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Mark Arnold Podcast

Mark Arnold discusses his time at North Bennet Street School, editing and writing for American Period Furniture, and a woodworking technique known as sgraffito.

Derek McDonald Receives SAPFM Grant

Derek McDonald is a 2017 SAPFM grant recipient.

Derek's Oak & Mahogany table will be featured in the Readers Gallery in the upcoming issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine .

He is a student at Phil Lowe's Furniture Institute of Massachusetts.

Mid-Year 2017 Conference

The conference will be held June 22nd - June 26th in Old Salem, NC.  More information can be found here.  Registration opens April 17, 1:00 pm Eastern time.

Staffers Needed for Handworks 2017

SAPFM will have a booth at the 2017 Handworks. If you are available May 19th - 20th  to staff the booth, please contact Bob Compton.

Staffers Needed for Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Events

Members are needed to staff the SAPFM booth at the Lie-Nielsen Open House, July 7 - 8, 2017.  If you are available, contact Bob Compton.

SAPFM Announces Formation of a New Chapter

SAPFM is  happy to announce the formation of a new Chapter:  Gulf States.  The Chapter will be based in Mobile, AL.   The Regional Chapter Coordinator (RCC) is Scott Wetter.   Scott worked really hard to get this going!  The Chapter's first meeting is scheduled for April 29th, 2017.

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.

Upcoming Events


Iroquois Chapter Meeting.  May 13, 2017. Old Fort Erie, Ontario CA.

The Iroquois Chapter will be crossing the border into Canada to visit four historic sites – Old Fort Erie, the Laura Secord Homested, the MacKenzie Printery, and the MacFarland House.  The focus will be on Canadian period furniture, but the sites are also entwined with the war of 1812, so we will get some perspective of that war from the Canadian point of view as well. 


EAIA Annual Meeting. May 17-20, 2017. Sturbridge, MA.

The Early American Industries Association (EAIA) program will include a wide range of activities and take advantage of almost all of the resources of Old Sturbridge Village.


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.

Middlesex County History Day. May 21, 2017.   Piscataway, NJ.

As part of SAPFM's outreach program SAPFM members will be demonstrating to the public at the East Jersey Olde Town Village.


Chesapeake Chapter Meeting. June 17, 2017.  York, PA

The meeting will be held at the Olde Mill Cabinet Shoppe.


  • Mark Maleski
  • Dan Schwank
  • Bess Naylor

Mid-Year 2017.  June 22 - 26, 2017.  Old Salem, NC.


  • Steve Latta 
  • Martin OBrien
  • Ronnie Young2016 Cartouche Recipient
  • Brian Coe

More information can be found here.  Registration starts Monday, April 17th.


Lie-Nielsen Open House.  July 7 - 8, 2017.  Warren, ME.

The New England chapter and the folks from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks  celebrate Lie-Nielsen's 36th anniversary of providing quality hand tools. And there's lobstah!


Before the 2' x 4': New England Framing Options to the Mid-19th Century.  July 15, 2017.  Deerfield, MA

A one-day program focusing on building framing technology used in New England up to the mid-19th century.

Early American Furniture: Recent Research in Training, Technique, and Lifestyle.  September 15-17, 2017. Deerfield,MA.
This year's forum will examine the unspoken meanings imbedded in early American craftmanship.


Four Centuries of Portsmouth Furniture.  April 7 - June 18, 2017.  Portsmouth,NH.
The Portsmouth Historical Society is preparing dual exhibitions for the spring of 2017 to celebrate and document the important history of furniture in Portsmouth during the past four centuries, and to present outstanding work by some of today’s premier woodworkers. 
The exhibition will be accompanied by a five-part lecture series.

Inside Out/Upside Down; Furniture from a Different Perspective.  April 8 - June 25,  2017.  Rockville, MD

For a limited time, Rockville's  Beall-Dawson Museum will feature 18th and 19th century American furniture displayed with pieces turned over and around, so you can see their design and methods of construction.  Learn how furniture-making techniques have changed over time, discover secret drawers and locking mechanisms, and see the signatures and delivery instructions of the craftsmen.

The exhibition is a joint effort of the Montgomery County Historial Society and the SAPFM Chesapeake Chapter.

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. 

Simply Splendid: Rediscovering American Design.  May 13 - August 13, 2017.  Hartford, CT.

The exhibition will feature key items from The Wallace Nutting Collection of Colonial American Furniture and Ironwork





In the Gallery

In the Members Area

Available until May 1st !

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


American Period Furniture

SAPFM eZine- Pins & Tales

We are pleased to present the Spring 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

Fine Woodworking Live

Photo:  Wilbur Pan

Great Lakes Chapter

Photo:  Dave Boeff

Chesapeake Chapter/MCHS

Photo:  Mark Maleski

Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event, Braxton Brewing Co.


In the News

Show Off Your Best Work – It Could Win You $1,000


Making Things Work: Tales From a Cabinetmaker’s Life


A Museum in Old Salem Tells Our Settlers’ Tales


Kneeland and Adams Ledger Discovery To Shed Light On Hartford Trade

Photo:  CHS