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continuing education may

– august 2012

boston, massachusetts

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welcome Each year, NBSS aspires to enrich the array of continuing-education programs and provide interesting technical education and rewarding experiences for our students. In this summer schedule, you will find the popular fundamentals courses in jewelry making and woodworking as well as new intensives and short courses. You might choose to build bookbinding skills with millimeter bindings, a refined leather structure; or enhance jewelry skills with cold connections or learn to set small stones; or challenge your woodworking chops in the Windsor rocking chair workshop. This summer we are beginning a new partnership with the Eliot School in Jamaica Plain — an opportunity to expand opportunities and share knowledge across two great schools. In July, Doug Stowe, master woodworker, is offering a lecture and course at the Eliot School, cosponsored by NBSS. We encourage you to keep learning and to return often for classes and lectures at NBSS. i

is there a skill or technique you Director of Continuing Education

would love to learn ?

Does your book club want to learn bookbinding? Do you and your woodworking friends want to learn a new skill together? Let us know—we offer custom workshops! Write to

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May – August 2012

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Bookbinding springback bookbinding

Friday – Sunday, June 8 - 10 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $425 Instructor: Amy Lapidow

Through demonstrations and exercises, students learn to construct simple pamphlets, long stitch, coptic and other bindings as time allows. bookbinding intensive

Monday – Friday, June 25 – July 27 no class July 4 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $2700 Instructor: Stacie Dolin This class is designed for individuals interested in an intensive, hands-on bookbinding experience. The five-week program uses the school’s fully equipped

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bindery and covers a variety of book structures and binding techniques and the process for determining what materials and structures to use for a given project. introduction to book structures for conservators

Mondays – Thursdays, July 16 – August 17 no class on July 4 9:00 am – 4:00 pm | $2200 Instructor: Chela Metzger The course is designed to develop basic bookbinding bench skills and to explore historic book structures in the context of the conservation of books as historic artifacts. The course is for students who are serious and who are interested in exploring conservation of books as cultural heritage.


millimeter binding

Monday – Friday, August 20 – 24 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $675 Instructor: Erin Fletcher Each student completes one blank model of the Rubow millimeter structure — a quick, yet refined leather structure traditionally covered with a handmade paste paper.

maryanne grebenstein working on a manuscript .

calligraphy italic lettering

hand lettering , five styles

This class, designed for students with little or no experience in calligraphy, covers the necessary basics for learning to letter with a broad-edged pen.

Study the five basic lettering styles created using a broad-edged pen. Uncial lettering, Carolingian, Gothic, Italic and Foundational.

manuscript gilding

calligraphy concertina

Learn the technique of gilding on paper or vellum and the use of gouache to create beautiful artwork reminiscent of the medieval manuscripts.

Students make a one-of-a-kind concertina. Italic calligraphy, layout decoration and pamphlet-style binding is taught. Some experience in hand-lettering is recommended.

Monday – Friday, July 9 – 13 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $675 Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein

Tuesdays, May 1 – 29 6:00 – 9:00 pm | $350 Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein

Saturday – Sunday, August 11 – 12 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $350 Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein

Saturday – Sunday, June 23 - 24 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $350 Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein

Visit Paris and then stay in a chateau and study calligraphy, manuscript gilding and page layout. Accommodations and classroom/studio space is at Chateau La Napoule in the lovely town of Mandelieu. Two itinerary options — the weeklong workshop at La Napoule September 23 – October 1 or the weeklong workshop plus the three-day trip to Paris. The secclassroom abroad


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ond option departs on September 20. This classroom abroad trip is led by calligraphy instructor Maryanne Grebenstein.

century château de la napoule

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May – August 2012

Carpentry & Preservation introduction to interior trim

Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26 6:00 – 9:00 pm | $350 Instructor: Brian Vogt

In this four-session class, students are taught the fundamentals of power tool safety and the basics of how to trim an interior room. Learn to identify molding types and proper placement within the room. Learn mitering, coping and other basic joinery methods. historic timber frame

Monday – Friday, June 11 - 15 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $725 Instructor: Rich Friberg decorative painting

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trompe l ’oeil

Saturday – Sunday, May 5 – 6 10:00 am – 2:00 pm | $275 Instructor: Narda Boughton Painting a surface can be more than simply adding color and texture, an entirely new sense of space can be created using mural or trompe l’oeil techniques to literally “trick the eye”. In this workshop, we look at examples and practice various techniques.

