How about Knoxville, TN the weekend of June 12th? The SAPFM mid year conference might be just what you’re looking for. From their press release:
SAPFM Summer Conference
June12-14 Knoxville, Tennessee
This year the Society of American Period Furniture Makers will hold its annual conference June 12-14 at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Knoxville, the site of the 1982 World’s Fair, is a great new destination for SAPFM and the ETHC is a superb venue with an outstanding collection of period furniture.
On Friday author and furniture scholar Betsy White will give a keynote presentation on Tennessee furniture and its origins and attendees will have the day for in depth study of the collection. On Saturday the conference will follow its usual format with three presentations. Cabinetmaker and Cartouche’ winner Al Breed will discuss and demonstrate veneering curved surfaces and mitered panels. The furniture making team of Jeff Headley and Steve Hamilton will demonstrate construction of a tall clock case and conservator, author and finishing “guru” Don Williams will discuss strategies for duplicating period finishes. The attendees will divide into three sections so that each presentation will be to a smaller group, allowing greater access to the speakers. On Sunday there will be additional presentations by authors and furniture scholars Tracy Parks and Amber Clawson on Tennessee cabinetmakers. The program includes lunches, happy hours and dinners.
On the Monday after the conference there are plans for a special bus tour of a local historic house site with additional furniture.
Further information on the program, presenters, lodging and cost, as well as registration information, is available on the Society’s website www.SAPFM.org.