The election results are in!
The Nominating Committee, chaired by Jim Crammond, submitted an outstanding list of candidates to serve on the SAPFM Board of Directors.
Please welcome four talented individuals as new Board members.
Jeff Thompson, Andy Boro, Nancy Maloney, and Joe Kunzman were selected in the recent election and will hit the ground running starting in January! Each candidate will bring their unique backgrounds and diverse experiences to help SAPFM in the years to come.
Special thanks and appreciation go to Ian Marksbury and Alan Schwint for volunteering to serve on the Board.
In closing and on behalf of the SAPFM Board, we extend our renewed and sincere thanks to the outgoing Board Members. Tom Sears, Rolly Rhodes, and Scott Wetter have all contributed their valuable time and energy to help SAPFM grow as an organization. Their efforts and dedication to help SAPFM succeed for the past several years is and will always be, valued and appreciated.
The 2020 SAPFM Cartouche Award will be presented to Tony Kubalak at the annual Cartouche Banquet in Williamsburg, VA on January 17, 2020. The Cartouche Award recognizes an individual whose achievements best reflect the mission of SAPFM as reflected in the lifetime achievement of the recipient. The banquet is held each year in association with the Colonial Williamsburg Working Wood in the 18th Century conference.
- Cash bar begins at 6:00 PM followed by the banquet at 7:00 PM.
- The dinner will be followed by the Cartouche Award presentation and post-banquet raffle.
- Tables are available for members to display portfolios, small pieces, or items for sale.
- Deadline for registration is January 7, 2020 (ten days prior to the banquet).
UPDATE: The cost of the banquet has been reduced to $75 per ticket (down from $80 last year). The team worked to reduce costs to provide an incentive to increase attendance.
Register for Banquet (You must be logged in to register.)
SAPFM Annual Member Meeting
The Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) will conduct its annual member meeting on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, VA. Details on the time and agenda will be released shortly. All members are invited to this annual update and status of the organization.
Cartouche Award Banquet
SAPFM will hold its annual Cartouche Award banquet on Friday, January 17, 2020 at the Williamsburg Lodge. The SAPFM Cartouche award recognizes an individual whose achievements best reflect the mission of SAPFM, as reflected in the lifetime achievement of the recipient. This year, the award will be presented to Tony Kubalak.
Important: SAPFM schedules its Annual Meeting and Cartouche Award Banquet to coincide with Colonial Williamsburg's (CW) annual conference, Working Wood in the 18th Century. This is done as a convenience for the large number of society members who attend the CW annual conference but the overlapping events can be confusing. The weekend includes one annual meeting, one conference, and two banquets.
- The SAPFM Annual Meeting is held on Thursday and is for society members only. Registration is not required (only active membership).
- The SAPFM Cartouche Award Banquet is held on Friday. Registration for this banquet will be available through the SAPFM website.
- The CW banquet is held on Saturday and is included with registration for the Working Wood conference.
On behalf of the Board, we would like to welcome Scott Severns as the new SAPFM Vice President/President Elect. Scott will take on the role as Vice President for 2020 and on to President starting in 2021. A Delaware Valley Chapter Member, Scott's long term business experience and energy will be a great asset to the Board. Scott has owned/operated Oak Mountain Custom Woodwork
for the past 15 years.
Please join us in welcoming Scott!
SAPFM Board of Directors
Registration for the Colonial Williamsburg Working Wood in the 18th
Century 2020 conference is filling up. Register now, you don't want to miss this conference. 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. More details can be found below.
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.
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.