Education is a critical component of the Furniture Masters’ mission. The Furniture Masters support two educational initiatives: the Prison Outreach Program and the Studio-Based Learning Program

The Prison Outreach Program complements the New Hampshire State Prison’s Hobby Craft Program and enables Furniture Masters to enter state prisons in both New Hampshire and now Maine to offer instruction to inmates who wish to further their furniture-making skills.

The Studio-Based Learning Program is administered under the auspices of the American Furniture Masters Institute (AFMI) and offers participants a unique learning experience. Individually tailored to each student, the three-year curriculum acts as a guide for creating an individualized program comprised of actual time and study in the studios of the Masters. Working with Masters one-on-one, each student garners the opportunity for personalized instruction, together with the chance to view the inner workings of a real furniture business. The variety of styles that are represented by the Furniture Masters also offers students an eclectic stylistic and skills-building experience.

In considering applicants, AFMI looks for self-motivated individuals who demonstrate a commitment to studio furniture making as a potential career. To download an application to the Studio-Based Learning Program, click here.

NHFMA offers the Alden Artisan Advancement Scholarship to help support an aspiring student or apprentice in furthering their career as a professional furniture designer/maker. The recipient of the scholarship will receive $1,000 towards the development and promotion of an original furniture piece which will then be on exhibit at the group’s annual Furniture Masters Main Event in the fall The Main Event is an opportunity to exhibit alongside established makers and interact with current and past patrons in an intimate setting. Read about the latest recipient Grant Burger.

To learn more about the American Furniture Masters Institute or to make a donation, click here.