A Plug for the Society of American Period Furniture Makers

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Blog entry by RogerBean posted 11-09-2015 05:28 PM 1387 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Based on the response to my recent post of the Pembroke table, there seems to be a fair number of woodworkers at LJ who may not be aware of this group. It’s the Mecca for those interested in period American furniture. This is where you will find the real deal.

I was blissfully unaware of the group until I attended a couple marquetry classes with Patrick Edwards and Patrice Lejeune at the American School of French Marquetry in San Diego in June 2014. It was when Patrick casually mentioned the group. I say casually, because Patrick is not one to toot his own horn, but there was a Cartouche Award sitting in the showroom entry! As I have long been a fan of period American furniture, I followed up after returning home and immediately joined. This is THE group for any of us into period furniture!!!

Since joining a year and a half ago, I’ve been even more impressed with the group and the fact that virtually EVERY renouned period maker is a member. Alf Sharp, Phil Lowe, Patrick Edwards, Steve Latta, Ben Hobbs, Will Neptune, Rob Millard, and the list goes on and on.

I bring this up only because I have found the group to be extremely helpful, their publications are great, and there are a number of detailed plans provided by members available on the site. It’s a great group, and I really hope to be able to attend one of their grand meetings in Williamsburg, VA. (I spent 2 1/2 years living in Williamsburg as a young Lieutenant in the Army in the mid 60’s.) So, I long to get back and see this remarkable town again.

Anyway, check it out if you are interested in making period furniture. It’s a gold mine of information. Check it out at: www, and see if you don’t agree. Membership is around $60/year and worth every penny.


-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#1 posted 11-10-2015 01:04 PM

Roger, thank you for posting this information. After reading your message when I inquired about your table, as you suggested, I visited this site. I will have to agree, if someone is interested in period American furniture, this is a great site, full of information with renowned period makers. There has to be something to say about a site which has members such as the ones you mentioned.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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