Cabinet & Furniture Making student Kolin Schmidt is an artisan who can't sit idle. When he found himself quarantined inside a few months ago, he refocused his purpose as only someone at NBSS would: by building himself a shavehorse, foraging felled trees near his home, carving spoons in a local park, and even designing his own typeface. We talked with him about his creative projects and how he's made the best of an otherwise challenging situation.
In this short video, NBSS Retail & Exhibit Manager Kristen Odle demonstrates how easy it is for anyone to quickly photograph their small-scale work. Using just a smartphone and a simple setup, she covers the basics such as lighting, setup, editing, and more.
For recent Cabinet & Furniture Making graduate Eve Radovsky CF '20, time away from the bench at NBSS has meant exploring her many creative pursuits like knitting and baking, as well as walking, relaxing, and generally allowing herself the time to breathe. It's good practice, and helps fuel her maker mind—inspiration for the finely crafted furniture she creates. In this conversation, we talk about Eve's education and work before NBSS, and what led her to the School—all while enjoying some homemade cookies.
First-year Violin Making & Repair student Ada Schenck shows us around the home shop she's set up at her parents' farm in Vermont. She took over some space in her dad's woodworking shop - with plenty of tools to help her keep working. The views are pretty gorgeous too.
There's much work to be done right now to build a more just, inclusive, and equitable world. As we reflect on how we at NBSS can strive to be allies for positive change, we've come across some resources that promote racial and ethnic diversity in our fields. Connect with those who are already doing this work, and support the efforts of those uplifting communities.