News

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

  • NBSS Closed Monday, February 8, 2016

    Due to the severe weather conditions expected throughout the day today, NBSS will be closed.

    All full-time and Continuing Education classes are canceled and the building will remain closed all day.

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    Posted: February 8, 2016
  • Snow Cancellations and School Closing Information

    When snow or other weather conditions make school attendance difficult or dangerous, classes may be delayed, cancelled or postponed. Such decisions will be announced by 5:30am on TV stations Fox 25, WBZ 38 and WHDH Channel 7.

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    Posted: January 21, 2016
  • NBSS Students at CraftBoston Holiday 2015

    NBSS students from our Bookbinding, Cabinet and Furniture Making and Jewelry Making and Repair programs will be at CraftBoston Holiday 2015. Visit them at Booth #132 Friday, December 11, Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13. Visit the CraftBoston Holiday 2015 web site for more information.

    Posted: December 10, 2015
  • Open House Was a Success!

    Thanks to everyone who visited us last Friday and Saturday during our Open House. We hope you enjoyed your visit and learned more about what we do and why we're America's premier trade and craftsman school.

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    Posted: November 25, 2015
  • Student Veterans Fall 2015

    NBSS Veterans Scholarship Fund

    Veterans have long been part of North Bennet Street School’s history, beginning at the end of World War I. More than 1,200 veterans trained at the School between 1946 –1977 and in the last few years enrollment by veterans has been steadily on the rise.

    Today, NBSS is tremendously proud that veterans make up 20% of the full-time student body. They have served in all branches of the military, and are enrolled in programs across the School. Veterans come to NBSS with an enviable level of focus, commitment, organization, confidence, self-motivation and self-reliance that is often a model for other students. These are the qualities a student needs to create high quality work, whether the medium is wood, paper or platinum.

    In November, when we celebrate both Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, I want to express my gratitude on behalf of the entire NBSS community to our veterans and their families for the sacrifices they have made. In their honor, I hope you will consider making a contribution of any size to the NBSS Veterans Scholarship Fund, which will help cover the costs of tuition, tools, materials, support services and job placement. Please click here to support our veterans.

    Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez
    President, NBSS

    Posted: November 9, 2015
  • Career Day - November 19, 2015

    An opportunity for employers and small business consultants to meet talented students and alumni. Learn more about exhibiting and attending this unique opportunity to connect talent with opportunity.

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    Posted: September 24, 2015
  • A new grant for workforce development & diversity

    NBSS has been awarded a grant of $25,000 by The Boston Foundation to support the Workforce Development and Diversity Initiative. Now in its third year, the Workforce Development and Diversity Initiative provides young adults from Boston's schools and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods with a viable path to meaningful, lifetime employment.

    Support from The Boston Foundation makes it possible for NBSS to offer scholarships and provides funds for tools, materials, and support services critical to students' success.

    Posted: August 3, 2015
  • Violin making & repair graduate wins international award

    Eric Roy, VM '95 won a Certificate of Tone in the 2015 International Society of Bassists competition for this bass he made with Gary Gutierrez.

    Posted: August 3, 2015
  • Jewelry student wins WJA scholarship

    Current student Miranda Harter received a $1000 Women's Jewelers Association scholarship for bench jewelry. In her essay, Miranda wrote " Studying to become a bench jeweler seemed like an ideal way to combine my love for jewelry with my skill and passion as an artist. I believe that my attention to detail, drive to learn, and my love for hand craft will turn into a long and happy career in the industry, whether I work for other people or end up creating my own designs. In the meantime, a scholarship from WJA would benefit both myself as a student, and an industry that is apparently looking at a shortage of skilled bench jewelers."

    Posted: August 3, 2015
  • Bookbinding graduate saves the day at the BPL

    NBSS bookbinding graduate Lauren Schott, BB '13 was the Boston Public Library staff member who found two misplaced prints -- a Rembrandt and a Dürer -- from the library's collection. The missing prints created a public relations crisis for the library when the media picked up on the missing artwork. Schott, who was interviewed for The Boston Globe story said "I think there's been a lot of focus on the negative - that these items were misplaced. People need to recognize that these collections are huge, and we have amazing things. This is an opportunity for us to make these more protected and more accessible. These are national treasures."

