In the Making: Employer Spotlight, Part 1

November 11, 2022

“Seeing woodworking students with an ability to grow, change, and learn says to me: that’s somebody I can invest in.”

On Thursday, November 10, 2022, we met with chairmaker Peter Galbert live from his shop in Rollinsford, New Hampshire. He shared a business owner’s perspective on being a professional woodworker, why he loves greenwood chairmaking, what he looks for in employees, and the reality of launching a career as a craftsperson. Cabinet & Furniture Making graduate Kolin Schmidt CF ’21, who works in Peter’s shop, also contributed to the conversation. 

As a full-time chairmaker, toolmaker, teacher, and writer, Peter Galbert teaches at craft schools around the country including North Bennet Street School—where each year he offers his Windsor Chair workshop to our Cabinet & Furniture Making students. Not surprisingly, Peter’s teaching style, knowledge, and his greenwood form of chairmaking attracts many NBSS graduates who find a true calling—specifically the handful of alumni who currently work in Peter’s workshop.

“In the Making” is a public programs series where we connect with a range of new voices, fields, and perspectives. Learn more and view a full list of events on the series homepage.

With thanks to our underwriters

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Eaton Vance
First Republic Bank

F.H. Perry, Builder
Firestone & Parson Inc.
Inland Underwriters Insurance Agency Sequoia Custom Builders, Inc.