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      Completely Open to Whatever Was Coming My Way: John Mulligan CF '02

      "When you find your career, it tends to be an amalgamation of things as opposed to a finely focused event." Read about the successful maker's path and insights of John Mulligan CF '02, who now runs the open-concept work space Lawrence Lin Makerspace at UMASS Lowell.

      Cultural Connection: Harvard

      The prestigious Harvard Library has a top-notch team of book and document conservators on staff, including NBSS Bookbinding graduates Irina Gorstein BB '98 and Anne McLain BB '10. "Books sometimes come to us all but falling apart," says Anne. "To see the books leave sound and usable for patrons again gives you great satisfaction."

      Hancock Mansion Door Project

      The original front door of the long-gone Hancock Mansion on Beacon Hill recently emerged from storage as the Bostonian Society, its steward, seeks to exhibit the historic artifact at the Old State House. Students from our Preservation Carpentry program have been commissioned to build a full-scale reproduction of the fine Georgian home's opulent surrounding entryway, which will go on exhibit in the Old State House in June 2018.

      Craftsmanship that Stands the Test of Time

      "There's a reason why buildings from the 18th & 19th centuries are still standing," says Preservation Carpentry Department Head Steven O'Shaughnessy PC '99. Watch a video of Steven describing how our program trains "a keen eye to distinguish between the quality of materials, even before you begin the craftsmanship part of things."

      A Wishing Tree for the North End Library

      Our North End neighborhood is a tight-knit one, and one of the things we love most about it is the willingness of neighbors to help each other out. We heard that the Friends of the North End Library were in need of a custom piece for community outreach, so put out the call to our students and alumni and recent NBSS grad Grant Burger CF '17 happily took the job. What followed was a lovely story of neighborly good will.