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Cartouche Award Recipients

2017:  Jeffrey S. Roberts

Jeff has built hundreds of period pieces of furniture in the style of Queen Anne, Chippendale, Jacobean, William and Mary, and Federal styles in his distinguished career. 

Jeff started his career at North Bennet Street School studying with Phil Lowe, Lance Patterson and George Fullerton. This is where he fell in love with traditional furniture making and received a solid foundation in joinery, design, carving and building technique. One of  his main passions that he discovered while at school was carving. Carving came naturally to him and would prove to serve him well in his career.

After years of building for others, he moved to New Hampshire in 2007, started his own business and soon became an award winning member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen as well as juried member of the prestigious New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association, a highly selective group of studio furniture makers in New England.  Some of the accolades in the last 8 years include a number of League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Fair Living with Craft Exhibit Awards including: 'Best in Traditional Design' for his  Newport Lowboy in 2013; 'Best in Wood' for his Newport Tea Table in 2011; 'Best in Traditional Design' for his Pie Crust Tea Table in 2010; and 'Best in Wood' and 'Public Choice Award' for his  Newport Style Desk on Frame in 2008.  He has been part of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Prison Outreach Program since 2012 teaching high-level woodworking skills to inmates of the Concord Prison System.

Jeff's Furniture

 

2016:  Ronnie Young

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.

Furniture in the SAPFM Gallery

Cartouche Presentation

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.)

 

2015:  Dr. E. Jeff Justis

Jeff has been a SAPFM member since its inception.  An orthopedic surgeon for forty years at the reknowned Campbell's Clinic in Memphis Tennessee, he was able to retire in 2001 to pursue his interest in woodworking full time.  His home near Oxford, Mississippi is filled with museum-quality reproductions he has created.

 

2014:  W. Patrick Edwards

In the late 1960's, Patrick started a business restoring antiques as a way of augmenting his income while attending college and working part time in the Physics Department at the University of California, San Diego. After receiving a degree in Applied Physics and Information Science, Patrick started his career. After a year of full-time employment at Maxwell Labs—not an easy job to get—he decided to “retire” from physics and devote all his energies to the field of Decorative Arts.

Continuing to study his new found love, he began to teach, research, lecture, and write—positioning himself as one of the leading authorities on furniture conservation. Today he is widely recognized as a leader in the field of French Marquetry.

Furniture in the SAPFM Gallery

The Story behind the Jewel Cabinet

http://wpatrickedwards.com/
http://www.wpatrickedwards.blogspot.com/
http://oldbrownglue.com/
http://www.antiquerefinishersinc.com/

2013: Will Neptune

Will Neptune is a furniture maker and carver working in the Boston area. He credits two summer courses at Boston University's Program in Artisanry (now offered by UMass) with inspiring him to pursue woodworking as a profession. He continued his training by attending the two year furniture making course at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, where he became a full time instructor and taught for 15 years in the Furnituremaking Program. 

He left his teaching position at NBSS in order to devote more time to commissioned work for furniture and architectural elements. He continues to teach at workshops across the country and also writes for Fine Woodworking magazine, which has published a series of his articles explaining construction techniques used for typical furniture forms. 

It’s the problem-solving that keeps custom work interesting, he says. “You never know what the next job will bring.”

Ball & Claw Footstool with Will Neptune

2012:  Alan Breed

Al has spent his life around antiques and has repaired and reproduced some of the finest originals. He has written numerous articles on cabinetmaking and has lectured at museums across the country. Perhaps best-known for his reproduction of the Nicholas Brown desk and bookcase, Al’s work has been exhibited in several large museums and can be found in the permanent collections of many others.

The Ultimate Carving Class

The Modern Master:  Al Breed

2011:  Benjamin C. Hobbs

Ben Hobbs has been building period reproduction furniture for nearly 30 years. After teaching high school math for 10 years, Ben's passion for early American furniture and architecture drew him into the shop in 1982. Since then, Ben has operated as a bespoke custom furniture maker reproducing fine early American pieces, focusing on Southern and local NC examples. After training all three of his sons to be accomplished furniture makers, Ben opened his shop doors in 1996 to train students in his woodworking school.

Ben's work and/or school has been featured in Fine Woodworking, Southern Living, Woodshop News, Woodworkers' Journal, The Virginian Pilot, Coast Watch Magazine, Kansas City Woodworkers' Guild, and OurState Magazine.

http://www.hobbsfurniture.com

Carving Out History (UNC | Carolina Photojournalism)

2010:  Steven Lash

Steven Lash is the co-founder and past President of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. He has been reproducing eighteenth and early nineteenth century period furniture as an avocation for over forty-five years. He lectures frequently on the design and construction of his period pieces, and his work has been featured in numerous journals including Fine Woodworking Magazine, Fine Woodworking’s Design Book Three and Four, Woodwork Magazine, Home Furniture, The Bulletin of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, and American Period Furniture.

