Robert Mussey, Nick Kotula and Will Neptune to speak at NE chapter meeting

Bob Van Dyke

Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking (Manchester, CT) is hosting the SAPFM meeting Saturday, February 27, 9:30am. The presenters for this meeting include Robert Mussey, Nickolas Kotula and Will Neptune.

                  Robert Mussey, author of The Furniture Masterworks of John & Thomas Seymour ,will give a presentation on the Seymours of Boston- concentrating on their unique styles, ornamentation and methods of joinery. Robert is the founder of Robert Mussey Associates, a nationally recognized leader in the museum-quality conservation of furniture, architectural woodwork, historic finishes and upholstery. Robert is a leading authority on the Seymours of Boston and curated the recent Seymour exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA.

                  Nick Kotula, a noted New England furniture conservator and authority on period furniture will give a presentation on “ A deeper look into period furniture” . Nick will discuss the evolution of American period styles and will illustrate the psychology and significance of furniture and its ornamentation.

Will Neptune will speak on “Construction Details in Federal Furniture" which will be a series of demonstrations showing common techniques and methods of work.  Federal furniture often includes veneer over curved surfaces. These curves are formed using a variety  of techniques including stack laminating, brick laying, kerf-bending, bent lamination and coopering which will be shown.  Methods using traditional hand tools and their modern machined equivalents will be covered. Several different methods for the layout and cutting of reeds on turned legs will also be demonstrated.

The fee for the meeting (to cover the cost of the speakers) is $30.00
Please contact chapter president, Freddy Roman if you are planning to attend
e mail - [email protected]

This can be paid by check (payable to SAPFM -  New England chapter) or cash at the door

All are welcome to attend

Will is also teaching a week-long class at CVSW starting the next day. The project is a Seymour serpentine work table. More info can be had at the CVSW website

Mickey Callahan

Well-known member
I want to thank Bob Van Dyke and the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking for hosting this event for SAPFM. I might add that there will be a registration page set up in the next day or so on SAPFM's main website for anyone wishing to attend who wants to use their credit card for payment. To further clarify Bob's previous posting, the non-refundable attendance fee for SAPFM members and their guests is $30 per person and for non-members, $35 per person. Anyone wishing to pay by check can send their payment to SAPFM, 14 Reservoir Drive, Bellingham, MA 02019. To assure a seat at this great event, please have your payment to us by February 22, 2010. I hope to see many of our NE Chapter members as well as other nearby regional chapters represented. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Freddy Roman, NE Chapter president or me at [email protected]

Mickey Callahan - SAPFM President

Mark Arnold

Well-known member
The registration page for this event in now live. You can register here:, or get more info here: