handcrafted furniture made in maine
In 2011, Brian voluntaraily began the process of organizing a community outreach program to teach fine furniture making in the State of Maine Industries Program. The Maine Prison Outreach Program (Warren, Maine) commenced in August 2012, modeled after the American Furniture Masters Institute's (AFMI) Prison Outreach Program based in New Hampshire.
It's been over ten years since the Maine Prison Outreach Program began. Students have embraced the creative impulse by designing unique pieces, not designs copied from a book and have made numerous exceptional pieces over the years.
View some of their work-in-action (photos courtesy of Marti Stone Photography).
Howard Hatch currently leads the program; Reid now serves as a backup instructor. Dylan Fuller (far right) taught between 2012-2015.
Maine Prison Outreach furniture can currently be purchased through the Maine State Prison Showroom, 358 Main St., Thomaston, ME.
Over $40,000 of prisoner furniture has been sold since the program began. One-third of the monies received for furniture sales goes directly to the inmates, one-third is reimbursed to AFMI and remaining one-third is returned to the State of Maine Industries Program for materials and supplies. The program is not currently set up to do private commissions.
- Woodworking Behind Bars: Brian Reid teaches prison inmates how to craft fine furniture, Down East, June 2015
- Fine Furniture Created by Inmates from New Hampshire and Maine Correctional Facilities, Fine Woodworking, April 2015
- Made in Prison: Furniture masters teach inmates lessons about art, craft and life, Art New England, November/December 2014
- Out of the Woodwork, Woodshop News, August 2013
- Fine Woodworking Program, Maine State Prison, Warren ME, Courier-Gazette Publications, June 2013