Tod Herrli and Jeff Fleisher at SAPFM-VA

One of the good things about living in the Mid-Atlantic is the proximity to several local chapters of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, a premier collection of artisans if ever there was one.

The Spring Meeting of the Virginia Chapter last Saturday, hosted by the Woodcraft store in Leesburg, Virginia.  During the Show-and-Tell portion of the meeting I “showed” the first 500 pages of the manuscript for To Make As Perfectly As Possible: Roubo on Furniture Making and “told” about the upcoming H.O Studley Tool Chest and Workbench Exhibit I will be organizing for May 2015, simultaneous and in proximity to Handworks 2 in Iowa.

After a brief business meeting we saw a compelling presentation about the importance of demonstrating woodworking at historic sites and museum; this is where much of the next generation of woodworkers will come from.


After lunch we saw a terrific demonstration of chip carving by Jeff Fleisher.  I have not tried chip carving thus far, but I just might now.


The day concluded with a demo by plane maker Tod Herrli, at first tuning up a pair of vintage hollow-and-round planes.




He followed that with a design discussion and demonstration of constructing a somewhat complex molding profile.



A grand time was had by all, and coordinator Bob Mustain deserves a great deal of credit for taking this particular bull by the horns.  (And, he got a pair of his planes tuned to perfection!)


Tod Herrli is scheduled to teach two plane-making at The Barn in August.  August 11-13 will be making a matched pair of hollow-and-round planes, with August 14-17 working on a more complex pattern of your own choosing.  The first workshop is $375, the second $500.  If you would like to participate in either please drop me a line here.