How it began
Perhaps the best ideas emerge from unexpected places, chance encounters, some internal instinct that can't be defined. In 1999, all that unfolded when New Hampshire Superior Court Justice Kathleen McGuire connected the New Hampshire Furniture Masters with the Hobby Craft Program at the New Hampshire State Prison. The Furniture Masters were world renown studio furniture makers at the top of their craft and their new students responded in ways that Justice McGuire could only have imagined. Since that time, the program has been expanded to the State of Maine, beautiful work has been created, new occupations realized, and the art of fine furniture making became a life changing path forward.
The success of the Prison Outreach Program in New Hampshire and Maine has led to further interest in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and perhaps beyond. The strength of the mentorships between Master and student may also be realized beyond prison walls in separate studios and schools. The possibilities are limitless and can travel far beyond Justice McGuire's initial intent. We hope you will take that journey with us.
Board of Directors
We are grateful to our current Board of Directors who are ready to take a leap of faith and translate the success of past programs into entirely new directions. Our members include:
Mary W. McLaughlin, Chair
Roger Myers, Furniture Master, Immediate Past Chair
Jon Brooks, Furniture Master, Vice Chair
Geralyn Smariga, Secretary
Pauline Ikawa, VP, Treasurer
John Cameron, Furniture Master
Terry Moore, Furniture Master
Brian Reid, Furniture Master
Jere Osgood, Furniture Master, Trustee Emeritus
Jeffrey Cooper, Furniture Master, NHFMA Board Chair, Ex Officio