North Bennet Street School Continuing Education instructors are the finest teachers and makers in their fields. Many are graduates of NBSS, and all have extensive, practical experience outside of the classroom.

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Below is a selection of instructors, past and present.

Jeff is the head of the NBSS bookbinding department, a 2003 graduate of the American Academy of Bookbinding, and an alumnus of the NBSS program. After completing the NBSS program in 1999, Jeff worked at Harcourt Bindery and Harvard University's Tozzer Library. He serves as the chair of the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers and operates a bindery in Somerville, Massachusetts specializing in leather bindings and boxes.

Janet Collins has been a professional woodworker and woodturner since graduating from the Cabinet and Furniture Making program at North Bennet Street School in 1996. She has developed and taught many of the woodworking and woodturning workshops at North Bennet Street School. Currently she teaches woodworking full time at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

CF ’94
Dan is an instructor and 1994 graduate of the NBSS Cabinet & Furniture Making program. Dan designed the curriculum for several NBSS workshops including the current three-month furniture intensive. Prior to joining the NBSS faculty, he work with master craftsmen Phil Lowe CF '74 and Ron Traposso CF '69. When Dan isn't teaching or making furniture in his New Hampshire shop, he enjoys writing and has published numerous articles in Fine Woodworking magazine.

Samuel trained at the North Bennet Street School and has been in private practice since graduating in June 2012. He specializes in fine bindings, gold finishing, new bindings in period style, and luxury clamshell boxes.

Jeff is a woodcarver living in Northern Virginia. His work is featured in Wayne Barton’s The Art of Chip Carving: Award Winning Designs, the premier professional chip carver’s book.

BB ’12
Erin was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding while obtaining her BFA at The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago. Erin continued her bookbinding training through the full-time program at North Bennet Street School, where she graduated in 2012. Her business, Herringbone Bindery, was established in 2012, creating one-of-a-kind fine bindings along with edition binding and box making. In addition to being a Continuing Education Instructor at NBSS she is also a Middle School Book Arts Instructor.

Linda Lembke is a hand bookbinder who incorporates traditional and experimental approaches to limited edition binding and boxmaking at her home studio, Green River Bindery, in Guilford, Vermont. She works frequently on bookmaking projects with students, teachers, and artists.

Andy currently works for a cabinet and furniture shop in Rockport, Maine. He's a graduate of the Cabinet & Furniture program ('08) and taught numerous courses in the workshop program before moving from Boston to Maine in 2013. Andy loves the challenge of designing a piece of furniture and having the skills needed to complete it.

Before specializing in chairs, Peter Galbert worked as a cabinet and furniture maker in New York City. In 2001 he moved to Upstate New York to concentrate on making chairs from green wood. He recently moved to Central Massachusetts where he makes chairs and teaches in his workshop, as well as at woodworking schools here and abroad. He’s been featured in numerous magazines and has written articles on chair-making for various publications, including Fine Woodworking and American Woodturner. He also writes the Chair Notes Blog and produces tools for chair making. His first book “Chairmaker’s Notebook” is available from Lost Art Press.

Maryanne is a calligrapher, graphic designer, and book artist. She is the owner of The Abbey Studio in Hingham, Massachusetts. Maryanne studied under Sheila Waters and Jeanyee Wong and at Parsons School of Design and Hood College. She is the author of Calligraphy: a Course in Hand Lettering.

Bill Hanscom is a special collections conservation technician for Harvard Library at the Weissman Preservation Center in Cambridge, MA; coordinator and instructor for the Book Arts BFA program at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA; and an independent workshop instructor. He is a 2008 graduate of the Book Arts/Printmaking MFA program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His essay on traditional Ethiopian book satchels will be included in Volume 3 of the Suave Mechanicals: Essays on the History of Bookbinding series to be published by The Legacy Press in 2016, followed by a larger essay on Ethiopian bookbinding practices and techniques in Volume 4 of the same series.

Judith is a 1994 graduate of the NBSS Cabinet and Furniture Making program and in 2005 she received a BA in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is a Studio Manager of the MassArt Woodshop and has her own shop space in West Concord, MA. She also teaches the Fine Art of Furniture I and II for the Furniture Design Certificate Program, a unique collaboration between NBSS and MassArt.

Leslie Hartwell earned a teaching degree from Framingham State College and graduated from the NBSS Jewelry Making and Repair program in 2006. Her extensive background in graphic design and textiles informs her designs and a love of pottery inspires her hollow form making. Leslie’s years of experience teaching at NBSS, Metalwerx, The Lexington Metalworkers Guild and other craft venues, together with her repair services and commission work, make up her full-time career as a craftsperson.

Ellen Kaspern has been a custom furniture maker since graduating from the NBSS Cabinet & Furniture Making program in 2003. She owns Ellen Kaspern Design and is a member of the cooperative Fort Point Cabinetmakers in Boston. In addition to designing and building custom furniture, she demonstrates woodworking techniques throughout the New England area. Her skills have been presented at Old Sturbridge Village, Peabody Essex Museum, Concord Museum, Plymouth Plantation, Hancock Shaker Village as well as other institutions in the Boston area.

Martha is a 1995 graduate and current instructor in the Bookbinding program. She runs Strong Arm Bindery, repairing and restoring old, well-loved books. She also designs and builds stationery pieces.

Alan has been involved in the wood turning field for more than 35 years as a turner, teacher, writer, exhibition coordinator, expert witness, demonstrator and past president of the American Association of Woodturners. His work has appeared in a number of regional and national exhibitions.

BB ’95
Amy graduated from the NBSS Bookbinding program in 1995 and is a founding member of The Three Ring Binders in Somerville, Massachusetts. Amy's interests include modernizing historic bindings working with artists to help them translate their visions into book form.

Brian is a 2004 graduate of the NBSS Cabinet & Furniture Making program and is a self-employed furnituremaker and restorer in Boston.

Ryan is a fine furniture and chairmaker located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Formal training at NBSS provided a wide skill-set which, blended with his artistic talents, has enabled him to create beautiful and intricate custom pieces. Ryan enjoys solving the challenges involved in the planning, designing and building of beautiful furniture.

Jamey is a 2006 graduate of the Cabinet & Furniture Making program. Before becoming a custom furnituremaker, Jamey was a general contractor.

James studied bookbinding at NBSS and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. He spent thirty years as a conservator at Harvard University and the Boston Athenaeum. He is a conservator in private practice in Cambridge, MA.

Brian is a 1994 graduate of the Preservation Carpentry program, and he has worked for some of Boston’s finest cabinetry and architectural millwork shops before opening his shop, Vogt and Company, in 1998.

Matt is a 2000 graduate of the Cabinet & Furniture Making program. His custom furniture making business, Piscataqua Design, LLC, is in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He is active in commission and design work and has clients throughout the east coast. Matt's work is often exhibited in galleries in Portsmouth and Boston.
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