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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.


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News & Events

Radical Jewelry Makeover: Boston
NBSS

In a collaboration with Massachusetts College of Art and Design, NBSS, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, jewelry making students collected, sorted, and remade over 70 donations from the Boston area, culminating in an exhibition of rings, necklaces, brooches, earrings, and more—all for sale. The project aims to offer an informed and creative alternative to traditional mining practices and jewelry production.

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In the Making: Earth-Bound Building
NBSS

On Thursday, November 18, 2021 Blain Snipstal—founder, designer, and lead builder of Earth-Bound Building—joined us in conversation with Preservation Carpentry Instructor Michael Burrey. Blain and Michael talked in-depth on the negative impacts modern construction have on our planet and how low-impact building can benefit us all, intersections with historic preservation, and the difficulties the face in building green. Plus, Michael gave a tour of his lime pit and kiln! Watch the full event.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Move to Boston
Susan Lee

From the public spaces, to the waterfront, to historic sites to landmarks, the city of Boston offers endless possibilities. It's often said that Boston is a "big small town," because of its intimate yet expansive feel. It's where knowledge and intellectual pursuits abound, and where history is not far. Here are some reasons why people call the City on a Hill their home.

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In the Making: Notre Dame Truss Project
NBSS

On Thursday, November, 4, we explored how our 2021 Preservation Carpentry graduates joined a team in Washington D.C., recreating a full-scale truss of the damaged Notre Dame Cathedral using only medieval carpentry techniques. Joining us were Rick and Laura Brown of Handshouse Studio who created and led the project, and Henry Newhard, an alumni of the Preservation Carpentry program who was part of the crew.

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Mark Esser
NBSS

Congratulations to former Bookbinding Department Head Mark Esser, recipient of the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guild of Book Workers. With a career as a fine binder, teacher, and conservator spanning four decades, he's considered one of the finest bookbinders in the country. Mark created the curriculum for the two-year, full-time Bookbinding program at NBSS, and served as the program's first Department Head and Instructor.

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