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Brian Reid Furniture - Maine State Prison - Fine Woodworking Program

In 2011, Brian began the process of voluntarily organizing a community outreach program to teach fine furniture making in the Maine State Prison Industries Program. The Maine Prison Outreach Program (Warren, Maine) commenced in August 2012 and continues its seventh year of operation in 2019. The Maine program is designed to be self-sustaining, and was modeled after the American Furniture Masters Institute's (AFMI) Prison Outreach Program based in New Hampshire.


It's almost ten years since the Maine Prison Outreach Program began. Students in the program create exceptional work with crisp dovetails, mortise-and-tenon joinery and embrace the creative impulse by designing unique pieces, not designs copied from a book. View some of their work-in-action (photos courtesy of Marti Stone Photography). 


Maine Prison Instructors: Brian Reid, Howard Hatch, Dylan FullerHoward Hatch currently leads the program; Reid now serves as a backup instructor. Dylan Fuller (far right) taught between 2012-2015.






We are grateful for significant tool and video donations provided by Lie-Nielsen Tools, The Gallery at Somes Sound's six-year sponsorship and support of the Maine Prison Outreach Program and financial contributions of generous private donors.



Maine Prison Outreach furniture can currently be purchased through the Maine State Prison Showroom, 358 Main St., Thomaston, ME.


Over the years, 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 Maine State Prison Industries Program for materials and supplies. The program is not currently set up to do private commissions.



Brian Reid: Extending the GrainMaine Home+Design, January 2019

Woodworking Behind Bars: Brian Reid teaches prison inmates how to craft fine furnitureDown 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 WoodworkWoodshop News, August 2013

Fine Woodworking Program, Maine State Prison, Warren MECourier-Gazette Publications, June 2013