SCOTT SEVERNS - New SAPFM Vice President / President Elect
SAPFM Board of Directors
Colonial Williamsburg - Working Wood Conference Filling Up
The theme of the conference this year is Down the Great Wagon Road: Furnishing the Southern Backcountry. The dates for the conference are January 16-19, 2020. More details can be found below.
SAVE THE DATE For SAPFM 2020 MID YEAR!
SAPFM will be partnering with the University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation in Fredericksburg Virginia for our 2020 Mid Year Conference. The dates will be 26-29 June 2020.
We are in the process of lining up an excellent slate of presenters and after dinner speakers as well as bus side trips on Friday and Monday. Keep your eye on our website and as our plans develop we will keep you informed. Block out those dates on your calendar as this will be an outstanding opportunity to see period furniture presentations and demonstrations.
The City of Fredericksburg is full of historical and architectural treasures. Over 350 original 18th and 19th century buildings in the City’s 40-block National Historic District reflect some of the most interesting periods in America’s past. The streets are lined with brick sidewalks, antique and specialty shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants, beautiful private homes and resplendent gardens. The Visitors Guide provides wonderful detail on this historic area. The Fredericksburg Tourism website provides additional information, including specific write-ups on history, arts, and culinary attractions.
Tony Kubalak Recipient of 2020 Cartouche Award
The SAPFM Cartouche Award Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Tony Kubalak as the recipient of the 2020 SAPFM Cartouche Award. The Cartouche award recognizes an individual whose achievements best reflect the mission of SAPFM as reflected in the lifetime achievement of the recipient. The award will be presented to Tony at the annual Cartouche Banquet to be held in conjunction with the Colonial Williamsburg Working Wood in the 18th Century conference on January 17, 2020.
Tony came to period furniture making as an avocation a little later in life. Initially he was captivated and intrigued by the shells on a Newport Six Shell Secretary he had seen in a magazine. The intrigue turned into a quest to understand and learn how to create them. Over the next fifteen years he learned basic woodworking skills, including hand cut dovetails, from books, videos and an occasional weekend class. However, he resigned himself to only being able to build pieces with a hint of 18th Century design.
This changed in 1999 when he took his first class with Gene Landon at Olde Mill Cabinet Shoppe in York, PA. Over the next eleven years he traveled the 2200 mile round trip from Minneapolis to York multiple times a year, making seven trips in one year. His progress started out a little slow, but with persistence, his skills steadily improved. His first project, a Chippendale Arm Chair, took four years to complete, but after that the pieces became more manageable as his skills and confidence improved. At the same time his interest turned into a passion which continues to this day.
Tony has won over ten awards for his work at the Northern Woods Show, an annual exhibition sponsored by the Minnesota Woodworkers' Guild. For nine consecutive years he was listed in Early American Life's Directory of Traditional American Crafts. His work has been featured several times in Fine Woodworking Magazine, Woodshop News and Woodwork Magazine. He authored a Master Class Article in Fine Woodworking that subsequently led to an opportunity to write his first book, Carving 18th Century Furniture Elements. That experience prompted him to write a second book, Carving 18th Century Motifs. A third book on building a highly carved Chippendale Dressing Table is in progress.
In addition to writing books, he recently has started to offer classes. He wants to specialize in helping others build high style pieces because of his passion for them and because he sees a void in this area.
Tony’s main interest is in high style Philadelphia Queen Anne and Chippendale pieces. He is drawn to the carvings because of their beauty and challenge. He has traveled several times to museums to measure and photograph pieces of interest. He is currently in the middle of building the Willing Card Table and has documentation for, and plans to build several of the Cadwalader pieces.
You can see more of his work at www.TonyKubalak.com.
Please join fellow SAPFM members to help Tony and his family celebrate his achievements at the Cartouche Banquet and reception to be held in the Williamsburg Lodge at 6:00 pm on Friday, January 17, 2020. Online registration for the Banquet will open on our website in late November or early December. One need not be a participant in the Working Wood Conference to attend our SAPFM Banquet.
