Steve Brown


Steve Brown

Steve Brown has taught in the cabinet and furniture making program for 12 years and was head of the department from 2001 to 2010. He is a 1990 graduate of the school and was one of the founding teachers in the school's workshop program when it began in 1992.
Before becoming a full-time faculty member, Steve worked for Phil Lowe, a 1974 graduate of NBSS and founder of the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts. Steve made new furniture and restored antiques for Lowe until he was hired to teach full-time in the furniture program in 1999.

Steve's commission and restoration work is included in the collections of museums, colleges, private clients; and includes Ralph Lauren's 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe, exhibited in Speed, Style, and Beauty: Cars from the Ralph Lauren Collection at Boston's MFA. Steve lectures and  demonstrates regularly at institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Historic New England and Winterthur Museum in Delaware. He regularly contributes articles to Fine Woodworking magazine. He currently is acting as technical advisor and occasional featured guest for the “Rough Cut” show on WGBH hosted by Tom McDonald (a 2002 NBSS graduate).

Steve has a BA in Philosophy from Gordon College in Wenham, Mass. and lives in Manchester, Massachusetts with his wife Peggy and sons Jake and Noah.





“The point of using hand tools is not because they are traditional, it's because they are relevant...our work is informed by tradition, not limited by it.”


Steve Brown Takes the Measure of a Chair, an article and video on Fine Woodworking.

Heartback chair by Steve Brown, detail above.