This page is regularly updated with the latest news from and about NBSS.

  • 2014 Student & Alumni Exhibit

    May 12- 30, 2014, Two International Place, Boston. Exhibit hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

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    Posted: April 16, 2014
  • Summer program for youth

    A special summer workshop for middle-school students introduces them to woodworking. The one-week class is Monday - Friday, July 7 - 11 am and is taught by the lead teacher in the NBSS woodworking partnership program with Boston middle schools.

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    Posted: April 9, 2014
  • Article in Fine Woodworking

    An article titled "Get Better Results with Polyurethane" by Ben Blackmar, CF '14 is in Fine Woodworking. Read the article (available to subscribers online).

    Posted: April 6, 2014
  • NBSS in the Piano Technicians Journal

    The NBSS piano technology program was featured in the January 2014 issue of the Piano Technicians Journal. Read the article (PDF).

    Posted: April 6, 2014
  • Maple Sugar Days at Brookwood Farm

    First year preservation carpentry students participated in Maple Sugar Days at Brookwood Farm in Canton MA on March 8 -9. Students demonstrated converting trees to timbers using felling and hewing axes as well as the use of other traditional non powered tools used in timber framing. About 2,000 people attended this event.

    Posted: April 6, 2014
  • Refurnishing the Council Chamber

    Speakers Nat Sheildey and Dan Faia, CF '94 made history come alive in the March 13 lecture "Refurnishing the Council Chamber". Dan Faia talked about the chair he made for the Council Chamber and documented on his blog. Read Dan's blog.

    Posted: April 6, 2014
  • Pauline Agassiz Shaw Celebrated

    NBSS visionary Pauline Agassiz Shaw was celebrated at the Loving Greenough House in Jamaica Plain on March 25. Pauline and her family were long-time residents of Jamaica Plain. The audience of 50 included Pauline's great, great granddaughter Marjorie Jeffries, Marjorie's son Peter Jeffries and his wife Pam. The Jeffries are pictured here with the presenters (left to right) Nancy Jenner, Pam, Robert and Marjorie Jeffries, Mary Smoyer and Gretchen Grozier.

    Posted: April 6, 2014
  • NBSS at Old Sturbridge Village Woodworking Forum

    NBSS instructor Steve Brown, CF '90 was a presenter and NBSS students attended the Old Sturbridge Village Woodworking Forum on March 29. Also part of the event and pictured here (left to right), woodworker Freddy Roman, Steve Brown, Norm Abrams (host of the New Yankee Workshop and Master Carpenter on This Old House; Christie Jackson, Old Sturbridge Village's Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Will Neptune, CF '81, NBSS graduate and former instructor.

    Posted: April 6, 2014
  • Boston Globe Nonprofit Donation

    North Bennet Street School fans responded to the Boston Globe nonprofit donation program to secure $3,700 in advertising for the school. As of March 30, NBSS was the 75th highest organization, higher than many larger non-profits. See the list. Thank you to Boston Globe readers!

    Posted: April 6, 2014
  • Hart Recieves Scholarship

    Meredith Hart, CF '14 won the Future Craftsmen Scholarship sponsored by Oneida Air Systems. Read more on the Oneida facebook page.

    Posted: April 6, 2014
  • Register now to reserve a space…

    In addition to the regular fundamental workshops in woodworking, bookbinding and jewelry and long-time favorites such as timber framing and bowl turning, the summer schedule includes many new workshops.


    Secret Belgian binding NEW
    Bookbinding open workshop NEW
    Traditional Ethiopian bookbinding NEW
    Family workshop-make a book NEW


    Decorative inlay NEW

    Woodcarving intensives NEW


    Tube setting NEW
    Stringing and re-stringing pearls NEW


    Italic calligraphy & accordion book NEW


    Sawhorse workshop NEW
    Flat-screen TV stand NEW

    Download the brochure or view workshops online using these links:
    » Bookbinding & calligraphy
    » Woodworking
    » Jewelry & metals

    15% discount on most workshops for first-time students and graduates of NBSS full-time programs.

    Posted: April 6, 2014
  • Photography Project Opportunity

    Boston photographer Christian Wilson is working on a photo documentary project of tradespeople and artisans across the U.S. and is seeking participants and contributors. The project includes detailed portraits of the workers' hands and interviews and will be exhibited in a book and gallery exhibition. Details online. If interested, email Christian.

