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Pins & Tales is published quarterly by The Society of American Period Furniture Makers and is one of the many benefits of SAPFM membership.


We are pleased to release the Summer 2021 issue of Pins & Tales, the SAPFM e-Magazine.

SAPFM P&T Summer 2021

The SAPFM editorial team hopes that this issue of our quarterly newsletter finds you safe, well and busy. Several regional chapters have recently met online via Zoom and have added videos of these meetings and presentations to our website. We all hope to be meeting face-to-face in the near future, but until then we now have an incredible resource available to all members. All SAPFM members are welcome to attend any chapter meeting and our Zoom platform allows you to do that from the comfort of your own home. Our board and committees have also been busy and we report on their efforts.

We also feature listings of events and classes so you can keep up to date as museums and historic sites re-open. Mike Dunbar has put his Windsor Institute classes online, MESDA has reopened and the Winterthur Museum is hosting a special exhibition of the Dominy Gallery. Details of these (and much more) are in this issue. As always our members have been hard at work and they share what they’ve accomplished, and how they did it. In this issue we have articles on making rice carved four poster beds, a Chippendale mirror, a unique tea caddy and detailed guides to creating edge bandings – diamond, chevron and striped.

SAPFM membership isn’t just about what you receive, there are many ways that you can contribute to our base of knowledge and the long-term health of our organization. Your local chapter needs your help and if there isn’t one in your area consider starting one. There are also openings on several committees where you can ensure the continuation of SAPFM and the work we do. Last but not least, the board is still searching for a candidate for the Vice President/President Elect position. This is a vital component for the continuity of our leadership and if you’re wondering who will step forward, maybe it should be you!

We recently made a change to the way we send email notices about Pins & Tales. In the long run this simplifies our process and saves money. In the short term your notice may have been marked as spam somewhere along the line. We’ve worked to correct this issue, but if your friends are wondering where their Pins & Tales notice is, have them check their spam or junk mail folders. We publish at the end of June, September, December and March and issues (both current and previous) are available to logged in members at the link below.

Don’t forget to send photos of what you’re working on to share with your fellow SAPFM members. We’re always on the lookout for articles to publish in Pins & Tales and American Period Furniture. It’s easier than you think and we all appreciate seeing our members work.

-- Bob Lang, editor 


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