Meet the Master Makers of Maine
Furniture by Howard Hatch, David Leach, and Brian Reid
Exhibit: August 17 to August 30
Opening Reception: August 17, 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Gallery at Somes Sound, 1112 Main Street, Somesville, ME, (207) 244-1165 or http://www.galleryatsomessound.com/
Pictured is Howard Hatch’s Nimbus Settee, Mahogany and Leather
Photo by Bill Truslow
About the Masters:
Howard Hatch is a master furniture maker working out of his studio in the midcoast town of Brunswick, Maine. Since graduating from the School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1976, Hatch has been based out of New England, creating elegant studio furniture with a combination of fine materials, meticulous craftsmanship and original design.
Visit our riverside workshop and see how each furnishing is brought to life using a mix of old world techniques and modern methods. Browse the pieces of our signature line, or sit down with Howard to discuss commissioning an original custom design. Interior designers and architects are encouraged to bring projects or clients to the studio as well.
Howard’s designs show a wide range of influences from organic natural forms to the geometric.The result is unique custom furniture that is as beautiful as it is functional. From the hand selection of rough lumber, to the design, build, and assembly, Howard sees each and every piece through from start to finish. Through this careful process, Howard creates furniture of heirloom quality to be cherished by families for generations.
David Leach: David’s lifelong interest in art began with
the encouragement of an enthusiastic
elementary school art teacher. Trained in
furniture design and woodworking at the
Rochester Institute of Technology School
for American Craft his education continued
with an independent study at Penland Craft
Center and as assistant to Tage Frid and
David continued to pursue his own
approach to furniture-making and design
with the establishment of his own studio.
His designs are informed by architecture
and ancient objects unrelated to furniture.
His designs have been described as “clean
He is a member of the New Hampshire
Furniture Masters Association and on the
board of director’s of the
Wentworth-Gardner Tobias Lear House
Association. His work has been exhibited at
the Currier Museum of Art, the New
Hampshire Historic Society, the Lamont
Gallery, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship
and the Boston Design Center.
Reid has been teaching fine furniture making for over 15 years throughout the U.S., U.K. and Australia. At the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship (Rockport, ME), Brian is a lead instructor in the 12 Week Intensive Program and formerly senior fellow in the Studio Fellowship Program. He also lectures and speaks about contemporary design practices and the history of furniture to a wide range of audiences.
An honors graduate of Parnham College (Dorset, UK), he studied under the renowned designer Sir John Makepeace and principal Robert Ingham. He is the 5th from only a total of 8 Americans to have attended this distinguished program.
Reid has taught on numerous occasions at Penland School of Crafts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and in the furniture programs at San Diego State University and University of Wisconsin-Madison. For two consecutive years, he taught a highly successful master class on Veneering at the Centre for Creative Industries, Adam Smith College in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland.