Nathaniel Sheidley and furniture makers Daniel Faia and Matthew Wajda, share the story of refurnishing
Boston’s historic Council Chamber at the Old State House.
- Boston’s Historic Council Chamber
Thursday, March 13, 2014
North Bennet Street School
150 North Street, Boston
Free, please RSVP below
of Empire: Refurnishing Boston’s Historic Council Chamber
Council Chamber in Boston’s Town House (now the Old State House),
where the Royal Governor of Massachusetts met with members of his
Council, was once a nerve center for the British empire in North
America. This historic room has recently been returned to its
appearance during the 1760s when the fate of the British empire
turned on the decisions made within its walls. Thanks to an
unprecedented collaboration between the Bostonian Society and North
Bennet Street School, visitors can now sit in the Governor’s chair
and thumb through reproduction documents at the Council table. Historian Nathaniel Sheidley and furniture makers Daniel Faia and
Matthew Wajda will discuss the challenges encountered and lessons learned during their work on this project.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
- Nathaniel Sheidley, Dan Faia, CF '94 and Matt Wajda, CF '00
Dr Nathaniel Sheidley is the senior Historian and Director of Public History at the Bostonian Society. Originally from Connecticut, he attended Stanford University as an undergraduate and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University. Prior to joining the Bostonian Society, Nat taught early American history at Wellesley College. He is currently directing the Bostonian Society’s ongoing project to reinterpret Boston’s Old State House, the most important public building in the American colonies prior to 1776.
Dan Faia graduated from North Bennet Street School (NBSS) in 1994 and is the head of the NBSS cabinet and furniture making department. In addition to teaching in the full-time program, Dan teaches NBSS workshops and runs a custom furniture shop in New Hampshire. Prior to joining the NBSS faculty, Dan worked with master craftsmen Phil Lowe, CF '74 and Ron Traposso. Dan regularly lectures and participates in symposiums organized by woodworking organizations throughout New England. When he isn't making furniture or teaching, Dan enjoys writing and has published numerous articles in Fine Woodworking magazine. Samples and video demonstrations of Dan’s wood carving are currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston in the Art of the Americas wing.
Matt Wajda is a 2000 graduate of the NBSS Cabinet & Furniture Making program. His custom furniture making business, Piscataqua Design, LLC, is in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He is active in commission and design work and has clients throughout the east coast. Matt's work is often exhibited in galleries in Portsmouth and Boston. Matt teaches workshops regularly through the NBSS continuing education program.