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Cartouche Award Recipients

2011: Benjamin C. Hobbs

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Ben Hobbs has been building period reproduction furniture for nearly 30 years. After teaching high school math for 10 years, Ben's passion for early American furniture and architecture drew him into the shop in 1982. Since then, Ben has operated as a bespoke custom furniture maker reproducing fine early American pieces, focusing on Southern and local NC examples. After training all three of his sons to be accomplished furniture makers, Ben opened his shop doors in 1996 to train students in his woodworking school.

Ben's work and/or school has been featured in Fine Woodworking, Southern Living, Woodshop News, Woodworkers' Journal, The Virginian Pilot, Coast Watch Magazine, Kansas City Woodworkers' Guild, and OurState Magazine.

 http://www.hobbsfurniture.com

Carving Out History (UNC | Carolina Photojournalism)


 

2010: Steven Lash

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Steven Lash is the co-founder and past President of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. He has been reproducing eighteenth and early nineteenth century period furniture as an avocation for over forty-five years. He lectures frequently on the design and construction of his period pieces, and his work has been featured in numerous journals including Fine Woodworking Magazine, Fine Woodworking’s Design Book Three and Four, Woodwork Magazine, Home Furniture, The Bulletin of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, and American Period Furniture.

In 2006, three of Steve’s pieces were selected for exhibition in Contemporary Classics, Selections from the Society of American Period Furniture Makers at the Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia. His reproduction of Benjamin Franklin’s glass armonica was played at the 2011 Glass Music Festival that was held at Williamsburg, and at the March, 2012 opening of the SAPFM's Traditions of Craft exhibition at the Connecticut Historical Society. In 2000, Steve won the National Watch and Clock Collector's Craftsmanship Award, and in 2010 he was awarded the SAPFM's Cartouche Award for lifetime achievement.

When Steve is not building period furniture, he practices orthodontics full time at West Bloomfield, Michigan. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Orthodontics at the University of Michigan, where he teaches Craniofacial Orthodontics.  He is a past President of the Associates of the American Wing at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Furniture in the SAPFM Gallery

Glass Armonica Installed at the Benjamin Franklin Museum


 

2009: Dennis Bork

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Dennis Bork's father was a journeyman wood patternmaker, so Dennis grew up around woodworking, making things in his father's workshop. He got a degree in physics and worked in that field for three years. He loved physics, but decided to change fields and took an apprenticeship as a wood patternmaker, like his father had done. Bork took his early training and work and combined it with frequent trips to museums to study period pieces. He has amassed an extensive library and says he believes in attending seminars and classes to continue his education.

Dennis has been chosen for the "Early American Life" magazine Directory of Traditional Crafts for over 19 consecutive years, (1994-2012).

Furniture in the SAPFM Gallery

 

 

 

 


 

2008: Alfred Sharp

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Alf Sharp enrolled as student at Vanderbilt's School of Law, but quickly realized this was not what he wanted to do. Casting around for a while, he lit on woodworking and found his life's passion. Now, as a custom furniture maker, he creates one or two museum quality pieces of furniture at a time in a small shop in Woodbury, TN. His work appears in museums and historic homes throughout the South, and has been featured in numerous major periodicals and books. Sharp is the past president of The Furniture Society and vice president of the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists. He teaches history of furniture at O'More College of Design in Franklin, TN.
  • "Best of Tennessee, 2002" : Tenn Artist Craftsman Assoc., Chattanooga Tn
  • WilsonArt Exhibition 2003 : Philadelphia ,Pa
  • "Art of Tennessee" 2003 : Tenn. State Museum
  • Oaklands Mansion, Carnton House, and other fine public and private homes and offices from New York to California.
  • Fellow – 2004 FAIC/WAG study trip to France
  • Exhibiter – "Curvitures" sponsored by the Furniture Society, 2004 – 2005
  • The Parthenon, Nashville, 2004• Master Woodworkers Show, Knoxville, Tn., 1998 – 2011
  • President – Cumberland Furniture Guild, 2002 –• Board of directors – Cannon County Art Center
  • Exhibiter – Contemporary Classics – Selections from the Society for American Period Furniture, Savannah, Ga. – 2006
  • Board of Trust – The Furniture Society , 2006 –• Instructor – O'more College of Art and Design
  • Board of Directors – Tennessee Association of Craft Artists
  • Studio Furniture – Today ' Leading Woodworkers• Cover article, Woodshop News, Nov. 2006
  • Cover article, American Period Furniture, 2008
  • Board of Trust, Furniture Society, 2006 – President, 2011-2012• Presenter – Winterthur Antiques Forum 2012
  • Presenter – SAPFM summer '12 conference Museum of Southern Decorative Arts
  • Exhibitor – A Tradition of Craft, Connecticut Historical Society 2012

http://www.alfredsharp.com
http://www.snazzywoodties.com/


2007: North Bennet Street School

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Founded in 1885,  the North Bennet Street School was one of the first institutions for industrial arts in the US.  Since its founding in 1885, NBSS  has adhered to its mission of teaching individuals to master a useful trade, earn a living in their field, and maintain a high level of craftsmanship by combining traditional hand tool skills with the latest technologies.  In addition to furniture making and cabinet making, NBSS offers programs in carpentry and  preservation carpentry, violin making and repair, piano technology, jewelry making and repair, locksmithing, and bookbinding.

Notable NBSS graduates include Cartouche Recipients Will Neptune and Phil Lowe, as well as Lance Patterson and Steve Brown.

NBSS is accredited by the Accrediting  Commision of Career Schools  and College Technologies (ACCSCT).  ACCSCT is an institution devoted to maintaining educational excellance and integrity in post-secondary career schools and colleges in the United States and Puerto Rico.

http://www.nbss.edu/