Friday, January 16
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
in conjunction with the League of New Hampshire CraftsmenNH Furniture Masters’ Gallery 49 South Main Street Concord
The New Hampshire Furniture Masters Gallery is honored to present the third exhibition in its ‘Schools of Thought’ series, “Schools of Thought III: North Bennet Street School,” an examination of works by makers from this esteemed Boston program and the ways in which their education shaped their development as artists. Rooted in the traditional techniques of early American Furniture, the Cabinet and Furniture Program at the North Bennet Street School (NBSS) has been developing some of the finest craftspeople in America for over 125 years. NBSS grads are known for their technical excellence and the program’s emphasis on traditional American design and construction gives it a unique place in the pantheon of contemporary American woodworking programs. The show will be on view at the Furniture Masters’ Gallery, located at 49 South Main Street in Concord, NH, from November 14, 2014 through March 10, 2015. A reception will be held on Friday, January 16, 2015 in conjunction with the League of NH Craftsmen. Admission to all events is free.
While most woodworking schools in the United States today place a greater emphasis on design than technique, NBSS’s Cabinet and Furniture program is based on the principal that excellent design can only be achieved through excellent construction. Using early American furniture as a starting point for its instruction, the program strives to inculcate its students with the technical expertise necessary to make furniture that will last for generations. This philosophy has produced some of the finest furniture makers in the United States today. “Building a complex piece of furniture is a journey, and every individual part has to be built correctly along the way,” explains Furniture Master and NBSS graduate William Thomas. “It is necessary learn to put the finished product aside and concentrate on the particular task at hand. That was the most important skill I learned at North Bennet Street School.”
“Schools of Thought III: North Bennet Street School” includes work by current Furniture Masters Greg Brown, Richard Oedel, Jeffrey Roberts, William Thomas, and Bradley Wolcott as well as North Bennet Street School faculty member Steve Brown.