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  • Hug the Irish, they built Boston

    As we celebrate all things Irish this week, it's nice to remember that Boston was forever changed by the huge wave of Irish immigrants who made Boston their home in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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    Posted: March 18, 2015
  • Career Weekend -- April 10 - 11, 2015

    Connecting talent with opportunity. A two-day event for employers, small-business consultants, guilds, associations and others seeking to connect with talented NBSS students and graduates.

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    Posted: March 18, 2015
  • Make/Speak at the Fuller Craft Museum

    The fourth installment of Make/Speak is Sunday, April 19 at the Fuller Craft Museum. Don't miss the 7 takes on craft, 7 minutes each. This free public lecture choreographed by the Commonwealth of Craft.

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    Posted: March 4, 2015
  • NBSS facility a hot property

    The new NBSS facility at 150 North Street was named Hot Property by Banker & Tradesman.

    Posted: March 4, 2015
  • An article by NBSS graduate Emanuel Silva, CA '93

    Emanuel Silva, CA '93 published an article titled 'Repair and Replace Strip Flooring" in the Journal of Light Construction and an article "Decking over a Roof" in FineHomebuilding.

    Posted: March 4, 2015
  • An article by NBSS graduate Ben Blackmar, CF '14

    Ben Blackmar, CF '14 wrote an article for Fine Woodworking about the reproduction bureau for the Emily Dickinson Museum that Caleb Schultz, CF '13 made while he was a student at NBSS. Read the article.

    Posted: March 4, 2015
  • Special bookbinding guest

    The bookbinding program enjoyed a week with guest instructor Dr.Georgios Boudalis, a book conservator from Greece who led a workshop with both first and second year students. The project was a Byzantine binding.

    Georgios is shown above left with bookbinding student Jonathan Romain and a Byzantine binding in process by student Todd Davis.

    Posted: March 4, 2015
  • Solar update

    Even in the dead of winter (although, unfortunately, not under 5 feet of snow), the solar panels on the roof of NBSS produces energy for the school -- a total of 8,608.01 kWh since the switch was thrown in October.

    The NBSS solar installation is part of the Race to Solar program, a program that helps non-profits and small businesses install energy-efficient upgrades including solar. If you own a small business or non-profit or know of someone who does, you/they may be eligible for a no-cost, no-obligation energy efficiency evaluation. Learn more.

    Posted: March 4, 2015
  • NBSS Annual Report

    The 2014 Annual Report includes profiles of students, staff and faculty as well as financial information and lists of NBSS donors, graduates, instructors and more.

    The report is sent to individuals who support NBSS scholarships and/or the Annual Fund, those who provide in-kind gifts and sponsors of Annual Evening. It is also online here.

    Thank you to all who donated in 2014 and so far this fiscal year. If you have not yet sent a donation and would like to join the growing community of NBSS supporters, make a donation of any amount (donate online or send payment to NBSS, 150 North Street, Boston MA 02019). In addition to our thanks, we'll send you the Annual Report.

    Posted: March 4, 2015
  • NBSS participates in Boston Design Week

    Boston Design Week seeks to increase public awareness and appreciation of all aspects of design, foster recognition of the vital role design plays in our lives, and bring new audiences to a wide array of design industries and organizations.

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    Posted: March 4, 2015
  • NBSS violin program participates in MIT study

    MIT acousticians and fluid dynamicists, along with violin makers at the NBSS, have analyzed measurements from hundreds of Cremonese-era violins, identifying key design features that contribute to these particular violins' acoustic power, or fullness of sound. The researchers found that the shape and length of 'f-holes' and the thickness of a violin's back plate are the two features that most affect an instrument's acoustic power. The research was picked up by national and international media including NBC News, Christina Science Monitor, New York Times, The Daily Telegraph and more. Read about the research on MIT News.

    Posted: March 4, 2015
  • Quality is Contagious: John Economaki and Bridge City Tool Works

    March 5 - May 15, 2015, Windgate Gallery, North Bennet Street School. John Economaki established Bridge City Tool Works in 1983. Thirty-two years later, Bridge City Tool Works is recognized worldwide as the source of exquisite tools for hand woodworking. His work has been described by collectors as "tools with a soul."

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    Posted: March 4, 2015
  • Boston Design Week at NBSS

    North Bennet Street School invites the public to learn more about the school during Boston Design Week, March 19 - 29, 2015.

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    Posted: February 24, 2015
  • Snow days help us appreciate school

    The first snow day is a celebration. A change from routine, we shovel and play. We hang out with our kids and friends, drink hot beverages and read the books and magazines piled up around the house. By the second, third, fourth…sixth ! snow day, we are restless. We are tired of shoveling and we yearn for engagement. We miss our peers at school and work.

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    Posted: February 18, 2015
  • A career Valentine

    At this time of year, leading up to the middle of February, we are bombarded with ideas of romantic love and passion. Everywhere – the grocery store, listening to the radio, watching television, checking in with friends and family on facebook, there are constant reminders of Valentines day. But what about love and passion for our work ?

