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  • Boston and Cambridge Mayors at North Bennet Street School

    Wednesday, December 17...Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Cambridge Mayor David P. Maher joined representatives of the Race to Solar program to cut the ribbon of the North Bennet Street School's new 50kW solar array.

    Posted: December 17, 2014
  • Making it in America: African Americans and Craft

    Tuesday, January 13, free lecture - An exploration of African American crafts by Lowery Stokes Sims, the William and Mildred Ladson Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and an expert on the work of African, Latino, Native and Asian American artists.

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    Posted: December 10, 2014
  • Special edition NBSS tool

    John Economaki of Bridge City Tool Works designs the highest quality woodworking tools. His work was exhibited at
    the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon and NBSS is working with John to bring the exhibit to NBSS in March 2015. You can support the exhibit and own a special edition Bridge City Tool Works TS-1 square for a contribution of $250 or more.

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    Posted: November 13, 2014
  • North End Holiday Stroll... and sale of NBSS student work

    Explore boutiques, galleries, design studios and sweet shops in Boston's North End and don't miss the sale of STUDENT WORK at North Bennet Street School.

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    Posted: November 6, 2014
  • Preservation carpentry at Hatch Mill

    Built in 1753, Hatch Mill in Marshfield, Massachusetts is the last remaining water-powered up-and-down sawmill on the North River and one of the last in the United States.

    The mill was used through the 1960s but the last four decades have taken a toll on the historic structure.

    In 2004 the Hatch Mill Restoration and Preservation Group was formed. NBSS preservation carpentry students have played a vital role in the reconstruction of the timber frame mill.

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    Posted: November 5, 2014
  • NBSS carpentry graduates recognized

    The residential design/build firm in Lexington founded by Peter Feinmann, CA '83 was recognized by the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB) with two 2014 PRISM Awards. Feinmann was a Gold Winner for the Best Remodeling/Restoration project under $250,000 and a PRISM Award for the Best Website.

    Posted: November 3, 2014
  • NBSS students win big at Topsfield Fair

    Four NBSS cabinet and furniture making students took home ribbons from Topsfield Fair last month. Matthew Shuster, CF '15 received a second place, Joe Corigliano, CF '15 won a first place, Sam Kott, CF '15 won two third places and Josh Brucker, CF '15 won a first place.

    Posted: November 3, 2014
  • NBSS wins two preservation achievement awards

    NBSS was a double winner in the 2014 Boston Preservation Alliance Preservation Achievement Awards. The First Parish Church of Dorchester, worked on by teams of NBSS preservation carpentry students over several years won an award and the new NBSS facility at 150 North Street also won a preservation achievement award. The teams for both projects were honored at the October award ceremony. Pictured here, Reverend Arthur R. Lavoie from the church (left) and NBSS preservation carpentry instructor Rich Friberg.

    Posted: November 3, 2014
  • Annual pumpkin carving contest

    Fueled by Halloween candy, students from all programs joined the rukus at the annual pumpkin carving contest... a panel of judges chose pumpkins that were the scariest, funniest and most representative of an NBSS department but, in the end, all were declared winners.

    Posted: November 3, 2014
  • Locksmiths gather in Sturbridge

    The NBSS locksmithing program was well represented with students and alumni at the recent Yankee Security Conference in Sturbridge MA.

    Posted: November 3, 2014
  • New tools for carpentry

    US Tools and Fasteners donated a Festool Track Saw, Guide Rail, and Dust Extractor to the carpentry program and a Festool sales representative demonstrated the new equipment.

    Posted: November 3, 2014
  • Preservation carpentry update

    First year preservation carpentry students went on a field trip to Seacoast Mills in Brentwood NH. Closer to home, they have been working at Hatch Mill in Marshfield hewing pine logs to be used as a top plate for the Box Mill and assisting in erecting the newly repaired, mid-18th century saws mill.

    Posted: November 3, 2014
  • Bookbinding students gather in Las Vegas and welcome guests at school

    Several current bookbinding students joined NBSS graduates and other bookbinding enthusiasts at the Guild of Bookworkers Standards of Excellence Seminar in Las Vegas last month (pictured here enjoying the neon). Once back in Boston, the bookbinding department welcomed two guest instructors -- Sonya Sheats, who taught on French Simplified Bindings, and Jeff Peachey, who taught tool sharpening.

    Posted: November 3, 2014
  • David Betts -- 40 years !

    David Betts, head of the piano technology department, was presented with cake at a recent advisory meeting. The cause of the celebration -- his 40 year tenure as an NBSS instructor !

    Posted: November 3, 2014
  • NBSS hosts girl scout cadettes

    The Wampatuck and Gates Girl Scout Cadettes from Troop 74449 in Scituate came to North Bennet Street School on October 21 to earn Woodworker Badges.

    Steven Brown, an instructor in the Cabinet and Furniture Making program, and three NBSS students -- Kamala Questel, Donna Fisher and Lesley Gold -- hosted the troop and introduce them to woodworking, starting with an initial piece of wood through to a finished product. Each girl had an opportunity to try measuring, sawing, planing and carving and each cadette took home a paper tower holder that they made themselves!

