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Welcome to the Society of American Period Furniture Makers

Dedicated to craftsmanship and fine furniture making education for over 20 years.

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National Conferences

Our two annual conferences are are packed with instructional sessions, visits to historic sites, and social time.

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Local Chapters

As the backbone of SAPFM, these smaller groups offer hands-on training and networking with fellow furniture makers.

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SAPFM Publications

An annual printed journal and a quarterly e-magazine—both featuring news, events, history, and techniques.


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Online Resources

Containing articles covering furniture making, techniques, research papers, tool and book reviews, and curated lists.

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Cartouche Award

Awarded annually to an individual whose craftsmanship and achievements best reflect SAPFM's mission.

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Community Forum

Exchange ideas with other makers -- Topics include tools and techniques, events, research access, and conservation.

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Member Gallery

A showcase for members' museum reproductions and original period furniture projects.

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SAPFM gives you the tools and community outreach to achieve your period furniture-making goals.

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Phil Lowe Digital Library

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SAPFM chapters connect local furniture builders throughout the US.

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Save The Dates

 June 28 - July 1, 2024


SAPFM Presents:

2024 Annual Conference

Period Furniture Construction, Conservation,
and History Conference 

June 28 - July 1, 2024 - Collegeville, PA

Our Story

Furniture Making is in Our Blood

For more than 20 years, The Society of American Period Furniture Makers has been committed to providing our members with the best in fine furniture making education. We provide this service through our symposiums, publications, chapter meetings, and on-line resources.

We are a niche interest in the overall makers movement ...

Our Mission is:

☑ To create a forum for the understanding, education, and appreciation of American period furniture.

☑ To develop and encourage the use of standards and ethical practices in the reproduction and conservation of period furniture.

☑ To offer membership to all with an interest in period furniture.

☑ To assist members with the identification and location of resources including people or organizations having specialized expertise.

☑ To conduct public exhibitions for the recognition of members’ work.


What is American Period Furniture?

Though a relatively young nation, America has enjoyed a rich array of furniture period styles. Some have been been heavily influenced by Europe and Asia, while others are uniquely American. Join us for a walk through furniture history from pilgrim times to the present.

Membership Has its Benefits

Members enjoy many benefits.  Some of these include our annual printed "American Period Furniture" journal and our quarterly electronic "Pins and Tales" magazine.   You will have full access to our online resources including articles, curated lists, downloads, and more.  There are 2 national events every year and access to any meeting hosted by local chapters throughout the country.


American Period Furniture Journal

Published annually by the SAPFM, contributors include members and guest authors. It is the only trade publication devoted exclusively to the interests of period furniture makers. Contents include how-to articles, biographies of important cabinetmakers, analyses of important pieces, and articles dealing with historical topics in period furniture making. Just as SAPFM is a unique organization, our journal is a unique publication.

Upcoming SAPFM Events

Many of our events are open to guests. Attending a local chapter meeting is a great way to learn more about SAPFM.


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SAPFM is here for you. We are dedicated to fine period furniture craftsmanship. Membership provides an opportunity to meet like-minded furniture makers, share information, and expand appreciation and abilities in making furniture. Collectors, enthusiasts, and academics have an opportunity to learn how furniture was made, how skills were acquired, how materials were used, and construction process and procedures.

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Period Furniture Makers
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P.O. Box 379, Williamsburg, VA 23187

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