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Inspiration, Design, Technique Exhibit, 3S ArtSpace, Portsmouth, N.H., September 19 to October 1

Detail of Black Forest Chair
by Jon Brooks
Inspiration, Design, Technique
September 19 to October 1
Opening Reception/Presentation
Tuesday, September 195 to 7 p.m.
Prison Outreach Program Sale
Saturday, September 23, noon to 5 p.m.
Main Event: Exhibit, Silent and Live Auction, Dinner with the Masters
Sunday, October 11 to 7 p.m.
Exhibiting Masters:
Ted Blachly, Jon Brooks, John Cameron
Tim Coleman, Jeffrey Cooper, Michael Gloor, Eric Grant
Garrett Hack, Owain Harris, Terry Moore, Roger Myers, Jeff Roberts
Photo Credit: Bill Truslow
Detail of ‘Lucille’ Rocking Settee
by Grant Burger

2017 Alden Artisan Advancement Recipient

Opening Reception and Presentation
Tuesday, September 195 to 7 p.m.
Preview the exhibit and meet the Furniture Masters
followed by a presentation about what inspires their creative process
The perfect event to attend if you are interested in applying for the 2018 Alden Artisan Advancement
Deadline: September 30
Free and Open to the Public
Special thanks to our reception sponsor
 
guildofnhwoodworkers
Detail of Redwood Coffee Table
by Eric Windhurst
N.H. Prison Outreach Student
Sale of work by New Hampshire and Maine Prison Outreach Students
 
Saturday, September 23, noon to 5 p.m.
The Furniture Masters are proud to exhibit these
fine furniture pieces alongside their own masterworks.
Free and Open to the Public
Detail of ‘Escape Velocity’
by Owain Harris
2018 Best in Furniture, League of N.H. Craftsmen’s Fair
Main Event
Sunday, October 1
Gallery Viewing and Silent Auction
1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Live Auction
5:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Dinner with the Masters immediately following the Live Auction
$35
To purchase: Dinner Tickets
Special Thanks to our Sponsors
Main Season Sponsor

Walnut Level

 

Duprey Companies
Cherry Level
Arthur D. Clarke & Co.
 
