Full-time Programs


Cabinet & Furniture Making


Jewelry Making & Repair

Locksmithing & Security Technology

Piano Technology

Preservation Carpentry

Violin Making & Repair

Continuing Education Classes

Sharpen your skills or learn 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 & 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.

In the Making: connecting with new voices, fields, and perspectives

News & Events

In the Making: Boston Design Week

NBSS, America's first trade school, is known globally for a range of programs and courses, and hand-based craft and trades, helping people achieve meaningful careers—or just learn new skills. Event hosts Kristen Odle-Devine and Rob O'Dwyer walked us through a behind-the-scenes virtual tour using our new 360-degree model. Watch the full event here.

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In the Making: Girls at Work

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, we enjoyed hearing a conversation about shifting norms in the building trades with members of Girls at Work, a Manchester, NH based non-profit helping young girls build confidence, discover their self-worth, and find their voice by teaching them to build with power tools in a creative and supportive environment. Watch the full conversation here.

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In the Making: The Beat of Blossoms

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, we held a virtual conversation with Jamila Zahra Felton of The Beat of Blossoms, along with Erin Fletcher BB '12, an NBSS Bookbinding graduate. They viewed Jamila's work with book arts, zines, collage, papermaking, printmaking, and writing, seeing examples of how she explores memory, identity, love, self-care, power, and Black futures.

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In the Making: Autodesk

On Thursday, March 11, 2021, we held a virtual conversation with Athena Moore BB '11, Global Community Lead of Autodesk Technology Centers and NBSS Bookbinding graduate. In this wide-ranging conversation, we discussed the origins and capabilities of Autodesk's Technology centers, exciting projects and partners that Athena has worked with at the Boston Technology Center, the role of automation and innovation in their work, and how Athena's unique background in bookbinding and conservation enhance her work at Autodesk. Watch the full conversation here.

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In the Making: Boston Public Quartet

On Thursday, February 25, 2021 we held a virtual concert with Betsy Hinkle and Jason Amos, members of the Boston Public Quartet, live streamed from the historic First Parish Church in Dorchester, Massachusetts. They performed works on violin and viola (including a violin made by a current Violin Making & Repair student) by living Black composers Adolphus Hailstork and Jessie Montgomery, as well as Mozart and Schubert.

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