We thank Cartouche Selection Committee coordinators Ken Johnson and Steve Latta, and Committee members Al Breed, Greg Landrey, Jeffery Roberts, Gary Sullivan, David deMuzio, Ronald Young, and Ben Colman for their hard work reviewing applications and the difficult task of selecting the recipient from other well-deserving nominees.
American Period Furniture - Don't Miss This Valuable Member Benefit
The Annual SAPFM Journal, American Period Furniture, will be mailed to all members who are active (i.e., dues paid up) as of October 31, 2019. If for any reason your membership has lapsed on or before October 31, you will not receive the Journal for that year.
It is important that each member ensure that their membership is current so that they do not miss receipt of the Journal. While we make every effort to notify members when their membership is about to expire those efforts are not always successful.
You can verify your membership status and date of renewal by selecting the "My Subscriptions" tab from the Update Your Information page on the website. You can renew your membership from that page or directly from here.
SAPFM Board of Directors Nominations - 2019
September 23, 2019
This note reminds members of our annual process and deadlines for electing new members to the Board. 2019 is swiftly passing, and the annual election for the SAPFM Board of Directors is approaching. The Mid-Year Conference has been completed and the registration for Working Wood in the Eighteenth Century at Colonial Williamsburg is open. These are just two of the many activities that are either organized or supported by SAPFM. American Period Furniture, Pins and Tails, Chapter meetings and museum tours are some of the benefits of this largely volunteer organization. It takes many volunteers to make all of these endeavors successful. It also takes an active, dedicated leadership to keep things running smoothly.
Please consider taking a hands-on role in SAPFM. Elections for the Board of Directors are scheduled to begin 29 October. Three of the current Board members have terms that expire at the end of 2019, and the Board has also taken steps to increase the Board size to meet our volunteer needs. We can have up to 12 members of the Board. Please consider running for a position on the Board of Directors.
Files containing the Board of Directors Candidate Registration Form and the Board of Directors Responsibilities can be found below.
- SAPFM Board of Directors Candidate Registration Form (PDF) (MS Word)
- SAPFM Board of Directors Responsibilities (PDF)
If you have any questions about requirements or what would be expected of you in terms of time and commitment, contact a member of the Nominating Committee. If this is something that you have considered but not moved forward on complete the Director Candidate Registration Form and submit to the Nominating Committee. The deadline for submissions is 15 October. (We are a little behind schedule this year.)
An earlier recent member-wide email also put out a call to members willing to fill an immediate opening for our vacant Vice President/President Elect (VPPE) position. We have received several inquiries as to filling this immediate need, including several who expressed a willingness to join the Board without yet committing to the specific VPPE role. Responders to that email who desire to join the Board, but not pursue a near term appointment to the VPPE role should also submit a Candidate Registration Form to the Nominating Committee by 15 October.
Please consider serving, SAPFM depends on your contributions for its continued success. If the time commitment of being a Director is more than you are able to add to your current schedule, you may have the time to become a member of one of the committees that make are important to SAPFM’s continued success. All of our Committees, Outreach, Mid-Year, Nominating, Chapter Support, Website, Education, Cartouche Award, could use new members to add some new ideas and energy to the committee. If you have any questions about requirements or what would be expected of you in terms of time and commitment, contact a member of the Nominating Committee.
The Nominating Committee,
Jim Crammond, Chair, Mike Holden, Ken Johnson, Herb Kettler, Jeff Saylor, Jim Shapiro
Williamsburg Working Wood in the 18th Century 2020 - Registration Now Open
Registration Is Now Open – Please Register!
Registration for the Colonial Williamsburg Working Wood in the 18th Century 2020 conference has opened. Be sure to register quickly as there is only a single session and it could conceivably reach capacity.
The link for registration is www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/learn/conferences/working-wood.
The theme of the conference this year is Down the Great Wagon Road: Furnishing the Southern Backcountry. The dates for the conference are January 16-19, 2020.
Williamsburg notes that “Bold paint decoration, intricate inlay, wedged dovetails, punched tin, and sophisticated furniture, simultaneously familiar and unique, abound as we step into the early Southern backcountry for this year’s conference. As varied as the people who settled there, surviving backcountry furniture reveals remarkable stories of cultural persistence and incorporation. Down the Great Wagon Road came people of diverse ethnic backgrounds from across the colonies and the Atlantic– notably from Scotland, Ireland, England, Germany and Switzerland. In time, they transformed the Shenandoah Valley, eastern Kentucky and Tennessee, and western North Carolina into a stable network of communities with distinctive markets for furniture that reflected their inherited traditions and the influence of their new home and neighbors. Please join us as craftspeople and scholars from across The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation work alongside distinguished guest presenters – cabinetmaker Steve Latta, chair maker Elia Bizzarri, and scholar Daniel Ackermann – to explore this diverse legacy of fine craftsmanship.”
SAPFM has donated the funding for the keynote address by Daniel Ackerman. Dr. Ackerman is always very entertaining as well as informative.
SAPFM holds key events for members in conjunction with the Working Wood conference. On Thursday afternoon, January 16, we will hold our Annual Members Meeting. Stay tuned for an agenda and location for this informative meeting.
And on Friday evening, January 17, we will hold our Annual SAPFM Cartouche Banquet. Registration for the Cartouche Banquet is separate and will be open at a later date on the SAPFM website. (Please do not confuse our Banquet with the Williamsburg conference banquet held on Saturday as part of the Working Wood Conference, included in the conference registration.)
Please join us in Williamsburg for a wonderful and informative set of events!
SAPFM Board of Directors
2019 Midyear Conference
SAPFM's mid year conference just concluded on July 29.The Greenville Woodworkers Guild in Greenville SC was our host for the conference attended by more than 90 SAPFM and Guild members.
The conference included special presentations by Dr Daniel Ackerman from MESDA and Chris Swartz from Lost Art Press. There were demonstrations by Elia Bizzari, Bob Van Dyke, Bob Stevenson, Michael Mascelli, Brian Weldy, and Ray Journigan on a variety of topics include carving, upholstery, Windsor chairs, wooden planes and inlays to name just a few. There were also bus trips to nearby historical sites on Friday and Monday.
Some pictures from the event are shown below. Look forward to a complete story in the next Pins & Tales detailing all the events during the busy 4 day event.
Support SAPFM via Amazon Smile
Shop and Give!
AmazonSmile offers a new way to contribute to SAPFM.
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. It is easy to choose SAPFM to receive these donations from Amazon. These donations do not increase the cost of purchased items.
On either a desktop or mobile device simply go to www.smile.amazon.com and log in using your normal Amazon username and password. You will be asked to select your charity. Simply search for “SAPFM” and select. After the selection your shopping page will be exactly as you normally experience. Just be sure to log into smile.amazon.com rather than amazon.com. You can easily bookmark the smile.amazon site in your browser and shop from there.
If you prefer to shop from your mobile device you cannot use Amazon Smile with the Amazon App. However you can set up a shortcut to the Amazon Smile website which gives a near identical experience to the app. It’s very quick and easy to do. For an iPhone or iPad do the following (there would be an equivalent method for an Android device):
- Open Safari and type smile.amazon.com in the web address ﬁeld. AmazonSmile will open.
- Touch the share button (looks like a box with an arrow).
- Touch Add to Home Screen.
- Touch Add.
Regardless of your platform, every time you make an Amazon purchase, Amazon will be contributing to SAPFM. With our many members this can add up to a significant contribution to the mission of SAPFM! We encourage all to take these simple steps to contribute to the future success of SAPFM.
SAPFM Policy - Custom SAPFM Logo Shirts for Chapters
Through significant SAPFM Board effort and investment in inventory, for some time now SAPFM has been able to offer members standard logo shirts which can be purchased individually at our online store on the member’s-only part of our website (www.sapfm.org/sapfm-store). Some chapters also choose to arrange for shirts customized to their specific chapter, by adding a chapter designation to the standard logo and ordering a number of shirts at a single time. There is a specific SAPFM-approved process and source for so doing.
