Bob Stevenson of Chula Vista, Calif., is the recipient of the 2019 Cartouche Award from the Society of American Period Furniture Makers.
The annual award recognizes accomplishments in period furniture building and notable contributions to the education and appreciation of the art. Stevenson will receive the award at the “Working Wood in the 18th Century” conference, Jan. 17-20, at Colonial Williamsburg.
“He’s an absolutely fabulous period furniture maker who does tremendous, noteworthy work in building of Federal period American period furniture,” says Dale Ausherman, SAPFM president. “Also, he’s worked so hard over many decades to accomplish the primary mission of SAPFM, which includes not only the making of, but the education of people about American period furniture.”
After 30 years in the Navy, Stevenson began a full-time career in fine woodworking. He became an inaugural member of SAPFM in 1999 and helped develop criteria for the Cartouche Award, eventually becoming chairman of its selection committee. He also co-founded the Southern California SAPFM chapter with Brad Ormsby. And for nearly two decades, he coordinated the annual Design in Wood Show in Del Mar, Calif.
For more information, visit www.sapfm.org.
This article originally appeared in the December 2018 issue.