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American Period Furniture Journal

2021 American Period Furniture Journal

American Period Furniture is the annual journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. This distinctive publication is sent to SAPFM members in December of each year. Edited by Robert W. Lang and written by experts in the field of historical furniture construction the journal is an in-depth resource with a wealth information on the history and construction methods for furniture made in the United States.

Each edition of the journal contains at least 100 pages of unique editorial content and an advertising section with resources for those who share our passion for quality furniture with historical significance. Printed in the USA on durable gloss paper the journal is intended to last, and is a valuable reference that grows with each annual edition.

Inside the Journal

Feature Articles

  • The covers feature the work of 2021 Cartouche recipient David Lamb who details the construction of his stunning “New Hampshire Secretary” created on commission from the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire. Lamb’s long and productive career is profiled by Mark Travis.Visit Currier Museum of Art  
  • 2018 Cartouche recipient Ray Journigan details the construction and carving of a chair that was on his “bucket list” for more than 20 years. Ray recently taught a class on building this chair, and SAPFM member Jim Francis writes about the experience of taking that class.
  • 2010 recipient Steve Lash creates an unusual and challenging project, the construction and finishing of a harp. This isn’t the first musical instrument Steve has built. In the very first edition of American Period Furniture he wrote about his reproduction of Benjamin Franklin’s “Armonica”.
  • SAPFM co-founder Mickey Callahan writes a tribute to his friend and mentor, Phil Lowe, the 2005 Cartouche recipient who passed away in 2021.



This edition also features several projects created by SAPFM members: A Thomas Elfe Chest on Chest, a Windsor Chair, a Mahogany Breakfront and an adaptation of Thomas Jefferson’s Lap Desk. You will also find an article about making tools to create inlays, a partnership between a museum and a SAPFM member and a project that builds a bridge across generations of furniture makers.

Table of Contents

There is much more inside.   See the full table of contents, below.

APF Companion Materials

Oftentimes, video, drawings, and other related content is mentioned in American Period Furniture Journal articles. You can find it here. We have listed these resources for the current and past Journals.

APF Companion Materials

Who will write the next edition of American Period Furniture?

The SAPFM journal is written by our members. If you have an idea for an article we would love to hear about it.

Our editor's mission is to make producing an article as easy as possible for our contributors. You don't need to write a complete article before you submit your proposal and we prefer to publish the work of skilled furniture makers regardless of their experience in writing. If you are proud of your work can explain how you did something to another woodworker you are well on you way to an article in the journal.  

Click here for our “Writer’s Guidelines” to get started.  PDF of Guidelines

Interested in advertising in American Period Furniture?

Our typical member is your best customer.   If your product or service is related to period furniture, the members of SAPFM are among the most accomplished and enthusiastic wood workers in the world. Your advertisement will reach the right audience and you will help to support the mission of SAPFM. Contact our editor Bob Lang <[email protected]>; or our advertising manager Joyce Lang <[email protected]>; for more information. If you would like to advertise in American Period Furniture camera ready, digitally formatted ad copy is desired. The editor can provide services to prepare ads at additional cost. 

Click here to view our media kit.  PDF of the Media Kit

Take a Look Inside the 2019 Issue of American Period Furniture

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