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Registration for the Colonial Williamsburg Working Wood in the 18th Century conference is now open. Due to the ongoing museum expansion at Williamsburg, this year’s conference will be held in the Williamsburg Lodge excellent conference facility, which enables registration of up to 425 attendees versus 250 in recent years. Still, it is recommended that you register quickly as the conference could still fill up. 

Information on the conference and registration is at As in the past, Michele Moyer will be the only one manning the 800-phone line so if you are able to register online it will be quicker and more efficient.  Michele will do her best to register those who phone in as quickly as possible.  Members are welcome to email Michele directly if you have questions ([email protected]).

The Annual Working Wood in the 18th Century conference will take place Thursday, January 17 - Sunday, January 20, 2019 at the Williamsburg Lodge conference facility. The theme will be Five Shops, Five Traditions.  John Townsend, Cesar Chelor, Jonathan Fisher, Robert Walker and John Hemings—five diverse pre-industrial woodworkers, each with significant bodies of extant work—are the formidable subjects of this year’s conference. Leading experts in the field will share their unique perspectives through a variety of demonstrations drawn from extensive research at the bench and in museum collections. Along with showcasing the “how-to” of these period shops, our speakers will also explore the ways in which historic shop practices both changed and remained consistent over time. Speakers and demonstrators include SAPFM Cartouche Award recipient Allan Breed, Colonial Williamsburg Hay shop leaders Bill Pavlak and Brian Weldy, author, editor, conservator and woodworker Josh Klein, and acclaimed plane maker Steve Voigt. Ted Boscana and Colonial Williamsburg’s crew of joiners will explore furniture built at the Monticello joinery. Joshua Lane, furniture curator of the Winterthur Museum, will open the program with a keynote address on shop traditions and, in particular, the multi-generation shop of the Dominy family of Long Island. SAPFM is sponsoring this keynote address.

SAPFM holds important events for members in conjunction with the Working Wood conference. On Thursday afternoon on 17 January 2019 we will hold our annual Members Meeting in the Lodge Conference facility. And on Friday evening, 18 January we will hold our annual Cartouche Banquet

Please join us in Williamsburg for a wonderful and informative set of events!

Thank you for your support of SAPFM.

Dale Ausherman