Booth Photography Logo


NH Home Logo
Vintage Kitchens
Flame Birch Level
 
Northland Lumber Logo
Merrill Lynch
of Portsmouth

The Sununu Family

The Fleisher 
Family Foundation
 
Chris Dwyer & Mike Huxtable
Corporate Friends

Press Release: Inspiration, Design, Technique Exhibit, September 19 to October 1

For Immediate Release
For further information:
Photo Credit: Bill Truslow
Furniture Masters return to 3S ArtSpace
Inspiration, Design, Technique Exhibit
September 19 to October 1
Opening Reception and Pecha Kucha-style Presentation on Inspiration:Tuesday, Sept. 195 to 7 p.m.
Prison Outreach Program Sale: Saturday, Sept. 23, noon to 5 p.m.
Main Event: Sunday, October 11 to 9 p.m. with Gallery Exhibition, Silent and Live Auction followed by Dinner with the Masters
Dinner tickets are $35 all other events are free and open to the public
Black Forest Chair by Jon Brooks, New Boston, N.H., will be on the auction block at the N.H. Furniture Masters live auction at 3S ArtSpace in Portsmouth, N.H., on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – On Sunday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m. all eyes in the world of studio furniture making will be turned toward 3S Artspace at 319 Vaughan St. in Portsmouth, N.H., awaiting the final results of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters live auction.
The Furniture Masters include 25 plus members hailing from across New England but its following is worldwide. In the past two years, they have garnered the interest of 14,800 Instagram followers who witness the masterworks being painstakingly created in private studios and workshops. The Oct. 1 auction will mark the culmination of months and even years of hard work and will be duly noted by global followers from the wood carver in Turkey to the cabinetmaker in Australia. Best of all, you can have a front row seat.
‘Lucille’ rocking settee by Grant Burger, Pittsburgh, Penn., recipient of the 2017 Alden Artisan Advancement awarded by the N.H. Furniture Masters
The festivities all begin on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m., with an opening reception and Pecha Kucha-style presentation (20 slides in 20 seconds) on what inspires the Masters’ creative process. The evening is sponsored by the Guild of N.H. Woodworkers.
The event is geared to the student furniture maker or woodworker but the general public is most welcome to attend. All exhibiting Masters will be on hand for a ‘down and dirty, kick the tires, look under the hood’ preview of their work. The focus will be on dovetails and joinery and the intricacies of what makes the pieces masterworks. Furniture Masters Chairman Jeffrey Cooper of Portsmouth, N.H. explained, “Each Furniture Masters commits to creating the finest quality furniture possible but our mission is to share our knowledge with the next generation of furniture makers.”
Attendees will be encouraged to apply for the Alden Artisan Advancement, a $1,000 grant for a former student or woodworker with 10 years experience to design, create, market and exhibit an original piece of furniture with the Furniture Masters. The deadline for the 2018 Advancement is Sept. 30 and application information is available at www.furnitureinstitute.org/grants. Grant Burger, veteran and North Bennet Street School alum was the 2017 recipient and created ‘Lucille,’ a two-seater rocking settee that will be center stage at the 3S ArtSpace exhibit.
Redwood Coffee Table by Eric Windhurst, N.H. Prison Outreach Program student will be offered at the Prison Outreach Program sale at 3S ArtSpace in Portsmouth, N.H., on Saturday, Sept. 23, noon to 5 p.m.
On Saturday, September 23, from noon to 5 p.m., the public is invited to a sale of New Hampshire and Maine Prison Outreach Program pieces. Masters Tom McLaughlin and Terry Moore in New Hampshire and Brian Reid and Howard Hatch in Maine have taken the lead as primary instructors to provide expert training to participating students. Terry Moore, Wilmot, N.H., said, “The program is administered by our non-profit, the  American Furniture Masters Institute, and is one of the cornerstones of our mission. The Furniture Masters are always proud to exhibit our work next to the prison outreach students. “
The greatest testament to the Prison Outreach Program success is that no former student who has left prison has ever returned. The woodworking skills learned have translated into meaningful employment as carpenters and cabinet makers and made a life changing difference. This past year Eric Grant, a former student of the New Hampshire program, became a full-fledged Furniture Master and will exhibit his contemporary sofa table at 3S ArtSpace. His work has been a fan favorite at the live auction for years and as a result of his furniture sales he was able to earn a college degree and support his family.
Contemporary Sofa Table by Eric Grant, Bedford, N.H., will be on the auction block at the N.H. Furniture Masters live auction at 3S ArtSpace in Portsmouth, N.H., on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m.
The exhibit will conclude with the Main Event on Sunday, October 1, with a gallery exhibition and silent auction from 1 to 4:30 p.m., live auction at 5 p.m., all free and open to the public, followed by a celebratory dinner with the Masters following the day’s events.  Dinner tickets are $35 and may be purchased at www.furnituremasters.org/2017-main-event. All other events associated with the exhibit are free although donations are always welcome at www.furnitureinstitute.org/support.
In closing Cooper said, “We appreciate the response we have received on social media with all due credit to the photography of Bill Truslow of Portsmouth, N.H., but also encourage everyone to take the opportunity to see our masterworks in person where they can be fully imagined in your home or office for your lifetime and generations to come.”
For more about the Furniture Masters, www.furnituremasters.org or on Instagram @nhfurnituremasters.
Photo Credit: Bill Truslow, Portsmouth, N.H.
‘Escape Velocity’ by Owain HarrisDeerfield, N.H., won 2017 Best in Furniture at the League of N.H. Craftsmen Fair. The sideboard will be on the auction block at the N.H. Furniture Masters live auction at 3S ArtSpace in Portsmouth, N.H., on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m.
For further information and high resolution images: 
Photo Credit: Bill Truslow
Special Thanks to our Sponsors
Main Season Sponsor

Walnut Level

 

Duprey Companies
Cherry Level
Arthur D. Clarke & Co.
 
Booth Photography Logo


NH Home Logo
Vintage Kitchens
Flame Birch Level
 
Northland Lumber Logo
Merrill Lynch
of Portsmouth

The Sununu Family

The Fleisher 
Family Foundation
 
Chris Dwyer & Mike Huxtable
Corporate Friends

John Cameron Open House: Saturday, August 26, 2 to 5 p.m.

