Then I was invited to speak at the Woodworking in America Show in Winston Salem and had a great time with all those woodworking professionals and enthusiasts. I am always excited to spend any time with Roy Underhill, who is a hero to all of us.
Business has picked up quite a bit here and some really nice pieces are showing up in the shop for work. I look back on my career and realize that I have been fortunate indeed to have touched so many great objects and satisfied the needs and expectations of so many clients. Work is rewarding when it is so satisfying.
I look forward to my birthday next week, and turning 66. It seems like such a nice round number. I wonder what next year will bring? Always the optimist. I am excited to return to Marc Adam's School next year, and look forward to making another clock among other things.
In any event, last night I received the pdf files for the 2014 SAPFM Journal, which is now in the mail, and I would like to thank Carl Voss and others for their professional assistance. I realize not all the people who read this blog are members of SAPFM or perhaps even know about the group. It is a fantastic group of dedicated and highly skillful woodworkers, which was created in 2000. I joined immediately and have participated in past events with pleasure, contributing articles to the first three Journals. If you want more information or wish to join or purchase a copy of the Journal, here is the link: Society of American Period Furniture Makers
In the past decade the Journal has become one of the most important publications in the field of American furniture. However, there have also been some articles which included European furniture influences and these are important. That is why I wrote an article for this issue focusing on the diversity and importance of European furniture designs, "European Influences on American and Colonial Designs."
My goal with this article was to encourage more research into the wonderful ethnic contributions to style and construction which evolved into the American form of furniture. With all the news today about immigration we tend to forget that we are all immigrants and that is what is great about this country.
I am deeply honored to be recognized by this group and want to thank them for their tribute.