We have a vendor who operates our online sales of individual standard logo shirts. This vendor has invested substantial time in working with us to set up the store, as well as working with us to develop what is now the standard logo file. We tried for several years to find a SAPFM volunteer willing to manage shirt sales to members. We were unable to find a volunteer and so co-invested our effort with this vendor. In return for his substantive efforts at setting up and running the store for us, we have committed to having our Chapter-specific needs handled by him as well.
Thus if your chapter desires a number of shirts or other clothing items with our standard logo augmented by your Chapter identification please contact our vendor:
Howard will work with you to select the clothing item from his catalog (these items do not have to be those offered on our website), to determine the chapter name, and to negotiate on price depending on the number of shirts desired.
Using this single vendor enables SAPFM to continue our online store for normal logo shirts in service to our members.
Thank you for your support of SAPFM and for your cooperation.
Board of Directors
Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts MESDA Journal Provides Informative Articles on American Period Furniture
The MESDA Journal(www.mesdajournal.org) has published groundbreaking research on early southern decorative arts and material culture since 1975. Articles in the MESDA Journal are available free of charge through its website, as are digital versions of past issues published over the last forty-three years.
A recent issue discusses “Friendly Furniture in the Early South,” a reference to The Religious Society of Friends, better known as the Quakers. The Quakers had a notable but sometimes overlooked influence on the settlement and material landscape of the early American South. The furniture making traditions of two Quaker communities in the South—one in the northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and the other in Piedmont North Carolina—are explored and contextualized in significant new articles published in the Journal.
Quaker cabinetmaking families that made furniture over a ninety-year span in the Winchester region of Virginia are revealed in an article by A. Nicholas Powers, curator at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Quaker settlement of the area began in the 1730s and a third of the woodworkers documented as working in Winchester and Frederick County before the American Revolution can be identified as members of the Society of Friends. From the Scots-born joiner Alexander Ross working in the first half of the 18th century to the Fawcett family of furniture makers working into the 19th century, Quaker woodworkers were formative settlers and residents of the northern Shenandoah Valley.
A network of ideas and trade that spanned the length of the Great Wagon Road connected the Virginia Quakers with Friends from Philadelphia south to Piedmont North Carolina, where Robert Leath, MESDA’s Chief Curator and VP of Collections & Research, thoughtfully explains the stylistic influences of three separate migration patterns in Guildford County, North Carolina. Leath establishes in his article that Quaker cabinetmakers in Guilford County produced decorative furniture between 1775 and 1825 that reflected their ethnic origins and professional training but also created a regional identity that trumped religious faith. A recently discovered shop ledger book and adept genealogical research skills allow Leath to reconsider long established attributions of surviving furniture and better identify the cabinetmakers working within Piedmont North Carolina’s Quaker communities. Thomas Pierce, a Pennsylvania-born craftsman who migrated in the 1770s, and his apprentice David Osborne have been revealed as the earliest Quaker cabinetmakers in the region and work previously assigned to Jesse Needham has been re-attributed to Henry Macy, who was born on Nantucket Island and moved to Piedmont North Carolina with his family in the 1780s.
Grinling Gibbons Tour Hosted by Mary May
Have you ever seen woodcarvings where you wonder "How can this be carved by human hand"?
Mary May, who has been teaching woodcarving classes for the past 15 years, will be hosting a tour of the fabulous 17th century English woodcarver, Grinling Gibbons May 4 - 14, 2020. His deeply ornate carvings often appear to defy gravity.
The tour will focus on visiting churches, grand homes, palaces, and museums where his magnificent carvings are displayed such as St. Paul's Cathedral, Hampton Court Palace, and the Victoria and Albert Museum around London, England. The tour will also venture outside of London to Oxford and the Petworth House to view more of the amazing Gibbons work. There will be a few free days to explore on your own but most days will have guided tours focusing on learning, discovering and admiring his historic carvings.
Come join the fun and be inspired! Contact Mary May at email@example.com for more information.