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SAPFM hosting mid-year conference in June

Period furniture enthusiasts are preparing for the Society of American Period Furniture Makers Conference scheduled June 26-28 at the Thaddeus Stevens College in Lancaster, Pa.

At the conference, five presenters will offer demonstrations under the general theme of “Shop Strategies and Techniques.” The lineup includes teacher and craftsman Will Neptune, SAPFM president Mickey Callahan, carver Mary May, teacher and scholar Steve Latta, and Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley, associate curator of American decorative arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Presentations will include techniques for chair construction, carving acanthus leaves and linen folds, constructing broken and swan-neck pediments using both machine and hand-tool techniques, assembly strategies for various projects, and a presentation on Philadelphia's cabinetmaking community from 1772 to the early 19th century.

Space for this conference is limited. For information and registration details, visit

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