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You May Not Realize You Know the Next Winner

Each year the SAPFM Cartouche Selection Committee identifies a candidate that exemplifies the qualities of a craftsman that has demonstrated a lifetime excellence in furniture making.

But that process is dependent on members making recommendations or even submitting nominations. Without your help, it can be hard to identify possible candidates. As an example, if it were not for the late Tom Cowan and John Ogilvie taking the lead, Ronnie Young might not have been selected as the 2016 recipient. Tom actively encouraged Ronnie and John helped with photography.

A similar example was when Bruce Hubbard asked Ray Journigan to submit his package in 2017. Ray refused and was reluctant to even allow Bruce to put the package together. But thanks to Bruce's persistence Ray relented. Then with the help of Roger Hall, Bruce was able to develop most of the package and finally get Ray involved. Clearly, Ray would never have been awarded the Cartouche if it were not for Bruce and Roger.

This highlights how we depend on you our members to recognize the accomplishments and skills of others and to encourage them to submit their application for consideration. Take some time to think about people you know or have met or whose work you have seen. Maybe you will be the one who identifies the next Cartouche recipient.

While there are no specific criteria for the type work or the full range of skills or experience that is required, SAPFM does have suggested guidelines that the Cartouche Selection Committee may consider. It is intended to provide a general idea of some of the traits a qualified candidate may possess:

  • Nominees should have a “Lifetime” of excellence in building period furniture with a large body of work.
  • The award should be presented to a “maker(s)” of period furniture. Recipients of an individual award may include two individuals although only one cartouche listing and one trophy will be given.
  • Nominees are not required to be members of SAPFM.
  • Institutions may not be nominated for the Cartouche Award.
  • Nominees should have a body of work which demonstrates excellence in the craft of furniture making.
  • Nominees should have demonstrated excellence in the skills associated with period furniture construction.
  • Nominees should support and be committed to SAPFM ideals, goals and objectives as demonstrated through service to others in the field of furniture making. Examples of service might include mentoring, teaching, writing and other ways to bring greater awareness and advancement of the craft
  • Submissions are accepted from July 15 until end of day September 1.
  • Those who have submitted their material the previous year may carry forward that application to the current year by simply sending a letter requesting that the previous material be considered for the coming nomination process.

Many of our previous Cartouche award recipients have said they do not consider they are worthy of the award. We are sure many of us know some very skilled friends inside and outside SAPFM that exhibit many of the same skills, experience, and quality of work of our previous awards recipients. We encourage you to consider bringing those names forward for consideration. If you are unsure or would like to get feedback, please contact Steve Latta ( ) or Ken Johnson ( ).

The guidelines for submission are on the web site under the Cartouche Award. Applications are accepted from July 15 until end of business September 1 (assuming that is not a holiday).

Ken Johnson



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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 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 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 rather than You can easily bookmark the 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 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 Board/Officer Changes

 Mike Holden has elected to resign from the SAPFM Board of Directors and his officer role as VP/President Elect (VPPE), due to the press of other commitments. Board member Dave Redlin has been appointed by the Board to immediately fill the VPPE officer position, and thus to assume the role of President of SAPFM for 2019. Dale Ausherman will as planned assume the role of Immediate Past President for 2019. Please join us in thanking Dave for his generous offer to serve in these roles on short notice. The Board will work diligently to help Dave fulfill these challenging responsibilities. For now we will leave the vacated Board position unfilled, but will still operate with 10 members once newly elected Board member Sam Rhodes joins in January.

 Announcing 2019 Annual Meeting of Members

Our Annual meeting of members will be held on Thursday 17 January 2019, 2-4 pm at the Williamsburg Lodge, 310 S England St, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

Tentative topics include:

  • Treasurer’s Report (Financial Statement)
  • Report from prior day’s Board Meeting
  • Midyear Plans
  • Board Plans for 2019

We hope that you can attend.

Dale Ausherman




Bob StevensonBob Stevenson caseworkThe Cartouche Award Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Bob Stevenson as the recipient of the 2019 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 Bob at the annual Cartouche Banquet to be held in conjunction with the Colonial Williamsburg Working Wood in the 18th Century conference.