John Cameron is hosting an impromptu open house at his studio Saturday, August 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. to showcase a writing desk he just completed.
“It is an interesting piece, a commission that includes several engravings which reference regional marine life. I hope you’ll have a chance to stop by!”
John Cameron Cabinetmaker
34 Mount Pleasant Avenue no. 5, Gloucester, Massachusetts

Fine Woodworking: Masterful Helping Hand

Thank you to Elizabeth Healy for her article about Grant Burger, Greg Brown and our Alden Artisan Advancement. We hope it will inspire you to apply for the 2018 Alden Award, http://www.furnitureinstitute.org/grant

NHFMA helps furniture maker Grant Burger in his quest to go pro

Jul 11, 2017
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Not too long ago, professional furniture maker and carver Greg Brown was pondering an age-old woodworking question: Why is it so hard for aspiring furniture makers to make a go of it?

“My own frustrations with just simply emerging in this field and seeing the dismal job opportunities for students graduating from trade and art schools gave me the idea to pay it forward,” Brown said. As a member of the New Hampshire Furniture Masterswho was grateful for the opportunities the organization had placed before him, Brown started thinking about what he could do to help share some of the group’s considerable expertise with an emerging maker.

Grant Burger at work on his settee

Meanwhile, on the West Coast, Marine Corps veteran and mixed martial arts fighter Grant Burger was busy competing in the Full Contact Fighting Federation in Portland, Ore., and thinking about a different, possibly less dangerous, way he could use his hands to make a living. Having discovered a love of making things from wood, he started working as a carpenter and doing woodworking projects at home. After moving to Pittsburgh, one day he read a Fine Woodworking article by Dan Faia about building a bombé chest, realized Faia taught at a place called North Bennet Street School in Boston, and had a marvelous idea. He’d use his VA education benefits to really learn this rewarding craft.

A convergence of quests

The two woodworkers’ quests—Brown’s to help an emerging furniture maker and Burger’s to become one—came together last fall after Brown, with the backing of the NHFMA and his patrons, established the Alden Artisan Advancement, a grant for aspiring professional furniture makers. Named for Brown’s grandfather, Alden Hobart, the Alden Artisan Advancement offered the recipient $1,000 to develop and promote an original furniture piece, to be exhibited at the Masters’ Main Event in October, professionally photographed, and featured in the NHFMA’s annual catalog in the “emerging artist” section. In addition, the winner would have the benefit of feedback on the piece, be able to partake in all marketing events, and would receive professional guidance from members of the organization.

To read entire article: http://www.finewoodworking.com/2017/07/11/masterful-helping-hand

To apply for the 2018 Alden Artisan Advancement: http://www.furnitureinstitute.org/grant

Lucille by Grant Burger

Photos by Bill Truslow

Detail of “Lucille” by Grant Burger

“Lucille” by Grant Burger

Free Lecture: Sunday, June 4, 2 p.m., Master and Apprentice

Four Centuries: Card Table

Card table. Portsmouth, 1790–1810. Mahogany, mahogany veneer, possibly birch inlay, pine. H. 28½ in., W. 35¼ in.,D. closed 17¾ in. Private collection. Photo by Ralph Morang

Free Lecture, ‘Master and Apprentice: The Mystery of Who Trained Portsmouth Cabinetmaker Langley Boardman’

Sunday June 4, 2017, 2 p.m.

In conjunction with ‘Four Centuries of Furniture’ exhibit now to June 18.

Join Johanna McBrien, founding Editor-in-Chief, Antiques & Fine Art MagazineMcBrien has served as a contributing author on several books, and an authority on American decorative arts for major auction houses, antiques dealers, and The Antiques Roadshow. She is a regular lecturer at major museums across the country, and her discoveries about Portsmouth’s cabinetmakers have changed our understanding about the transfer of style and skill from one craftsman to another.

Portsmouth Historical Society presents this FREE lecture series open to the public. All lectures take place at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For information, call 603-436-8433.

 

Welcome New Master Eric Grant and Invited Artists Michael Gloor, Owain Harris, Roger Myers

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The New Hampshire Furniture Masters welcome new Master, Eric Grant, Bedford, N.H., and three Invited Artists, Michael Gloor, Exeter, R.I., Owain Harris, Center Barnstead, N.H., and Roger Myers, Stratham, N.H. Invited Artists’ work has reached the master level and they will exhibit with the Furniture Masters as equals for the 2017 season.

