New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association

Featuring the NH Prison Outreach Program pieces which sold at our 2011 Auction:

 

Eason: Pembroke Table  Pembroke Table 
made by Al Eason

 

mahogany, white ash, holly, maple, ebonized pearwood inlays, brass
33" deep x 41-1/2" wide open (21" closed) x 28-1/2" high

 

"Taking something as ordinary as wood and making a beautiful piece of furniture is a wonderful and rewarding experience.  It adds meaning to my life, while touching people that lay their eyes upon the piece."

 

Al Eason

 

Grant: Lingerie and More  'Lingerie and More'
made by Eric Grant

 

cherry, poplar, brass
20" deep x 30" wide x 60" high

 
 
 

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The Prison Outreach Program complements the New Hampshire State Prison's Hobby Craft Program and enables NHFMA members to enter the State Prison and offer instruction to inmates who wish to further their furniture-making skills.

 

We are now broadening our reach to replicate the fine woodworking program in the Maine State Prison.  Furniture Master Brian Reid of Rockport, Maine, is coordinating this undertaking and is seeking financial contributions to make it happenAs Brian says, " Furniture Makers are such an amazing bunch. They are so willing to give their time for a good cause. I have a waiting list of woodworkers wanting to volunteer if I can just create the infrastructure."

 

The State of Maine is wrestling with its own budgetary constraints but has agreed to cover the cost of creating a work bench room as well as their extra staffing needs required to run the program. We will cover the costs of tools, and small stipends for the instructors through our 501(c)(3) non-profit, the New Hampshire Institute of Furniture Making (NHIFM).

 

We are reaching out to our community of fine furniture makers and fine furniture lovers and asking for your support. For the furniture makers receiving this email, if you can't make a financial contribution we do need hand tools-- planes, chisels, scrapers, dovetail saws, combination squares - all those things that make what we do so fun!

 

Tax deductible financial contributions to the NHIFM may be designated to either/or both, the Maine or New Hampshire Prison Outreach Programs and forwarded to:

 

NHIFM
c/o Mary W. McLaughlin
TD Bank N.A.
143 North Main Street
Concord, NH   03301
Mail Stop: NH1-080-000
 
(For further information about financial contributions contact Mary McLaughlin.)
 
To make a tax deductible donation of tools:
 
Brian Reid
c/o Center for Furniture Craftsmanship
25 Mill Street
Rockport, Maine  04856
 
(For further information about tool donations contact Brian Reid.)
 
Thank you for your consideration and all the best to you and yours in 2012!
 
Regards,
 
Brian Sargent, Chair
NH Furniture Masters
 

"The Furniture Masters provide an incomparable opportunity for inmates to learn highly sophisticated woodworking techniques.  Time spent in prison becomes more productive and the inmates, 98 percent of whom are released from prison at some point, are better prepared to earn a living on the outside.  But there are other, intangible benefits to this program.  These craftsmen are dedicated family men and responsible members of their community.  They are good men who set a good example with personal strengths and values each time they work side by side with an inmate." 

 

Former Superior Court Justice Kathleen A. McGuire

We offer our heartfelt thanks to our 

2011 sponsors.   

 

2011 Sponsors

 

We are fortunate to have such friends in our midst!