I spent last weekend in Winston Salem, NC at the Mid-Year Conference of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) being held appropriately at the Museum of Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA). I was surrounded by fancy furniture and the people who curate fancy furniture and people who make fancy furniture.
There were two hours with no scheduled events on Friday. I assume this was to allow members to visit some of the other buildings and exhibits at Old Salem. Being a member and frequent visitor, I sought alternate ways to be informed and enlightened. There is an antiques mall just down the road that by design or happenstance is the best place for primitive furniture in the area.
There was much there that new and wonderous. There was this plantation desk:
What makes this one unique is that it has been remodeled. A previous owner decided that the writing surface angle was not to their liking and modified it. They added a wedge of wood to change the angle.
I believe there is a chair under there:
There were two step back (stepback?) cupboards that caught my eye. First is this cupboard/pie safe:
The tins are interesting:
The other cupboard is this Eastlake’esque unit:
What makes this one interesting is the shelf support system:
The supports are very easy to make. Take two 4″ wide boards and using your favorite hole installing device, drill a series of holes through the stacked boards on the centerline at an appropriate spacing. Then just rip the boards on the centerline and you have your four supports.
The back is rough boards just nailed on:
There was this very serious looking chair:
And a Boston rocker:
I have seen similar rockers called either Boston or waterfall and dissimilar chairs identified as Boston or waterfall. I still think we need some federal regulations leading to a standardized set of furniture terminology and nomenclature. We would all be better for it but I do not believe anything so useful should be expected from the current Congress.
There needs to be some form of workbench at any antiques mall dealing in primitives:
Here is a primitive settle or the back half of a tiny house:
It’s been a while, but here is a woven gout rocker: