April 6, 2004
CW master cabinetmaker wins prestigious Cartouche Award
WILLIAMSBURG, Va.— Mack Headley, master cabinetmaker at Colonial Williamsburg’s Anthony Hay Shop, is the 2004 recipient of the Society of American Period Furniture Maker’s (SAPFM) Cartouche Award. The Cartouche Award, which is named and designed for the decorative carving on top of case furniture, is given for lifetime achievement.
“I am extremely pleased that Mack has been honored with this prestigious award,” said Jay Gaynor, director of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Trades. “The Society of American Period Furniture Makers is a strong voice in supporting traditional woodwork, and Mack is an outstanding proponent of their mission. I also am deeply pleased that, in addition to commending Mack's woodworking skills and knowledge of early cabinetwork, the award recognizes his contributions as a public educator through his work at the Hay Shop; as a teacher, lecturer and author; and as a principal in Colonial Williamsburg's annual woodworking conferences."
“Mack is a humble person, a superb teacher and an elite artisan,” said Steven M. Lash, president of SAPFM, who presented the award to Headley. “He believes in the craft ethic and the importance of passing along his knowledge and sharing his expertise.”
Headley received the Cartouche Award at Colonial Williamsburg’s sixth annual “Working Wood in the 18th Century” symposium in January. He has worked for 37 years as a cabinetmaker, 25 of those as master cabinetmaker at Colonial Williamsburg. Headley came to Colonial Williamsburg as master cabinetmaker in 1976. When he took over the shop, tradesmen primarily produced custom-made furniture for clients. He left after five years and returned in 1984. When he came back, the foundation geared the shop’s efforts to creating reproductions for Colonial Williamsburg’s exhibition buildings.
At the Anthony Hay Shop, Headley and his team of four people--two journeymen harpsichord makers and two journeymen cabinetmakers--demonstrate the skills of 18th-century artisans to the public and create 18th-century reproductions to furnish buildings in the Historic Area and to sell at the Prentis Store on Colonial Williamsburg’s Duke of Gloucester Street. Featuring objects from Historic Trades shops, the Prentis Shop soon will feature a tall case clock, bureau table and small writing tables from the Cabinetmaking Shop.