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  • 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
  • Tables for the State House

    NBSS was hired by the Governor's office to create two pieces of historic furniture for the State House restoration -- a secretary for the Governor''s Council chamber and a pair of library tables (one pictured here). NBSS president Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez worked with a group of graduates, including Eli Cleveland, CF '09 and Richard Oedel, CF '05, to make the pieces.

    Posted: January 5, 2015
  • Special guests enrich the furniture making program

    Beginning in September, guests to the cabinet and furniture making program shared their work, business strategies and expertise at the bench. A variety of topics were covered, enriching the NBSS experience for current students. Guests and topics included:
    Mark Del Guidice, a NBSS program advisor taught a 3-day design workshop; Paula Garbarino, CF '88 taught a 2-day marquetry workshop (image); Michael Patrick Wheeler, CF '77 taught a 3-day banding workshop; Sean Fisher, CF '94 taught finishing basics & furniture history; and, John LaGattuta, CF '88 taught a 3-day chair finishing workshop.

    Posted: January 5, 2015
  • Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez named Barr Fellow

    Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, President of North Bennet Street School has been awarded a Barr Foundation Fellowship. This prestigious award is made every few years to 12 leaders in the City of Boston. Read more about the fellowship program. Read more about the 2015 Fellows.

    Posted: January 5, 2015
  • Summer program for youth

    A one-week Summer class for middle-school-age students... also a February option for home schooled students.

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    Posted: January 5, 2015
  • 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

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