The Chronicles article on Bob in the recent Fall 2018 issue of Pins and Tales provides a great summary of Bob’s path to master period furniture builder as well as his notable contributions to period furniture education and appreciation. (This article was entirely coincidental to Bob’s selection as Cartouche recipient.) Bob was an inaugural member of SAPFM in 1999, helped establish the criteria for the Cartouche Award, and for many years was chairman of what is now called the Cartouche Award Selection Committee. With SAPFM member Brad Ormsby he founded the Southern California chapter and has contributed for many years to its success and growth. Following a highly successful 30-year health and space science career in the Navy, during which time he vigorously pursued art and woodworking hobbies, he pursued a second full-time career as a fine woodworking cabinet maker, including instruction for others.

For nearly two decades Bob was the Coordinator of the Design in Wood Show in Del Mar California, one of the largest international juried woodworking shows in the nation with over 350 yearly entries and nearly 1 million visitors each year.  Throughout these years he became active in the impressive San Diego Fine Woodworking Association, all the while continuing his support for SAPFM and pursuing additional teaching and mentoring opportunities with youth in the community and with his woodworking peers.

Bob’s furniture efforts eventually focused on the Federal Period, and he has entertained and educated SAPFM members with his impressive pieces shown in our publications and in our midyear meeting furniture displays. Stay tuned for additional presentation of his impressive work in Pins and Tales e-Magazine and our future American Period Furniture annual journal.

Please join fellow SAPFM members to help Bob 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, 18 January 2019. 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, Alf Sharp, 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.

- Dale Ausherman


On  30 September the Board voted to make two changes to the Bylaws. The first changed the size of the Board from “ten” to “up to twelve.” This is to provide flexibility in our Board elections to avoid losing the volunteer Board efforts of an outstanding candidate simply because there is not room on the Board. The second change updates the definition of a Life Membership to reflect the prior Board decision that applications for Life Membership will not be accepted after 31 October 2018, but that Life Memberships or installment plans existing as of that date will be continued. The amended bylaws are posted here.


Status of Board of Directors Elections

On 1 September members received an email from the Nominating Committee recruiting additional candidates to stand for election to the Board for three year terms starting 1 January 2019. October 1 brought the close of the period to declare candidacy. Due to the hard work of the Committee (Jim Crammond (Chair), Mike Holden, Ken Johnson, Herb Kettler, Jeff Saylor and Jim Shapiro), and the generosity and SAPFM passion of the candidates, we have four members volunteering to stand for election to three-year terms on the Board – David Coker, Joel Goodwin, Dave Redlin, and Sam Rhodes. For David, Joel and Dave, this would be re-election to the Board. We thank the three for their past service to SAPFM and for volunteering to continue their contributions to the success of SAPFM. We especially thank Sam for stepping up to serve the Society in a very meaningful way.

Election Impact – All Four Candidates Are Hereby Elected to the Board.

Our Bylaws stipulate that In the event the number of Board election candidates equals the number of impending vacancies on the Board, then the candidates shall be considered as having been elected to the Board and the membership shall be so notified. On 26 August the Board amended the Bylaws to set the Board size to be up to twelve members. I am therefore pleased to announce that David Coker, Joel Goodwin, Dave Redlin, and Sam Rhodes are hereby elected to three-year terms on the SAFPM Board of Directors, with terms commencing 1 January 2019. Please join me in welcoming these talented members to the Board. Because Sam is new to the board, as a matter of introduction I include his Candidate Registration Form below containing biographical information.

Dale Ausherman

President, SAPFM


Candidate Registration Form 

Name: Sam Rhodes

Address: Fort Wayne, Indiana

SAPFM Member since 1998

Occupation: Manager, contracts department of a defense contractor.

Chapter Affiliation: Indiana (since inception)

Professional Experience and Relevance to Board Participation:

I am an amateur woodworker having made projects since the early 1970’s. In the professional world, I have held every position from chapter member to chapter President in a worldwide contracts organization. I was twice published in that organization’s magazine. I was made a fellow of the organization in recognition of many years of service. I was also named a contracts fellow by my company. Additionally I served three years on a large Homeowners Association board.


Primarily Chippendale. Queen Anne and Federal periods related to the design and construction of the pieces. Additionally the history of the period and particularly the experiences and working environment of the cabinetmakers and joiners during that period.

Woodworking/Furniture Background:

I started in the 1970’s while in the Air Force. After making a bookcase at the wood hobby shop, I became a woodworking enthusiast. Growing up in Norfolk, VA I always enjoyed the colonial period during dozens of trips to Colonial Williamsburg and surrounding historic sites. Period Furniture combines those two interests. I attended the first Working Wood Symposium at CW and have been to 15 of them over the years, but only one mid-year due to work constraints. I have taken classes from Al Breed, Mack Headley, Jeff Headley, Steve Hamilton, and Mary May. I have made Chippendale and Queen Anne chairs, a bombe chest, mantle clock, and about three dozen assorted tables, chests, and cabinets. I hope to learn more about Federal inlay to go beyond the dining room table I made that included inlay.

Other Relevant Skills and Knowledge:

Currently a member of the Chapter Outreach committee.

Biographical Info:

Retiring 1 August 2018 so additional time will become available.


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 ( 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 of Hatlanta (
Howard Segan

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.

Dale Ausherman
President, SAPFM


At the June 24, 2018 SAPFM Board of Directors meeting, a very difficult decision was made to increase the annual membership dues for SAPFM members.  A vigorous debate was held and all Board members were given an opportunity to voice their concerns – both the pros and cons – and for each to be able to provide evidence for the need to raise or not to raise these dues.  SAPFM provides our members a tremendous value for the hard-earned dollars that you entrust to us, such as: the American Period Furniture yearly publication, the quarterly Pins & Tails publication, access to the members-only section of the website (with its amazing articles, gallery, access to the Price4Antiques Reference database, etc.), the ability to attend SAPFM conferences, privilege to attend Chapter meetings and events, and so on.  We are also in the process of completely rebuilding the website in a more useful environment that will allow us to be able to provide even better services and information to our leaders and members.  And as each of you know, there is a cost to providing these publications and services.
Unfortunately, the costs of the publications alone have caught up to us much quicker than we had anticipated.  As of the end of the 2017 fiscal year, the costs of providing only the American Period Furniture yearly publication and the quarterly Pins & Tails publication almost completely consumed the entirety of the funds that were brought in from membership dues.  Outside of this, SAPFM has needed to rely on any meager profits made from the Mid-year and Williamsburg’s conferences, revenues from American Period Furniture ad sales, and has required us to dip into the organizations reserves in order to do the website rebuild work to finish out the year.  Continuing to operate in such a manner would not allow SAPFM to continue to provide such professional publications, much less to continue as an organization for very long.  There are still on-going efforts to get out the SAPFM name via advertisements on websites, blogs, and within other publications in the effort to increase membership but, unfortunately, we have seen the membership increase only nominally in almost 5 years.
The following membership dues changes take effect on November 1, 2018:

  • Single yearly membership is increasing from $60 to $75.
  • Joint yearly membership is increasing from $75 to $95.
  • Lifetime memberships will no longer be available for purchase.

November 1, 2018 was chosen as the most logical date to begin this change because October 31st is the last day that someone can be a member and still receive the 2018 copy of the American Period Furniture publication.  The Lifetime membership option has become untenable because on average the amortized cost of servicing those memberships exceeds the income from the Lifetime memberships without an unreasonable increase in the fees. Any members who are currently on the Lifetime membership track will be allowed to continue that path toward a Lifetime membership.  All current Lifetime memberships will continue to be honored.  While the decision to raise membership dues was not taken lightly, and was seriously debated for many months, it is the right time to make this change.  The additional funds will allow SAPFM to continue to provide the products and services that the membership has grown to depend upon.   
As a reminder, we believe that it is important for you to understand that everyone who does any work for SAPFM, outside of the Journal and Pins and Tales editors, their respective hired services, and our webmaster, is a volunteer.  All Board members are volunteers.  All Chapter Leads are volunteers.  All members who do side projects for the Board and Chapter Leads and those who work on setting up the Mid-Year and Williamsburg conferences and all of the woodworking trade shows are volunteers.  All of the monies that are raised go to you, the member, via the services that are provided.  It is these monies that provide the amazing American Period Furniture yearly publication, with its 100+ pages of museum quality content, and the quarterly Pins & Tails publication that is easily a direct competitor of the finest woodworking magazines in print today.  Our new website will ultimately allow us to provide even more content to the membership and will be able to tie into social media for a broader reach.  This is why it is so vitally important that we find ways to keep this increasingly important medium available from which we can all continue to learn.
This is also why it is so vitally important that each of us find even just one other person to join SAPFM.  Increasing our membership is truly the only way to continue to grow our organization and doing so will not only help us financially but will increase our knowledge and the understanding of one of the most beautiful forms of self-expression – the amazing journey of creating and displaying beautiful period furniture.
SAPFM Board of Directors.


MESDA deskThe MESDA Journal( 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.

Upcoming Events

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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 for more information.



October 14 2014



 SAPFM is continuing to grow in numbers of members, in adding new chapters, and chapters are having more meetings and programs. The membership is diverse in age, demographics, experience, expectations of SAPFM and specific interests within the period furniture arena. To better understand our members and determine where they believe the organization should be focusing its attention, the Executive Council (EC) will use this survey to better direct their efforts to meet the wants and desires of the membership.


1.    How long have you been a SAPFM member?

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2.   Why did you join SAPFM? Check all that apply.

Other (please specify)

Interest in period furniture, period tools

  • ·        A general interest in period furniture.
  • ·        interest in period furniture
  • ·        History of period tools and their construction.
  • ·        To give historic (relativity) purpose and connection to my cabinetmaking projects.
  • ·        Love of working with wood and period furniture.

Invited to attend a meeting

  • ·        I was invited by a member to attend a regional meeting
  • ·        I was asked
  • ·        my brother gave me a membership
  • ·        I was invited to share my drawings collection from Franklin Gottshall.- who I am related to.

New chapter formed in my area

  • ·        new chapter in area

To learn

  • ·        To learn the old ways, where possible
  • ·        Learning to distinguish the various styles of furniture and tie them to their place of origin by their unique construction details
  • ·        other techniques - finishing, faux painting, gliding      
  • ·        Learn
  • ·        Learning from fellow members.
  • ·        teach what I've learned
  • ·        Keep my knowledge active since I finished Interior Design School at Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1970
  • ·        Learning to distinguish the various styles of furniture and tie them to their place of origin by their unique construction details.

Chance to meet others with more experience

  • ·        to make contacts with others with better skills than myself
  • ·        Able to see some of the finest craftsmen in the world (and their work) in an intimate, professional setting. This is more specific and more nuanced than the "Fellowship" component.
  • ·        To learn from the many other experienced members.
  • ·        hope to meet some experienced furniture makers.

Conferences, events

  • ·        Williamsburg event
  • ·        Conferences
  • ·         To attend special tours of historic sites.

Website, forum

  • ·        The member forum is excellent
  • ·        website
  • ·        Gallery, staying in touch with the work of other members
  • ·        access to auction prices site, which I can't find on new website.
  • ·        Plans
  • ·        try to locate plans
  • ·        p4A
  • ·        Access to information and contacts

Exhibit furniture

  • Chance to exhibit furniture I've made


  • ·        was not able to find anyone to "hang" with. Most everyone seems to be with friends
  • ·        A place to meet others who share my same likes

In a field related to woodworking

  • ·        I am a furniture and interior designer and a design historian


  • Instruction by experts like Mickey Callahan, Al Breed, etc at very affordable fees


  • ·        Help promote craftsmanship
  • ·        Voice of the period furniture maker.
  • ·        Even though Chapter did not exist back in 2000, I would rank them very high today.
  • ·        No chapter near my dismay!!
  • ·        I wanted to support a new organization.
  • ·        forum to view others work

All of the above (3)



3.  How would you rate the value of your membership?



4.    How likely are you to continue your SAPFM membership for the next two to three years?

5.    How did you learn about SAPFM?

Other (please specify)

There from the beginning

  • ·        I was an original member when the society was formed. I really do not recall how I learned of it.
  • ·        Honestly, I can't actually remember. Joined the first year.
  • ·        Been a member since inception of organization
  • ·        Don' remember, I have been a member since the first years
  • ·        I was an original member - #32 I think.
  • ·        Just heard about it from the grapevine of period furniture makers.
  • ·        Charter Member
  • ·        First WB meeting sitting with Mickey, Steve and a few others
  • ·        Original outreach to form SAPFM. didn't join until later
  • ·        I am member number 8. I was present at the founding.

