2013 Winter Meeting @ CVSW


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    SAPFM winter meeting- Saturday, March 2, 2013   
  The New England chapter of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) is pleased to announce that the winter meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, from 10am to 5pm and will be hosted by the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, in Manchester, CT. (www.schoolofwoodworking.com). All SAPFM members are welcome.
The speakers this year will be Brock Jobe, Don Williams and Mary May
Broke Jobe:  Boston Furniture 1630-1860

  We are pleased to welcome back Brock Jobe as our morning speaker for this year?s conference. In his talk at the 2010 meeting, he discussed the beginnings of the Boston Furniture project, which has led to Winterthur Museum?s  upcoming conference exhibition, and publication (in partnership with the Colonial Society of Massachusetts): New Perspectives on Boston Furniture 1630-1860., Mr. Jobe will present some of the new discoveries and scholarship on this important region. To fully appreciate American furniture, an understanding of the period?s culture and society is invaluable. As the conference brochure notes, ?Boston?s craft history is a rich, colorful tale of immigrants and native-born sons, of European designs and regional innovation, of local customers and distant markets, and much, much more.? This is an opportunity to hear one of America?s leading scholars speak about this important new project.

Don Williams: The Convergence and Divergence of Making and Conserving Historic Furniture
Many of the skill sets in making modern interpretations of historic furniture and in preserving actual historic furniture are often very similar, but in many cases they are not related at all.  In this presentation Don Williams will discuss areas where there are similarities and instances where there are not.  There will be special emphasis on deciding ?what? to do, "why" to do it, and ?how? to do it, with numerous examples from real projects to elucidate the points. Don will also comment on his current work on the Studley Tool Chest and his work on the forthcoming translation of A.J. Roubo?s ?L?Art du Menuisier,

  Mary May: Carving Traditional Moldings
Professional woodcarver, Mary May will be joining us from Charleston, SC to demonstrate how to carve a variety of molding designs. Mary has studied with a variety of European carvers to learn how to carve in the traditional style using only gouges. She will show the technique of carving moldings such as egg and dart, bead molding, rope molding, and gadrooning. These designs are often seen on period furniture - such as a design around the edge of a table or a decorative element on a turned pedestal post of a traditional tea table. Mary will demonstrate how to lay out the design on the wood, the tricks to carving in the correct grain direction, how to carve the molding designs in the most efficient way, and tricks on how to get the best cuts with your gouges.

  The non-refundable SAPFM member registration fee for the day long event is $35 per person. The non-member fee is $40 per person. Seating will be limited and registration in advance will be necessary to insure admittance. Light refreshments and lunch are included in the registration fee and will be available throughout the day in the form of coffee, juice, water, donuts, etc. In addition, a lunch of sandwiches, pizza, chips and soft drinks will be provided.
For further information, please go to www.sapfm.org or contact Bob Van Dyke at the CT Valley School of Woodworking at 860.729.3186 or Mickey Callahan at 508.954.1725. If paying by check, make it out to SAPFM and mail to the following:
SAPFM New England Chapter
c/o Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, 249 Spencer Street, Manchester, CT 06040

Please make sure that your address and phone number are on the check. If you plan to bring a guest or another member, please list their name, address, and phone number as well.
If you wish to pay by credit card or with PayPal, please go to www.sapfm.org and register online by following the given instructions.
The day after the meeting the Ct Valley School of Woodworking is hosting classes with Mary May and with Don Williams. Mary?s hands-on carving class, ?Solve your carving problems and projects with Mary May? meets Sunday & Monday,  March 3 & 4- 9:00am ? 5:00pm.

  Don?s class ?Introduction to the Practice of Furniture Conservation with Smithsonian Institution Conservator, Don Williams? meets Sunday only- 9:00am ? 5:00pm
For more information email the school?s director, Bob Van Dyke at [email protected] or visit the school?s website - http://www.schoolofwoodworking.com/

Our Speakers
Brock Jobe is a professor of American Decorative Arts in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. His most recent book is Harbor and Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710-1850, which he co-authored with Gary R. Sullivan and Jack O?Brien.

  Don Williams is Senior Furniture Conservator at the Museum Conservation Institute of the Smithsonian Institution.  Don was the expert co-author of SAVING STUFF (Simon&Schuster 2005), has written numerous articles on artifact preservation and traditional woodworking, and has several new books in-process including two volumes based on Roubo?s 1765 masterpiece L?Art du Menuisier and a much anticipated lavishly illustrated book on the iconic tool chest and workbench of Henry O. Studley.

Mary May has been carving wood for over 20 years. She had opportunities to study with several European master carvers from around the world and has focused on learning the classical styles of traditional hand carving. Mary has a workshop in Charleston, SC where she works on commissioned pieces for architectural details, period furniture, and sculptures. She teaches beginning and advanced carving workshops at a variety of schools throughout the country, as well as in her workshop in Charleston. Mary has developed several instructional DVDs on carving details for American period furniture and has recently started an online woodcarving school. You can see some of her work at www.marymaycarving.com

Thank you for your time.