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North Bennet Street School (NBSS), a traditional trades career training school in Boston, seeks an experienced preservation carpenter and instructor in the two -year preservation carpentry program to begin in August 2015. The program teaches adults entering the trade the theory and practice of residential construction and preservation carpentry working both in the shop and on historic structures in the greater Boston area using traditional and modern tools and machines. 

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Women, especially petite, are not encouraged to follow a hands-on job trend.  I gained confidence and ability at Belmont... [went] off on my own and have my own business specializing in stained and leaded glass.

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In May, on the campus of Savannah Technical College, a small group of preservationists gathered to discuss recent trends in the field of trades education.  Longtime PTN activist, Rudy Christian, led off the symposium discussing the role of non-institutional education in the teaching of the traditional trades.

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Back in September, having just driven back to New England from the IPTW in Ohio, I was at a RFP meeting at a site in Connecticut.  There were several other contractors there, but none that I immediately recognized. We all did the introduction game and proceeded to mill around, waiting for the meeting and walk through to commence.  We were there to look at a large exhibition hall at a fairground complex dating from the second half of the nineteenth century, and so as we milled, we quietly made comments to each other. The meeting went along, and it was clear to me that there was another preservationist at this meeting, and that the rest were not specialists.

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I grew up in central Kentucky and we always lived in older houses so I got a feel for old houses early on. When I was a teenager we moved to Northern KY and later it was here I got my start in historic preservation. I worked for a Mick Noll who was converting an old firehouse into a restaurant. I was impressed by the man who restored the wooden windows. He was meticulous with the details but still he moved right along. He restored all the windows to smooth working order. Another fellow, an older carpenter had an apprentice who really was not so interested in the work. I paid close attention however and picked up a lot. I learned early on to hustle when I helped him. If I fell behind I would hear "dollar waiting on a dime" and so pick it up to keep him happy and so I could keep working with him. 

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