North Bennet Street School Fall 2010 Workshops & Events

NEW Fall 2010 workshops and events

The North Bennet Street School Workshop Program offers the finest short-form courses in bookbinding, calligraphy, carpentry, fine woodworking, jewelry making, locksmithing, and preservation carpentry.
The Fall and Winter workshop schedule includes many new workshops as well as a large selection of old favorites.

Our workshops are everything you expect from NBSS: quality instruction from legendary professionals and industry leaders, reasonable prices, and low student/teacher ratios.

Three-month intensives

Immerse yourself in one of three professional-level workshops. Featuring instructors who are at the top of their fields, these three month courses are a great way to improve your skills or test-drive a new career.

The bookbinding intensive… topics include foundations in non-adhesive and cloth-case bookbinding and many specific skills and structures are taught. Field trips and ample time for hands-on experience are included.

The furniture making intensive… designed to guide students from basic hand and machine skills to advanced techniques in furniture making. Students complete several basic and advanced joinery samples and other projects prior to building a Sheraton-style desk.

The calligraphy and illumination intensive… is taught by master calligrapher Maryanne Grebenstein of The Abbey Studio, this workshop covers in-depth calligraphy, layout and design, manuscript gilding, the use of computers and calligraphy.

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FREE artist talk with Dominic Riley

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 6:00-8:00 pm

Dominic Riley is a bookbinder, teacher, and filmmaker. He first learned bookbinding at age 16 from Benedictine Monks at Douai Abbey in Berkshire and later with Paul Delrue and at the London College of Printing. Dominic has worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and for various binderies in London, New York and San Francisco. Dominic teaches regular workshops for the Society of Bookbinders and Designer Bookbinders in the UK, and is a visiting instructor at the San Francisco Center for the Book. Dominic is Vice Chairman of the Society of Bookbinders and was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2008. He has won numerous prizes in the Designer Bookbinders competition, including both first prizes and the Mansfield Silver Medal in 2007. His bindings are in collections worldwide, including the British Library and the John Rylands Library in Manchester.

We anticipate a high turnout for this lecture; please contact us as soon as possible to reserve your spot.

Master classes with Dominic Riley

The Classic Leather Binding
Oct 18-22

Introduction to Hand Tooling
Oct 23-24
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Don’t miss the 18th
NBSS Annual Fall Open House

Friday, November 5, 10 am – 2 pm
Saturday, November 6, 10 am – 3 pm

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