Continuing Education INSTRUCTORSNorth 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. Below is a selection of instructors, past and present, who have shared their knowledge with our diverse community.
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 is a past 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.
Ann is a graduate of NBSS and was a finalist in the gold and platinum category of the 2010 Saul Bell Awards. She works on one-of-a-kind and limited production jewelry as a principal goldsmith and designer at Flying Marquis Studio in Leominster, MA. Ann also writes and lectures for the Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America (MJSA). She is the technical co-editor of the MJSA book “Secret Shop Weapons” and is featured in an instructional DVD produced by Lapidary Journal.
Since graduating from the North Bennet Street School in 2009, Eli has been working as a custom furniture maker in the Greater Boston Area. For five years, he worked on the PBS series Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac, with preparation and behind-the-scenes work taking 5-6 months per each season. Eli teaches a three month-long furniture intensive course at NBSS, and also spends his time creating custom furniture for clients.
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.
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 Trapasso 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.
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.
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 NBSS, 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.
Matt Frechette CA '16, CF '18
Matt is a recent graduate of the Carpentry program at NBSS and is currently continuing his studies in Cabinet & Furniture Making. He not only brings his skills to Introduction to Framing and woodworking courses, but has assisted with the Madison Park High School summer carpentry program.
Rich started out with two boards, his dad's hammer and handful of nails, determined to build something. He built a chair with two pieces of wood he dragged around his parents back yard one afternoon. Twenty five years later, after leaving the printing trade, he started building again and completed in two national woodturning competitions, placing 3rd in 2000 and 1st in 2002. He graduated from the Preservation Carpentry program in 2004, and occasionally teaches woodworking and carpentry classes.
Peter Galbert is a full time chairmaker, toolmaker, teacher and writer. Before specializing in chairs, Peter Galbert worked as a cabinet and furniture maker in New York City. He has taught at many craft schools around the country, including NBSS and other schools in the US and abroad. Besides making chairs and teaching, Peter also writes the Chairnotes blog, and produces the Galbert Caliper as well as other woodworking tools. In 2015, he published his first book, "Chairmaker's Notebook," with Lost Art Press.
As a feminist, Paula was excited to be among the earliest women to train in carpentry at the North Bennet Street Industrial School in the late 1970s. She then worked as a cabinetmaker and shop foreman, learning accuracy and efficiency through challenging manual labor. In 1986, Paula returned to NBSS to attend the Cabinet & Furniture Making program, pursuing the study and building of 17th through 19th century furniture. Subsequently she began a custom furniture making business, teaching occasionally and later full time for five years at NBSS. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions.
ANDY GLENN CF ’08
Andy currently works for a cabinet and furniture shop in Rockport, Maine. He's a graduate of the Cabinet & Furniture program 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.
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 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. He has essays included in Volumes 3 and 4 of the Suave Mechanicals: Essays on the History of Bookbinding series published by The Legacy Press in 2016.
JUDITH HANSON CF ’94
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 collaboration between NBSS and MassArt.
Originally from NY (both state and city), Kelly has worked in the skilled trades of house painting, mold making and bartending. With a passion for education (traditional and non-traditional alike) she has begun assisting continuing education classes in woodworking, and volunteer teaches for a middle school woodshop class. In addition to her training at NBSS, she has also completed the 12 week furniture intensive at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, ME.
LESLIE HARTWELL JM ’06
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.
David has been making bows for about 40 years, starting with a William Salchow workshop in Saratoga Springs, NY when he was 18. He grew up playing violin, then switched to guitar around 14; he went on to study Jazz Guitar at Berklee College of Music. David attended the New England Conservatory in Jazz Guitar again, and took a second Master’s degree in Composition. He continues to make bows in his shop in Cambridge, both modern and pre-modern.
MARTHA KEARSLEY BB ’95
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.
Taima is a furniture maker and bowl turner. She is a 2016 graduate of the Cabinet & Furniture program, trained in building early American furniture. She has an immense admiration of traditional furniture, and enjoys basing her personal designs in its examples while exploring more modern design possibilities.
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.
For over 3 decades, Barbara has owned and operated Boston Gems & Findings, Inc., formerly Boston Findings & Jewelers Supply Company. The wholesale company changed its name in 1986, when she shifted her focus from providing tools and findings to supplying colored gemstones, diamonds and findings. She is also Vice President of the American Gem Trade Association.
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.
Tim began his spoon-carving career on a stump behind his college dorm. His obsession led him to live and work with Curtis Buchanan in Tennessee, learning to make Windsor chairs. Working with Curtis in his small chair shop gave Tim a life-changing model of how to run a small production workshop; he's been building his life around that model ever since. Working out of a small workshop in Maine, Tim produces tools, makes Windsor and ladderback chairs, and continues to obsessively carve spoons.
BRIAN MCQUAY CF ’04
Brian is a 2004 graduate of the NBSS Cabinet & Furniture Making program and is a self-employed furnituremaker and restorer in Boston.
Bob is a custom furniture maker and woodworker based in Charlestown, creating a range of often sustainable custom work from small accessory items to custom furniture. He helps clients to create the perfect design addition to their world, in addition to his own line of work. Bob manages The Charlestown Furniture Makers, which is an 18 tenant co-op and solar-powered woodshop located in the Sullivan Square area of Charlestown.
Matt Morrision PC ’14
JAMEY POPE CF ’06
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.
Regina and Dan St. John of Chena River Marblers have been full-time professional marblers for over 32 years. Their main product is marbled paper and they specialize in marbling the edges of books. Regina and Dan are committed to teaching their craft to others in order to inspire a new generation of marblers. One of their main objectives is the preservation and survival of this unique art form which has beautified books for centuries.
Emily is a graduate of the NBSS Basic and Advanced Piano Technology programs and a Registered Piano Technician. She also holds a degree in piano performance from Trinity University. Emily has served as head technician at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and as a concert technician at both Aspen Music Festival and School and Tanglewood. She now runs her own tuning and rebuilding business.