    Posted: November 3, 2014
  • Jewelry grad's store wins 'Best Jewelry Store in Somerville'

    e. scott originals, the store founded by Jewelry making and repair graduate Emily Scott, JM '07 was awarded best jewelry store in Somerville by the Somerville Scout.

    Posted: October 1, 2014
  • NBSS graduate interviewed

    An interview with NBSS graduate William Thomas, CF '80 was published in New Hampshire Home.

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    Posted: October 1, 2014
  • NBSS graduate and veteran featured

    A story about NBSS graduate and wounded Marine Corps veteran T J Kearney, CA '11 showcasing his successful carpentry business is included in the Veteran's Business Owners Initiative.

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    Posted: October 1, 2014
  • Piano technology program featured on WBUR

    The NBSS piano technology program was featured on WBUR Hear & Now on September 29. Jeremy Hobson interviewed NBSS instructor Debbie Cyr on using digital apps for tuning pianos.

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    Posted: October 1, 2014
  • NBSS graduates win VSA awards

    Two NBSS graduates won awards at the annual Violin Society of America Convention and Competition. Paul Crowly, VM '03 (left) won a Certificate of Merit for Workmanship for Viola and a Certificate of Merit for Tone for Violin and Ed Halloran, VM '02 won a Silver Medal for Viola Tone. Peter Bingen, VM '05 snapped the photo.

    Posted: October 1, 2014
  • Success Stories symposium

    On September 25-26, North Bennet Street School and the American Craft Council sponsored a free two-day symposium, Success Stories. Panelists and workshop leaders Mike Flanigan, Molly Hatch, Bart Niswonger and Matthew Shlian shared insights from their careers in a panel discussion and led workshops on topics as varied as paper engineering to logo design.

    Posted: October 1, 2014
  • International experts share their knowledge

    Dominic Riley, an acclaimed bookbinder and teacher from England, taught Millimeter Bindings to bookbinding students. In the photo Dominic is explaining how he does graphite edges.

    François Denis, a violin maker from France, meticulously researched geometry and drafting techniques to discover how Renaissance masters designed their instruments. He spent a week at NBSS sharing the remarkable drafting techniques he developed based on his research. He is shown here (seated left) with instructor Roman Barnas (seated) and students.

    Posted: October 1, 2014
  • NBSS faculty on the road

    NBSS jewelry instructor Ann Cahoon JM '02 presented at the MJSA symposium in Providence RI in September and is traveling to Oregon for the October 5-6 Portland Jewelry Symposium.

    Cabinet and furniture making instructor Steve Brown, CF '90 presented at the Manchester Historical Museum in Manchester-by-the-Sea in September. His talk complemented an exhibit of Manchester-made furniture.

    Posted: October 1, 2014
  • Piano for Sale

    This Baldwin 5'8" model R grand piano was manufactured in 1982 and is for sale through the NBSS piano technology program. It has a satin ebony finish with a few light scratches. Very little use in its 30-year life, very good condition with a matching bench. It is on sale for $8,000. To learn more and schedule a time to see and play the instrument, contact the piano technology department at 617-227-0155 x260 /

    Posted: October 1, 2014
  • October 29 - Craft in America preview screening

    Wednesday, October 29, 6:00 pm / Free, Windgate Gallery, North Bennet Street School. North Bennet Street School is pleased to host a free, preview screening of the new Craft in America episode ‘Service’. Service is the story of craft and the military from the origins of the Army Arts & Crafts Program and the G.I. Bill to contemporary soldiers and veterans, 'Service' documents the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate and heal.

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    Posted: September 29, 2014
  • Learn a new skill

    One-day, weekend, week-long and evening options... bookbinding, woodworking, calligraphy and jewelry making. There's something for everyone. 15% discount for new workshop students and graduates of NBSS full-time programs.

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    Posted: September 15, 2014
  • Call for woodworkers

    Land's Sake, a community forest outreach program is hosting an event on October 5 and seeks artisans to demonstrate woodworking. Learn more about the event. Contact Aaron Lefland at if you are interested in participating.

    Posted: September 2, 2014
  • Getting the most from your combination square

    Bill Rainford, PC '11 wrote a blog post on getting the most from your combination square for Read the blog post. ( is seeking woodworking professionals to write content. If interested, please forward your contact information, a blurb about your experience and writing samples to Kat at .)

    Posted: September 2, 2014
  • Building a Timeless House, a book by NBSS graduate Brent Hull, PC '93

    A book by NBSS graduate Brent Hull, PC '93 titled "Building a Timeless House" was recently published and is available online. Read more on Brent's website.

    Posted: September 2, 2014
  • The BAC and NBSS

    The Boston Architectural College and NBSS collaborate on an annual graduate-level class in traditional building each year. The instructor for the program is Bill Rainford, PC 11. The class culminates in a week-long intensive of hands-on workshops organized by Bill and held at NBSS in August. The students are shown here with Bill (bottom row right) with the timber frame structure that they built.

    Posted: September 2, 2014

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