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.

Registration now open for 2020 classes
April 6 – 10, 2020

Carving in the Newport Style

This class will cover the hallmark Newport elements: concave and convex shells, ball and claw and bracket feet and the Egyptian-like sparse knee carving. I will pass on the basic processes and tricks I’ve learned in making nearly 30 Newport pieces over the years.

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May 11 – 16, 2020

Portsmouth Tea Table

An airy and exotic mahogany table measured from one of six surviving examples made by Robert Harrold in Portsmouth, NH in the mid 18th century.

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May 18 – 22, 2020

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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June 6, 2020

One Day Ball and Claw Class

This one day class will help you understand how to choose the right tool for each element as well as how to modify tools for specific purposes and put all the measurements for the foot on one simple gauge.

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June 7, 2020

Hammer Veneering Workshop

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

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June 22 – 26, 2020

Design Your Own Class

Are you missing a skill set needed to finish a project you started? Would you just like some help and encouragement on a challenging piece? I’ve decided to devote a week for those who want some specific skills honed.

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July 6 – 10, 2020

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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August 17 – 22, 2020

Newport Four Draw Chest

This Rhode Island chest is an iconic example of American design, incorporating concave and convex shells, blocked front and unique scrolled ogee bracket feet.

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September 14 – 18, 2020

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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September 21 – 25, 2020

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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September 28 – October 2, 2020

Salem Lowboy

This small lowboy or dressing table with a shell draw is a great joinery project in an elegant package.

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October 12 – 16, 2020

Small Chest of Draws

A practical little chest that is great practice for period hand tool construction and small enough to live on a bookshelf.

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November 9 – 14, 2020

Portsmouth Tea Table

An airy and exotic mahogany table measured from one of six surviving examples made by Robert Harrold in Portsmouth, NH in the mid 18th century.

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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. [...]