Designed to teach the fundamentals of historic timber work, this course offers students the opportunity to construct a timber-frame structure incorporating traditional mortise-and-tenon and other joints. Please note this class will be held in Arlington. window sash restoration

Saturday & Sunday, August 4 - 5 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $350 Instructor: Bill Rainford At this hands-on wooden-window sash restoration class students learn how organize the project, assess the condition of the sash and determine what is needed to rejuvenate and repair worn out windows. Please note this class will be held in Arlington.

decorative painting techniques

Saturday – Sunday, May 12 – 13 10:00 am – 2:00 pm | $275 Instructor: Narda Boughton

don ’ t be disappointed !

We cover a variety of painting techniques. Learn how to work with layers of glazes— using sponging, pouncing, spattering and strie techniques to create different patterns, textures and hues.

that the class has been cancelled because it is

Many students wait to register until a few days before a class begins and are disappointed to learn under-enrolled. Not only are those students disappointed, the instructor and other students who were enrolled are all affected when classes are cancelled. Please register at least two weeks before the start date of all classes.

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May – August 2012

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Saturday – Sunday, May 12 – 13 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $350 Instructor: Leslie Hartwell

This workshop is for students who are curious about blacksmithing and jewelers seeking a broader understanding of what hammering does to metal. fundamentals of jewelry making i

Monday – Friday, July 9 – 13 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $675 Instructor: Leslie Hartwell

Learn the fundamental skills needed when fabricating and repairing jewelry—sawing, filing, and shaping metals. fundamentals of jewelry making ii

Monday – Friday, July 16 – 20 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $675 Instructor: Leslie Hartwell

Focus on the art of soldering, one of the more difficult tasks required to become a proficient jewelry maker.

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setting small stones

Saturday – Sunday, June 16 – 17 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $350 Instructor: Leslie Hartwell Learn bezel, flush and bead setting — three effective ways to set small stones (4mm and smaller), both cabochons and faceted. soldering strategies for fabrication

Monday – Friday, July 30 – August 3 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $675 Instructor: Leslie Hartwell

Learn to avoid, troubleshoot and correct soldering errors and develop reliable soldering protocols. cold connections

Saturday – Sunday, August 11 – 12 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $350 Instructor: Leslie Hartwell This workshop covers various methods of connecting where soldering is not appropriate. Tabs, hinges, rivets, and tension-fit joints are just a few of the tricks taught.


Woodworking introduction to spindle turning

Friday – Sunday, May 18 – 20 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $500 Instructor: Brian McQuay

This course offers instruction in spindle turning techniques used in furniture making. Each student has exclusive use of a lathe to use to practice turning techniques. machine woodworking : trestle table

Monday – Saturday, June 4 – 9 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $800 Instructor: Sam Chase

Build a mahogany hall table using traditional joinery methods that can be applied to tables of all sizes. fundamentals of fine woodworking

Monday – Friday, June 11 – 22 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $1150 Instructor: Ryan Messier

Monday – Friday, July 23 – August 3 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $1150 Instructor: Judith Hanson This course covers the essential elements needed to build a foundation of skills for fine woodworking projects. fundamentals of machine woodworking

Tuesdays, June 5 – August 14, no class July 3 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm | $675 Instructor: Ellen Kaspern Monday – Friday, August 6 – 10 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $675 Instructor: Matt Wajda

Students in this workshop develop the skills and confidence to perform basic machine operations. introduction to turning green wood

Saturday – Sunday, June 23 – 24 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $350 Instructor: Rich Friberg

Green wood is freshly felled, moist wood. Learn simple turning techniques based on an understanding of how green wood reacts — both to the tools, and to the drying and shrinking process.

lecture and workshop

wisdom of the hands : why we still need a wood shop

Friday, July 6 7:00 pm | Free Instructor: Doug Stowe Co-sponsored with Eliot School Woodworker and educator Doug Stowe embraces hands-on learning and the links between craftsmanship, intelligence and the development of character. He pulls together aspects of the Arts and Crafts, Do-It-Yourself and Manual Training movements and argues for why we still need all three to provide direction in education. Stowe is the author of Simply Beautiful Boxes and Taunton’s Complete Illustrated Guide to Box Making, he has been making boxes with a passion since 1976. Please note this lecture takes place at the Eliot School in Jamaica Plain. creative box making

Saturday – Sunday, July 7 – 8 9:00 am – 5:00 pm | $290 Materials: $10–$40 payable in class, depending on your choice of wood Instructor: Doug Stowe Co-sponsored with Eliot School Learn techniques to attain precision with a variety of sleds, miters, jigs, crosscutting, stop blocks, lids, hinges and joints. Students leave with an elegant box and many new skills. Please note this class takes place at the Eliot School in Jamaica Plain.

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May – August 2012

introduction to bowl turning

Saturday & Sunday, July 21 – 22 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $350 Instructor: Rich Friberg

comb - back windsor rocking chair by peter galbert .

Saturday & Sunday, August 11 – 12 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $350 Instructor: Rich Friberg This two-day workshop introduces students to faceplate and bowl turning. decorative inlay

Monday – Wednesday, August 6 – 8 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $500 Instructor: Sam Chase Explore the tradition of inlaying contrasting veneers and solid woods into a flat wood base. Students have the opportunity to practice and execute designs during this workshop. three month furniture - making intensive windsor rocking chair with a comb back

Monday – Friday July 9 – 20 8:00 am – 5:00 pm | $1750 Instructor: Peter Galbert

Monday – Friday September 17 – December 14 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Instructor: Jamey Pope

This furniture making intensive is for individuals who wish to learn as much as possible about Building a Windsor chair is like the decathlon of furniture making in three months. woodworking. It involves the skills of splitting wood, turning, bending, carving, joinery, assembly as well as the mastering of multiple tools specific to chair making.

let’s work together: summer fun toolbox

Saturday, June 23 9:00 am – 3:00 pm | $100 Instructor: Andy Glenn shadow boxes

Saturday, July 21 9:00 am – 3:00 pm | $100 Instructor: Ryan Messier youth workshop

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Each adult and child team completes the process of measuring pieces, cutting parts to length, planing parts smooth and constructing a project. No tools or experience required. This class is appropriate for children ages 5 to 11 with an adult.



Online at or by phone 617-227-0155x102. deadlines

Although there are no formal application deadlines, we advise students to register at least three weeks in advance. fees and payment

Registrations can be made online at with a credit card, by mail with a check or by phone (617-227-0155x102) with a credit card. A fee of $50 is charged for returned checks.

No refund is possible for later cancellations. If NBSS cancels the intensive course, full refunds are made. weather delay or cancellation

Bad weather occasionally requires NBSS to delay or cancel a workshop. To hear the most up-to-date information, students should call 617-227-0155 and press 6 after the greeting. Messages about workshop cancellation or delays are recorded by 6:00 am the morning of the workshop. Classes missed because of bad weather delays will be made up as scheduling permits.


Students must provide their own hand tools. A tool list/order form is sent with confirmation of enrollment. NBSS provides bench space, materials and shop supplies, except where noted. For workshops with a tool requirement, you may choose to purchase tools from the NBSS school store. Contact the store at 617-227-0155x110 or cancellation and refund policy

If NBSS cancels a workshop registrants are notified 5 days prior to the start of the class and a full refund is issued. if a registrant cancels

Workshop fee/tuition less a $50.00 handling fee is refunded to registrants who cancel if we receive notification 14 days prior to the start of the workshop. Refunds are not possible for cancellations received within 14 days of the workshop start date.

three - month intensives registration and cancellation policy

Students who register for three-month intensives make a deposit of $1,800.00 to hold a space. The balance is due one week before the class begins. Half of the deposit ($900.00) is refunded if we receive notification 30 days prior to the start of the course.

shop the nbss gallery and store

High-quality hand tools and a wide range of beautiful objects made by artisans trained at North Bennet Street School are available at the NBSS gallery/store. Visit for more information and store hours.

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May - August continuing education  

North Bennet Street School continuing education programs, May - August 2012

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