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Phil Lowe

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As most of us know PhiL Lowe was a longtime SAPFM member, 2005 Cartouche Award recipient, teacher to countless students, mentor and friend to many of us.

It is with great honor and privilege that the Board of Directors at SAPFM is announcing the support of preserving the Phil Lowe drawing library .

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American Period Furniture Throughout the Decades

 

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Members enjoy the following benefits.

  • A subscription to our annual American Period Furniture Journal mailed each December
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BY LEONAD REINHARDT June 30, 2020 Updated June 30, 2020

Last year our Rector, Rusty McCown, asked me to design and build two cabinets for the Narthex of our church, St. Paul’s in Franklin, Tennessee. The goal was to create two instruments that would serve as focal points for parish and diocese communication materials. After receiving input from several parishioners, concept drawings were developed, and presented to the Vestry. The following is an abbreviated story of the process over the past few months to create what I hope will become permanent fixtures to greet all parishioners and guests to this historic Episcopal sanctuary.

Read more: The Return of Gothic...

 BY JOE PARKER April 1, 2021 Updated: April 1, 2021

The name "Davenport" comes from a reference in the records of an 18th-19th century English furniture maker Gillows. The reference, in about 1795, gives the original design and says that it is a desk for a Captain Davenport. To my knowledge, no record of a Captain Davenport has ever been found from this period. However, the names (Captain's desk or Davenport desk) stuck and the design has been popular ever since. Typically, it is a small slant top desk, no more than 2 feet square with 4 drawers on the right hand side and 4 false drawers on the left hand side. The style evolved over the decades and piano top versions, like the one I built, date from the mid-19th century.

Read more: A Standup Davenport...

BY DAVE HELLER April 1, 2021 Updated: April 1, 2021

This article discusses a specific aspect of making a set of not-yet-completed Bing-style Art Nouveau dining room chairs of my own design. I will write an article for SAPFM on the overall design and construction of these chairs, hopefully for the 2021 publishing cycle. Fitting the splats is the most difficult portion of the construction, and writing this article forced me to think through the construction aspects in a more analytical way than I would otherwise, which led me to an improvement in approach. I hope that you find it useful.

Read more: Fitting an Asymmetrical...

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  • Fitting an Asymmetrical Splat Into an Oval Chair Back

    BY DAVE HELLER April 1, 2021 Updated: April 1, 2021 This article discusses a specific aspect of making a set of not-yet-completed Bing-style Art Nouveau dining room chairs of my own design. I will write an article for SAPFM on...

  • A Standup Davenport Computer Desk

     BY JOE PARKER April 1, 2021 Updated: April 1, 2021 The name "Davenport" comes from a reference in the records of an 18th-19th century English furniture maker Gillows. The reference, in about 1795, gives the original design and...

  • Remembering Phil Lowe: Craftsman, Mentor, Friend

    BY MICKEY CALLAHAN April 1, 2021 Updated April 1, 2021 It’s with a heavy heart that I write of the passing of one of America’s master period furniture makers, Phil Lowe. I’ve known Phil for over 30 years and was privileged to have...

  • Luthier's Friend To Thickness Small Part

    BY JEFF THOMPSON April 1, 2021 Updated April 1, 2021 There are number of ways one can thickness stringing and bindings. I’ve used a couple methods myself like on a drum sander, but mine is in a shed out back behind my shop...

  • Mirka Hand Sanding System

    BY BOB LANG April 1, 2021 Updated April 1, 2021 I can develop a pretty smooth surface with a hand plane and/or a scraper, but before finishing I sand to ensure that all the surfaces of a project are consistent. Each hand...

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