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American Period Furniture is published annually by the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and is one of the many benefits of SAPFM membership. This annual journal is written primarily by members of SAPFM, but membership is not required to write an article. American Period Furniture is the only trade publication devoted exclusively to the interests of period furniture makers. Just as SAPFM is a unique organization, our journal is a unique publication. Each annual volume contains how-to articles, biographies of important cabinetmakers, analyses of important pieces, and articles dealing with historical topics in period furniture making. It's the next best thing to spending time in the shop with experienced makers.

Our 2018 issue features a profile of Cartouche award recipient James R (Ray) Journigan. Ray made the chair on the front cover and an article by him details his approach to learning the craft of carving and furniture building. Previous Cartouche recipients Steve Lash and Ronnie Young share their techniques and insights for making small scale yet complex projects. Master upholsterer Mike Mascelli gives his insights on creating period seats with a combination of traditional techniques and modern materials. Other articles cover restoring a family heirloom, chair construction, bellflower inlays and reproducing a sideboard originally made by the author's grandfather.

If you were a SAPFM member in good standing as of October 31, 2018 this issue was mailed to your address. If you became a member after that date, you will receive the 2019 edition at the end of the year. You can catch up by purchasing the issue at the link below. Previous year's editions are also available.

To purchase back issues of American Period Furniture, click here

 The table of contents for all available issues can be found at the link above.


E-features from American Period Furniture

 Vucolo A Method for Producing Seymour Line-and Dart Banding
Read the hardcopy companion article to this video in 2015's American Period Furniture,
or online in the SAPFM members area.
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Kerry Pierce's Tips for Buying Molding Planes

Kerry is a prolific author who has written about refurbishing wooden molding planes.

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Kaare Loftheim's Translation from the Original German Text on Chairmaking by P. N. Sprengel

Kaare Loftheim is Master of the Shop for Colonial Williamsburg's cabinetmakers.  This article is an excerpt from his translation of an important 18th century work devoted to German trades.


Article Suggestions

The production of American Period Furniture is an ongoing process and if you have an idea for an article you'd like to see in the journal, or if you want to write an article, we want to hear from you. We're always interested in stories about our craft as well as the story behind the story. Contact our editor Bob Lang to get started.

Submitting an article

Our editor's mission is to make producing an article as easy as possible for our contributors. You don't need to write a complete article before you submit your proposal and we prefer to publish the work of skilled furniture makers regardless of their experience in writing. If you are proud of your work can explain how you did something to another woodworker you are well on you way to an article in the journal. Click pdfhere to download instructions for submitting an article.


If your product or service is related to period furniture, the members of SAPFM are among the most accomplished and enthusiastic wood workers in the world. Your advertisement will reach the right audience and you will help to support the mission of SAPFM. Contact our editor Bob Lang or our advertising manager Joyce Lang for more information. If you would like to advertise in American Period Furniture camera ready, digitally formatted ad copy is desired. The editor can provide services to prepare ads at additional cost.

Click pdfhere to download information regarding current advertising rates, submission deadlines, and additional services.