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Books, journals, videos and related articles / American Period Furniture 2018
« Last post by Bob Lang on December 06, 2018, 11:33:58 AM »
Our printer let me know that the latest edition of the SAPFM annual journal American Period Furniture 2018 will enter the mail stream this week. If you were a "member in good standing" as of October 31, 2018 it should be arriving in your mailbox soon. This is my first issue as editor, so I'm looking for feedback to make the next edition even better. You can reach me by email at but if you leave a comment here all of our members can join the discussion.
Our journal is a group effort, written mostly by SAPFM members. My thanks to the members who stepped up for the 2018 edition and to the editorial board for their assistance in producing the journal.

It's also time to get working on the 2019 edition, so if you have an article idea or other suggestions regarding content leave a comment or send me an email.
Bob Lang
Case Furniture / John Chipman Oxbow Chests
« Last post by dboeff on December 05, 2018, 12:47:15 PM »
   I have a client that wants a Chipman Oxbow Chest like the 2 at the Diplomatic Rooms in the Department of State.  I have the overall dimensions but would like more detail about the piece or perhaps measure it.
I have not been able to find any documentation of the piece in the databases or museums that have digital content of their collections. There is a photo in the New Fine Points by Sack.
Has anyone ever approached the State Department for access or know of another place where the piece might be?
Dave Boeff
Thanks for the suggestions. It looks like they have moved a lot of their furniture at The Charleston Museum off exhibit. The person at the information desk knew of only a few pieces. The Hayward-Washington House was the best with several Thomas Elfe and Robert Walker pieces. The Nathanial Russell house as good too. Both houses had outstanding architectural details as well. The Gibbes museum on Meeting Street had about 10 Federal pieces nicely displayed. One surprising place was Boone Hall plantation. While the house was built in 1935 (although there were houses on that spot since the 17th century) it had a 18th Century piecrust table that was phenomenal. Unfortunately no photography was permitted. They don’t have a curator on staff and the docent asked whether it was English or American. I think there is an opportunity there for someone with much knowledge than me to study this piece,
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. It is easy to choose SAPFM to receive these donations from Amazon. These donations do not increase the cost of purchased items.

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Chippendale Gaming Table CLASS DESCRIPTION

A class on building and carving an 18th Century Philadelphia Chippendale Gaming Table is being offered in 2019 and 2020.   The class will be taught by me and it will be held in my shop in Eagan, MN.  It will consist of four (4) 3-day sessions spread over two years with the price $600/session (Total $2400 over 2 years.)

The sessions will be:
    1.  4 - 6 May 2019    (Sat - Mon)
    2.  12 - 14 Oct 2019    (Sat - Mon)
    3 & 4.  There will be two more 3-day sessions in 2020, the dates to be determined later.

We will be reproducing the original that is in a museum.  It has elaborately carved cabriole legs with ball and claw feet, turrets tops on the two front legs which are carved, carved and sculpted conforming knee and transition blocks and carved and slanted front and side skirts.  In addition there is a wooden hinged gate leg that swings to support the open playing surface, which is covered with baize. 

As is always the case with a high end project like this it is highly unlikely that anyone will finish it in class.  The goal of the class is to present enough information so that the serious student can finish it at home.  The way to think about this class is that it is a graduate seminar and not a step by step introductory class.  The reason for saying this is to set expectations appropriately.

If you sign up for the class my expectation is that you are financially committing to all sessions.

To sign up for the class please send me a $100 deposit for the first session.

If the class is canceled you will receive a full refund of any deposit.

If you are interested in this class or have any questions please contact me via email at  I want to make sure that we are on the same page in terms of what is being offered so that there is minimal chance for confusion or disappointment.

I have attached a summary of the class project with some pictures and a link to further images.


Tony Kubalak

Member events / SAPFM Cartouche Banquet Registration is Now Open.
« Last post by Dale Ausherman on November 24, 2018, 05:29:05 PM »
The Society of American Period Furniture Makers will hold its annual Cartouche Award banquet on Friday, January 18, 2019 at the Williamsburg Lodge. Online registration is now open at One must login as a member to register.
Member events / Re: New website is up and running
« Last post by Lonnie Edwards on November 21, 2018, 05:57:34 PM »
I really like the new site - has a fresh look and is easier to navigate.  Great job!
Member events / Re: New website is up and running
« Last post by Mark Maleski on November 19, 2018, 08:25:47 AM »
Great job, guys!  I especially like the improvements to the Gallery, and the way the front page seems to refresh with a new Gallery image on each visit.

Mark Maleski
Thank you for this.   -Howard
Member events / New website is up and running
« Last post by Ken Johnson on November 14, 2018, 12:01:10 PM »
If you encounter any problems notify me( or Keith Doney(

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