This past Saturday I taught a workshop on installing doors and windows at the North Bennet Street School’s Arlington location. While it is the last workshop that will be taught at that location before the big move this summer into the new facility back in the North End of Boston it did not feel as much like the end of an era — it felt like the beginning of something new. The Arlington location was where I learned as a student and where I first started teaching workshops at NBSS so while I am a little sad to see the old shop get packed up, I look forward to seeing where we can push going forward with new classes and new opportunities.
In designing this class part of the challenge was to make accessible to a wide audience and also be reasonable with the materials. The format of this workshop was a full day of me demonstrating, lecturing a bit, answering questions and letting the class try some of the hands on operations. By the time I got home I was on my feet for about 14 hours that day and felt like I completed a long piece of performance art.
We covered a lot of material given this was only a one day class:
- basics of stick framing
- how to install a new pre-hung door and adjust it
- how to install a door knob and lockset
- how to trim out the door
- how to cut sheathing for a framed out window opening
- installing and leveling a window
- how to wrap and flash around a window
- how to cut a stool and trim out a window
- And MANY general questions along the way
If there are carpentry, preservation carpentry, or general woodworking workshops you’d like to see offered at the school or in my own shop, please let me know as I’m always looking to teach something new and entertaining.