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    Posted: February 9, 2015
  • NBSS carpentry students build a sugar shack

    NBSS carpentry students are building a timber-frame sugar shack for NBSS staff member Jamie Dergay for his maple syrup production. The project was featured in The Sun, the Lowell, Massachusetts newspaper. Learn more about how to engage NBSS students to fulfill your dream.

    Posted: February 4, 2015
  • Brent Hull, PC '93 in the news

    Brent Hull, PC '93 is featured in Dallas Morning News in an article titled "Will your new house stand the test of time?" Read the article.

    Posted: February 4, 2015
  • NBSS alumni exhibit in New Hampshire

    "Schools of Thought III: North Bennet Street School," an exhibit at the New Hampshire Furniture Masters (pictured) Gallery is an examination of works by makers from North Bennet Street School. The exhibit is on view at the Furniture Masters' Gallery, located at 49 South Main Street in Concord, NH through March 10, 2015.

    Posted: February 4, 2015
  • NBSS featured in Job U

    NBSS is featured in the recently published book Job U - How to Find Wealth and Success by Developing the Skills Companies Actually Need by Nicholas Wyman. Details online at

    Posted: February 4, 2015
  • Jewelry students learn from graduates

    Cathy Bobzin, a 2006 graduate of NBSS, recently taught a 2-day workshop in the full-time jewelry making and repair program on making ear wires and mass finishing for a production line.

    Posted: February 4, 2015
  • Master chair maker Pete Galbert

    Master Windsor chair maker Pete Galbert is working with first year cabinet and furniture making students. Pete's assistant for the workshop is graduate Charlie Ryland, CF '14.

    Posted: February 4, 2015
  • Attention Boston Globe readers

    Last year, the Boston Globe launched a community program called GRANT. Through this initiative, more than 30,000 subscribers allocated vouchers in designated amounts to a local 501(c)(3) non-profit of their choice. Organizations that received vouchers were given free advertising space.

    Last year, Boston Globe subscribers earned more than $4,000 in free advertising for NBSS. Watch for your Globe GRANT envelope and support us again this year.

    Thank YOU !

    Learn more about the Boston Globe GRANT program.

    Posted: February 4, 2015
  • Bookbinders gather

    On January14, more than 50 guests (many of them NBSS alumni) gathered for the closing reception of an exhibit of the conservation bindings created by Mark Esser (pictured) while working as the conservator for the Jon J. Burns Library at Boston College. The exhibit was curated by Barbara Hebard '90, current conservator position at the library.

    The exhibit included twenty books, ranging from the 15th to the early 19th century, each with a binding in the style of the period and using materials appropriate for the time. One section of the exhibit covered Mark's early training and career in bookbinding, as well as his role developing the North Bennet Street School bookbinding program.

    Learn more about the NBSS bookbinding program.

    Posted: February 4, 2015
  • Happy Birthday Pauline

    Pauline Agassiz Shaw was a visionary leader who shaped North Bennet Street School. She was born on February 8, 1841 and served as President of the Board from 1885 - 1915.

    The Shaw Society honors Pauline's legacy and recognizes the school's most generous supporters. Shaw Society members, through their support of the School's core operations, demonstrate confidence in the school's mission and help sustain Pauline's vision.

    Learn more about the history of the school.
    Learn more about The Shaw Society.
    Donate to the Annual Fund.

    Posted: February 4, 2015
  • Designs by Lance Patterson

    An exhibit of work by Lance Patterson
    Through February 20, 2015
    Windgate Gallery
    North Bennet Street School

    Lance Patterson is a 1979 graduate of the NBSS cabinet and furniture making program. and long time instructor. He started making these designs in the 1970s and many date from that period. Prices range from $200 - $1000 and all proceeds from sales support NBSS programs.

    Posted: February 4, 2015
  • Honoring Dave Troiano

    On January 16, NBSS alumni, students, faculty and staff celebrated with Dave Troiano who retired at the end of January after 15 years teaching locksmithing at the school.

    Dave is shown here with current and past locksmithing students. His dedication to the school, the students and the locksmithing field are extraordinary and his daily presence at the school will be missed.

    NBSS is pleased to welcome Barbara Baker as the new head of the locksmithing department. Barbara is a 2004 graduate of the locksmithing program.

    Read about the locksmithing program.

    Make a donation to the Annual Fund in honor of Dave.

    Posted: February 4, 2015
  • Summer programs for kids and teens

    Skill building workshops for children and teens -- woodworking, jewelry making, calligraphy and bookbinding.

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    Posted: January 22, 2015
  • Carpentry and preservation carpentry students tour a high-end project.

    The carpentry and preservation carpentry students toured a high end construction site on Beacon Street in Boston.

    Posted: January 5, 2015
  • Three-month furniture making intensive

    Three-month furniture making intensive ended in December. Students Aaron Smith, Kenneth Zoller, Nate Thayer, Meredith Fuhrman (missing from the photo), Sandy (Thomas) Weymouth and Dan Weiner are shown here with a couple of the students' projects.

    Posted: January 5, 2015
  • Alumni-sponsored holiday party fun

    The Alumni & Student Holiday Party was a great success. Cabinet and furniture making student Matt Shuster won the Ugly Sweater Contest. He is pictured here with Alumni Association president Colleen Matthews and NBSS president Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez.

    Posted: January 5, 2015

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