Take a tour of Shepherd & Maudsleigh Studios in West Newton, Massachusetts. This 6,000 sf space is co-owned and operated by Liz Shepherd and NBSS Bookbinding alumna Rebekah Lord Gardiner BB '93 for large scale printing, mixed media, and textile work. Liz and Rebekah have curated their studio to be a community for local artists to grow and share their work.
Four Cabinet & Furniture Making grads gave us a tour of their shared shop in Leominster, MA. Jonathan Ota CF '19, Jeff Woods CF '20, Mike Turner CF '20, and Emily Goff CF '20 share the space, which has been running for over a year now after they each graduated. They have a individual bench spaces, plus a shared machine room, finishing room, and more.
Cabinet & Furniture Making instructor and alumnus Matt Wajda CF '01 gives a detailed overview of the machine room in his shared shop space in Rollinsford, New Hampshire, located in a historic mill building. Matt, a 2001 graduate of the Cabinet & Furniture Making program and long-time NBSS Continuing Education woodworking instructor, also regularly teaches machine maintenance units in our full-time woodworking programs.
Cabinet & Furniture Making student Kolin Schmidt CF '21 shows us around his home shop in Iowa, which his grandfather built in the late 1960s for his own hobby woodworking projects. Kolin got creative to keep woodworking when our building closed, carving spoons in his Boston apartment before deciding to head back home to Iowa, where he could take on more extensive projects. He explains that even though the shop has a few quirks and drawbacks, it's been a great space for him to get work done.
First-year Violin Making & Repair student Ada Schenck VM '22 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 – an the views are pretty gorgeous too.
Second-year Jewelry Making & Repair student Willow Coronella JM '20 gave us an in-depth tour of the bench she's set up for work from home after our building closed. To keep living spaces safe, she and her classmates have modified the types of projects they're doing – but they've still found plenty to do.
First-year Preservation Carpentry student Tom Eldridge PC '21 shows us around his Weymouth garage home workshop, which he's been building up over several years. Tom's been continuing to work on student projects from home, including his hanging wall cabinet made just with hand tools.
Patrick Branstetter PT '10, PA '11 is a graduate of both the Basic and Advanced Piano Technology programs. He moved to Los Angeles a few years ago, and recently set up a home shop in a converted garage on his property. He gave us a tour around his workshop, showing off his tools and his vintage Volvos – which he calls "pianos with an engine."
Nathan Abbe VM '20 and Cooper Jonas VM '20, third-year Violin Making & Repair students – and roommates – show us their home workshop in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Bookbinding alumna Rebekah Lord Gardiner BB '93 gave a virtual tour of her home studio in Weston, Massachusetts. A printmaker, bookbinder, and textile artist, and she shares the space with her son, who's a watch and object product photographer.
Second-year Cabinet & Furniture Making student Dan Weissman CF '20 shows us around his home basement shop in Melrose, MA, which he's been outfitting for the past 20 years. Dan began taking Continuing Education woodworking classes at NBSS many years ago, and gradually built up his skills before enrolling in the full-time Cabinet & Furniture Making program in 2018.
Take a virtual tour of this shared bindery space located in Boston's historic Fort Point neighborhood. For NBSS grads Colin Hill Urbina BB '11, Erin Fletcher BB '12, Kate Levy BB '17, and Lauren Moon-Schott BB '13, it's a place to continue their training and develop creatively. Their individual binderies make up Third Year Studio, one of the neighborhood's last active workshops, and a reference to their shared background at the School's prestigious two-year bookbinding program.
Take a virtual tour of e. scott originals, a boutique jewelry store in Somerville, MA owned and operated by Emily Scott Surette JM '07. The cozy 415 sq ft space is filled with vintage furniture and hand-crafted jewelry of all kinds for sale. A small showroom and consultation area fill the front, and you can see straight through to Emily's workspace in the back. She has operated this boutique storefront for nine years, growing into a local go-to for unique, handmade, custom jewelry.
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.
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.