Actor and Woodworker Nick Offerman Served as Graduation Speaker


Marlborough, MA—DMT Diamond Machining Technology remains committed to recognizing and encouraging the next generation of artisans. The manufacturer has once again presented a North Bennet Street School (NBSS) graduate with the DMT Diamond Machining Technology Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship. This year’s recipient is Evan Kistler, a graduate in the school’s Preservation Carpentry program.

“Evan has been about as ideal a student as an instructor can hope for—reliable, focused, interested and hard- working as well as helpful to both his instructors and other students,” said Department Chair Steven O’Shaughnessy. “Whether in the shop, at his bench or in the field, Evan has contributed to the success of projects the program has taken on with good questions, helpful techniques and a ‘lets get this done’ attitude.”

DMT 2015 NBSS Award Evan Kistler

On May 29, DMT Vice President Stacey Brandon presented the award in a pre-graduation gathering at NBSS in Boston’s North End. “Having the opportunity to personally present the award to Evan was very meaningful to me. This is one of the true pleasures of my job—getting to meet and support the craftspeople who use our products and particularly exceptional young talent like Evan,” said Brandon.

The school’s graduation ceremony followed at the Old North Church at which actor and woodworker Nick Offerman spoke. In his commencement address, Offerman said, “You are graduating from superhero school. If our nation could look up from their phones for a moment, they would thank you. It is my honor and my privilege to salute you. Excelsior.” (Read more and see video here.)

Kistler greatly appreciates his two years at NBSS refining his preservation carpentry skills and learning the history of the craft as well as being chosen for the award. “I am excited to be graduating and extremely humbled to be receiving the DMT award. I am very grateful to DMT, my instructors, and everyone else at the school for selecting me out of a group of students whose skills impress me on a daily basis,” Kistler said. “I look forward to a long career spent protecting and renewing our architectural heritage by hand, one house at a time.” He has just accepted a position with Kevin Cradock Builders, a respected, Boston-based building and renovation firm. 

NBSS faculty nominated and selected Kistler to receive the DMT award according to the criteria: “a graduating student who has demonstrated excellence in craftsmanship, created an exemplary body of work and whose leadership skills have contributed to fellow students and to the school.” The award comprises a gift of $1,000 and complimentary DMT sharpening products.