    Posted: July 1, 2015
  • Give to the Annual Fund

    The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of philanthropic support at NBSS and is the most direct way to make a positive impact on NBSS students’ educational experience. Gifts to the Annual Fund provide support that is vital for daily operations and ensures that we continue to meet the school's high standards of excellence and commitment to both thrive and grow.

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    Posted: July 1, 2015
  • Kevin Kelly, VM '92 receives the Distinguished Alumni Award

    Kevin Kelly, VM '92 was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award by NBSS Alumni Association president Colleen Matthews at the May 29 graduation ceremony.

    After graduating from North Bennet Street School in 1992, Kevin did violin repair work in San Francisco and Boston. In 1998, he returned to NBSS as a teacher in the Violin Making and Repair program. Since 2002, he has run a studio in Boston, making new instruments, performing repairs and restorations of historic instruments, and maintaining and adjusting instruments for musicians.

    Kevin is has researched and investigated the original system of design of the violin family and has published articles on the subject in The Strad magazine and presented his research at the Violin Society of America’s annual meetings and the Oberlin Violin Makers’ Workshop.

    Kevin is an advisor to the NBSS Violin Making and Repair program and a consultant for the Department of Musical Instruments at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Fine Musical Instrument division of Skinner Auctioneers.


    The Distinguished Alumni Award is was established in 2005 to recognize a distinguished graduate from a full-time program. Details online.

    Posted: June 1, 2015
  • Piano technology graduate featured

    Piano technology graduate Tim Dudley, PT '13 was featured in Newswest Online, a Toronto publication. Read the article.

    Posted: June 1, 2015
  • Video documentary about NBSS nominated for a New England Emmy

    A short video documentaryabout NBSS, produced by Comcast for their subscribers, has been nominated for a New England Emmy Award. Watch the video.

    Posted: June 1, 2015
  • Bookbinding work featured

    Erin Fletcher, BB '12 posted a wonderful article about the second year bookbinding students set books on her blog. Read the blog post.

    Posted: June 1, 2015
  • Piano technology students pass RPT exams

    Eleven piano technology students from the class of 2015 passed the RPT (Registered Piano Technician) exams. They are pictured here left to right: Yun Swanson, Lauren Sturm, Ben Webster, Joe Rush, Patrick Dover, Spencer Maienza, Jonathan Kotulski, Rachel Aganski, Micah Sundholm, Sophia Krishnaswami, and Nathaniel Lane.

    Posted: June 1, 2015
  • Economaki talks with students

    John Economaki visited the school to attend a reception for the exhibit of his tools -- "Quality is Contageous: John Economaki and Bridge City Tools". During his visit, he met with students to talk about his work process.

    Posted: June 1, 2015
  • Preservation students restore historic windows

    First-year preservation carpentry students spent time restoring and installing window sashes for the 1784 Peirce Nichols House in Salem owned by the Peabody Essex Museum.

    Posted: June 1, 2015
  • Carpentry student wins award

    John Grant, CA '15 received a US Tool & Fastener Carpentry Award. In addition to the award, the company donated a new track saw and dust extractor to the carpentry program. Photo (L to R): John Grant, CA '15, Mike Kavanagh and Ryan Murphy from US Tool & Fastener.

    Posted: June 1, 2015
  • Jewelry instructor Ann Cahoon, JM '02 honored

    Jewelry making and repair instructor Ann Cahoon, JM '02 attended the Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology where she was the first-time recipient of a new award for the research on common bench practices that she presented at the symposium.

    Posted: June 1, 2015
  • James Dergay named to state council

    NBSS Director of Financial Aid, Jamie Dergay, was named to the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Executive Council for Proprietary Schools where he will advocate for career schools and their students.

    Posted: June 1, 2015
  • Piano for sale

    You can own this beautiful Steinway O, serial number 133932, dated 1908. The piano, completely rebuilt by NBSS piano technology students, includes a new soundboard, new bridges, new pinblock & strings, new damper action and damper felt, new Steinway hammers, shanks and repetitions, completely regulated and voiced. Ivory keytops. Touch weight adjusted. Dampp chaser included. Refinished in a satin ebony lacquer. $28,000. Write to pianotech@nbss.edu for more information or to schedule a time to see/play the instrument.

