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2007: North Bennet Street School


Founded in 1885,  the North Bennet Street School was one of the first institutions for industrial arts in the US.  Since its founding in 1885, NBSS  has adhered to its mission of teaching individuals to master a useful trade, earn a living in their field, and maintain a high level of craftsmanship by combining traditional hand tool skills with the latest technologies.  In addition to furniture making and cabinet making, NBSS offers programs in carpentry and  preservation carpentry, violin making and repair, piano technology, jewelry making and repair, locksmithing, and bookbinding.

Notable NBSS graduates include Cartouche Recipients Will Neptune and Phil Lowe, as well as Lance Patterson and Steve Brown.

NBSS is accredited by the Accrediting  Commision of Career Schools  and College Technologies (ACCSCT).  ACCSCT is an institution devoted to maintaining educational excellance and integrity in post-secondary career schools and colleges in the United States and Puerto Rico.


2006: Fred Stanley

Fred Stanley 2006 Cartouche Recipient

Fred Stanley has a background in mechanical engineering and works as a preparation manager for Alpha Natural Resources in Abington, VA. He originally began building furniture to furnish his home, and still makes period pieces for his wife and family in the workshop in his garage. Using a combination of some power equipment and mostly hand tools, Stanley’s work exemplifies the heights that can be reached with talent, tools and a little bit of space to work.










2005: Phil Lowe


As a young man, Phil Lowe took a shine to woodworking, and through the years his interest evolved into a passion. In 1972 he entered the furniture making program at North Bennett Street School in Boston, subsequently becoming an instructor from 1975 to 1980, and department head from 1980 to 1985.  In 1986, he left NBSS to devote his energies to the full-time operation of his furniture making business. The business is still in operation today, serving primarily as an educational tool for his furniture-making school, the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts.

Phil also appears as a visiting instructor, seminar speaker and demonstrator at various schools throughout the United States and Canada.  He is the author of many Fine Woodworking articles and a long-time contributing editor. Phil is featured in the Time-Life series on woodworking and in several Taunton Press videos, including Measuring Furniture for Reproduction. He is the recipient of the 2010 Artisanship Award by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America.

Furniture in the SAPFM Gallery




2004: Mack S. Headley, Jr.


A fourth-generation woodworker, Mack Headley studied the tools and techniques of 18th century furniture making by repairing and reproducing period furniture in the classic traditions. He began woodworking as a teenager during the late 1960s in his father's Clarke County, Virginia, shop. In the late 1970s, Mack began working in the historic Hay's Cabinetmaking Shop at Colonial Williamsburg. He retired from that position in 2013.

Mack S. Headley & Sons

Carving Techniques and Projects (DVD)



2003: Gene Landon (1934 - 2011)


Gene owned and operated Landon Chemical Inc. He also repaired, restored and reproduced 18th-century furniture. During his career he taught 18th-century furniture making at Olde Mill Cabinet Shoppe in York, Pa.  Gene was a founding member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. The Cartouche Award is based on the cartouche which crowns a Philadelphia tall case clock he built.

Pieces of furniture Gene made or restored are displayed in many museums across the United States, as well as in the White House. A life size eagle he carved out of the last living Liberty Tree located at St. John's College, Annapolis Md., is displayed at the Constitution Center, along with a copy of the Rising Sun Chair that he made.

As many period furniture makers did, Gene gained a lot of his knowledge from restoring antiques. By taking apart original pieces he could see how they were made, and examine the tool marks left on the piece. His goal was to try and replicate an original as closely as possible.

 Inspiration: Gene Landon and Seven Hearths

E.E.L.: The Tool Collection of Gene Landon


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