Woodworking Schools

  • ·        NBSS
  • ·        Cerritos College
  • ·        CVSW - Bob Van Dyke
  • ·        Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking
  • ·        CVSW
  • ·        Pamphlet at Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking.
  • ·        CVSW meeting in 2014
  • ·        CT Valley School of Woodworking
  • ·        CVSW
  • ·        From Art Peters at an MASW class with Mack Headley
  • ·        Also visited their booth at the Northeastern Woodworkers Show in Saratoga
  • ·        Presentation at Phil Lowe's school

Woodworking Shows

  • ·        Got a flyer at a woodworking show in York PA
  • ·        Wood Working in America
  • ·        WIA 2014; talking with Elia Bizzarri
  • ·        WIA in Valley Forge, PA
  • ·        Woodworking in America Conference in Valley Forge
  • ·        conference - Woodworking in America
  • ·        Northeastern Woodworkers Association Annual Showcase
  • ·        NWA show in Saratoga
  • ·        At a Lie Nielsen tool show
  • ·        Lie Nielsen event in Oakland Ca
  • ·        Lie Nielsen tool show
  • ·        Saratoga Springs NE Woodworkers event several years ago
  • ·        Booth at woodworking show
  • ·        brochure at a woodworking show
  • ·        Craft show at Winterthur
  • ·        open house at Hearns

Individuals in the field

  • ·        Phil Lowe, when I was a student
  • ·        One of the founding members
  • ·        Gene Landon
  • ·        Gene Landon     
  • ·        Gene Landon talked it up during a class I was taking with him.
  • ·        Gene Landon
  • ·        Gene Landon Olde Mill
  • ·        My instructor, Ben Hobbs.
  • ·        Ben Hobbs recommended joining SAPFM
  • ·        Mickey Callahan
  • ·        Through Mickey Callahan...he "stood out" at my local (WWGRI) guild meetings. I quickly pushed myself beyond entry-level projects with Mickey's advice and positive guidance.
  • ·        Class with Alf sharp
  • ·        From Peter Follansbee 
  • ·        Charles Neil


  • ·        Fine Woodworking
  • ·        Fine Woodworking many years ago
  • ·        woodworker
  • ·        Article in FWW as I recall.
  • ·        Fine Woodworking
  • ·        Read about in a woodworking magazine
  • ·        Fine Woodworking, I think
  • ·        mentioned in Fine Woodworking
  • ·        Fine woodworking magazine
  • ·        Was long ago but I believe I read about SAPFM in FWW magazine
  • ·        I saw an ad for the Williamsburg Conference.

Woodworking Organizations


  • ·        Central Florida Woodworkers Guild
  • ·        Rochester Woodworkers Society members
  • ·        email invitation to the meeting to form the Chesapeake Chapter
  • ·        Guild of NH Woodworkers
  • ·        Midwest tool collectors meeting
  • ·        Meeting at Woodcraft in Allentown, PA
  • ·        Patrick Edwards, American School of French Marquetry
  • ·        EMGW organization invite to local meeting

Woodworking Businesses

  • ·        A mtg at woodcraft Allentown pa
  • ·        saw display at woodcraft open house in Manchester CT
  • ·        flyer at Woodcraft
  • ·        Woodcraft store
  • ·        worked at the Anthony Hay shop
  • ·        Woodcraft and Highland Woodworking contacts


  • ·        Internet
  • ·        Internet searches for period furniture.
  • ·        woodworking forums
  • ·        Not sure. A blog or seeing a cartouche award winner listed as a class instructor.
  • ·        From another woodworking forum
  • ·        google search
  • ·        Found it on the Web
  • ·        I saw a reference to it on the old Knots forum (Fine Woodworking magazine). Initially joined for Annual Journal. LOVE it
  • ·        Can't remember. I think it was via an email or posting on rec.woodworkng or Oldtools list     
  • ·        Woodworking Blogs

Word of mouth

  • ·        Word of mouth
  • ·        Friend
  • ·        I heard of it when it was being formed.
  • ·        Word of mouth when it was started.
  • ·        family member

Don’t remember (14)



6.    Do you belong to other woodworking-related organizations such as a local guild or club?

7.    What SAPFM activities are important to you? On a scale of 1 to 5 , with 5 being Extremely Valuable and 1 being Not Valuable, please rate each of the following:

8.    What periods of furniture interest you the most? On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being Extremely Interested and 1 being  Not Interested, please rate the following:

9.    Are you currently an active member in a SAPFM regional chapter?

Other (please specify)

