Woodworkers Journal: Prison Outreach Program

NEW HAMPSHIRE FURNITURE MASTERS PRISON OUTREACH PROGRAM

BY JOANNA WERCH TAKES • MAR 17, 2015

Several years ago, the New Hampshire Furniture Masters responded to a request from former New Hampshire Superior Court Justice Kathleen A. McGuire to visit the hobby craft workshop in one of New Hampshire’s state prisons. Since that initial visit by Furniture Master Terry Moore in 1999, the organization has continued the Prison Outreach Program – with participating inmates’ work currently being showcased in an exhibition at the Furniture Masters’ Gallery in Concord.

The program consists of a rotating faculty of Furniture Masters volunteers presenting to several inmates at one time. Tom McLaughlin, who has been one of those volunteers since the beginning of the program, listed some of the topics covered in presentations at the prison as choosing the correct joinery for an application, how to hand cut dovetails, carving, finishing, vacuum veneering, furniture design and more.

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