Each of these artists carved a unique path to reach the rank of Master:

Eric Grant: The Master-trained student apprentice.
Michael Gloor: An art school graduate expert in multiple mediums.
Owain Harris: A self taught woodworker who graduated from carpentry to studio furniture making.
Roger Myers: The weekend woodworker who turned a hobby into art.

Grant: PortraitNew Master, Eric Grant, Bedford, N.H., currently has a studio on Willow Street in Manchester, N.H. He began studying with the Furniture Masters at the inception of the N.H. Prison Outreach Program and it proved to be the perfect meeting of student and teachers. Grant had a natural talent that he was just discovering and it was allowed to flourish under the Masters’ tutelage. It was an exciting transformation for student and mentors alike.

When Grant wasn’t in the workshop, he was studying past American Masters and historic influences from the Rhode Island, Boston and Salem, Mass. furniture schools. He devoured information, practiced techniques over and over and was rewarded with real results. His work began selling widely at Furniture Master auctions and through private commissions and his pieces became highly prized. Through the sale of his furniture, he was able to assist his own family and put himself through college receiving two bachelor of arts degrees in business and clinical psychology from New England College where he graduated summa cum laude.

Eric Grant’s work pays homage to the past masters he studied so diligently and honors the tradition of eager student graduating to full fledged Master.

To see more of Eric Grant’s work: http://furnituremasters.org/wp-content/uploads/MastersPdf-Grant.pdf

Grant:

Chippendale Cherry Bonnet-Top Highboy by Eric Grant
Photo by Bill Truslow

Gloor: PortraitInvited Artist Michael Gloor, Exeter, R.I., went to college to study physics. One clay studio class and probably an uncomfortable call home later changed his direction. Instead of heading into a field of math and science, he transferred to the Kansas City Art Institute. After graduation, he moved to Rhode Island and opened a ceramics shop. To support his art he took ‘day jobs’ building houses and doing stair and boat work before finally arriving – as an artist would – at custom furniture making. Gloor’s design aesthetic moves between mediums. His furniture uses traditional Shaker-based elements but brings them to life through contemporary interpretation. His ceramic work with oriental influence is reimagined through his wood turning. Gloor’s work mixes the beauty of his Rhode Island seaside home, physics background, and classic art training, to create a fresh take on fine furniture making.

To see more of Michael Gloor’s work: http://gloordesign.com

Gloor: Walking Man II
Walking Man II by Michael Gloor

Harris: PortraitInvited Artist Owain Harris, Center Barnstead, N.H, now creates from a workshop in Deerfield, N.H. It is a far cry from his first studio in an unheated barn in Barrington, N.H, where he finally committed to fine furniture making. Harris is a one-time carpenter who advanced to cabinetry and finally to custom studio furniture. He is self taught, but learned from the many teachers and mentors he met along the way. Creating and learning went hand in hand. Imagining designs and then finding the technique that would accomplish the end result through reading, videos, workshops and seminars. His natural instincts help, too. Harris’s designs are pitch perfect and there is exact precision and enormous risk in his inlay work. Each step must be executed perfectly or the entire piece could be lost. The unheated barn helped to create a steady hand in Owain Harris and a fearless emerging artist who now ranks among the Masters.

To see more of Owain Harris’s work: https://harriscabinetmaker.com

Harris: Parson Table

Parson Table by Owain Harris

Myers: PortraitInvited Artist Roger Myers has a design studio in Stratham, N.H. and workshop in the Salmon Falls Mills in Rollinsford, N.H. He has been woodworking for 30 years but most of that time was spent balancing a busy career in the corporate world. It wasn’t until his retirement in 2011, that this weekend woodworker was able to focus fulltime on his craft. He left the boardroom for the workshop and has never looked back. Myers first headed to North Bennet Street School in Boston, Mass., for two years of instruction and to further explore his interest in American period furniture. He now takes that classic training to a new level by creating contemporary pieces inspired by the federal period. Myers is perhaps best known for his inlay work and masterful wood selection inspired by his walks through the New Hampshire woods. Reinventing the classics with a modern twist is what made Myers leap to Master and champion to all weekend woodworkers.

