"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.
Cabinet & Furniture Making
Our two-year Cabinet & Furniture Making program teaches fine craftsmanship through projects incorporating 18th- and 19th-century furniture examples. With these traditional models as a foundation, you’ll be able to design and build furnishings of any era you choose.
As a custom furniture maker at NBSS, you’ll learn how to use and maintain both hand tools and power equipment. You’ll estimate costs, choose materials, and prepare working drawings for each project. You’ll cut various joints, turn, carve, and bend wood, apply marquetry or veneers. You’ll develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to create thoughtful furniture pieces to exacting standards.
The expansive program space includes a large bench room, demonstration area, library, and finishing room. Students take regular field trips to view private and museum collections, and to visit the shops of prominent local woodworkers.
"The training in both the carpentry and furniture-making programs provided the opportunity to work and excel in areas I wouldn't previously have dreamed possible."
Paula Garbarino CA '80, CF '88View More Cabinet & Furniture Making Alumni Profiles
In this 13-part series, we will spotlight each of the makers in the "Conversations in Craft" collaborative exhibit, and share their creative process. Paula Garbarino CA '80, CF '88 created a stand with marquetry, which was inspired by a tilt-top stand ca. 1810 from the collection at Fruitlands Museum.
What happens when 24 students in two different programs swap benches for a week? 6 matching cabinets, 18 unique tables, and a whole lot of perspective. Read more about this enlightening experiment from our Cabinet & Furniture Making and Carpentry programs.
Ellen Kaspern CF '03 has a lot of expertise to share on how to get the most out of woodworking machines like routers, tablesaws, bandsaws, and planers. She recently published two great how-to articles on Fine Woodworking. Read more.
The NBSS community is an extremely talented one, and the public approach our alumni, students, and faculty for custom commissions. Every once in awhile, something truly unique will come along, and last year our Cabinet & Furniture Making program was approached with just such a project.
Phil Lowe CF '74 has been named this year's featured artist for Arts Fest 2017 by Endicott College and Beverly Main Streets. Phil taught many NBSS students as an instructor and CF department head, and was a 2005 Cartouche Award winner. Read more about his work and accomplishments in this article from Wicked Local Beverly.