News

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

  • Remembering a Devoted Friend

    NBSS mourns the loss of our great friend, Lisa von Clemm.

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    Lisa was a long time NBSS Board member—joining in 1989 and serving continuously until 2014. During her tenure Lisa initiated the Annual Evening of Craft, now a successful yearly fundraiser for the School. She opened the doors to her home in Wellesley for the both first and the tenth anniversary events. We are fortunate to have Lisa’s daughter, Stefanie von Clemm, carry on the family tradition on our Board of Directors.

    Lisa held a special interest in bookbinding, and the School benefited from her constant support and encouragement to make our own Bookbinding (BB) program the best it could be. She combined her interests in the School and the Boston Athenaeum by funding, through the Michael and Louisa von Clemm Foundation, a conservation fellowship for a recent BB graduate. Akin to a “third year” of the program, this one-of-a-kind experience allows new bookbinders to delve more deeply into conservation, and helps further their career potential.

    In addition, Lisa helped the BB program organize trips to England where students had the opportunity to visit suppliers, meet colleagues at industry events, and view amazing collections such as that of the Wormsley Library. Lisa and her daughter Stefanie graciously hosted BB students and faculty this past spring at her home in London, even while Lisa was ill. While there,

    Lisa shared her special collection of fine bindings created by others, a few of her favorite bindings collected over her years of work with the Designer Bookbinder’s annual competition. Lisa was kind enough to share some of her own pieces as well.

    Lisa von Clemm was a devoted supporter, advocate, patron, colleague, and friend to all of us at NBSS. She will be missed.

    Posted: July 15, 2016
  • Board Updates

    McKey Berkman BB ’11
    Edward S. Cooke, Jr.
    Peder Johnson
    Jim Marsh
    Caroline Mortimer
    Nick Offerman
    Stefanie von Clemm
    John Zurick

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    Posted: July 15, 2016
  • Distinguished Alumni Award

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    Congratulations to Janet A. Collins CF ’96, our 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner. Established by the Alumni Association in 2005, the Award recognizes those who excel in their profession and contribute to the craft community. Upon being presented the Award at this year’s commencement ceremony, Janet shared her insights, urging graduates to “Be persistent. Be determined. Do what’s right.”

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    Posted: July 15, 2016
  • A Worldwide Community of Craft

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    This past june, a new cohort of students joined the NBSS Alumni Association, a worldwide community of craft. With their significant accomplishments as a foundation, these new alumni now begin their lives as professional artisans. On behalf of the entire alumni community—over 2,500 individuals spread across six continents—welcome!

    The Alumni Association is here to connect, engage, and support students as they transition from learning in school to working within their chosen industry. There are a number of ways in which new alumni can participate in the life of the Association:

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    Posted: July 15, 2016
  • The Class of 2016

    “If you follow your passions, it becomes a special kind of strength and confidence you carry all throughout your life... and there’s no telling how far they will take you. Whatever struggles you had while pursuing this degree, you should all be incredibly proud of yourselves.”
    Mayor Walsh, 2016 Commencement Speaker

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    NBSS was delighted to host Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh as he delivered the commencement address to our newest graduates at Old North Church on Friday, June 3, 2016. Mayor Walsh is a lifelong Boston resident who formerly served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and headed the Building and Construction Trades Council of Boston’s Metropolitan District. He has won national recognition for expanding young people’s opportunities and shares our commitment to workforce development, civic responsibility, and access to quality education for Boston youth and veterans.

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    Posted: July 15, 2016
  • Visual Curricula Differentiated Instruction at NBSS

    NBSS is unlike traditional colleges and universities on multiple levels, but especially in academics: we teach traditional trades and crafts at a very high quality, with a defined mission of education for employment. Our student body, just as unique, is comprised of diverse learners with varied backgrounds, levels of experience, and challenges. In order to address the many ways in which NBSS students learn, our faculty utilize a number of approaches, from lectures and demonstrations to one-on-one instruction.

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    Posted: July 15, 2016
  • A Partner in Craft

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    Greg Pomeroy is the President and Founder of Pomeroy & Co., Inc., a leading general contracting and architectural woodworking company located in Boston. Since 1984, the company has worked on hundreds of residential projects throughout New England, offering a comprehensive range of services: new construction, restoration, design support, millwork production and post-construction services. Pomeroy & Co. focuses on teamwork and collaboration with all of their clients. Greg shares, “What I love about my job is that I get to work with people just as passionate as I, including other builders, architects, designers, and colleagues, as well as our many wonderful clients.” Greg first learned of North Bennet Street School after moving to the city in the early 1970’s. He spent his days working on renovation carpentry projects, and took night classes at Boston Architectural Center, eventually setting up his own shop. While working on a renovation in the historic South End, he interacted with a number of NBSS alumni. Greg is a former member of our Committee of Overseers, a former program advisor to the Carpentry program, and longtime donor to the School.

