Author Archives: Furniture Masters

Comforts of Home Exhibit @The Gallery

Comforts of Home:
Fine Furniture by the
New Hampshire Furniture Masters 

Furniture Masters’ Gallery
49 South Main Street
 Exhibit: April 7 to June 29
Tim Coleman, Jere Osgood, Jon Brooks
Fred Puksta, Ted Blachly, Eric Grant
Brooks: Coat and Hat Rack
Coat and Hat Rack
by Jon Brooks
Pine, Basswood, Oak, Oil and Varnish
NFS Artists Collection
There is a tremendously satisfying experience living with something
you know has been specially created by another human being who has put an
important part of himself or herself into it.

Paraphrased quote by Peter Joseph
in “Art for Everyday” by Patricia Conway

In conjunction with the
Pushing the Limits, Fine Craft Exhibition
Gallery Hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Special Thanks to Gallery Sponsors

Duprey Companies

Marion Cohen Trust

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400 Years of Fine Furniture in Portsmouth with the New Hampshire Furniture Masters

Four Centuries of Furniture in Portsmouth

with the New Hampshire Furniture Masters

Discover Portsmouth Center
10 Middle Street, Portsmouth

Exhibit: April 7 to June 18


Ted Blachly, Aurelio Bolognesi, Jon Brooks, Greg Brown,
John Cameron, Timothy Coleman, Jeffrey Cooper, Michael Gloor, Garrett Hack,
Owain Harris, David Lamb, Roger Myers, Richard Oedel, Brian Reid,
Jeff Roberts, Brian Sargent, A. Thomas Walsh

Four Centuries of Portsmouth Furniture Lecture Series

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

From Joiner to Cabinetmaker: Early Furniture from the Seacoast

Gerald W.R. Ward and Hollis Brodrick
Thursday April 20, 2017, 5:30-6:30pm
Doors open at 5pm; galleries open during the evening
Gerald W.R. Ward, curator of the exhibition, and noted Portsmouth antiques dealer Hollis Brodrick will present an overview of the show in a brief lecture followed by an informal gallery tour. The evening offers an opportunity for close and in-depth study of several key pieces in the exhibition, particularly those from the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, from several perspectives.

Perspectives on Contemporary Studio Furniture: An Afternoon with the New Hampshire Furniture Masters

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 2-4pm
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.

Collecting Portsmouth Furniture within a Changing Marketplace.

Brock Jobe, Professor of American Decorative Arts Emeritus, Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, Winterthur, Delaware
Thursday May 18, 2017, 5:30 to 6:30
Snce 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.

Sixty Years of Antiquing in the Piscataqua Area

Ron Bourgeault, Northeast Auctions
Thursday June 15, 2017, 5:30-6:30pm
Ron Bourgeault, the legendary figure and principal of Northeast Auctions in Portsmouth, will offer a look at the collecting and connoisseurship of Seacoast-area furniture and other works of art, based on his unique perspective and unparalleled experience in the New England and national marketplace.

Master and Apprentice: The Mystery of Who Trained Portsmouth Cabinetmaker Langley Boardman.

Johanna McBrien, founding Editor-in-Chief, Antiques & Fine Art Magazine
Sunday June 4, 2017, 2pm
Johanna McBrien 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 welcomes you to attend 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.




Tim Coleman/Brien Reid: Featured ‘Shop Talk Live,’ Fine Woodworking Pod Cast

Sideboard by Tim Coleman

Fine Woodworking’s ‘Shop Talk Live’ podcast recently featured two Masters – Tim Coleman and Brian Reid – in its ‘All-Time Favorites segment.’  Click below to hear more about these Masterworks and add the podcast to your ‘listen’ list.  A lively, fun, and informative discussion:

Screen by Brian Reed

Sculpture Time! Opening Reception, Friday, Jan. 13, 5 p.m. @The Gallery

Blachly: Axes

Sculpture Time!
Opening Reception
Friday, January 13
5 to 7:30 p.m.

Furniture Masters’ Gallery
49 South Main Street
In conjunction with the
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s
Setting the Standards Exhibit
Exhibit: January 10 to April 1
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Exhibiting Artists:

Mark Ragonese, Leah Woods,
Michael Gloor, Lynn Szymanski,
Jimbo & Ted Blachly, Jon Brooks, and Jeffery Cooper

So we thought we’d give the furniture making a rest and put together a collection of objects made from wood that are barely, if at all, usable for any practical purpose…

We wanted to show another part  of our creativity which is not about function but simply personal expression with visual objects….

