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Master Preservation Carpenter Returns to North Bennet Street School on July 18


Historic craft and trade school welcomes back master preservation carpenter and graduate of the Class of ’93

Texas-based restoration expert Brent Hull of the History Channel’s Lone Star Restoration will share his passion for craft at North Bennet Street School on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The free, public lecture will include stories such as the rescue of a classic red railroad caboose and the restoration of a prohibition-era subterranean liquor vault, among other projects.

A 1993 graduate of the School’s Preservation Carpentry program, Brent has become one of the most respected and sought-after historical builders in the country. Together with his team at Hull Historical, Brent combines the best of today’s technology with time-tested and traditional craftsmanship to bring his projects to life. The History Channel’s series, which debuted last fall, follows Brent and his team as they make it their mission to save America’s architectural history, one job at a time.

“I’m excited to return to NBSS and share a mix of both my preservation work and my building philosophy,” Brent says. “The School helped teach me that the way we built 100 years ago was much different than it is today, yet simple hand skills, like the use of hand planes, how to sharpen chisels and saws, or how to frame a straight flat wall, still have great value today.”

NBSS President Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, himself a graduate of the School, echoes this sentiment. “We’re so proud of Brent and all he’s done to preserve historic structures around the country. He’s an ideal ambassador of our mission and I’m excited to host him here in Boston.”

Brent is passionate about preservation and hopes to re-establish America’s building history through his work. “Creating things with skill and expertise is becoming a lost art, and together we can help save it,” he maintains.

The Passion for Craft lecture takes place on Tuesday, July 18 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, please RSVP here or visit nbss.edu/calendar.