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SAPFM EC Election Starts Sunday, November 15

Current SAPFM members may select up to four candidates for office of Executive Council . The four candidates with the highest number of votes will be elected for three year terms running from January 2016 to December 2019.

The four candidates seeking election are  Joel Goodwin, Roger Hall, Dave Redlin, and Jim Shapiro.

Voting instructions and the candidate’s personal  statements can be found here

Voting will commence Sunday, November 15 and will close on Tuesday, December 15. 

2016 Cartouche Recipient Selected

The Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) is pleased to congratulate  Ronnie Young for being selected the 2016 SAPFM Cartouche award winner for lifetime achievement in period furniture. 

This is a unique and coveted prize that only a few have earned.  It is given to someone who has demonstrated over a lifetime his love for this form of furniture, shown a mastery of the skills and techniques, and demonstrated his devotion to advancing the craft and a willingness to help others learn.

Ronnie has built in excess of two hundred pieces of furniture in his distinguished career.  Using his engineering background,  he frequently draws the plans he builds, faithfully capturing each detail of the original piece. He constructs his own paterae, inlay, fretwork and moldings and often mills and dries the lumber for his projects. Ronnie has a particular interest in period Tennessee furniture, and a significant number of his pieces are faithful reproductions of historic antiques from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, utilizing the same wide boards as those the old masters used.

Ronnie Young is a master period furniture maker in his own right,  yet it is his sincere love for his craft and desire to pass on the legacy that set him apart. Ronnie is passionate concerning period furniture and highly skilled at passing on his knowledge to others including novices.

Those of us who know Ronnie know what a generous, true southern gentleman he is, and we hope you can join Ronnie on January 22, 2016 when he receives his award at the annual Cartouche Banquet held during the Williamsburg Woodworking in the 18th Century conference.

Registration Open for the SAPFM Cartouche Banquet

Registration for the 2016 Cartouche Banquet is now open. The banquet will be held on Friday, January 22, at the Williamsburg Lodge.

Register online here, or fill out the printable form and mail it with your check. To ensure your seat at the table, make sure you have registered by January 15th.

Registration Open for the Working Wood Conference

Registration for the 2016 'Working Wood in the 18th Century' Conference is now open.  If you are interested in attending, register online.  The cost of the Historic Area ticket has been removed from this year's conference.

Note:  The SAPFM Annual Members Meeting and SAPFM Cartouche Banquet will be aligned with the SECOND session.

SAPFM Shirts Available!!

SAPFM is pleased to offer SAPFM-logo shirts for sale, with delivery at either session of the Colonial Williamsburg Working Wood in the 18th Century conference.

For those attending the first session, there are two pickup times:

  • January 17 from 3-5PM in the Hennage Auditorium Foyer,Lower Level
  • January 19 from 6-7PM at the Tool Swap event in the Colony Room Foyer

For those attending the second session, there two pickup times:

  • January 21 from 3-5PM in the Hennage Auditorium Foyer, Lower Level
  • January 22 from 6-7PM at the same location as the SAPFM cartouche banquet in the Williamsburg Lodge 

Savings on shipping make prices less than normal, and a great bargain!

To order, log in into the members area.   Then go to the SAPFM Store and then to Clothing. Select your item, size and color.  Pay online with PayPal.

The deadline for orders is 5PM EST December 4, 2015. 

 Upcoming Events


Appalachian State University 9th Annual Chair Competition.  Through December 9, 2015.  Boone, NC.

This is a national chair design competition and is open to all degree granting schools located in the United States. Submission opens September 10 and closes December 3, 2015.  Work from both undergraduate and graduate students will be accepted. All submissions must be full scale functional seating fabricated by the student designer and capable of being sat on. Accepted works must have been completed while enrolled as a student within the last two academic years. 

All finalists will display their pieces at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts from January 17- February 6, 2016.

Strategies for Recognizing English vs. American Furniture December 2, 2015.  New York, NY

Presented by the Appraisers Association of America.

  • Determine how to identify differences between American and English furniture
  • Learn about wood and construction techniques used in American furniture 

Members earn 5.5 CE credits


Working Wood in the 18th Century Conference.  January 17 - 20 and January 21 - 24, 2016.  Colonial Williamsburg, VA.

The theme of the  conference is "The Pursuit of Happiness: Furniture for Leisure and Entertainment".


  • 2008 Cartouche Recipient Alf Sharp
  • Anthony Haye shop supervisor Kaare Loftheim
  • Upholstery conservator Leroy Graves
  • Joiner Ted Boscana
  • Harpsichord maker Edward Wright
  • Cabinetmaker Bill Pavlak
  • Cooper Jonathan Hallman
  • Cabinetmaker Brian Weldy

A tool swap will be held.  Tours of the conservation labs will be available to a limited number of guests. 

