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Dedicated to Craft at North Bennet Street School

Guest blog post by Nancy Jenner, Director of Communications, North Bennet Street School

A Bit of History

Aspiring artisans have been coming to North Bennet Street School (NBSS) to learn woodworking since the school opened in Boston’s North End in 1881. In 1947, the furniture making program was established and thrived under the leadership of George Fullerton who joined the school in 1951 and taught for 34 years. Fullerton learned furniture making as an apprentice in Charlestown, Massachusetts working with furniture makers trained in Europe.… Read More

Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture Exhibitions and Events

Skinner is proud to provide financial underwriting and in-kind support for exhibitions presented as part of this landmark project.

Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture unites eleven institutions in an unprecedented collaboration highlighting Massachusetts furniture making, from the 1600s to the present day, through a series of craft demonstrations, workshops, symposia, lectures, and much more. Now through Spring 2015, there are a multitude of exhibitions and events organized by participating institutions.… Read More

Skinner Provides Special Support for Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture Exhibitions

BOSTON, Mass. – September 13, 2013Skinner, Inc. is proud to announce its sponsorship of Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture. Through the sponsorship, Skinner is providing financial underwriting as well as in-kind support for the exhibitions presented by the participating institutions in the Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture project, including the Concord Museum, the Fuller Craft Museum, Historic Deerfield, the Massachusetts Historical Society, Old Sturbridge Village, and the Peabody Essex Museum.… Read More

How the Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture Collaboration Began

Guest post by Brock Jobe, Professor of American Decorative Arts, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Who doesn’t love furniture? It can be practical or frivolous, plain or posh, historic or contemporary, but ultimately it is so essential.  Furniture surrounds us. Without it, life would certainly be more of a struggle. Consider the challenges of writing this blog without a chair and a table. How long can one stand, hold a computer in one hand, and type with the other?… Read More

Make it Beautiful and Make it Good, Part III

Aesthetics matter. Beauty drives demand and demand drives value. Value drives business, and business drives a brand-new pickup truck full of German power tools.

In addition to making something beautiful, you must also “make it good”. You have learned practical techniques. You will now have the opportunity to put your technique into practice in the real world.

Famous names like Wallace Nutting and George Nakashima are famous for a reason. In order for objects to hold their value over time, they have to still exist, and be in relatively good, original condition. They’re still here because they exhibit superior craftsmanship.

Make it Beautiful and Make it Good, Part II

Why does beauty matter? We enjoy surrounding ourselves with objects of beauty. At the most banal level, people will pay good money to feel the way beautiful things make them feel. In your future jobs as artists, designers, business owners, and craftspeople, you will need to cultivate a sense of beauty in order to succeed.

Make it Beautiful and Make it Good, Part I

I was truly honored to be asked to speak at the North Bennet Street School Commencement on June 1, 2012. As I thought through what I might speak about, I concluded I actually have a lot in common with the graduates from this school that educates men and women in traditional trades and craftsmanship. These graduates are makers of objects today that appraisers like me will evaluate in the future.

Here are the words I shared with the graduates.