History of the North Bennet Street School

Project: Modern Colonial, Episode 12, Part 2



Brent Hull from Hull Historical Millwork is on-site to talk about the WindsorONE crown moldings featured in the dining room. To complete the molding installation, carpenter Bob Ryley and crew set up shop. The installation of the five-piece crown molding is an advanced carpentry project, which Ryley demonstrates.

With traditional woodworking and reproduction craftwork in mind, Bob visits Robert Adam, an instructor at the North Bennet Street School to talk about the school's preservation carpentry program. Adam and student Nick Beasley join Bob back at the project house to handcraft the fireplace molding with traditional hand planes.
Part 1: Designing and Crafting Historical Reproduction Crown Molding
Part 2: History of the North Bennet Street School
Bob takes a trip into Boston to visit the North Bennet Street School. The school, which focuses on training students in traditional handcraft trades ranging from preservation carpentry to violin restoration, has been in operation for over a century. Before touring the facilities, Bob takes a look back at the people and principles that have shaped the curriculum over the years.
Part 3: Hand Crafting Reproduction Moldings
This project focuses on the construction of a Colonial-style home built with both history and the future in mind. While the 4-bedroom, 4-bath home will have a traditional exterior and interior detailing, the plan will suit the needs of a modern family, including easy-maintenance fireplaces, a great room, master suite, sun room, 3-car garage, and a large walk-out basement with plenty of room for recreation and indoor/outdoor living.

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