Sculpture has great value as poetry…Jon Brooks, Ted Blachly

Szymanski: Remnants II

Special thank you to our Gallery Sponsors:

The Duprey Companies

Marion Cohen Trust


Top: Excerpt from “Untitled Axes” by Jimbo and Ted Blachly

Lower: Remnants II, by Lynn Szymanski






John Cameron: Open Studio, Music, and More

Cameron: West

”West” cabinet by John Cameron, photographed at the LaBelle Winery by Bill Truslow (above and below)

John Cameron and the artists at 34 Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Gloucester are hosting Open Studios Saturday, November 19, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Some of John’s newest work will be on display, along with other interesting things — work in progress, drawings, mock-ups, prints, flyrods, etc.

John’s wife, Ann Conneman, will be on hand with lettering in stone and books.

There are three artist’s studios, a museum-quality antique repair studio, a restoration carpentry shop, and an upholsterer in addition to John’s studio.

For Gloucester-area music aficionados, John is playing at the Rhumb Line, Railroad Avenue, Gloucester, on Friday, November 18, with Tony and Sam Goddess, and with the Orville Giddins band on the night before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 23, same venue.

Ann Cameron: Lettering

Ann Cameron, Lettering in Stone


Cameron: West





Jeffrey Cooper: Fine Furnishings Show, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Jeffrey Cooper will be exhibiting November 4 to 6

Fine Furnishings Show, Pawtucket Rhode Island

Photos by Bill Truslow

"Rencontres à St Paul de Venice" table by Jeffrey Cooper, photographed at the LaBelle Winery

“Rencontres à St Paul de Venice” table by Jeffrey Cooper, photographed at the LaBelle Winery

Location: Pawtucket Armory Arts Center 
172 Exchange Street, 
Pawtucket, RI

Free parking all around the Armory, in the school next door when not in session, along the park and in the lot on Broadway one block to the East parallel to the highway/ Rt 95

Event Hours:
Friday – DATE NIGHT: 4 to 8 p.m.; 
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ADMISSION is $10 per adult

More: Pawtucket Fine Furnishings Show

"Three Quotes from Ovid" by Jeffrey Cooper

“Three Quotes from Ovid” by Jeffrey Cooper

"Foxglove and Fragrance" by Jeffrey Cooper, Detail

“Foxglove and Fragrance” by Jeffrey Cooper, Detail

"Madonna wth Gorilla" by Jeffrey Cooper

“Madonna wth Gorilla” by Jeffrey Cooper



Grant Burger: The Alden Artisan Advancement Award Recipient

The Alden Artisan Advancement
Award Recipient

Grant Burger
North Bennet Street School


MANCHESTER, N.H. – The New Hampshire Furniture Masters, in conjunction with its non-profit the American Furniture Masters Institute, announce The Alden Artisan Advancement Award recipient for the 2017 season:

Grant Burger, North Bennet Street School
for his rocking settee design

Burger, a native of Warren, Ohio, is currently living in Somerville, Mass.  He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and slated to graduate from North Bennet Street School in June of 2017.

The Alden Artisan Advancement Scholarship was created to support an aspiring student or apprentice in furthering their own career as a professional furniture designer/maker. Grant Burger will receive $1,000 towards the development and promotion of his rocking settee which will be exhibited at the annual Furniture Masters Main Event in the Fall of 2017.   As part of the award, the piece will be photographed by Bill Truslow in Portsmouth, N.H., and included in the Masters’ annual design book.


The rocking settee will be constructed using turned and shaped posts, bent laminated and shaped rockers, shaped ladder back slats and crest rail, and a slip seat upholstered with leather. The result I would like to achieve with this piece is to have a comfortable rocking seat that can be shared between loved ones.

The rocking settee will be constructed using turned and shaped posts, bent laminated and shaped rockers, shaped ladder back slats and crest rail, and a slip seat upholstered with leather.
The result I would like to achieve with this piece is to have a comfortable rocking seat that can be shared between loved ones.


About his design Burger said, “I had the design idea for the rocking settee after doing similar single rockers.  This is a piece of furniture that I’ve wanted to build for a very long time. I have been inspired by the work of the American Shakers since I first became interested in woodworking. My idea is to combine the building techniques of the Shakers with the capabilities of modern woodworkers. Specifically, the ability to sculpt and shape wood more efficiently.”