    Posted: April 6, 2014
  • Alumni Association April Meeting

    Join NBSS colleagues at the next Alumni Association meeting.
    6:00 pm
    April 17, 2014
    North Bennet Street School
    150 North Street, Boston

    Posted: April 6, 2014
  • Historic Walk With Steven O’Shaugnhessy

    Saturday, May 10
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm / $35

    Visit Brattle Street, a historic site in Cambridge, with NBSS preservation carpentry instructor Steven O'Shaughnessy. The walk includes stops and discussion in front of many architectural gems. Details and registration.

    Posted: April 6, 2014
  • NSTAR is Digging up the Sidewalk Sale

    Major inventory close-out. Tools and NBSS logo items from $.25 to $10... something for everyone.

    And there's more... one-of-a-kind jewelry, books and furniture made by NBSS students and alumni.

    Stop by for pricing or call for more hours and contact information is online.

    Posted: April 6, 2014
  • 15th Annual Evening of Traditional Craft

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014, Two International Place, Boston. More than 450 guests attended last year's event to celebrate the exceptional work of NBSS alumni and students and support the President's Scholarship Fund.

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    Posted: April 1, 2014
  • A lantern restored

    The NBSS preservation carpentry class of 2012 restored the lantern for the First Parish Church of Dorchester. Come to this presentation to hear (and see) the story. Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6:00 pm / Free.

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    Posted: March 14, 2014
  • Register now for summer workshops

    Download the brochure or view workshops online. 15% discount on most workshops for first-time students and graduates of NBSS full-time programs.

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    Posted: March 9, 2014
  • Globe Covers Conservation at the Athenaeum

    An article about the conservation work at the Boston Athenaeum, published in The Boston Globe, included comments by recent bookbinding graduate Jeanne Goodman. Read the article.

    Posted: March 9, 2014
  • Sturbridge Woodworking Forum

    Go to the Old Sturbridge Village Woodworking Forum on March 29 for a day celebrating the woodworking techniques of 19th-century cabinetmaker Nathan Lombard. Speakers include New Yankee Workshop host Norm Abram and NBSS trained furniture makers Will Neptune, CF '81 and Steve Brown, CF '90. Details online.

    Posted: March 9, 2014
  • The Legacy of Pauline Agassiz Shaw

    Learn about NBSS founder Pauline Agassiz Shaw at a panel discussion sponsored by The Jamaica Plain Historical Society and the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club. A Women's History Panel: The Legacy of Pauline Agassiz Shaw at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 25 at the Loring-Greenough House in Jamaica Plain. Details online.

    Posted: March 9, 2014
  • The Thinking Hand

    An exhibit "The Thinking Hand: Tools and Traditions of the Japanese Carpenter" is at Harvard through March 25. Details online.

    Posted: March 9, 2014
  • Bound Together

    A solo show titled 'Bound Together' featuring work by NBSS bookbinding graduate Athena Moore, BB '10 opens March 8 at Washington Street Art. Details online.

    Posted: March 9, 2014
  • O Sole Mio

    An afternoon of Italian music sponsored by the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, March 15 at Windgate Gallery at North Bennet Street School. Details online.

    Posted: March 9, 2014
  • Piano Techs Write About Temperature and Humidity

    An article about temperature and humidity data loggers published online focuses on the work of Mary Kelly and James Kelly, PT '02. Read the article.

    Posted: March 9, 2014
  • Silva Publishes More Articles

    Emanuel A. Silva, CA '93 published two articles in recent issues of The Journal of Light Construction -- "Wrapping Porch Posts" and "New Joists For An Old Floor". Find a list of articles by Silva here.

    Posted: March 9, 2014
  • Middle School Program Featured

    The NBSS middle-school program was featured in the North End Waterfront News. Read the article.

    Posted: March 9, 2014
  • Display Case Next to the Mayor’s Office

    Just outside Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh's office in city hall, a display case is filled with North Bennet Street School objects. Work by students, samples made by instructors and more representing the school's programs. Everyone who visits the new mayor passes right by the case.

    Posted: March 9, 2014
  • Wedding Band Workshop a Success

    NBSS held its first wedding band workshop in February. Couples came and made custom rings during a weekend workshop led by Leslie Hartwell, JM '06

    Posted: March 9, 2014
  • Gemstone Setting DVD Released

    A gemstone setting DVD featuring jewelry making and repair instructor Ann Cahoon was recently released and a second one is due to release soon. Learn more about the DVD and the related book.

    Posted: March 9, 2014

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