Making Magic at the North Bennet Street School, by Yvonne Abraham of the Boston Globe, features the North End trade school.
Entering the 127-year-old trade and craft school on the corner of Salem and North Bennet streets in the North End is like going back in time. Furniture-making students bend over benches, creating intricate inlays for clocks and coffee tables. Jewelry students coax braided silver rings into perfect circles. Aspiring violin makers shave slivers of wood off instruments so they curve just so. It can be noisy and crowded, but it’s also incredibly serene. Moving from shop to shop, you can feel the concentration – and certainty: Students who choose this school are usually pretty sure they want to be here, finding new beginnings in old ways.
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The article comes shortly after news last week that the North End trade school’s expansion plan is looking up based on its bid for the vacant city buildings at 150 North and 130 Richmond Street. (View article.)