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SAPFM T-shirts Available!

A limited supply of T-shirts will be on sale at the Meeting of Members on January 25th for $15 each. Sales will be cash or check only and no credit cards will be accepted. If you have questions about the T-shirts contact Dave Redlin at

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.

Please Send in Cartouche Banquet Reservations by January 19!


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.

If you are planning to attend the cartouche award banquet in Williamsburg, VA and have not made a reservation, please send me your reservation(s) either by PayPal or mail as soon as possible.  I need to have them by January 19, as my wife and I will be leaving for Williamsburg the weekend before the conference.  I receive the PayPal reservations to an email address which is only on my desktop at home, not on my phone or tablet, so if you use PayPal after that date I would not have any way to know you registered.

I need to give Williamsburg a guarantee number by Wednesday the 24th.  I can only take an additional ten reservations at the conference, and we need to keep the guarantee number close to actual for cost saving reasons.

At the banquet Steve Lash will be reminiscing about the beginnings of SAPFM at the first conference.

Thanks, see you in Williamsburg.

Jim Altemus

SAPFM Announces the Appointment of Robert W. Lang as Editor of American Period Furniture

The SAPFM Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert W. (Bob) Lang as the editor of our annual journal, American Period Furniture (APF), to follow the planned retirement of Carl Voss on 31 December 2017. Bob will begin his duties on 1 January, 2018.

Carl has elected to depart to make some sawdust, spend time with the grandkids, write grants for some favorite nonprofits, and log more bike miles. We are very fortunate to have had Carl as our editor for the last five issues of APF (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017). These beautiful and information-filled issues have set a new standard of excellence for the Journal, and the Board has received many positive comments from members and other professionals on the content and quality of these issues. (We also thank the contributing authors for their generous and tireless efforts.) Carl has graciously volunteered to work actively with Bob to enable a smooth transition. Please join the Board in thanking Carl for his years of service to SAPFM.

Bob LangThe Board is very excited about Bob's agreement to join as our next editor. Bob has been a professional woodworker virtually his entire adult life. His first magazine articles appeared in WoodShop News and Fine Woodworking in 1999. Bob joined the staff of Popular Woodworking Magazine in 2004 and was promoted to executive editor in 2010. He is a well-known and respected woodworking teacher and instructor, having authored seven books on woodworking and furniture, and co-authored (with Glen Huey) the book Furniture in the Southern Style, 27 Shop Drawings of Furniture from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Bob has gone on to self-publish three books in interactive PDF format, all instructional treatises on the application of SketchUp to woodworking. Bob's printed books are among the few woodworking books published in the last 15 years to remain in print. His philosophy in publishing is the same as it is when building furniture, make something of the finest possible quality, and build it to last. This approach aligns well with the SAPFM objectives in publishing American Period Furniture. Please join the Board in welcoming Bob to SAPFM. Members attending the Annual Meeting of Members and/or the Cartouche Banquet in Colonial Williamsburg in late January will have the opportunity to meet and talk with Bob in person.

Bob is already collecting article ideas for the 2018 journal. Reach out to Bob at

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, January 17, 2018

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

There will be a limited sale on T-shirts at $15/each.  Sales will be cash or check only and no credit cards will be accepted. If you have questions about the T-shirts contact Dave Redlin at
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.  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.



Thomas Chippendale: A Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design, 1718-2018. February 9 - June 9, 2018, Leeds City Museum, LS2 8BH, United Kingdom

This exhibition celebrates the life and work of Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779), Britain's most famous furniture maker. It will be the most comprehensive exhibition of Thomas Chippendale's work ever presented and will include furniture, accessories, drawings, documents and other material from collections throughout the United Kingdom. Alongside well-known masterpieces from public collections there will be rarely-seen furniture from private houses and some new discoveries, never before exhibited.

If members ever needed an excuse to travel to the UK, this is it.

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 Winter 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 Boro, Tom Sears, Charlie Buchanan in the SAPFM booth.
Tom Sears’ Annapolis chair.
Andy Boro 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