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Scott Severns

BY SCOTT SEVERNS April 1, 2021 Updated: April 1, 2021

As we continue to define our new “normal for now” and work to solve issues many of us have never experienced, we can still walk into our shops and find some sense of normal. Personally it is my favorite place to be, there is nothing quite like the smell of coffee and sawdust.  I would like to thank Dave Redlin for his help in my transition to the president’s role and his continued support. I would also like to thank the SAPFM board for the vote of confidence in taking this position. I am both humbled and honored, and I will work hard to bring value to the organization.

This year we have some exciting plans and the board has hit the ground running. With the understanding that our chapters are the lifeblood of the organization we plan to focus our efforts on assisting them. We have secured a ZOOM video conference account that can be used by any of our chapters to hold their meetings. And as some of you know, we had our very first Annual members meeting via Zoom.

We are working on the SAPFM website, and plan to bring a fresh new design that’s easier to navigate and will attract more online visits. Our Social media efforts have stepped through Dave Redlin’s efforts and this continues to gain us recognition among the online woodworking community. Although we won’t be meeting in person at our mid-year conference we are planning to leverage our ZOOM account to bring demonstrations to the membership. Stay tuned for more information on that.

In this issue of Pins and Tails we are announcing the SAPFM Makers Challenge. This is a members only contest and an opportunity to show off what you have all been working on in your shops. It will also provide members the opportunity to see what a great group of talented woodworkers SAPFM has. The category winners will get some great prizes and bragging rights for the year.

We still have an opening for the Vice President/president elect position on the Board, so if you would like to get involved and help out please reach out and let us know. We are a volunteer organization and many hands make light work, so the more members we involve the better it is for all of us.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the loss of two of our past Cartouche winners Robert Whitely (2002) and Phil Lowe (2005). I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Whitely at his home in Pennsylvania through another member of my local chapter Jim Chesterton who happened to be a friend of his, I had an interest in the Resolute desk and I knew Mr. Whitely had built a replica. Jim introduced us and over the course of several visits I got to know this talented man.

I also had the privilege of spending many classroom hours with the legend Phil Lowe. I met Phil for the first time in 2007. He was an approachable, talented and humble man who made everyone feel at ease. I use the lessons I learned from this great man every time I’m in the shop. Mr. Lowe will be missed.

I hope this message finds you and your family well, and that this pandemic has not affected you in a harmful manner. To say that the past year was unusual would be an understatement, never have we had a year like that. If you have suffered a loss, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. So we set our sights on the future, spring is right around the corner, better days are coming soon for us all as we return to “normal”. Be well, be safe, and keep making sawdust!

Scott Severns