See the Art of Fine Craftsmanship in Action: Renowned Boston Crafts Academy Schedules Open House for November 7-8

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Aspiring furniture makers, bookbinders, jewelry makers - or those merely curious about the process of making exquisite things by hand - are invited to a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the North Bennet Street School.

Aspiring furniture makers, bookbinders, jewelry makers - or those merely curious about the process of making exquisite things by hand - are invited to a rare, behind-the-scenes look at one of the America's oldest schools of craftsmanship during a special two-day open house to be held at the North Bennet Street School (http://www.nbss.org) in Boston's historic North End.

The event will be held on Friday, November 7, 10am to 2pm and Saturday, November 8, 10am to 3pm. Admission to the event is free.

Visitors can watch and interact with students and instructors at work in eight areas of concentration - from violin making and handmade cabinetry to piano restoration and locksmithing. A free shuttle bus on Friday will provide rides to the school's Arlington, MA campus to view its preservation carpentry training program.

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Serious amateurs looking into short workshop courses, as well as aspiring artisans considering full-time employment will find this annual fall tradition an informative - perhaps even inspiring - look at the school's working studios and training methods.

Visitors also may take home finished crafts pieces by purchasing the work of students and alumni, available in the school's Gallery on the ground floor.

A fully accredited, post-secondary institution of learning, North Bennet Street School has been training individuals in the trades since 1885. The school is internationally renowned for excellence in teaching, and for its role in promoting the preservation of traditional craftsmanship.

The school is located at 39 North Bennet Street, at the corner of North Bennet and Salem Streets, in Boston's North End. The event is accessible via public transportation (Orange line via Haymarket; Green line via Haymarket or North Station). Visit http://www.nbss.org or call 617-227-0155 for more information.

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