Associated Press: Inmates carve out a new life in prison's shop program

Lynne Tuohy, The Associate Press reported this story April 20, 2013.  We are sharing a version printed in The Portsmouth Press Herald.

Photos by The Associated Press/Jim Cole


FRANKLIN, N.H. – A new gallery featuring the works of master furniture makers and other artists will have its grand opening this weekend, but the artisans won’t be there to collect payment or praise.

They’re all behind bars.

Inmate Eric Grant works in the wood shop inside the prison. 

Terry Moore, a master furniture maker, has been teaching convicts at the New Hampshire state prison his craft for nearly 13 years. The inmates’ work will be featured alongside Moore’s in an exhibit at Grevior Furniture.

Eric Grant is a convicted killer who is also a master furniture maker. He made a hand-carved Queen Anne side table priced at $1,599; he is eligible for parole in four years.

A saddle made by a New Hampshire state prison inmate is seen ready for sale Friday in Franklin, N.H. at the state prison.

Allen Eason poses with a guitar he made. Eason is a master furniture maker and a convicted murderer without the possibility of parole. “This is my life,” Eason said.

To continue: