Alumni News

  • NBSS Student & Alumni Holiday Party

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    Students, alumni, faculty, staff, family, and friends are invited to a night of holiday festivities! There will be fun games, delicious food, a raffle and prizes, music, and an ugly sweater contest! Tickets are $10 each and include food, beer, and wine. Raffle tickets are $1 and will be sold at the party.

    Tickets are available to purchase through the NBSS store with cash or credit card until Wednesday, December 14. After that, tickets may be purchased at the party for $15. Tickets at the door can be purchased with cash only.

    Click here to RSVP

    Posted: November 30, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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 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

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