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Member events / Re: SAPFM Brochures
« Last post by Dave Redlin on September 14, 2019, 10:08:00 AM »
Hello All...If you need a supply of SAPFM brochures..Please contact Dave Redlin

Open now...Friday 13th!
 Registration for the Colonial Williamsburg Working Wood in the 18th Century 2020 conference will open sometime this weekend, 14-15 September 2019. Be sure to register quickly as there is only a single session and it could conceivably reach capacity. The link for registration is
The Registration tab/link will become active once registration opens. Exact time of registration opening is not known, so please keep checking the link periodically.
The theme is Down the Great Wagon Road: Furnishing the Southern Backcountry, and the dates for the conference are January 16-19, 2020.
Williamsburg notes that “Bold paint decoration, intricate inlay, wedged dovetails, punched tin, and sophisticated furniture, simultaneously familiar and unique, abound as we step into the early Southern backcountry for this year’s conference. As varied as the people who settled there, surviving backcountry furniture reveals remarkable stories of cultural persistence and incorporation. Down the Great Wagon Road came people of diverse ethnic backgrounds from across the colonies and the Atlantic– notably from Scotland, Ireland, England, Germany and Switzerland. In time, they transformed the Shenandoah Valley, eastern Kentucky and Tennessee, and western North Carolina into a stable network of communities with distinctive markets for furniture that reflected their inherited traditions and the influence of their new home and neighbors. Please join us as craftspeople and scholars from across The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation work alongside distinguished guest presenters – cabinetmaker Steve Latta, chair maker Elia Bizzarri, and scholar Daniel Ackermann – to explore this diverse legacy of fine craftsmanship.”
SAPFM has donated the funding for the keynote address by Daniel Ackerman. Dr. Ackerman is always very entertaining as well as informative.
SAPFM holds key events for members in conjunction with the Working Wood conference. On Thursday afternoon on 16 January 2020 we will hold our Annual Members Meeting. Stay tuned for an agenda and location for this informative meeting.
And on Friday evening, 17 January we will hold our Annual SAPFM Cartouche Banquet. Registration for the Cartouche Banquet is separate and will be open at a later date on the SAPFM website. (Please do not confuse our Banquet with the Williamsburg conference banquet held on Saturday as part of the Working Wood Conference, included in the conference registration.)
Please join us in Williamsburg for a wonderful and informative set of events!
Discuss topics not covered in other categories. / Class opening with Al Breed
« Last post by bbrown on September 07, 2019, 08:04:22 PM »

    I had to withdraw from an incredible upcoming class with the master maker and Cartouche winner Al Breed.  I wanted to let folks know that there is an opening for Al's Townsend four draw chest class on Oct. 9 - 14, 2019.  This will be truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for someone to learn from one of the finest period furniture makers anywhere.  The piece is a Townsend and Goddard mid eighteenth century block front chest. Al measured the example from a Townsend original and provides full size plans.
   I really hope that I can help Al since I had to withdraw due to work issues beyond my control but felt that this is not really fair after making the commitment months ago.  So I am taking the liberty of posting this, hoping that I can fulfill my obligation if someone takes my place.
   It's a amazing piece and I greatly regret missing this.  I've been trying to get up to Al's NH shop for many years.

   Here's photos and all the info …..


Hand Tools / Blade angle on Norris A5
« Last post by ChuckH on September 04, 2019, 09:21:32 PM »
I finally broke down and sprung for a Norris A5 smoother, a plane that I have always admired and coveted. Found a gem on ebay, great condition, original and reasonable price. No surprises when it arrived, but of course the blade needs some work. When I measured the current blade angle I found it to be around 40 degrees. Now, just about every plane blade and chisel in my shop is ground at 25 Deg. and  I can only imagine what kind of gnarly stuff someone was working with that would require 40 Deg. But before I started grinding away I thought I would inquire here to see if anyone could tell me what would have been the blade angle of an A5 right out of the box?

Thanks, Chuck   
Florida Chapter / SAPFM-FL: Fall 2019 Meeting Announcement
« Last post by jkunzman on September 03, 2019, 05:48:15 PM »

---===        SAPFM Florida Chapter        ===---
---=== Fall 2019 Meeting Announcement===---

Our Fall 2019 meeting is scheduled for September 28, 2019.  We will meet at the Florida School of Woodworking in Tampa, FL.   This will be a single day event starting at 8am.  This meeting will feature multiple presentation by local chapter members.  All participants will also have the opportunity to present their works at the show-and-tell. 
Presentations will include:

    • Persian Chippendale Table by Jim Sturgeon
    • Elfe Fret by Daryl Stargel
    • Mitered Half-Blind Dovetail by David Veatch
    • Queen Anne Handkerchief Table by Joe Kunzman
    • Using Molding Planes by Kim Jones
    • SAPFM Mid-Year Highlights by Don Pergory

For more information see:

All SAPFM members are invited.   Hope to see you in Tampa, FL!
Items for Sale / Re: Books for Sale
« Last post by Ken Johnson on August 26, 2019, 06:43:31 PM »
Timeless and Kentucky are hard cover.

Portsmouth is soft cover
Items for Sale / Re: Books for Sale
« Last post by dwsantos on August 26, 2019, 12:14:45 PM »
Ken. Hard cover or soft cover?
Items for Sale / Books for Sale - Additions
« Last post by Ken Johnson on August 26, 2019, 12:03:39 PM »

Three books all like new, "Timeless" still in wrapper  Hard cover

Portsmouth Furniture Masterpieces from the New Hampshire Seacoast   soft cover Brock Jobe   $65 with shipping

Collecting Kentucky 1790-1860  Lancer and Roughen hard cover $165 with shipping

Timeless Masterpiece American Brass Dial Clocks  (in wrapper)  $75 with shipping

I have some other books, not as noteworthy and priced such that shipping is greater than the book is worth.
But if you want any of the books in the original list, you can add any of these for really low prices:

Wood Finishing with George Frank   Soft cover  $5
The New England Colonial (American Design) by Anne Powell hard cover $5
Furniture and Its Makers in Chester County Pennsylvania   hard cover $20

contact me with questions or ordering.

Ken Johnson

Hotel to Shop
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