No local Chapter near me

  • ·        Kansas City 5hrs away working 8-10 hours daily finding time to meet awkward.
  • ·        Not at this time, nearest chapter is 4.5 hours away.
  • ·        NW Arkansas needs a chapter
  • ·        no local chapter in Nashville
  • ·        No local chapter
  • ·        no local chapters in Washington state
  • ·        There is no local regional chapter
  • ·        No regional chapter in my area.
  • ·        Live out of town
  • ·        none near
  • ·        I’m in Canada, there is no regional chapter or one close enough to join.
  • ·        When I had access to an active chapter (Chesapeake) I was very active.
  • ·        no chapters in my region (Montana)
  • ·        My chapter is 3 hours away. Not real easy to be involved a whole lot.

Chapter schedule conflicts with other organization’s schedules

  • ·        ORV Sometimes it's meetings conflict with our local woodworking club meetings. We have 8 members in SAPFM that are also members in our local Dayton Club(guild) The Western Ohio Woodworking club
  • ·        "yes" however distance and conflict in time/schedules limits my participation. (Maine residence)     

Chapter meets sporadically

  • ·        DelVal is sporadic in its initiatives
  • ·        The Carolina chapter meets rarely.

Chapter just starting/ just joined a Chapter

  • ·        So Cal, but we are still in infancy
  • ·        we are in the process of opening a SE Virginia/NE North Carolina chapter
  • ·        I recently joined, but I plan to be
  • ·        Will join shortly

Active in a Chapter or Chapters

  • ·        Active in both the Great Lakes and Ohio River Valley Chapters
  • ·        I'm active in three regional chapters.

Physical disabilities

  • ·        I have become somewhat handicap and cannot participate - reduce walking and no standing

10.    Do you use social media such as Facebook and/or Twitter?

Yes (please specify below)



Facebook, Twitter


Facebook, Twitter, additional


  • ·        Twitter, Facebook, YouTube    
  • ·        Facebook, Linkedin    
  • ·        Facebook, Instagram    
  • ·        facebook, twitter, google+, pinterest     
  • ·        Facebook, Linkedin    
  • ·        Facebook Twitter Instagram, Pinterest     
  • ·        facebook, instagram
  • ·        face book, web site
  • ·        facebook, twitter, instagram
  • ·        Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook
  • ·        facebook, twitter, instagram, g+
  • ·        Facebook, Google+, Twitter
  • ·        Facebook, Twitter, Linked In
  • ·        FB, TW, Digg, Google+

Twitter, Additional


  • ·        Twitter
  • ·        twitter
  • ·        Twitter, Instagram



  • ·        LinkedIn
  • ·        LinkedIn
  • ·        Google+



  • ·        E-mail. And telephone
  • ·        The computer offers plenty of information but I need lots of time learn how to use it 
  • ·        Limited use.
  • ·        Not Facebook I dropped them last year
  • ·        e-mail
  • ·        BLOGS AND EMAIL
  • ·        Only e-mail & internet
  • ·        None - HTML enabled email and occasional browser surfing is the extent of my daily technology use.




11.    Do you have a personal website?

12.    How did you acquire your woodworking skills? Check all that apply.

13.  How many hours do you spend on average in the workshop weekly that are related to period furniture making?

14.  Are you a professional woodworker or furniture maker?

15. Would you be willing to volunteer in order to help in either SAPFM regional or national activities?

Yes, but it would depend on time needed and the circumstances.

Local Chapter work

  • ·        Probably support N.E. Chapter program. E-mail:
  • ·        New England only
  • ·        Florida chapter anyway I can depending on available time.      
  • ·        Blue Ridge Chapter activities, publications
  • ·        I'd be more interested in local or regional activities. Also, the time required would be a big consideration; I value highly my time.
  • ·        Local chapter work.
  • ·        Local chapter (Gateway)
  • ·        Have just left my career to start my own period furniture business. I have already begun promoting SAPFM and as I get established and get interest I intend to start a chapter in Mobile, AL. I also run an 18th century cabinet shop close to Augusta, GA in a history park where I have begun promoting SAPFM and hope to do more with it there. I have also attended a Back Country Chapter event. I hope to one day get more involved in SAPFM at a regional or national level. 10/22/2014 9:22 PM    
  • ·        My residence is in Pownal Maine (10 miles west of Freeport). Many of the Chapter events are not convenient. However, I could support those activities in Maine.    
  • ·        Willing to help local chapter on occasions when other volunteer activities don't conflict.
  • ·        Chapter-related initiatives including semi-annual events    
  • ·        Weekend programs that are fairly local.
  • ·         I would volunteer for my local chapter. And I have done that in the past as well.

