Thoughts on the passing of SAPFM members and friends.


Jay Gaynor - July 31,2014

Jay Gaynor, Director of Historic Trades at Colonial Williamsburg since 2001, died suddenly on July 31, 2014.

In 1999, it was Jay who encouraged Steve Lash and Mickey Callahan to pursue the creation of SAPFM.  The "Working Wood" symposium will never be the same now that he is gone.

~ SAPFM Executive Council


Norman J. Landry, Jr. - August 20, 2011

NJLandryInMemoriumSAPFM lost a devoted member August 20 with the passing of Norman J. Landry, Jr. of Houston, Texas.
Norman served on the SAPFM Executive Committee until he fell ill in 2009. His time on the Executive Committeewas marked by tremendous energy and enthusiasm. He brought his strong organizational skills to bear on developing the regional chapter formation process. Several current chapters are the result of his seeking out members in other parts of the country and convincing them to begin regional chapters.
Norman was also instrumental in founding the Lone Star Chapter, where he fostered closer ties between local members and the museum community, particularly at Bayou Bend.
Formerly employed in the publishing industry, Norman helped to ensure that SAPFM’s printed materials budget was spent wisely.
Norman was unfailingly upbeat. He had many more ideas for the growth and development of SAPFM that he wanted to work on that were interrupted by his illness.
He was a fine woodworker and an even finer friend. Our sympathies are with his family. He will be missed.

~Bob Mustain

Forum praise for Norman Landry


Art Pentz - July 01,2011

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I just got word that Art Pentz died.
Art had been fighting cancer for a while.

I found out about SAPFM from Art and learned a LOT from him.  He was mentor and great friend that will be greatly missed.  ~Martin S.


Eugene E. Landon – June 1, 2011

EELandonIMSAPFM has lost a founding member, an ardent supporter, and a good friend. Eugene“Gene” E. Landon passed away June 1st, just weeks after suffering a debilitating heart attack at his Montoursville, PA home.

Gene was a prolific and conscientious furniture maker. As a great proponent of learning through observation,he studied original antiques atevery opportunity. The classes and workshops that he offered through Olde Mill Cabinet Shoppe in York, PA were always well-attended and drew students from across the country. Gene will be remembered as an author, as a mentor to many, and as a perennial Colonial furniture devoté.

Gene’s contributions to the craft of traditional cabinetmaking can be seen in many areas. The carved cartouche from one of Gene’s Philadelpia tall case clocks inspired SAPFM’s Cartouche Award and provided the model from which the bronze statuettes are cast.

Gene himself was honored with a Cartouche Award in 2003 for his lifetime of achievements in the field of period furniture making.

While Gene has written many articles for a variety of publications, it is perhaps an article written about Gene (and a handful of other period furniture makers) over 30 years ago that many of us cite as our introduction into this small but vibrant community.

Rick Mastelli’s “In Search of Period Furniture Makers” appeared in the July 1980 issue of Fine Woodworking, helping to establish Gene as one of the fathers of the modern reproductionist movement.

Gene’s recent work included some high-profile commissions using the lumber of the last surviving Liberty Tree, an opportunity of which he was very proud. He had recently chronicled some of these projects in “Reviving the Last Liberty Tree” which appeared in American Period Furniture 2010.

SAPFM expresses its deepest condolences to Gene’s family. He is survived by his wife Jane and his son Benjamin.

Gene has given much to our organization and to the craft of period furniture making, a gift for which we will always be grateful.


Dr. James (Gerry) Shoemaker - March 31, 2010

The Lone Star Chapter mourns the loss of one of its' founding members, Dr. James Gerard (Gerry) Shoemaker.  Gerry passed away very suddening on March 31, 2010 at the age of 59.  His wit and humor as well as his very active participation in all chapter activities will be missed.

The chapter took up a collection and sent flowers to the funeral.  Several chapter members attended the services held on April 7, 2010.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.


Alan Chase - April 8, 2009

Long time SAPFM member Alan Chase died early April 8, 2008 after a short illness.

Alan was born in Harvey, IL, April 4, 1943, the son of the late Deane and Ruth McManis Chase. He was a graduate of Bay View High School, Milwaukee, WI and received a degree in mechanical engineering from Marquette University. He retired from Giddings and Lewis Manufacturing Co., in Fond du Lac in Wisconsin in 2004 and moved to the Cross Hill, SC area. 

Alan and Janet greatly enjoyed traveling to historic sites throughout the world. He spent many hours in his workshop making reproduction Federal furniture and gifts for his family.

He was a member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, the Greenville Woodworkers Guild, and CLAW in Greenwood, SC. He was a past chairman of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Great Lakes Coalition and chairman of the International Great Lakes Coalition. 

Alan was an enthusiastic woodworker and ardent SAPFM supporter.  He had a post on the website as recently as March 28, 2009 planning his next project.  He will be missed by all who knew him.  

A memorial service was held Saturday, April 11 in Greenwood, SC. Our sympathies go to his wife Janet, who accompanied Alan to SAPFM meetings.