The chapter has recently received official approval from the History Museum of Mobile to conduct events and meetings at Fort Conde. We are hoping to have some activities started during November 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. 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.
Furniture Exhibit Please see the News & Activities page about the "Furnishing America" Exhibit taking place in October of 2021. Make sure to come visit us on the night of Art Walk, Friday October 8th from 6 - 9 PM and for the Exhibit Closing Sunday October 24th, 1 - 4 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 firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com