An Education in Craftsmanship

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Kevin Derrick
It's Thursday at lunchtime, and North Bennet Street School students crowd both sides of three long folding tables in the expansive Windgate Gallery. They've been summoned to the space over the School's loudspeaker just moments ago, and before them are a mouth-watering array of fixings.
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Grant Burger CF ’17

"I daily consider the value of hard work, a thorough plan, and an ability to anticipate possible failures. In the military, these lessons are burned deep into a soldier's subconscious— failure to learn them can have deadly effects. In the world of woodworking and fine craftsmanship, it's your product, your reputation, and your fingers that hang in the balance."

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Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez CF ’99

Developing and nurturing the next generation of makers and craft artists is central to the mission of North Bennet Street School. This past October it was the subject of a panel on craft education that NBSS President, Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, moderated at an American Craft Council conference in Omaha, Nebraska. The panel focused on the need to open craft schools—and the field itself—to a wider audience.

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Full-time Programs

Bookbinding

Cabinet & Furniture Making

Carpentry

Jewelry Making & Repair

Locksmithing & Security Technology

Piano Technology

Preservation Carpentry

Violin Making & Repair

Continuing Education

Interested in sharpening your skills or learning a new craft?

Sean Hardeo CA '06


At NBSS, you get a big picture perspective. You know what's supposed to happen before and after. Everybody should learn this way... I don't look at the world the same way now that I know how to build a house. That's priceless.
Ken Craggs CF '07


The biggest obstacle I faced before applying to NBSS was my own doubt. After I decided to go for it, everything fell into place... The Cabinet and Furniture Making program gave me the skills to make whatever I dream up. It was an excellent investment in my life and career.
Brent Hull PC '93


There is no other place to get this type of training. If you want to set yourself apart, NBSS will give you more credibility and knowledge than you could get with 10 years in the field. It is the best money you will ever spend.
Geraldine Kish Perry JM '00


I couldn't be more happy with my choice to change careers and attend NBSS. Before enrolling the Jewelry program, I didn't feel tangibly engaged in my work. And now I make things of lasting value and beauty. I feel pride in and enthusiasm for my work, and I do it with integrity.

Nikolaus Meller CF '94


It goes without saying that without the great people I met and the help and guidance I received along the way, none of this could have happened. NBSS is an integral part in my story. The time there taught me that if I do something well, the rest will fall into place.
Mary Jane Clark LK '09


I couldn't say enough positive things about the School and the Locksmithing program. It's allowed me to live in a beautiful place, have control of my work schedule and find a healthier balance in my life. NBSS gave me the skills I needed to begin a new career.
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