North Bennet street school- My journey #2: Day one

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Blog entry by ELCfinefurniture posted 02-07-2012 04:39 AM 1440 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: like a dream Part 2 of North Bennet street school- My journey series Part 3: Day two. »

Running on no sleep and a heap of adrenaline I boarded the bus that I will be riding for the next 2 years everyday and made the trip to Boston bright and early.
I arrived at NBSS an hour early however I was able to get right in and start filling out yet…MORE paper work.
Then it all began…Miguel gomez-Ibanez gave a beautiful speech. Describing how this was the happiest day of our lives as it was his when he was in our spot. It was a treat being in his preasence never mind getting ecouragment from him.
We all did introductions and it even brought one of my classmates to tears she is so happy to be there!
The partnership that forms in the classroom and in the building period is astonishing! You are all there for one reason…to do good work. Some more so then others, but the ones with true passion and heavy duty drive thrive off of each other and we can all sense that. After getting the grand tour by Lance and hearing some extremely funny stories from him that I honestly dont think were intended to be funny we were presented with the “incubator”. Our bench room for the next life time. Its small and pleasent and Dan Faia warmed us up to it very quickly. With his kind teaching manor he briefed us on drafting and gave us our drafting tool list. At lunch time most of us made the journey downstairs to the store to purchase our drafting tools and then headed back upstairs to work. I got completely lost in drafting. I lost track of time or even the total sense of it. 4 hours of the afternoon felt like 5 minuits. I had no drafting experience whatsoever but Dan and the schools calm and simple teaching methods make you feel like a total champ from the get go. It was refreshing for me being totaly self taught to have someone to ask any question to and get one on one attention. Its actually difficult to get used to the fact that you can get this much personal attention.
I will post photos of my bench and my first drafts…tomorrow I will continue to try and work my way through the packet of joinery to draft. Please post any questions you have and I will try my best to answer all of them!

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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#1 posted 02-07-2012 04:47 AM

Thanks for the update it’s great to know all the details of what’s happening ,I look forward to more information.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 02-07-2012 05:15 AM

Great job narrating your experience. Enjoy and soak it all in.

I look forward to following your journey into joinery, sort of speak!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 02-07-2012 05:23 AM

Thank you very much for taking the time to share this wonderful experience with us. It is great to hear your excitement and enthusiasm through your writing.

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

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#4 posted 02-07-2012 05:38 AM

First big day of living a dream. Slow down close your eyes and take a deep breath. Now in that moment what do you feel?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#5 posted 02-07-2012 05:44 AM

I must say, I thought the classroom would more “posh”, as one of the best woodworking schools in the country. I doesn’t matter anyway, its the quality of the instruction that counts. I love your excitement. Enjoy your journey. I’ll be following along. Thank you for doing this.

-- Ben in Va

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#6 posted 02-07-2012 07:40 AM

nice info and thanks for the photos. keep it up.

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#7 posted 02-07-2012 07:45 AM

how old is the building your school is in? how many floors are there in the building? do you go out for lunch or brown bag it? i know these questions are wierd.but just trying to get a scope of what your seeing; thats not in your blog. just interested.

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#8 posted 02-07-2012 08:05 AM

I want you to know I really enjoy and appreciate hearing about your experiences at that great school.
I think there are a lot of envious Lumberjocks who would love to be at the bench along side you. I know I would. Keep us posted.

-- 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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#9 posted 02-07-2012 01:47 PM

Wonderful blog. I’ve been to NBSS and it is not fancy… but the equipment is to die for!
Looking forward to your pictures and your thoughts.

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

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#10 posted 02-07-2012 02:06 PM

what a great opportunity

i look forward to this journey with you

with the enthusiasm in your post
rendered into work
will be a pleasure to watch

and learn from

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 02-07-2012 05:47 PM

Were you required to have any type of experience to get in to the school?

-- ~Julie~

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#12 posted 02-07-2012 06:21 PM

Thank you for posting, I’ll be eagerly following right along with you!

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

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#13 posted 02-07-2012 06:58 PM

Thanks for posting. You have a wonderful opportunity that many of us would have loved to have had at your age and I know that you will make the most of it. it looks like you have gotten off to a good start and I will be watching for your next update. Get settled in and go for it. God speed.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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