On Thursday, September 24, 2020 we held a live conversation with Jay Diengott—a pastry chef who pivoted to create Gowntown, a startup making protective gowns for medical professionals and others—and Claude Cantave—an NBSS Carpentry student who joined a team of volunteers in fabricating thousands of face shields at Artisans Asylum, a local makerspace. Jay and Claude shared what they've learned through their experiences, from tapping into their communities to modifying their skill sets towards production. Watch a video of the full event here.
North Bennet Street School sends our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Julie Henry upon learning of her passing. In addition to numerous roles at a wide range of organizations, Julie served on the NBSS Board for 28 years, including the last five years as its President. Her contributions were many, a result of her lifelong passion for community service, her wisdom and vision, and her willingness to both learn and to lead.
Bookbinding student Mitch Gundrum BB '21 is one who excels at learning how to make each component of something—in addition to his daily bookbinding and repair practice, he also makes paper and hand-shapes bookbinding tools. When NBSS program spaces closed in March, Mitch got got his hands dirty at home marbling and making paper, but also embraced research and academia. Explore more of his varied pursuits in this interview, part of our In the Making series.
For our students, part of the North Bennet Street School experience includes getting to know more about our historical North End. We strongly encourage you to explore the neighborhood! To get you started, members of the NBSS community have provided some recommendations to consider here.
As NBSS resumes in-person full-time training this fall, we are taking our responsibility to provide a healthy, safe, and productive environment seriously. We are fortunate that the character this difficult situation demands—adaptability, problem-solving, creativity, and focus—are all natural to our work in craft and skilled trades. Learn more about our robust Reopening Plan here.