News

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

  • What we are learning today

    Every day is different at North Bennet Street School. In each program, students are practicing new skills and focused on projects. Even on the first day of April, there was very little fooling around... just happy, focused, learning.

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    Posted: April 2, 2015
  • Bridge City Tool exhibit featured in Artscope

    The current exhibit -- Quality is Contagious: John Economaki and Bridge City Tool Works (see story above) is featured in the March/April issue of Artscope Magazine. An excerpt from the article is online.

    Posted: April 1, 2015
  • NBSS goes to MJSA

    Rosemary Trainor, head of the jewelry making and repair program, represented NBSS at the MJSA (Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers) event in New York City.

    Posted: April 1, 2015
  • State Secretary Matthew Beaton commissions a table

    NBSS student Yelena Synkova, CF '15 is making a table for Matthew Beaton, the State Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Matthew visited the school to see the table underway. He is shown here with Yelena.

    Posted: April 1, 2015
  • Guest instructor in locksmithing

    Rick Holtsbery, an electromechanical specialist from Assa Abloy, a Swedish lock manufacturer, was a guest instructor in the Locksmithing and Security Technology Program. He is shown here (wearing a blue shirt) with locksmithing students.

    Posted: April 1, 2015
  • Chris Littlefield receives Oneida Air Systems award

    Chris Littlefield, CF '15 was awarded the $1,000 Oneida Air Systems award. The award is given to a graduating cabinet and furniture making student who has demonstrated the ability and skills to make a career as a furniture maker. Chris is shown here (center) with NBSS president Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez (left) and instructor Dan Faia. Chris also won Best in Show, in the student traditional furniture category at the New England Fine Furnishings Show.

    Posted: April 1, 2015
  • Distinguished Alumni Award -- call for nominations

    Established in 2005, the Distinguished Alumni Award has been given annually during NBSS Graduation to recognize an outstanding graduate from one of the eight full-time NBSS programs. Award winners are nominated by their alumni peers and selected by the Alumni Association. The decision is based on a nominee's professional accomplishments, their contributions to their craft, and/or their efforts to promote excellence in craft. The nomination deadline is April 3.
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    Posted: April 1, 2015
  • Piano tuning services through NBSS

    Once they have mastered piano tuning skills, students in the advanced piano technology program spend time tuning and doing minor repairs on pianos in the Boston area.

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    Posted: April 1, 2015
  • Bench jeweler shortage creates career opportunities

    A generation ago, every town of any size had a jewelry store with window displays filled with rings, necklaces and more made with precious metals and gems. People would visit their neighborhood store to buy engagement rings and gifts of all kinds. In addition to purchasing jewelry, customers would bring jewelry to be appraised, cleaned, repaired and customized...

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    Posted: March 24, 2015
  • 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 www.jobubook.com.

    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


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