In 2006, three of Steve’s pieces were selected for exhibition in Contemporary Classics, Selections from the Society of American Period Furniture Makers at the Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia. His reproduction of Benjamin Franklin’s glass armonica was played at the 2011 Glass Music Festival that was held at Williamsburg, and at the March, 2012 opening of the SAPFM's Traditions of Craft exhibition at the Connecticut Historical Society. In 2000, Steve won the National Watch and Clock Collector's Craftsmanship Award, and in 2010 he was awarded the SAPFM's Cartouche Award for lifetime achievement.

When Steve is not building period furniture, he practices orthodontics full time at West Bloomfield, Michigan. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Orthodontics at the University of Michigan, where he teaches Craniofacial Orthodontics.  He is a past President of the Associates of the American Wing at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Furniture in the SAPFM Gallery
Glass Armonica Installed at the Benjamin Franklin Museum
 

2009:  Dennis Bork

Dennis Bork's father was a journeyman wood patternmaker, so Dennis grew up around woodworking, making things in his father's workshop. He got a degree in physics and worked in that field for three years. He loved physics, but decided to change fields and took an apprenticeship as a wood patternmaker, like his father had done. Bork took his early training and work and combined it with frequent trips to museums to study period pieces. He has amassed an extensive library and says he believes in attending seminars and classes to continue his education.

Dennis has been chosen for the "Early American Life" magazine Directory of Traditional Crafts for over 19 consecutive years, (1994-2012).

Furniture in the SAPFM Gallery

2008:  Alfred Sharp

Alf Sharp enrolled as student at Vanderbilt's School of Law, but quickly realized this was not what he wanted to do. Casting around for a while, he lit on woodworking and found his life's passion. Now, as a custom furniture maker, he creates one or two museum quality pieces of furniture at a time in a small shop in Woodbury, TN. His work appears in museums and historic homes throughout the South, and has been featured in numerous major periodicals and books. Sharp is the past president of The Furniture Society and vice president of the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists. He teaches history of furniture at O'More College of Design in Franklin, TN.

• "Best of Tennessee, 2002" : Tenn Artist Craftsman Assoc., Chattanooga Tn
• WilsonArt Exhibition 2003 : Philadelphia ,Pa
• "Art of Tennessee" 2003 : Tenn. State Museum
• Oaklands Mansion, Carnton House, and other fine public and private homes and offices from New York to California.
• Fellow – 2004 FAIC/WAG study trip to France
• Exhibiter – "Curvitures" sponsored by the Furniture Society, 2004 – 2005
• The Parthenon, Nashville, 2004
• Master Woodworkers Show, Knoxville, Tn., 1998 – 2011
• President – Cumberland Furniture Guild, 2002 –
• Board of directors – Cannon County Art Center
• Exhibiter – Contemporary Classics – Selections from the Society for American Period Furniture, Savannah, Ga. – 2006
• Board of Trust – The Furniture Society , 2006 –
• Instructor – O'more College of Art and Design
• Board of Directors – Tennessee Association of Craft Artists
• Studio Furniture – Today ' Leading Woodworkers
• Cover article, Woodshop News, Nov. 2006
• Cover article, American Period Furniture, 2008
• Board of Trust, Furniture Society, 2006 – President, 2011-2012
• Presenter – Winterthur Antiques Forum 2012
• Presenter – SAPFM summer '12 conference Museum of Southern Decorative Arts
• Exhibitor – A Tradition of Craft, Connecticut Historical Society 2012
http://www.alfredsharp.com
http://www.snazzywoodties.com/

2007:  North Bennet Street School

Founded in 1885,  the North Bennet Street School was one of the first institutions for industrial arts in the US.  Since its founding in 1885, NBSS  has adhered to its mission of teaching individuals to master a useful trade, earn a living in their field, and maintain a high level of craftsmanship by combining traditional hand tool skills with the latest technologies.  In addition to furniture making and cabinet making, NBSS offers programs in carpentry and  preservation carpentry, violin making and repair, piano technology, jewelry making and repair, locksmithing, and bookbinding.

Notable NBSS graduates include Cartouche Recipients Will Neptune and Phil Lowe, as well as Lance Patterson and Steve Brown.

NBSS is accredited by the Accrediting  Commision of Career Schools  and College Technologies (ACCSCT).  ACCSCT is an institution devoted to maintaining educational excellance and integrity in post-secondary career schools and colleges in the United States and Puerto Rico.

http://www.nbss.edu/

2006:  Fred Stanley

Fred Lee Stanley is a self-taught furniture maker whose Abingdon, Va., home is furnished with high quality reproductions of period furniture that he has crafted over the past 30 years.

2005:  Phil Lowe

As a young man, Phil Lowe took a shine to woodworking, and through the years his interest evolved into a passion. In 1972 he entered the furniture making program at North Bennett Street School in Boston, subsequently becoming an instructor from 1975 to 1980, and department head from 1980 to 1985.  In 1986, he left NBSS to devote his energies to the full-time operation of his furniture making business. The business is still in operation today, serving primarily as an educational tool for his furniture-making school, the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts.

Phil also appears as a visiting instructor, seminar speaker and demonstrator at various schools throughout the United States and Canada.  He is the author of many Fine Woodworking articles and a long-time contributing editor. Phil is featured in the Time-Life series on woodworking and in several Taunton Press videos, including Measuring Furniture for Reproduction. He is the recipient of the 2010 Artisanship Award by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America.