Creating an American Identity: A Revolution in Decorative Arts, 1776-1826February 19-23, 2016. Colonial Williamsburg, VA.

The 2016  Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum addresses American decorative arts from Maine to Georgia.  Scheduled presenters include Philip Zea, president of Historic Deerfield, Matthew Thurlow of the Decorative Arts Trust, and Louisiana scholar H. Parrott Bacot. 

Photo:  Jim Zietz


Rich and Tasty: Vermont Furniture to 1850.  Through November 2015.  Shelburne, VT.

The exhibit illuminates the regional tastes and economics that helped define Vermont furniture’s stylistic features and aesthetic innovations in the early decades of the nineteenth century.

Approximately 40 documented pieces will be displayed, the majority of which have never been on view before.


Passionate Design: The American Arts & Crafts Movement From the Two Red Roses Foundation Through December 2015.  Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa Bay, FL.

The exhibition includes selections of pottery, metalwork, lighting, block prints, tiles, and furniture from Gustav Stickley’s Craftman Workshops, the Grueby Faience Company, Rookwood Pottery, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and many other makers. 


Southern Flair.  Through December 2015. DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum Williamsburg VA.

 This wide-ranging exhibition celebrates the objects that were created in or imported to the Chesapeake, the Carolina low country, and southern backcountry. The exhibition highlights the aesthetic diversity brought to the region by the varied cultures and ethnic groups that ultimately defined a unique, early southern style.


Furniture Masterworks: Tradition and Innovation in Western Massachusetts. Through December 2015. Historic Deerfield, MA.

At the Wright House, 58 objects drawn from Historic Deerfield’s collections are used to explore Western Massachusetts’ first 150 years of furniture-making.


Made in the Americas:  The New World Discovers Asia.  August 18, 2015 – February 15, 2016.  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

Marking the 450th anniversary of the beginning of the Manila-Acapulco Galleon trade between the Philippines and Mexico, “Made in the Americas” is the first large-scale, Pan-American exhibition to examine the influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas.

Photo © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Wendell Castle Remastered. Through February 28, 2016.

This will be the first museum exhibition to examine the digitally crafted works of Wendell Castle, acclaimed figure of the American art furniture movement.

Photo:  Adam Reich  

Greek Gods, Roman Ideals: Neoclassicism and Style in Early America. Through February 2016.  Historic Deerfield, MA.

The exhibition will highlight the new design style that developed in mid-18th century France and England, referred to today as Neoclassicism, which harkened back to the shapes and ornaments of classical Greece and Rome. It took hold in the United States as the Federal style, and can be seen in everything from architecture to furniture, emphasizing clean, geometric lines and more delicate Neoclassical detailing. 


The Shakers, America's Quiet Revolutionaries.  Through March 6, 2016.  New York State Museum, Albany, NY. 

The material culture of the Shakers continues to resonate in present day. This lasting influence is a testament to the Shaker aesthetic, in which beauty is the result of unadorned design and functionality guides form. 


Making Connecticut. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT.  

An ongoing exhibit four hundred-plus years in the making: The story of the people of Connecticut, from the 1500s through today.










New Additions to the Gallery

Jay Stallman's Boston Bombe Chest.


American Period Furniture

The 2015 issue of American Period furniture will be out shortly!  


SAPFM eZine- Pins & Tales

Fall 2015 Newsletter-- Subscribe

We are pleased to present the fall issue of Pins & Tales, the SAPFM e-Magazine.  Read more about the current issue here.

The eMagazine is entirely reader written. Send your article and ideas to Bob Van Dyke at

As a current SAPFM member you will automatically receive an email containing a link to the current eMagazine each quarter. Click on that link to download your copy. Past copies are available in the Member Login section.

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SAPFM Videos

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 member's area.
H.O. Studley Toolbox and Workbench
Featuring a discussion of the history, construction and contents of this important tool cabinet. Hosted by Donald Williams and Narayan Nayar.
Don Williams in Highland Woodworker #16
Moment with a Master – Blue Ridge Chapter's Don Williams was in charge of caring for and conserving some of America’s most precious treasures for decades at the Smithsonian Institution. Today he works out of the Barn on White Run, VA.  Highland Woodworker's Charles Brock joined him there (21 minutes into the video) for a tour of the Barn.


SAPFM Photos

Hammond-Harwood House Tour

Photo:  Mark Maleski

Great Lakes Chapter

Photo:  Bill Vetter

Delaware Valley Chapter

Photo:  Jim Marsh

Chesapeake Chapter

Photo:  Mark Maleski



In the News

  Dominy Workshops Soon To Head Home
  Photo:  Historical Buildings Survey
  For more than 60 years now, East Hampton Village officials have seesawed over the acquisition of two centuries-old workshops, improbably preserved by a series of owners on the dunes off Further Lane, with most of their original features intact. At long last, though, all the pieces appear to have fallen into place...