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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 front and inside covers feature the work of 2022 Cartouche Award recipient Chuck Bender who created a reproduction of a Massachusetts William & Mary highboy. His career is profiled in an article by David Feola. For more information about Chuck, his portfolio and classes visit his website at: .

  • 2014 Cartouche recipient W. Patrick Edwards and his colleague Patrice Lejeune detail the history of the Marquetry Chevalet, used to saw packets of veneer accurately and efficiently.

  • Bill Markert, along with historian Dale L. Couch write about the oldest table built in colonial Georgia, now in the collection of MESDA. Dale gives the background story of the German immigrants who built the original and Bill creates two reproductions of this iconic piece. A report by Bill on his examination of the original is available from our Companion Materials page.

  • Luke Barnett takes the mystery out of the process for determining the correct angles for Windsor chair construction and shares a PDF of a handout he uses in his classes that includes the use of the calculator on your smart phone to solve problems in trigonometry. That is also available on our Companion Materials page. 



This edition of the SAPFM journal also includes several projects created by our members, including an inlaid table after an original by Nathan Lumbard, a Thomas Elfe inspired tea cabinet, a wedding box in the style of Josef Hoffman, a tiger maple blanket chest, a William & Mary spice box, a Sheraton style desk, and a turned cutlery urn.

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 2021 Issue of American Period Furniture

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