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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

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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


Blue Ridge Chapter Fall Meeting.  October 14, 2017.  Fredericksburg, VA.


  • Brian Weldy of the Hay Shop in Colonial Williamsburg
  • Bob Mustain-- Ten chairs, lessons learned

ORV Chapter Fall Meeting.  October 14 - 15, 2017. Columbus, OH.


  • Charlie Watson-- Hands-on Ball and Claw Carving Class
  • Dave Boeff-- Period Chair Construction
Indiana Fall Chapter Meeting.  October 21, 2017. Noblesville, IN.
The meeting will be held at the shop of Jeff Juday.
  • Chuck Bender-- All about Pembroke tables 

Woodworking Extravaganza.  October 27-28, 2017. Hickory, NC.



Great Lakes Chapter Meeting. October 28, 2017. Livonia, MI
  • Rich Herbert-- Introduction to vacuum veneering
  • Mike Holden-- Introduction to hammer veneering
  • Neil Hoegemeyer-- Marquetry basics
Delaware Valley Chapter Fall Meeting.  October 28, 2017.  Lancaster, PA
A full day of woodworking at the Thaddeus Stevens Branch Campus.
  • Steve Latta-- table and case construction and accurate, efficient joinery
  • Dan Schwank-- Making wooden hand planes

Tidewater Chapter Fall Meeting.  November 4, 2017.  



Delaware Antiques Show.  November 10, 2017 - November 12, 2017.  Wilmington, DE 
Sixty of the country’s most distinguished dealers present the finest offerings of American antiques and decorative arts, including furniture, paintings, rugs, ceramics, silver, jewelry, and more.

Gulf States Chapter Fall Meeting.  November 11, 2017.  Mobile, AL.


  • Scott Wetter-- Carving chisels, gouges, V tools
  • Tom Rassmussen-- Lathe gouges, skews
  • Bruce Thornton-- Laying out and carving a Philadelphia finial, examples of other region’s finials
  • Nevin Heller of Flomaton Antique Auction-- antiques appraisals

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.

SAPFM presenters:

Presentation sponsored by SAPFM:

  • Roy Underhill   

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

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

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