“My mentor, Matt Wajda, had told me about the Furniture Masters and I was encouraged to apply for the Alden Award by my department instructor, Dan Faia.  Simply knowing my design would be critiqued by the Furniture Masters’ jury was reason enough to apply,” Burger explained.  “It is a true honor to learn the jury is excited to see the design reach fruition and eventually exhibited alongside the other Furniture Masters.”

Single Rocker Design

Single Rocker Design

Furniture Master Greg Brown, Bedford, N.H., originated the idea of the Alden Award and named it in honor of his grandfather, Alden Hobart.  At 33, Brown is currently the youngest Furniture Master and is eager to assist other emerging artists.  Brown said, “The Furniture Masters are all about preserving the art of fine furniture making for the next generation.  Each of the Masters has learned skills from their own mentors and reach out a hand to instruct others.  I have benefited enormously through the critical review of my work, learned about how to market my furniture, and gained experience in connecting with patrons at our exhibits.  I proposed the Alden Award to offer that same opportunity to other makers and I am delighted Grant Burger will share this experience as he begins his own furniture making career.”

The Furniture Masters have established a reputation for creating works to the highest standards of design and craftsmanship. As a group they offer each other inspiration and critical feedback, and collectively address the challenge of marketing such distinctive and artistic work.

For more information about the Furniture Masters: www/

To apply for the 2018 Alden Award
or make a donation to support its efforts: www/

The New Hampshire Furniture Masters are a group of professional furniture artisans committed to preserving the centuries-long tradition of fine furniture making.  The association promotes the growth of fine furniture making, as well as the sale of fine furniture by its members, by hosting exhibitions; engaging in collaborative marketing and educational activities; and partnering with museums, art organizations, and galleries.  The organization strives to uphold the highest standards of quality craftsmanship through a peer-reviewed jury system.  The Furniture Masters’ Gallery is located at 49 South Main Street, Concord, New Hampshire.

The American Furniture Masters Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and a vital arm of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association to support educational endeavors and preserve the art of fine furniture making.  For the past 15 years, the Institute has coordinated the Prison Outreach Program in New Hampshire and recently expanded the program to Maine.





McLaughlin: Kitchen Leaf Table available for sale

We are big fans of Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac but love the show most when our own Tom McLaughlin makes a guest appearance. You may have seen the episode where Tom and Tommy featured this Kitchen Leaf Table design.   With the holidays fast approaching, those extra leaves sure will come in handy and can accommodate 10 seated for dinner in a blink of an eye.

If you had table envy, we’ve got great news!  Tom McLaughlin is offering the table for sale for $5,370.

If you have an interest, head to Tom’s Epic Woodworking website for more details:

Kitchen Leaf Table

As seen under construction on the PBS TV show
Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac


Unique hidden leaf mechanism — holds 2 leaves

Handmade, original Craftsman style design

Unique hidden compartment to store leaves under top

Seats up to 10 with leaves

Top made from choice, wide, 1-1/8″ thick cherry from the same tree

Premium, smooth action, low profile metal table extension slides

Table bases constructed with exceptionally strong, traditional mortise and tenon joinery

Finish on the top is high-quality, easy-to-maintain, tung oil varnish blend

Double pedestal design allows free movement and reduces bumping into exterior legs.

•  Table with no leaves:  56″L x 44″W x 30″H
•  Table with one leaf:  76″L x 44″W x 30″H
•  Table with two leaves:  96″L x 44″W x 30″H
•  Each leaf:  44″L x 20″W








David Lamb/Tom McLaughlin: Canterbury Historical Society, Sunday, Oct. 2


David Lamb and Tom McLaughlin

Sunday, October 2, 2 p.m.

Canterbury Town Hall

The Canterbury Historical Society is pleased to be presenting a very special program by  Furniture Masters and long term Canterbury residents David Lamb and Tom McLaughlin on Sunday, October 2, 2 p.m., in the Town Hall.

David and Tom will be showcasing several of their personal design developments accomplished over the past twenty years and they will be featuring a number of master works that they’ve created from the same, rare Cuban mahogany tree that they purchased together some time ago. If you enjoy seeing examples of extraordinary furniture and learning more about the levels of skill and commitment required to make it, you should mark your calendars.

Admission is free, but donations help the Historical Society to be able to present special programs like this.

Photos by: Bill Truslow

Tom McLaughlin, photo by Bill Truslow

Desk by Tom McLaughlin

Chest by Tom McLaughlin

Chest by Tom McLaughlin


Lambovich collaboration with David Lamb and fine artist Tom Aponovich