National Organization

The Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) was founded in 1999 to address the interests and needs of amateur and professional furniture makers who specialize in the furniture of America's past. Since then, SAPFM has grown into an international 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with an interactive website, annual and mid-year conferences, a quarterly e-Magazine, an annual journal, and 22 regional chapters across the country.


SAPFM is an organization committed to teaching the craft of fine woodworking. Whether one is a  beginner, or looking to enhance their existing knowledge and skill. The organization offers training from an enormous amount of skilled persons in all areas of furniture making.  From basic woodworking training to more advanced skills such as carving, inlay, marquetry, finishing, turning, steam bending, riving..., to tool making, clock making, upholstery, painting, aging finishes, gold leaf application...

When you join SAPFM all events, classes etc. of the regional chapters are available for you to attend.

For more information about our organization, please click here:

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The mission of SAPFM is:

  • To create a forum for the understanding, education, and appreciation of American period furniture.

  • To develop and encourage the use of standards and ethical practices in the reproduction and conservation of period furniture.

  • To offer membership to all with an interest in period furniture.

  • To assist members with the identification and location of resources including people or organizations having specialized expertise.

  • To conduct public exhibitions for the recognition of members' work.