North Bennet street school- My journey #3: Day two.

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Blog entry by ELCfinefurniture posted 02-08-2012 12:38 AM 1494 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First off thank you for the many responses I recieved last night and throughout the day. I enjoyed reading them and drew alot of encouragment from them. I also thank you for the questions asked! It really shows the interest in this series and I will answer them as best I can first off.
In answer to doordude, those questions are not weird they are normal. We can really do whatever we want for lunch. A few went out today actualy and got subs, as there as many great subshops on the north end. I have been brownbagging and used the microwave we have but I am sure I will go out a number of times. In answer to Julie, NO. The school takes on all types. We have someone in the upper bench room who has been a furniture maker for 20 years and decided to join the school and he got the same fundamental classes as everyone else and went back to start so to speak. We also have some with little or no prior experience and they are welcome and kicking butt. Its about will, work and love really.

As for day two it was a great day. We were all settled in the room and the 11 of us got much closer as a whole today which was nice. We helped each other on occasion with drawings. Went for walks to the upper bench room and looked at the second year students pieces and got inspired, and then just talked endlessly about furniture and woodworking as we worked. Seeing the second year student pieces in construction was truely amazing and left me with a HUGE amount of motivation. I was happily suprised when Lance checked all my drawings in the afternoon and found only one line on one drawing that needed to be erased and thats it! It made me thrilled and helped me press on. I spent alot of time today, more then I wish I had, walking around and talking to other students, listening to lance and dan and taking in knowledge outside of drafting so tomorrow I will hit it hard. I also learned some about machinery today, as we had an issue with the new Powermatic 12” long bed jointer with the plastic handles breaking so Lance and Dan gave us a briefing on “how to not break those handles” and it ended up in Lance giving a basic education of the jointer which included some things I honestly never knew about the fence and alignment.

I plan to hit it hard tomorrow and maybe have a little late of a day because i would like to get through my packet of joinery to draft and move on to drafting furniture. I have a goal of being done my shaker night stand and almost through my tool box by the end of the first simester so I have to kick it up. Over all the school challenges you hard but in a easy and calm way in which you honestly dont realise you are being challenged.
Me and another student also got into a nice loooong disscussion with Lance about tapered housed sliding dovetails to the point that we got into the period history of the joint and Lance even broke out a modified wooden shoulder plan made to match the angle of the dovetail.

Here are my photos for the day. Questions of course…

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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#1 posted 02-08-2012 12:49 AM

Thanks once again for sharing this opportunity you have. Every little detail is of most interest to me. I’ll forward to more updates. Enjoy!

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-08-2012 12:53 AM

I’m willing to bet it was not you that broke those plastic handles!!

Nice drawings. Today I had a hell of a time trying to design & draw my “Air Cleaner”. It’s only a box, how hard is that??? Care to give it a go? Lol.

OK, enough slacking (both you & I), get back to work! We’re (read YOU) are suppossed to be hitting it hard!

Keep posting. Inquiring minds want to know!

-- 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 02-08-2012 01:17 AM

Thanks for another peak at your day. You seem to be really fired up and on track with your goals. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences.

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

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#4 posted 02-08-2012 01:30 AM

I think that its just awesome to live vicariously through you on this trip your taking. It sounds like you’re well on your way .. keep kickin ass.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#5 posted 02-08-2012 01:46 AM

Thanks again. The graduates that I have talked with all say that you can get as much out of the program as you desire. And it sounds like you have set your sights high – good for you.

Have you checked out Mike’s Pastry over on Hanover St? It’s just a short walk – but could lead to a serious cannoli addiction.

-- “And the products of wealth push you along on the bow wave of their spiritless undying selves.” ― I. Anderson

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#6 posted 02-08-2012 03:08 AM

I walk by mikes pastry because I get off at the haymarket station and walk down hanover to the school but I honestly havent eaten or snack anywhere on the north end yet. I feel sort of ashamed by this judging by how good all the little places look.

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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#7 posted 02-08-2012 07:45 AM

Its good to hear you are getting to know your fellow classmates.
I must advise you to make as many contacts and network with people who may help you in the future.
For the past year and a half, I have been working for a coworker that I worked with about 9 years ago.
When you get to actualy working with wood, where will you get your wood?
Do you study from a text book? If so what is it called?
Thanks again for all the interesting information about your new class.

-- 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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#8 posted 02-08-2012 11:36 AM

Great read… keep it coming!
I agree with ChuckV about Mikes. You can also get great pastries at the Cafe Paradiso. Most of the places in the North End have been around for a gazillion years. Check out the pizza place just down the street from NBSS… 1/4 of a pizza for very cheap $$.
Of course, $$ are usually short but don’t miss out on the North End ambiance too!

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

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#9 posted 02-08-2012 05:45 PM

Keep it up! Really interesting to see your drafting, as I’d read about the school beginning with that, but seeing exactly whats being drawn is fascinating.

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

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#10 posted 02-08-2012 05:53 PM

Keep it rolling – I’m enjoying it. It sort of makes me feel young in a strange way – sort of like I’m there with you.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 02-08-2012 06:17 PM

This is a wonderful blog. Most of us probably envy you a bit, I sure do knowing the schools good reputation and having learned a few things from FWW articles by some of the staff there.

It will be interesting to know how they lay out the curriculum there and get your take on it. Thanks for brings us along.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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