To see more of Roger Myers’ work: http://strathamwood.com/

Myers: demilune
Detail shot of Demilune Table by Roger Myers

When announcing the new Masters, Furniture Masters Chair Jeffrey Cooper said, “We are often asked if there is a formal nomination process to become a Furniture Master. Instead it is much more organic and intuitive. We consider mastery of fine furniture making but also look for the added details and design elements that push the art form to the next level.”

After nomination, the artist’s work is presented to the Furniture Master jury headed by Garrett Hack, a world renown furniture maker and instructor. Hack explained, “The jury is not looking for quality reproductions. Instead we seek the evolution of furniture making. After careful review we were in full agreement that Eric Grant, Michael Gloor, Owain Harris and Roger Myers were ready to join our ranks. We are proud to exhibit their work alongside our own.”

The best way to appreciate the masterwork of Eric Grant, Michael Gloor, Owain Harris and Roger Myers is to see it up close and in person.

Eric Grant’s work is on view at the ‘Comforts of Home’ exhibit, Furniture Masters’ Gallery, 49 South Main Street, Concord, N.H. now to June 12.

Michael Gloor, Owain Harris, and Roger Myers’ works are on view at the ‘Four Centuries of Furniture in Portsmouth with the N.H. Furniture Masters’ exhibit, Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, N.H. now until June 18.

The Furniture Masters are grateful the art of fine furniture making is in the capable hands of four new ambassadors.

Lecture: Collecting Portsmouth Furniture within a Changing Marketplace, May 18

Lecture: Collecting Furniture

 Thursday May 18, 2017, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

in conjunction with the ‘Four Centuries of Furniture’ exhibit

Discover Portsmouth Center
10 Middle Street
Portsmouth, N.H.
Now to June 18

with Brock Jobe, Professor of American Decorative Arts Emeritus, Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, Winterthur, Delaware

Since the Bush recession of 2008 and even before, the market value of much antique furniture has plummeted. What happened? Why did it happen? What does the future hold? Brock Jobe will bring his unparalleled knowledge of the field to bear on a review of the antiques scene of the past two decades and offer hope to those of us who collect or are simply interested in early American furniture, especially from the Portsmouth area.

For more information about the lecture and exhibit: www.portsmouthhistory.org

Armchair. Attributed to Robert Harrold (w. 1765–92). Portsmouth, 1765–75. Mahogany. H. 37½ in., W. 28 in., D. 18½ in. Private collection. Photo by Ralph Morang

PechaKucha Presentation with the Masters: Sunday, May 7, 2 to 4 p.m., Discover Portsmouth

Cooper: Jack in the Pulpit

Jack in the Pulpit Chair by Jeffrey Cooper Photo by Bill Truslow

Free Lecture: Perspectives on Contemporary Studio Furniture

An Afternoon with the New Hampshire Furniture Masters

Sunday, May 7, 2 to 4 p.m.

Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, N.H. in conjunction with the Four Centuries of Furniture exhibit

An Afternoon with the New Hampshire Furniture Masters PechaKucha-style: What Inspires Us?

The New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association is a select group of artists devoted to fine design and craftsmanship. In this event, several of the Masters will explore the inspiration and process behind their works in a fast-paced and concise format of 20 images x 20 seconds each. An event not to be missed by furniture makers and enthusiasts, amateur and professional alike.

Participants: Tim Coleman, Ted Blachly, Richard Oedel, John Cameron, Jeffrey Cooper, Owain Harris, Jeff Roberts

Coleman: Curly Cherry Table

Curly Cherry Table by Tim Coleman

Tim Coleman’s presentation will focus on the design and building of this Curly Cherry table.

Blachly: Love Seat

“Love Seat,” curly sugar maple by Ted Blachly

From Ted Blachly: ‘6 ½ minute presentation of 45 years as a woodworker’

 

Four Centuries of Furniture Lecture: From Joiner to Cabinet Maker, Thursday, April 20

Four Centuries
Don’t Miss: ‘From Joiner to Cabinetmaker’ lecture with curator Gerry Ward and antiques dealer Hollis Brodrick. Thursday, April 20, Doors Open: 5 p.m., Lecture: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
 
In conjunction with the ‘Four Centuries of Furniture’ Exhibit, Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St., Portsmouth. Galleries will be open during the event.
 
Pictured: Banister-back armchair with carved crest. Possibly Portsmouth, 1725–35. Maple, ash. Photograph by Ralph Morang
For more information: From Joiner to Cabinetmaker