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    Posted: July 15, 2016
  • Annual Celebration of Craft

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    Every year, NBSS hosts a three-week long exhibit and series of events that promotes the appreciation of craft across a variety of disciplines and helps ensure a quality education is accessible to all. Ushering in the 2016 Annual Celebration of Craft was the Student & Alumni Exhibit, which featured work from more than 60 members of the School’s talented community. Hand-carved chairs and cabinetry, jewelry in platinum and gold, ornate leather-bound books, and a refurbished grand piano were just some of the many notable items on display. Kicking off the events, on May 17 the School hosted a fun and engaging evening that included progressive demonstrations in our program spaces, an intimate dinner, and special remarks from students. The following week, on May 26, NBSS opened its doors to over a hundred guests for a reception. Attendees viewed the magnificent work of the annual Student & Alumni Exhibit, mixed and mingled with artisans, and enjoyed drinks and conversation with our extended community.

    Proceeds from the Annual Celebration of Craft support the School’s mission to train students for careers in traditional trades that use hand skills in concert with evolving technology. This year, NBSS received $166,875 in support, the second highest amount since implementing the events in 2000.

    For more information on making a gift to NBSS, please contact Christine Murphy at cmurphy@nbss.edu or 617-227-0155 x170.

    For more images of the Annual Celebration of Craft, please visit us at Facebook.com/NBSSboston.

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    Posted: July 15, 2016
  • Excellence in All Things

    “Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, and skillful execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives.”

    Unknown author, circa 1885

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    NBSS has long prided itself on upholding the principles and practices of the craftsmanship tradition and on its dedication to the highest quality work. This past year, this concept of, and dedication to, fine craftsmanship was extended to the administration of the School. It was formally codified in the Strategic Plan 2016–2020, which was finalized and approved at the June 2015 Board meeting.

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    Posted: July 15, 2016
  • Honoring Rosemary Trainor

    After 19 years teaching in the Jewelry Making & Repair (JM) program—16 of which were as the Department Head—Rosemary Trainor JM ’90 retired at the end of this school year.

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    Posted: July 15, 2016
  • Sheds for Sale

    NBSS Carpentry students hand-built these amazing stick-framed sheds, and by purchasing one you can help further their education. For more info and to order yours today, contact info@nbss.edu.

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    Posted: July 15, 2016
  • Call For Carpentry Projects

    NBSS is always looking for relevant real-world projects for our Carpentry class. As an integral part of training in the School’s Carpentry program, students learn the practical aspects of new construction on select off-site projects.

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    The supervised project helps develop real-world, on-the-job skills, efficiency, and confidence in students, and the work itself is of the highest quality. Plus, the experience is like no other. One satisfied client shares, “In addition to the rewards of seeing our new addition take shape, working with the students has been priceless.”

    Carpentry projects for private individuals are chosen on the basis of their educational value, variety of work, and suitability for the entire class to work safely.

    Do you need a home addition, garage, or outbuilding? Propose your carpentry project via our website at www.nbss.edu/alumni/jobs-commission-center. Some restrictions apply, and all proposals will be reviewed for suitability.

    Posted: July 15, 2016
  • A Rewarding Path

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    The Boston Globe recently devoted nearly an entire issue of its Sunday Globe Magazine to student debt and the surrounding issues and crises of those seeking a degree.

    We at NBSS have been engaged in conversation over the past several years regarding how we can mitigate the financial challenges facing our students, including those from low-income families.

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    Posted: July 15, 2016
  • Double Your Impact

    Thanks to a generous donor, your gift to NBSS can go twice as far in supporting student scholarship! All gifts through July 31, 2016 will be match dollar for dollar, up to $25,000!

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    Posted: July 7, 2016
  • Double Your Impact

    Thanks to a generous donor, your gift to NBSS can go twice as far in supporting student scholarship! All gifts through July 31, 2016 will be match dollar for dollar, up to $25,000!

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    Posted: July 7, 2016
  • Mayor Walsh to Speak at 2016 Commencement

    North Bennet Street School is delighted to announce Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh will deliver the commencement address to our newest graduates at Old North Church on June 3, 2016.

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    Posted: May 13, 2016
  • Preserving the Shingle Style at NBSS

    As part of Preservation Month, NBSS hosted a crowd of over 50 attendees for a lecture on the restoration of the Loring House window by Preservation Carpentry students. The project was also featured in the May 2016 issue of Design New England Magazine.

