Allan Breed
School of Woodworking

Teaching the design and construction of American 18th century furniture.

Each class at the Allan Breed School of Woodworking will teach the subtleties of design and construction that are so essential for the authentic reproduction of the best 18th century American furniture. The historical background of each piece will be discussed to help the student understand the evolution of the furniture forms built in each class.

2024 classes – registration open
March 23-24, 2024

Hammer Veneering Workshop

This two-day workshop will teach the basics of hammer veneering. Learn how to veneer without using cauls and clamps.

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April 29 – May 3, 2024

Introduction to Hand Tools

This class will introduce woodworkers to basic hand tool use through the process of building a small box with a sliding lid. The goal of this class is to be able to do basic joinery with hand tools. Sharpening and setting up the tools will also be covered.

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May 20 – 24, 2024

Ball and Claw Carving

We’ll work on Philadelphia, Boston and Newport feet in this five day class so you can understand the similarities and differences between these major colonial furniture making centers.

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June 3-7, 2024

How to Use Wood Carving Tools

A step by step approach to carving with hand tools. Carving is as much learning how to see as it is dexterity with the tools, and we will cover both aspects of the craft in this class.

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August 12-16, 2024

Newport Style Stop-Fluted Stand

Build a small mahogany stand incorporating lots of Rhode Island embellishments.

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September 9-13, 2024

Pilgrim Style Square Stand

Build a simple stand or table typical of work done in the late 17th century on the north shore of Massachusetts.

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October 7-11, 2024

Carved Footstool

There isn’t a project much better than a stool to cover lots of hand woodworking skills, from basic joinery to carving.

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October 25-27, 2024

Carve a Bellamy Eagle

John Bellamy carved these painted pine eagles in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We’ll be using patterns made from an original to reproduce this elegant form.

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Would you like a custom class at your location?

I can travel to you to teach weekend or week-long classes. Past classes have included a Rococo mirror, piecrust table, lowboy and ball and claw carving, among others. Some classes can be multiple sessions separated by some working time in between for more complex pieces.

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Blog Posts

  • Allan Breed School of Woodworking class

Spring 2019 Woodworking Classes Recap

It’s been a pretty busy year so far in the teaching department. I started out in Williamsburg at the “Working Wood in the 18th Century” symposium with some lecturing and demonstrating on the subject of Rhode Island furniture makers. Had [...]

  • Classroom - Allan Breed School of Woodworking

What’s in a Class?

“I think I’m going to have to drop out of the class. This is way over my head”. This is what two students in a carving class once told me after seeing what the project was for the week. [...]

Allan Breed School of Woodworking
1 Front Street, Rollinsford, NH