Furniture in the SAPFM Gallery
The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts

Phil Lowe Films for Exhibition The Furniture of Nathaniel Gould 

2004:  Mack S. Headley, Jr.

A fourth-generation woodworker, Mack Headley studied the tools and techniques of 18th century furniture making by repairing and reproducing period furniture in the classic traditions. He began woodworking as a teenager during the late 1960s in his father's Clarke County, Virginia, shop. In the late 1970s, Mack began working in the historic Hay's Cabinetmaking Shop at Colonial Williamsburg. He retired from that position in 2013.

Mack S. Headley & Sons

Carving Techniques and Projects (DVD)

2003:  Gene Landon (1934 - 2011)

Gene owned and operated Landon Chemical Inc. He also repaired, restored and reproduced 18th-century furniture. During his career he taught 18th-century furniture making at Olde Mill Cabinet Shoppe in York, Pa.  Gene was a founding member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. The Cartouche Award is based on the cartouche which crowns a Philadelphia tall case clock he built.

Pieces of furniture Gene made or restored are displayed in many museums across the United States, as well as in the White House. A life size eagle he carved out of the last living Liberty Tree located at St. John's College, Annapolis Md., is displayed at the Constitution Center, along with a copy of the Rising Sun Chair that he made.

As many period furniture makers did, Gene gained a lot of his knowledge from restoring antiques. By taking apart original pieces he could see how they were made, and examine the tool marks left on the piece. His goal was to try and replicate an original as closely as possible. 

http://www.oldemill.com

 Inspiration: Gene Landon and Seven Hearths

E.E.L.: The Tool Collection of Gene Landon

2002: Robert Whitley

 
 
Robert's father was an artist and an antique collector. From 1948 to 2011, Robert restored antique furniture for major antique dealers, private collectors, museums, state and government institutions.
His works are exhibited in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Smithonian, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Independence Hall, and many other museums and private collections.

Major Awards:

• National Merit Award, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, 1966
• Craft Multiples Award, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 1975
• Handmade Furniture Exhibit Award, American Craft Museum, 1979-80
• Individual Grant, National Endowment of the Arts, Washington D.C., 1980
• First Place Award of Excellence, The American Woodworker Magazine, 1996
• Bucks County Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, 2002
 
Major Commissions:
• John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Boston, Massachusetts
• Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA
• Dolly Madison House
• Second National Bank of the United States
• Graff House
• Franklin Court
• City Tavern
• Carpenters' Hall
• George Washington's Headquarters, Morristown, New Jersey. 
• Bent's Old Fort, La Junta, Colorado
• Valley Forge Historical Park
• Derby House, Salem, Massachusetts
• Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion Philadelphia, PA
• The Athenaeum, Philadelphia, PA
• St. Peter's Episcopal Church
 
Private Commisions:
• Philladelphia Queen Anne Arm Chair, circa 1745
• Chippendale Scro11-Top Highboy, Philadelphia, circa 1745
 
 


2001:  John McAlister

John worked wood as an amateur for over 35 years, most of it satisfying his passion for building 18th century American period furniture. He was a self-taught, consummate craftsperson whose introduction to furniture making was Marlow's Fine Furniture for the Amateur Cabinetmaker. John made all the pieces in the book.

In fact, no period piece has ever intimidated John, but that is to be expected from this former fighter pilot who flew P-51's during WW II. His home was filled with his work, including his masterpiece Goddard-Townsend nhsecretary. This piece was featured on the back cover of the April 1998 Fine Woodworking.

Like many period furniture makers who started before woodworking magazines appeared, John visited countless museums inspecting and measuring pieces of furniture that he later recreated in his basement workshop.

Furniture in the SAPFM Gallery
The John McAlister Educational Endowment Fund

 

 

2000:  Harold Ionson (1920 - 2001)

Harold Ionson was the first recipient of the Cartouche Award for lifetime achievement in period furniture from the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. He apprenticed as a cabinetmaker in the Boston shops in the 1930's, was a union carpenter, served in World War II, and then became a patternmaker until his retirement.

After retiring, he became the consumate recreator of John and Thomas Seymour pieces. Harold decided to build the 'Derby' commode, probably the most lavish piece ever built by them.

The original commode was purchased by Elizabeth Derby West  in 1809.  Although credited to Thomas Seymour, the talents of James Cogswell, Thomas Wightman, and John Penniman were instrumental in its construction.

Because of the time spent on all of the jigs and fixtures needed for construction, Harold built nine Derby commodes over a period of twelve years. (He called them 'recreations' because they were not intended to be exact copies.)

His wife Martha used to make bandings with him in the shop.

One of the recreations, completed around 2001,  went on auction August 10, 2014. It sold for $20,910.

Harold Ionson: The Master Cabinetmaker's 'Derby' Demi-Lune Commodes. American Period Furniture January 2001, Volume 1
Federal Masterpiece Re-Creation.  Antiques & Fine Arts.