SAPFM mid-year conference slated for June 26-28

The Society of American Period Furniture Makers will hold its annual Mid-Year Conference June 26-28 at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, Pa.

Mickey Callahan, Steve Latta, Mary May and Will Neptune have been invited to share their expertise at this year’s event. The 2009 theme, “Shop Strategies and Techniques,” focuses on the individual techniques these professionals bring to their work for tackling a wide range of tasks.

Callahan, SAPFM’s current president, will share his approaches on constructing a broken pediment and a swan neck pediment using both machine and hand tool techniques. Latta tackles sequential joinery, answering the sometimes-confusing questions associated with achieving the desired results in the most efficient manner.

May, a master carver from Charleston, S.C., and recently featured in Woodshop News (“Carving a Labor of Love,” October 2008), will demonstrate her techniques for sharpening and executing not-so-common designs such as linen-fold carving. Neptune, known for his wit and wisdom will share his strategies for chair construction and joinery.

Registration for the conference can be done through the SAPFM Web site at http://www.sapfm.org.

—Brian Caldwell

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