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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 in Warren, Maine commenced in August 2012 and continues its seventh year of operation in 2019. The Maine program is designed to be self-sustaining, modeled after the American Furniture Masters Institute's (AFMI) Prison Outreach Program. As the current students build their skills, they will then be able to transfer their fine woodworking skills and knowledge to other inmates.
After one year, the students were creating exceptional work with crisp dovetails, mortise-and-tenon joinery. They are now embracing the creative impulse and designing unique pieces, not designs copied from a book. View some of their work-in-action (photos courtesy of Marti Stone Photography). In 2016, Reid began teaching a second group of students; to date, the program has twelve students total.
Brian Reid (Rockland) and Howard Hatch (Portland) are the current primary instructors. Each donates their time of approximately 15 hours per month to teach every Sunday towards this program. Dylan Fuller (Thomaston) serves as a backup.
Upwards of $40,000 of prisoner furniture has been sold since inception of the program. 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.
Brian continues to seek support. Your generous tax deductible contribution helps with wood materials, tools or machine equipment purchases that advances students' skills and confidence.
All purchases and financial contributions are tax-deductible!
Send financial contributions to:
American Furniture Masters Institute (AFMI)
c/o Mary W. McLaughlin
143 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
Mail Stop: NH1-080-000
Learn more about the Prison Outreach Program.
Send tool donations to:
68 Cedar St.
Rockland, ME 04841
For more information, contact Brian.