Regional activities

  • ·        Northeast Region activities
  • ·        I will help with regional activities
  • ·        Sharing knowledge & demonstrating/teaching basic & advanced woodworking skills. Assisting in the coordination of regional activities.
  • ·        I would help with my regional chapter, but I am not really interested in helping with national efforts.
  • ·         I'd be willing to help , but time is in tight supply (still working). Would help set-up at regional events if that would help. Just email me at
  • ·        Help in Regional Chapters.
  • ·        With regional chapter.
  • ·        Yes, but since I work full time I would have a limited numbers of hours to devote. So, a support role for a regional chapter would probably be workable.
  • ·        In support of regional forums / meetings    


Subject matter experts

  • ·        Teaching Classes, writing articles for the publications
  • ·        Technique on veneering, carving, and finishing.  Web site address:
  • ·        I will happily write about SAPFM or demonstrate authentic early 18th century furnituremaking, as I specialize in William and Mary.
  • ·        Yes, but but would depend on what others think I could offer. My niche, if anything, clocks. Email:
  • ·        Communication, event coordination, etc
  • ·        Help with demonstrations and/or publicity.
  • ·        I've given demonstrations in chip carving to the Blue Ridge Chapter and can do that again to other chapters. My email address is:
  • ·        I was President of the Washington Woodworkers Guild for three years and that burned me out a bit. I am happy to help for short durations but not for extended commitments. I can organize or demonstrate or help set up and take things down. My email is
  • ·        Hand Tools / Turning with powered or human powered lathe.
  • ·        Open to the needs of the organization such as educational programs (former teacher/college lecturer). Specific interest in the history of furniture making.     
  • ·        Hand dovetails-shellac and French Polishing-using a reeding box   
  • ·        SketchUp training and use    
  • ·        Community Events     
  • ·        Any man power needs. Also have a High Def video camera and boom set up that can video above a guest, like Mary May, to enable better vision of what she is doing.
  • ·        Not sure if there's anything I can do in the way of actual furniture making, but I'm a professional web developer/software developer, may be able to help out in that area. I'm the host/admin for and
  • ·        Plane making, tuning and use.
  • ·        Increasing membership via marketing.
  • ·        I'm a magazine publisher and editor so I could help w/editing newsletter or annual.
  • ·        Meet with other Society members in this area to explore what we can do to help each other or others in the community that could benefit from the organization.
  • ·        I prefer to be in the background. Writing would be OK.    
  • ·        I currently teach cabinet making 1 on 1 basis. Would depend what the situation is.
  • ·        Executive Council
  • ·        Apprentice training.    


  • ·        Weekend workshops. Lie Nielsen in Cinnci, OH, and DIA demo in Detroit. Anything in MI.
  • ·  Long distance to most events.
  • ·        Local regional events, seminars, gatherings.
  • ·        I used to do woodworking show demonstrations of handtool techniques with our woodworking guild, but the show have moved from the immediate area, so we don't do those anymore.
  • ·        Classes, exhibitions, regional events.
  • ·        Dependent on location and duties. Do not consider myself proficient enough to do demonstrations but would consider manning a booth or display to discuss SAPFM.
  • ·        Furniture exhibitions, woodworking conferences (e.g. WIA) 
  • ·        Mid year conference activities
  • ·        Demonstrations conferences
  • ·        Previously demonstrated at Williamsburg.  Available for some talks, depending on topic and time.
  • ·        Demonstrations
  • ·        I have limited time available to take off work, so I'd need to know where the event is being held and what the needs are in order to decide.
  • ·        I am a new member and am still learning about the SAPFM, its events, and their interest/benefit to me, but I am open to helping with regional events at this time.
  • ·        Demonstrations
  • ·        Demonstrating at events or supporting sponsoring  vendors events, mentoring, helping put on a chapter event.
  • ·        Manning booth and/ or demonstrate woodworking tech.

However I can help

  • ·        Not sure what I'm willing to support but interested in hearing where/how I could potentially help. I'm retired and interested in new opportunities.
  • ·        However I can help.
  • ·        I'd help within my capabilities and knowledge.
  • ·        All
  • ·        Dependent on my ability.
  • ·        I would like to support SAPFM. I run a woodworking school so time is limited but I would like to participate as time permits.
  • ·        Helping to organize meetings and demonstration events. Also interested in a Rocky Mountain chapter.
  • ·        I live in Tucson, AZ and I do not earn a whole lot per year so while I would love to help I would need some notice pretty far in advance to save up for a trip. Email is:
  • ·        I am 83 years old and physically able.
  • ·        Open to opportunities -
  • ·        Where I would be needed
  • ·        I have yet to make any type of period furniture but am very interested on how it is built and the techniques used in the 18th century. I also believe in all that SAPFM is doing and want to support it in any way that I can. I admire what some of the membership can do and all of the talent they have. Thanks for letting me be a small part of your organization.         


Email address supplied

Not now, maybe later

  • ·        I currently cannot afford to volunteer to help with many activities. I am currently attending school full-time in addition to working full-time, perhaps I will be able to next year. I would be willing to volunteer for both regional and national activities.
  • ·        I can't at this time
  • ·        And not until I retire from my day job
  • ·        After I retire at the end of next year. Not sure what is needed; but I am willing to pitch in and help.
  • ·        Yes, I'd volunteer but it couldn't be till after we were able to afford childcare.
  • ·        In a couple years I would have the time to help out.
  • ·        Not now - too many family obligations. Maybe once I'm retired! 
  • ·        I am retiring from full-time employment at the end of the year; once I am past that point, the constraints on my time are fewer, but some will remain with other activities and caring for my spouse's health issues. I do enjoy our SAPFM chapter's activities, and I have a list of 6-8 furniture builds that has been waiting for this change as far back as eight years. Once I am past it, my answers to some of these questions will change.
  • ·        I am going to retire in a year and at that point I will have more time to volunteer.


Need more information to make a decision

  • ·        I have limited time due to other commitments. Specific projects or events that fit my schedule and interests are places where I could consider contributing.    
  • ·        Email with who what when and where and I can let you know if it fits in my schedule.
  • ·        I'd be willing to help with programs and activities but honestly not sure what I could do.
  • ·        Depends on the experience needed. I'm relatively new to period furniture projects.
  • ·        I am not sure of where can be of most help.
  • ·        I am an intermediate woodworker so not sure how valuable my services would be.
  • ·        Time and topic dependent----
  • ·        Skill level needed
  • ·        Depends on time restraints.
  • ·        Not sure what is needed, just joined looking for opportunities to get to know others
  • ·        would need to talk first times are limited


Already involved

  • ·        Currently doing so for the Chapter.
  • ·        Currently heading the Southern New England chapter
  • ·        Have just started a chapter and am on 2 national SAPFM committees
  • ·        i am having the DELVAL at my shop in Nov.
  • ·        I leas the Blue Ridge Chapter
  • ·        I have been on the EC and I help run a Chapter
  • ·        I am already a regional chapter coordinator.
  • ·        Helped found the Carolinas chapter which was very successful for a couple of years. However, have been unable to recruit active support to plan and coordinate regional meetings, therefore the chapter is currently inactive.
  • ·        Regional and I participate in Lie Neilson events local woodcraft events and SAPFM events
  • ·        Already work with the Rock River Valley Chapter
  • ·        Yes, but my present activity on the newsletter keeps me about as involved as I can handle.
  • ·        Already involved regionally with event planning.
  • ·        I already demonstrate at my local chapter meetings and "outreach" events. My time is limited, though.
  • ·        I am Great Lakes chapter leader, work with the Detroit Institute of Arts on the SAPFM demo each year. Would consider something like WIA or LN events depending on timing
  • ·        I'm already a volunteer on the e-Newsletter and with the Southern New England Chapter -
  • ·        I do currently as the Secretary for our chapter.
  • ·        I am member of EC and will be hosting 2015 Mid Year in Knoxville Tn !!!
  • ·        I am currently Minnesota Chapter coordinator but would like to have a lesser role. I always represent SAPFM when i demonstrate, I created the hand Tool Olympics at WIA as a SAPFM outreach, I plan to represent SAPFM at HandWorks in Iowa in May.
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16.  Would you support the idea of establishing a self-sustaining, national headquarters and lear