Future Plans
Immediate Goals
Now that we are on the down hill side of the COVID virus we are making preparations to resume our chapter functions. We are in the process of planning an event for the Autumn of 2021.  An email has recently gone out to the mailing list to ask for which weekend between Sept. 1st 2021 and January 31st 2022 would be best, and if you would like to request a topic please send your suggestion to info@gulfstatessapfm.org.

The chapter will hopefully be starting presentations at Fort Conde by November 1st of 2021. We still have the room to prepare, benches to build, tools to tune, fund raisers to hold, lessons to develop, etc. This takes time and money. Some volunteers of the chapter and myself have been working on these concerns and gaining exposure for the chapter. So, although 2020 appeared to be stagnant for the chapter, (and it was), there was a lot going on behind the scenes. Please see below the chapter's plans for the remainder of 2021.

Workshops
Fort Conde has been gracious enough to allow us to use a room where we can have benches set up to teach hand tool skills and hold our semi annual events with guest presenters.

Furniture Exhibit
On October 1st, 2021 we will begin a month long furniture show at the Mobile Art Council, 6 South Joachim St. next to the Saenger theater in downtown Mobile. During this month we hope to have presentations and demonstrations. We will host Hors D' Oeuvres, wine & beer during Art Walk on Friday October 8th from 6 - 9 PM.

Training
SAPFM has the potential to be (and has been) viewed as an "elitist" organization. But in fact, it is a source of training. A place were people of all skill levels can go to learn and grow.

Our chapter wants to facilitate our skilled furniture makers with our usual semi annual events providing guest presenters from SAPFM's cadre of incredibly talented furniture makers. But we also want to help those who are just beginning their journey in the unique craft of fine woodworking.  We are now in the process of developing a "Training Series", sessions to develop particiapnts from the very beginning skills up to where they will feel comfortable  participating in all of SAPFM's events.


Tool Lending
Our chapter also understands that people new to this craft may not have all of the tools necessary to participate in the early training sessions. The chapter lead has been collecting tools for years to help facilitate this dilemma. Our plan is to have as many tools as we can collect, tuned and available so that beginning participants who do not have all of the necessary tools can sign out particular tools for the duration of the session; then sign them back in at the end of it. This will allow new students to participate and see if they want to pursue this craft. If so, then it is logical that they will have collect their own tools. As anyone who plays a specific sport or does a particular activity knows, you really need to learn with your own equipment. Because with your own tools you develop a sense of familiarity which improves your abilities. Loaned tools will not be allowed to leave the training area. Tool lists will be provided when sessions are announced on our "News & Activities" page.

Guest Presentations and Workshops
SAPFM members have access to an amazing pool of knowledge and talent in the people who give presentations and training throughout the country. So in addition to everything else in the works, our chapter will continue the tradition of having guest presenters and teachers come and provide more advanced presentations and workshops. As these are organized they will be placed on our calendar under the "News & Activities" tab.
 
Wood Milling
From late October to April 1st the chapter also holds  lumber milling activities on a Timber King portable sawmill as there is interest and available logs. This event will probably be limited to about 5 people so if you are interested in participating please send an email to info@gulfstatessapfm.org. The emails will be kept and persons notified when these activities occur.

What Can You Do?
PARTICIPATE - We are always looking for volunteers to help in the preparation of events. If you are interested in helping out please contact us at: info@gulfstatessapfm.org