Steve Lash wins SAPFM’s Cartouche Award

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The Society of American Period Furniture Makers presented Steve Lash, the organization's co-founder, with the 2010 Cartouche Award at its annual banquet Jan. 18 at Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Va.

Lash's portfolio includes this spinet, a reproduction of a piece made by John Harris found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The Cartouche Award is the society's way of acknowledging the contributions made by craftsmen, educators, conservators and supporters, professional or hobbyist, who have inspired or instructed others or who have simply made the world more pleasing as a result of their skillful labors.

"I was kind of overwhelmed. It's really a humbling honor, just to be recognized by your peers was amazing to me," says Lash. "You never know when it is going to happen and Mickey Callahan [the society's president and co-founder] called and said 'I have good news and bad news for you.' The bad news was I was going to have to give a talk at the SAPFM annual meeting. I asked what the good news was and he said I won the Cartouche. I just had to sit down. I probably was emotional for a little bit. The only person I really ever think of is Harold Ionson. Harold has always been the icon I've looked up to."

The late Harold Ionson won the Cartouche Award in 2000.

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- Brian Caldwell

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