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 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  (hardcover in wrapper)  $75 with shipping

Reasonable offers considered

contact me with questions or ordering.

Ken Johnson

Hotel to Shop
SAPFM – ORV Chapter,

1) The hotel reservation is again at the SpringHill Suites-Marriott.  The cutoff date for the hotel is August 23, 2019.  So, we have about 2.5 weeks to make our hotel reservations.

2)  Don’t forget to send me a RSVP email.


Society of American Period Furniture Makers
Ohio River Valley Chapter

Proposed AGENDA

SATURDAY, September 14, 2019

1. Open doors at 10:00am
Arrive, relax, have some coffee

2. Introductions and Show & Tell, 11:00am – 12:00pm
The “show and tell” is an ice breaker.  Please bring anything you would like to show off.  If you have a special piece, a project or even a jig, please bring them.  For those who haven’t attended a previous meeting, this is a quick introduction, a display of your skills, interests, projects both past and present, jig, etc. It can even be a request for help in a particular area. After we go around the room, we will break for 30 min. During this break, you can seek out the other members who have similar interest and/or have already built a project/jig you want to build. This break will give you the opportunity to meet and establish a new friendship, pick their brains, and continue communicating with them after the meeting. This is extremely helpful for highly specialized niches, like inlays, marquetry, carving, Bombay chest, etc.

2a) Introductions and Show & Tell, 11:00 - 11:30am
   Name, where you live, your past and present projects, classes, and/or your particular interest and your Show & Tell item if you brought one. …

2b) Break to discuss Show & Tell one-on-one, 11:30am-12:00pm
   Also, we will have another swap meet.  If you've got something to sell or trade, please bring it. 

3. Lunch, 12:00 – 1:00pm   
4. Demonstrations 1:00pm to 5:00pm
     4a. Joint Details – How to research joints, your favorite sources of information, books and useful videos -  Group Discussions
     4b. Finishing using Waterlox and others – Group discussion lead by Larry Bilderback

SUNDAY, September 15

Breakfast (on your own)

5. Demonstrations 8:30am – 12:00pm
     5a.  Knife edge card table rule joint and building a knife hinge and brass escutcheon by Rob Millard. 
     5b. Ball & Claw – different styles by Dave Boeff

6. Wrap-up, 12:00 - 12:30pm

Little Miami Handworks Address: 
26 East Franklin St.
Bellbrook, Ohio 45305
HOTEL ARRANGEMENTS (20 minutes from shop): 
Springhill Suites
417 North Springboro Pike
Dayton, OH 45449

Group Name: SAPFM Society American Period Furniture Makers
Group Code: SAP,  Rate: $ 114.00 + tax (13.5 %)
Toll Free # to call to reserve: 1-888-850-6391, please mention specific 3 letter group code
Cut-off date to reserve: August 23, 2019
Advance Deposit: 1first night’s room & tax will be charged to the individual cc # on file on September 6, 2019.  No Cancellations or Refunds please after September 6, 2019- 1 weeks prior to arrival 
Indiana Chapter / Indiana Chapter Fall 2019 Meeting
« Last post by Sam Rhodes on August 04, 2019, 01:46:08 PM »
The Indiana Chapter will be holding its fall meeting on 28 September 2019 at Jeff Juday's shop at 3251 Sheridan Road, Noblesville, IN. Tod Herrli and Doug Moulder will be our presenters, demonstrating how to make various profiles with molding planes. While they will demo several profiles, Tod will focus on window sash moldings and Doug will show us how to make crown moldings with wooden planes. This will be a unique chance to learn how cabinetmakers made the moldings we admire when we look at period pieces as well as an opportunity to introduce a woodworking friend to SAPFM.We'll start at 9:30 with introductions and announcements and we'll be done by 4:00. Feel free to bring a current project, finished or in process, to show everyone. Please RSVP to Sam Rhodes at so we can get a headcount for lunch.
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