Final Post for this Series
A few weeks ago, we arranged for the cabinet and furniture-making students at NBSS to visit the Council Chamber at the Old State House. I was joined by Nat Sheidley, Matt Wadja, and Lance Patterson. We gave the students the run-down of the project; Nat covered the historical importance while Matt, Lance and I explained the furniture. This visit was the final chapter for me in the closing of this project for the Bostonian Society.
I would like to take a moment to thank all the people who helped make this project possible. It is impossible to name everyone involved; however, there are a few individuals whom I worked with directly. Many thanks to: Nat Sheidley (Bostonian Society), Gerald Ward (Museum of Fine Arts- Boston), Matt Wadja (River City Furniture), Lance Patterson (Fort Point Cabinet Makers/ NBSS), Nonie Gadsden (Museum of Fine Arts- Boston), and Joseph Karagezian (Pioneer Upholstery). Of course, thanks to all the participating craftsmen who worked on this project in one form or another. There is a plaque at the Old State House in the Council Chamber that lists all the members involved.
There are not many opportunities to take part in projects like this, so it was a very unique and special time for me. By serving as the project manager for NBSS and having the chance to build a piece of the furniture, I was able to see the project through from beginning to end. This was not only an educational experience in furniture, but also a renewed lesson in American History. It is an honor to help re-tell the story of the historical importance of the Council Chamber and the Old State House.
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