    Posted: June 1, 2015
  • Jack Stebbins retires

    At a reception honoring his 29 years as an NBSS instructor, students, faculty peers and staff celebrated Jack Stebbins with memories and praise. Never shy, Jack beamed in the limelight, told a joke and sang a song. The inscription on the gift from the school (an antique book of jokes) noted "more than 300 students taught, 1000 tuning exams given, thousands of jokes told and millions of laughs gifted."

    It was recently announced that Mario Igrec will join the piano technology program in September and assume Jack's positon. Mario has been rebuilding pianos since 1987. He worked at Louisiana State University for 8 years as a piano technician and eventually began teaching at the school. He also authored and published the book "Pianos Inside Out: A Comprehensive Guide to Piano Tuning, Repairing, and Rebuilding". Mario is pictured here with piano technology instructor Emily Townsend and Jack.

    Posted: June 1, 2015
  • Celebrations

    May is the month of celebrations at NBSS. In addition to graduation, the school hosted the Annual Evening of Traditional Craft, an exhibit reception for "Quality is Contagious: John Economaki and Bridge City Tools", a reception in conjunction with the Society of North American Goldsmith's Boston conference and related NBSS exhibit and an exhibit reception for the Annual Student & Alumni Exhibit.

    The picture above was taken during the Annual Evening of Traditional Craft, held this year at the school. The new format included a dinner and exceeded fundraising goals, raising more than $196,000 -- proceeds support student scholarships.

    You don't need to attend an event to support scholarships. Donate now to the Annual Fund.

    Posted: June 1, 2015
  • Windsor chair workshop

    Building a Windsor chair is not about learning a style, it's about learning a technology... a way of working with wood that is a wide departure from the usual flat and square. The class covers all the steps from tree to chair. Students split parts from a log, shave them, bend them and join them into a hand-carved seat. Be ready to work hard and learn a whole new way of woodworking.

    Monday - Saturday August 17- 22, 2015
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Instructor: Peter Galbert
    $1450

    Details and registration.

    Posted: June 1, 2015
  • Class of 2015

    While the media attention at graduation was focused on Offerman, the day belonged to the graduates who worked with focus and commitment to finish the requirements to earn their diplomas.

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    Posted: June 1, 2015
  • Nick Offerman & graduation

    The weather was perfect on Friday, May 29 as graduating students, their friends and family gathered at the school for Open House. Soon, the press showed up...and then Nick Offerman arrived. (For the few who might not know, Nick Offerman is an actor, writer, humorist and woodworker best known for playing Ron on the TV show "Parks and Recreation".) Offerman toured the school, talking to students and marveling at their work before everyone processed to Old North Church for the ceremony. As guest speaker for the event, Offerman delivered a talk that included praise, encouragement and, nor surprisingly, humor.

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    Posted: June 1, 2015
  • Nick Offerman to speak at graduation


    Nick Offerman -- actor, writer and woodworker, best known for the role of Ron Swanson on NBC’s hit comedy series “Parks & Recreation” is the graduation speaker for the 2015 North Bennet Street School (NBSS) graduation at noon on May 29 at Old North Church in Boston.

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    Posted: May 22, 2015
  • To Hear the Music

    A free documentary film screening and discussion with the director on Wednesday, May 27, 6:00 pm. To Hear The Music, an independent hour-long documentary, follows the development of a single pipe organ, CB Fisk’s Opus 139, from initial design meetings through every aspect of building and testing, to a celebratory Easter inaugural in Memorial Church, Harvard University.

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    Posted: April 22, 2015
  • Student & Alumni exhibit 2015

    May 18 - 29, 2015, Windgate Gallery, North Bennet Street School. Exhibit hours: Monday - Friday*, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and Saturday, May 23, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. *Closed Tuesday, May 19 and at 12:00pm on Friday, May 29.

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    Posted: April 22, 2015


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