annual banquet will be held on Friday, February 3rd at the Williamsburg Lodge, with cash bar beginning at 6:00 p.m., and the banquet at 7:00 p.m.

There will be tables available for members to display portfolios or small pieces, or items for sale.  

The Cartouche Award presentation and raffle will follow the dinner.  

The 2017 Cartouche Recipient is Jeffrey S. Roberts.

Register here.


Upcoming Events


 Working Wood in the 18th CenturyFebruary 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.


  • Peter Galbert
  • Don Williams
  • Brian Weldy
  • Christopher Swan
  • Bill Pavlak
  • Kaare Loftheim
  • Tara Gleason Chicirda
  • Ted Boscana
The conference will consist of only a single session this year. To ensure availability of a seat, 
SAPFM members should register here »   

The National Arts & Crafts Conference. February 17 - 19, 2016.  Asheville, NC.

The Conference will be held at the Grove Park Inn, which contains one of the finest collections of
Arts & Crafts furniture in existence.
Ted Bosley will present a seminar entitled: 'Building Paradise in California: The Gambles & Their House.'
There will also be walking tours of the Grove Park Inn and Biltmore Industries.
Colonial Williamsburg, VA.
Speakers at the 69th Annual Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum include June Lucas, director
of research at MESDA, Kentucky art historian Estill Curtis Pennington, and Lisa Minardi, noted
scholar on Pennsylvania-German culture.
Register here.

Peach State Chapter Workshop:  Tall Clocks.  March 13-14, 2017.

Presenters:  Jeff Headley and Steve Hamilton.

Jeff and Steve will focus on tall clock construction and variations on techniques and
designs during the period.
More details will be available after the first of the year.
from Antiques. March 18, 2017. Rockville, MD.
The Chapter partners with the Montgomery County Historical Society (MCHS)
and Schuettinger Conservation Services to offer a one-day seminar focusing
on American period furniture period and style perspectives, curatorial and
conservator perspectives, proper etiquette in viewing and handling antiques
and techniques for developing measured drawings within the constraints of a
museum environment.  
Great Lakes Chapter/DIA Artist Exhibition and Workshop.  
March 18-19, 2017.  Detroit, MI.
SAPFM members will be demonstrating techniques of 18th-century period furniture
construction so that the public will have a better understanding and appreciation for period
furniture. This includes recognition of its utilitarian function, and its existence as an art form.
This year's event will be dedicated to Leon Tew, whose untimely and tragic death
shocked us all. Leon helped put together last year’s event, and was about to do the same
this year.
March 24 -25, 2017.  Winston-Salem, NC.
Quaker connections from New England to Pennsylvania and down the Great Wagon Road into
Virginia and North Carolina will be the subject of this 2017 MESDA seminar.
Hands-on woodworking demonstrations led by 2011 Cartouche recipient Ben Hobbs and Mary
May will focus on furniture carving throughout the Quaker network of cabinetmakers from
North to South. 
Space is limited.  Register here.
Southern California Chapter Spring Meeting.  April 21 - 23, 2017.  
Norwalk, CA.

Presenter:  2005 Cartouche Recipient Phil Lowe.


Fine Woodworking Live 2017.  April 21 -23.  Southbridge, MA

The featured presenter is Hank Gilpin, a star pupil of Tage Frid.

SAPFM presenters include:

  • 2012 Cartouche recipient Al Breed
  • Steve Latta
  • Bob Van Dyke

Early Bird registration is available here.




Handworks 2017.  May 19 -20, 2017.  Amana, IA

Special presenter:  Roy Underhill

Be sure to stop by the SAPFM booth!
If you want to help staff the booth, contact Bob Compton.


Furniture as Art as Furniture.  July 15 2016 - Februrary 22, 2017.  LAX, Los Angeles, CA.

The purpose of the exhibit will be to expose the traveling public to ‘Studio Furniture’ — showcasing the talents of southern California furniture designers / makers.

Simple Gifts:  Shaker at the Met.  July 13, 2016 -  June 25, 2017.  New York, 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

Contemporary Classics: Selections from the Society of American Period Furniture Makers 


American Period Furniture

SAPFM eZine- Pins & Tales

We are pleased to present the Winter 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

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

Tidewater Chapter Fall Meeting

Photo:  Barry L. Daniel  
Don Williams, Ben Hobbs.

Lie-Nielsen Handtool Event

Edmonston, MD
Photo:  Mark Maleski


In the News

Nick Offerman Talks Woodworking, the Value of Craftsmanship and Americana

Restoration Under Way to Preserve Carter's Grove 

Photo:  Alexa Wedlund