Ann Cahoon JM ' 02, Department Head of the Jewelry Making & Repair program, is a designer goldsmith whose work focuses on high carat gold and platinum fabrication. She founded Flying Marquis Studio in 2005, and now works alongside her metalworker husband, who owns Chris Ploof Designs. Their combined 10,000 sf shop is fully outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and technology.
Ann Cahoon JM '02 has been working at one bench or another since she was 15 years old. "My interests was absolutely in jewelry," says Ann, now the Jewelry Making & Repair Department Head at North Bennet Street School, "I've always been fascinated by jewelry as objects."
For the last six years, Bob Miller CF '11, small business owner and Shop Technician for the Continuing Education Department, has not made many changes to his private bench space. However, three years ago he acquired what he now considers his favorite and most useful tool: an emmert pattern makers bench vice. "That is by far the most used tool in my shop." he says "It's unusual, rare, and was manufactured sometime between 1898 and 1915, making it at least 100 years old."
Charlestown Furniture Makers is an 8,000 sf shared facility located in one of Boston's last remaining industrial areas. The two-story space boasts a 2,200 sf machine room, spray booth, finishing area, and bench space for up to 20 makers—nine of whom are NBSS graduates.
A former grocery store and later, an apartment, the single-story space is a feast for the eyes with a newsprint-linoleum floor, artwork all around, and open shop space beyond. Print Craft offers affordable fine art prints, letterpress, serial publications, and experiments in stationery.