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SAPFM Mid-Year Conference

Friday, June 13 - Sunday June 15th
We have arranged three action-packed days for you!

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Join Steve Latta, Steve Brown, Ted Fallon, Robert Mussey and Peter Follansbee in historic Old Sturbridge Village

STEVE LATTA makes both contemporary and traditional furniture and teaches woodworking at Thaddeus Stevens College in Lancaster, PA.  He is a Contributing Editor to “Fine Woodworking Magazine” and has published extensively in related journals and magazines.  He has lectured at Colonial Williamsburg, The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Winterthur Museum as well as numerous other schools and guilds. He has worked with Lie-Nielsen Toolworks bringing modern inlay tools to market as well as instructional dvd’s on the subject of inlay. He serves on the Executive Board and as Conference Coordinator for the  Society of American Period Furniture Makers.  Steve lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and their three children, Fletcher, Sarah and Grace in rural, southeastern Pennsylvania.
STEVE BROWN just finished his 15th year teaching in the Cabinet and Furniture Making Department at the North Bennet Street School.  Steve taught in the school's workshop program from its inception in '92. From 1990, Steve worked full time for Phil Lowe, in Beverly, Mass., making new furniture and restoring antiques until he was hired to teach full-time at NBSS in 1999. Steve’s work is included in the collections of museums and private clients including Ralph Lauren's 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe, the center-piece of Speed, Style, and Beauty: Cars from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Boston's MFA. He has lectured and demonstrated at the MFA in Boston, Historic New England, and Winterthur Museum in Delaware among other organizations. He has written for Fine Woodworking magazine. He is the editorial consultant and frequent guest on the Rough Cut Show, hosted by Tommy MacDonald, a former student of his.
TAD FALLON grew up around art and antiques, working within the family business, Copake Auctions Inc., prior to college. In 1991, after beginning college as a studio art major, he entered the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Restoration program in New York City and studied decorative arts restoration. After graduation with a BFA in 1993, he was hired by Sotheby’s Restoration, and was soon promoted to supervisor of the Finishing Department. In 1996 he was accepted to the Smithsonian Institution’s graduate Furniture Conservation Training Program, and from 1999-2000, Tad served a graduate internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation. He holds a certificate of completion from the Smithsonian Institution and an MA in Conservation from Antioch University, in Yellow Springs, Ohio. In 2000 he formed a business partnership with fellow Smithsonian classmate and renowned furniture maker Randy Wilkinson to open the private conservation practice Fallon & Wilkinson, LLC, where he specializes in the treatment and research of both historic and modern surfaces, colorants, and coatings.
OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE  is one of the oldest and largest living history museums in the country, portraying life in a rural New England town of the 1830s. Founded in 1946, the Village has 60 original buildings set on 200 acres; each carefully researched, restored, and brought to the museum site from towns throughout New England. 
A map of Old Sturbridge Village is available here.



Use the online form.

By check or money order:

Print out the registration form. Please make your check or money order payable to SAPFM. Include payment with the form and mail to:

SAPFM 2014 Mid-Year Conference
C/o Jim Altemus
14 State St.
Bloomfield, NY 14469


Detailed Conference Agenda

Event Locations


Friday Museum Tour
The Friday tour is to Historic Deerfield in Massachusetts . There we will start with talk by Phil Zea, followed by a day of guided and self-guided tours through a number of  the  of period houses along with in depth visits to their renowned “Into the Woods” exhibition, The Visible Storage area in the Flynt Center of Early New England Life and “The Furniture Masterworks: Tradition and Innovation in Western Massachusetts” exhibition- a part of the “Four Centuries of Massachussetts Furniture”
Friday night features a cocktail hour, hors d’Oeuvres, and BBQ back at Old Sturbridge Village.


Get set for a full day on Saturday:
After the initial welcome we will begin the day with presentations by Christie Jackson, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Derin Bray, Co-curator, Bucket Town, Art & Antiques Consultant.  More info on their presentations can be found here.
The presenters rotations will go the rest of the day. This year’s presenters are Steve Latta, Steve Brown and Tad Fallon. A full description of their presentations can be found here.
For spouses, there will be a Spouses' Tour.
Saturday night features a cocktail hour, hors d’Oeuvres and a buffet dinner in the Oliver Wight Tavern Federal Ballroom.
Members slide presentation will follow dinner in the VC Theater.   


Two Key note Speakers on Sunday
Sunday morning features presentations by 17th century carving expert and joiner Peter Follansbee and Furniture conservator, author, lecturer and guest curator Robert Mussey. More info on their presentations can be found here.


The Conference is officially over before lunch on Sunday, but-
For those of you who may want to stay on a bit longer we have arranged an optional behind-the-scenes tour of the OSV furniture collection for Sunday afternoon and another behind the scenes tour of Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum Monday morning.  Curators will pull out a selection of tools, furniture, and historical documents for closer inspection by the participants. More than three-quarters of OSV’s collection is in storage, and this is an opportunity to explore items not normally on view. Space is limited.  More info on the tours can be found here.


And:  Mid-year Presenters  Hands-on Classes at rhe Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking
Tad Fallon is teaching a one day class on “Creating a period finish” Monday, June 16.
Steve Latta is teaching a two day class “Making Complex Bandings” Monday & Tuesday June 16 & 17.  The full write up on the classes can be found here.
You can sign up for these classes by calling CVSW at 860.647.0303.

Hotel Accommodations


Publick House Historic Inn
277 Main Street
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Lodging Tel: 508-347-3313
 1 King bed: $125.00
2 Queen bed: $115.00
Reserve by: May 12, 2014

Email: [email protected]

On-Line Guest Room Reservation GROUP CODE: 0614SOCI
Director of Sales: Laura Skowron


Super 8 Motel
Rate $89.00 plus tax- includes hot breakfast
Nights- June 12 – 15- mention SAPFM to get the rate
Reserve by: April 29, 2014
Manager: Anthony


OldSturbridge Reeder 
Old Sturbridge Inn & Reeder Family Lodges
774-304-1011 or 508-347-5056
Rooms in the Inn: $129.00
Rooms in the Lodge: $99.00
Reserve by: May 12, 2014
Group Code:  CADIN
Manager: Brian Amedy


Econo Lodge
408 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA, US, 01566
Phone: (508) 347-7327
Fax: (508) 347-9138
1 king or two queen: $69.99
Reserve by: May 13
Group code: SAPFM
Manager: Bill
[email protected]

For further information, please go to . You can also contact Bob Van Dyke at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking at (860) 729-3186 or Mickey Callahan at (508) 954-1725.