Classes 2018-03-16T10:00:34+00:00

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.

5-day Courses

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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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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Ball and Claw Foot Carving

In this class you will learn the best methods and tools needed to efficiently create these striking feet in 3 iconic colonial styles: Philadelphia, Boston and Newport.

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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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Hammer Veneering Workshop

This one or two day workshop will teach the basics of hammer veneering. Learn how to veneer flat or curved surfaces without using cauls and clamps.

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Cabriole Leg Workshop

This one day class will cover the fundamental skills needed to create a cabriole leg with either a pad or carved foot. Demonstrations will include stock selection, design, joinery, pattern making and more.

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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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General Class Information

All classes are taught by Allan Breed at the Allan Breed School of Woodworking facility located in an 1845 brick mill on the Salmon Falls River in the small village of Rollinsford, NH. Windows on three sides assure great natural light- the best to work by. The wooden floors are easy on the legs. Class size will be limited to ten students to insure that everyone gets lots of one-on-one instruction and demos so as to fully understand the processes being taught in each class.

Tuition & Payments

Materials and a free lunch at the local café are included in the tuition fee.

5-day Courses:

A $300 deposit is due when you register for a 5-day course. Balance of class tuition is due on the first day of class (cash or check only).


The class fee for 1 day workshops must be paid in full at the time of registration.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

Should Allan Breed School of Woodworking cancel a class, you will receive a full refund.

5-day Courses:

Should you cancel more than 60 days prior to the class, you will receive a full refund. Should you cancel 30-59 days prior to class, you will receive a 50% refund ($150). There will be no refund for a cancellation 0-29 days before class.


No refunds, unless class is cancelled by the school.


Tool lists are posted with each class description. Carving tools are listed from the Swiss Made- Pfeil brand as listed in the Woodcraft Supply catalogue. Other tools specify the source. Lists are the minimal number of tools needed to complete the class work. Given the fact that carving tools, especially, can add up fast, there are some tools on hand to fill in gaps on your list. Please contact us if you are short on tools to make sure we can accommodate your needs. Any tools may be shipped ahead of time to Allan Breed, 13 Liberty St., S. Berwick, ME 03908.

Local Attractions

If you are bringing along non-woodworkers, there is a lot to do in the area. We are 13 miles north of Portsmouth, NH, a great old historic town on the Piscataqua River with dozens of good restaurants and historic sites. We are about the same distance from the ocean and an hour and a half from Boston down the coast. Lake Winnipesaukee and the White Mountains are 1-2 hrs. north. You can even take the train to Salem or Boston a short distance from Rollinsford, in Dover, NH. C&J Bus Lines will take you from Logan Airport to Portsmouth or Dover.