North Bennet street school- My journey #1: like a dream

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Blog entry by ELCfinefurniture posted 02-02-2012 05:05 AM 1886 reads 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been trying to describe the feeling to my family for 3 weeks now. Its hard to put into words. The only thing I can think to relate it to is that of someone meeting a celebrity they care greatly about. Like a kid heavily into basketball meeting an NBA star then spending a couple years with him…on a pivate court…with others as obsessed and determined about basketball as he is. Even when described its not easy to comprehend unless you experience it.
4 Weeks ago I took a plunge. Applied for North Bennet street schools 2 year cabinet and furniture making program. I honestly never even thought I would hear back from them. I still honestly dont know why I got chosen! I was informed there was one bench left for the Febuary 2011 classes. A month from then. The next day I was on my way to boston to tour the school and fill out my financial aid paper work. Now here I sit typing this, unable to sleep, unable to sit still, unable to do anything really other then think about monday morning when I will be getting up to go attend my first day of school. I have no formal back ground. Only tons of research, hardwork and determination, will and total pure and unconditional love for my craft. For me this is the experience of a lifetime. I feel totaly honered by this and it feels unfair to me at times that not everyone that loves woodworking gets to go through the utter excitment and shock of being able to attend this wonderfull school. I remember reading Dan Faia’s articles, and one of Steve Browns new ones right before I enrolled. And never mind lance…litteraly a genious. The opportunity to learn from these men is one of the most incredible things you could possibly ask for in this life. The library there doesnt hurt either!
I feel I need to blog about my whole 2 year experience. I want to try and give the community here of woodworkers a bit of a taste of what lifestyle and experience is like. Hopefully inspire some to try and enroll, help excite some who might be going themselves soon and last but not least bring encouragment and excitement to those who wish to go but for whatever circumstance cant. I will try and blog almost daily if I can with constant photos and updates. I feel that hopefully I can share some helpfull tips and lessons that I pick up along the way that might be hard to aquire elsewhere.
I will be starting up a blog on a blogsite but will post every entry here as well and I will also be posting updates on my twitter page. I want to really keep up with this so I really hope I get some of you to follow this series. I know 2 years is a long time but really…if we arent woodworking we are on here so take 10 mins and read…you MIGHT learn or get inspired!
Leave some comments or drop me a PM and let me know what you all think of this! Also if anyone knows what a good site for blogging is please let me know and give me your tips. Thanks!
Ill post a new entry Monday!

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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#1 posted 02-02-2012 05:24 AM

I for one, would love a blog on North Bennett. The school would be my #1 choice if I had the opportunity for a formal study of our craft. I dream that I can one day take 9 months off and do the comprensive there. Congradulations. What fortune!

-- Ben in Va

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#2 posted 02-02-2012 05:33 AM

Good luck!!! wish I were about twentysome years younger.

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Will Mego

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#3 posted 02-02-2012 05:46 AM

I adore you for saying you’re planning on blogging this entire thing, and I very much hope you’ll follow through on this. Insta-friend!

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#4 posted 02-02-2012 10:51 AM

Looking forward to reading your insider account of your experiences, congratulations.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#5 posted 02-02-2012 01:34 PM

Good luck at NBSS… this is an opportunity of a lifetime. Thanks for doing the blog. I have visited the school for a day and would love to take a workshop there. It is soooo impressive!
Looking forward to the blog entries!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 02-02-2012 03:01 PM

In the immortal words of Shakespeare ….

You GO, Boy !!!!!!

Congrats ! I have the distinct feeling you’ll love the time spent there…..

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 02-02-2012 03:29 PM

Congratulations! Now go make us LJ’s proud over there at North Bennet.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#8 posted 02-02-2012 06:46 PM

It had been my dream to attend North Bennet street school but now I’m to old ,to far away and to poor, so I’ll have to live vicariously through you. Enjoy every second.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 02-02-2012 06:48 PM

Congratulations! I can well understand your excitement. I’m sure this will be the beginning of something really good. I’ve read all the FWW articles by faculty members there and I always learned something valuable from them. Good luck and God’s speed!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 02-02-2012 07:03 PM

Congratulations! The knowledge that you gain is something that can never be taken from you. As I read your blog I will come to wish I was 45 years younger. But I know that I wouldn’t want to go through it all again.

-- TheShadeTreeWW If God wanted me to touch my toes, he'd have put them on my knees

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#11 posted 02-02-2012 07:18 PM

What a great opportunity. Enjoy each and every step, how exciting!

-- ~Julie~

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#12 posted 02-02-2012 07:28 PM

I’ll tell you what I think of it. At 61 years of age, I will simply say I would almost drop everything and go with you if I could get in which of course I couldn’t. Ain’t nobody gonna let a 61 year old worn out helluvawreck into a place like that. Of course I’m just going on with you. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go because of my family obligations no matter how bad I wanted to. However, I’m sure gonna congratulate you and pull for you along the way. I hope it works out well and wish you the best of luck and God speed. You put that blog up and most likely I’ll become a follower of it. God bless.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 02-03-2012 01:55 AM

Thanks for all the great responses guys! I am glad to see there is a seemingly large base here that is interested in the experience. I will absoloutly follow through with a daily blog on my experiences. I know not a day will go by where I dont learn something or have something to share so I will absoloutly share with the community. Thanks for the support!

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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#14 posted 02-03-2012 03:33 AM

So incredibly jealous coopman! I’m local to NBSS (well, 30 minutes) and have spent many nights debating taking a LOA from my job to take the 9 month course there. I’d absolutely follow a blog if you create one!

Good luck, and take it all in!

-- "Down in the arena are the doers. They make many mistakes because they attempt many things. The man who makes no mistakes lacks boldness and a spirit of adventure." -- Gen. David M. Shoup

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#15 posted 02-03-2012 03:44 AM

Congratulation and best wishes. I live in the area and have been fortunate enough to take four workshops in the cabinet and furniture making program. Each one has been an amazing experience. I learned so much more than just the intended content of the courses by being exposed to such talented instructors.

Enjoy the ride!

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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