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    Posted: May 13, 2016
  • Annual Celebration of Craft Opens May 16

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    This year's Student & Alumni Exhibit may be our biggest yet! The work of over 60 members of the NBSS community will be on display, including hand-carved chairs and cabinetry, jewelry in platinum and gold, ornate leather-bound books, a refurbished grand piano, and more.

    Exhibit free and open to the public, with tickets available for two special nights: Tuesday, May 17 features a progressive workshop tour with intimate dinner, and Thursday, May 26 offers a special "meet the makers" cocktail reception. Visit the Annual Celebration of Craft webpage for more information and to purchase tickets to the events. Hope to see you there!

    Posted: April 19, 2016
  • Sam Feinstein

    CE Summer Classes Filling Up Fast

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    Interested in sharpening your skills or learning a new craft? Check out what's new in Continuing Education this summer! With topics such as musical instruments, carpentry, woodworking, jewelry and more, there's a CE class made just for you. This year's selections are proving popular, and bench space is limited! Sign up today to make the most of your summer at NBSS.

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    Posted: April 19, 2016
  • Exploratory Work at Fowler Clark Farm

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    Historic Boston Incorporated recently published a writeup on recent NBSS Preservation Carpentry program discoveries at the 18th century farm in Mattapan. Pending approvals from various agencies, NBSS students will make historically accurate window sash and plank frames for the nine front windows, renovate the existing front portico, install a new front foundation sill, and make new clapboards for the front façade. Read more here.

    Posted: April 19, 2016
  • Opportunity at the Society of Arts and Crafts

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    NBSS friend The Society of Arts and Crafts is relocating to the Seaport from their former home on Newbury Street. To celebrate both the move and SAC's new craft community, the nonprofit will host Radius, an inaugural exhibition featuring talented makers who live or work within one mile of SAC's new, expanded location. Click here for details on applying; deadline is April 30.

    Posted: April 19, 2016
  • Annual Celebration of Craft

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    The Annual Celebration of Craft showcases the work of our talented community and supports the School’s mission to ensuring a quality education is accessible to all.

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    Posted: March 24, 2016
  • Call for Entries! Award, Exhibit & News

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    Check out these opportunities to be recognized for both your work and professional contributions: Distinguished Alumni Award, Student & Alumni Exhibit, and Alumni News updates.

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    Posted: March 15, 2016
  • 2015-16 Annual Report

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    Thank you to our 2016 supporters! Covering a broad range of topics, the 2015-16 Annual Report includes news from the School, profiles of our talented alumni, a listing of our generous supporters, and a Strategic Plan update from President Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez. Click here to view the Annual Report online.

    Posted: March 15, 2016
  • Video: Kyle Toth CF '11

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    Check out this great profile of CF alum Kyle Toth and his creative work. Part of a series on Southern Californian artisans, Kyle talks not only about keeping craft alive and the importance of quality work, but also his formative education at NBSS.

    Posted: March 15, 2016
  • Check Out Our Continuing Education Summer Catalog

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    Interested in sharpening your skills or learning a new craft? Check out what's new in Continuing Education this summer! With topics such as musical instruments, carpentry, woodworking, jewelry and more, there's a CE class made just for you. For more details, click here.

    Posted: March 15, 2016
  • Update on Student Veterans Organization

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    Our newly formed Student Veterans Organization (NBSS SVO) is now an official chapter of Student Veterans of America, a leader in research, advocacy, and partnerships. This has been a primary goal of NBSS SVO since it was founded in September.

    Serving our veteran population is one of several NBSS initiatives that honors our roots, and the School currently has 35 student veterans and dependents attending (the largest number in over 40 years). For more information on NBSS SVO, please visit our veterans page or contact vets@nbss.edu.

    Posted: March 15, 2016
  • Boston Design Week at NBSS

    Check out America's first trade school first hand, and learn more about NBSS's unique education in craftsmanship.

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    Posted: March 8, 2016
  • City and State Grants Awarded to NBSS

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    NBSS is pleased to announce $165,845 in grants from the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Neighborhood Jobs Trust funding from the City will be distributed through the School's Workforce Development Initiative, which provides economically disadvantaged residents of Boston with a viable pathway from high school to meaningful, lifetime employment. The remainder of the funding comes through Governor Baker's Workforce Skills Capital grant, which will make it possible for NBSS to purchase equipment for the now-expanded Carpentry program.

    NBSS is committed to improving the skills and job prospects of individuals who have historically faced barriers to employment. Look for more details on these and other important development news in the spring issue of Benchmarks.

    Posted: March 1, 2016
  • New Workbenches for Continuing Education

    Thanks to the help of Sjobergs and Woodcraft, the School was able purchase 20 new workbenches that will make the continuing education classroom a better learning environment for students.

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    Posted: February 15, 2016


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