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Kristina Madsen Furniture

The state's top furniture makers banded together in 1994, forming the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association to market their work to buyers beyond the region. Gathered in Canterbury, N.H., at the group's recent annual meeting are, from left along the curved back row, Thomas McLaughlin, Howard Hatch, Ted Blachly, Terry Moore, Garrett Hack, Jon Brooks, Jon Siegel, Jere Osgood, Jeffrey Cooper and Jo Stone and in the right foreground, from left, are Loran...

The New Hampshire definition of fine furniture

At the heart of the League and the Masters groups are their three-person juries. Currently, Moore and Jere Osgood serve on both juries, exerting a unified force on studio furniture making in the state. The juries are strict but supportive. Applicants who fall short on their first try are deferred, not failed, and are given specific pointers for future success. According to Moore, deferred woodworkers often are invited to bring pieces to a jury member's shop for informal mentoring. Pieces are...