Prison Outreach Programs
Led by Terry Moore and Tom McLaughlin, members of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association go behind the prison walls to offer instruction to creative and motivated inmates wanting to improve their furniture-making skills.
To participate, inmates must have a positive attitude and clean disciplinary record. The program includes tutorials beginning with fundamental skills. Over time, advanced techniques and the finer aspects of woodworking are presented often featuring the specialty of the instructor.
Brian Reid and Howard Hatch recreated the success of the New Hampshire program at the Maine State Prison in Warren. In just a few years, it has met with equal success and proven this formula of Master to student could be replicated beyond New Hampshire's borders.
Interested in creating a Prison Outreach Program?
The Furniture Masters teach, write, lecture, and educate, as well as exhibit, make and sell. They each have divergent backgrounds and unique specialties and approach the craft from odd angles. What they have in common is the fundamental belief that making fine furniture is an art form that needs to be preserved.
Garrett Hack has brought together woodworkers from across New England in a Mentoring Masters program for group and individual instruction. Students shared a joint exhibit at the Furniture Masters' Gallery in Concord, New Hampshire.
Currently, Jon Brooks has been working one-on-one with a high school student who has shown an aptitude in furniture making.
Ted Blachly has an apprentice who assists in his workshop.
Mentoring Masters is an important aspect of the American Furniture Masters Institute and one we are eager to pursue in formal and informal settings.