|Forum topic by Lenny||posted 03-20-2010 02:25 AM||1882 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
03-20-2010 02:25 AM
I’m getting quite excited about our meeting on May 8th. Today I visited the North Bennet Street School (NBSS) for the first time. It is about a ten minute walk from my office building so I went during my lunch break. By the way, that means it is about a 10 minute walk from the Government Center parking garage. I met with Claire Fruitman, the Associate Director who showed me the room in which we will meet and also provided a quick tour of several rooms. When I checked in with the receptionist she asked me to sign in. As I looked down at the sheet, my eye caught the fact that the “table” I was using is actually a very small workbench. I couldn’t help but chuckle and remark to the receptionist. As we entered several areas one could not help but savor the smell of recently sawn, sanded or planed wood. It was just a great place to be.
OK, OK enough from me on that. I don’t want to give too much away as it might take away from the tour we will be given. Claire had indicated that the room could hold a maximum of 20. She was thinking of comfort. As I see it, if need be we can certainly fit more and I am relieved about that as my count is: 15 definites, 4 probables and 2-3 maybes. The room is an actual “bench room”, as Claire called it, with three large square workbenches. Four students can work at each workbench. We can easily seat 6 to 8 people at these benches. There are additional smaller work surfaces that could seat 2-3 people. If need be, additional seats (more on that shortly) can be brought into the room and we could sit sort of gymnasium floor style. Dont get me wrong. It is a small room but we will be fine.
Regarding the seats, they are actually metal stools with a small cushioned seat and no back. Please be prepared for this. If anyone has a specific need for a backed chair I imagine Claire will accommodate us. However, don’t expect one of the completed 18th century styled ones with the ornate splat!
Now, to the primary purpose of this new post, I have arrived at what I believe is a workable agenda for the day. I want to thank Sharon (Purplev) and Ellen for their input and advice. Sharon organized the first New England get-together and Ellen was in attendance. Thank you Ellen and Sharon. I appreciate your help.
Of course, this is a group outing and I solicit everyone’s input. If you have thoughts/ideas about the agenda please speak up.
Meeting starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. with introductions for up to one hour. The number of participants will dictate how long each can speak but we will give everyone a chance to say a bit about themself. At 11:00 Claire will give us a tour of the Cabinet Making and Furniture Making areas of the school. The tour can/will take up to one hour. Claire thinks it might be far less than an hour but it will again depend on how many of us there are and how many questions are asked. At noon, we break for a one hour lunch. At 1:00 sharp we reconvene and Sharon will give a one-hour presentation on basic Sketchup. From 2:00 to 4:00 Steve Brown, an instructor at NBSS, will present on chair making and how that is handled at NBSS. 4:00 to 4:30 will be wind down time for last questions and final comments, etc. How does this sound to everyone?
Lastly, here is my list of attendees to date. Definites: Ryno101, NewPilgrim, Dannymac, Mr. Hudon, Purplev, Ellen, Eli, Chelle, PaulF, LouCarb, Littlecope, Frank Doyle, GroovymanG, JCantin, Lenny (me). Probables: TeenageWoodworker, Dusty56, StratiA, Langski93. Maybes: Tpastore and Lenzo.
If you wish to update your status, please leave a reply letting me know. Thanks everyone and I will keep working on information and post as I see fit.
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI