Aspiring furniture makers, bookbinders, jewelry makers – or those merely curious about the process of making exquisite things by hand – are invited to a rare, behind-the-scenes look at one of the America’s oldest schools of craftsmanship during a special two-day open house to be held November 6 and 7 at the North Bennet Street School (www.nbss.org) in Boston’s North End.
The event will be held on Friday, November 6, 10am to 2pm and Saturday, November 7, 10am to 3pm. Admission to the event is free.
Visitors can watch and interact with students and instructors at work in eight areas of concentration – from violin making and handmade cabinetry to piano restoration and locksmithing. A free shuttle bus on Friday will provide rides to the school’s Arlington, MA campus to view its preservation carpentry training program.
Serious amateurs looking into short workshop courses, as well as aspiring artisans considering full-time employment will find this annual fall tradition an informative – perhaps even inspiring – look at the school’s working studios and training methods.
Visitors also may take home finished crafts pieces by purchasing the work of students and alumni, available in the school’s Gallery Store on the ground floor.
Poised to celebrate its 125th anniversary year in 2010, this fully accredited, post-secondary school is internationally renowned for excellence in teaching, and for its role in promoting the preservation of traditional craftsmanship.
The school is located at 39 North Bennet Street, at the corner of North Bennet and Salem Streets, in Boston’s North End. The event can be reached by public transportation (Orange line via Haymarket; Green line via Haymarket or North Station). Visit http://bit.ly/x17Nn or call 617-227-0155 for more information.
Who: North Bennet Street School
What: Annual Fall Open House for the General Public
Where: 39 North Bennet St. (corner of Salem St.), Boston’s North End
When: Friday, Nov. 6, 10am-2pm; Saturday, Nov. 7, 10am-3pm;
Refreshments: Complimentary, provided on site.
Handicap Access: Yes
Reservations: Not required.
Parking: Limited street parking (metered).
Nearest T stops: Haymarket (Orange, Green lines); North Station (Green line).
More Open House details: http://bit.ly/x17Nn
More About the School: www.nbss.org, and 617-227-0155.