Williamsburg Working Wood in the 18th Century 2020 Registration Opens Soon!


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Registration for the Colonial Williamsburg Working Wood in the 18th Century 2020 conference will open sometime this weekend, 14-15 September 2019. Be sure to register quickly as there is only a single session and it could conceivably reach capacity. The link for registration is
The Registration tab/link will become active once registration opens. Exact time of registration opening is not known, so please keep checking the link periodically.
The theme is Down the Great Wagon Road: Furnishing the Southern Backcountry, and the dates for the conference are January 16-19, 2020.
Williamsburg notes that “Bold paint decoration, intricate inlay, wedged dovetails, punched tin, and sophisticated furniture, simultaneously familiar and unique, abound as we step into the early Southern backcountry for this year’s conference. As varied as the people who settled there, surviving backcountry furniture reveals remarkable stories of cultural persistence and incorporation. Down the Great Wagon Road came people of diverse ethnic backgrounds from across the colonies and the Atlantic– notably from Scotland, Ireland, England, Germany and Switzerland. In time, they transformed the Shenandoah Valley, eastern Kentucky and Tennessee, and western North Carolina into a stable network of communities with distinctive markets for furniture that reflected their inherited traditions and the influence of their new home and neighbors. Please join us as craftspeople and scholars from across The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation work alongside distinguished guest presenters – cabinetmaker Steve Latta, chair maker Elia Bizzarri, and scholar Daniel Ackermann – to explore this diverse legacy of fine craftsmanship.”
SAPFM has donated the funding for the keynote address by Daniel Ackerman. Dr. Ackerman is always very entertaining as well as informative.
SAPFM holds key events for members in conjunction with the Working Wood conference. On Thursday afternoon on 16 January 2020 we will hold our Annual Members Meeting. Stay tuned for an agenda and location for this informative meeting.
And on Friday evening, 17 January we will hold our Annual SAPFM Cartouche Banquet. Registration for the Cartouche Banquet is separate and will be open at a later date on the SAPFM website. (Please do not confuse our Banquet with the Williamsburg conference banquet held on Saturday as part of the Working Wood Conference, included in the conference registration.)
Please join us in Williamsburg for a wonderful and informative set of events!