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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
View a traveling exhibit from the Guild of Book Workers featuring 45 hand-bound design bindings, interpreting the theme of "wildlife" in a variety of ways, from literal or abstract, to humorous or serious.
As a student, it's impossible to pass through the 150 North Street doors and not leave changed in some way. But these four NBSS students and recent grads experienced a major life challenge during their time at school—or took a daring career leap to enroll in the first place. Here's how they found their footing.
In the summer of 2021, NBSS second-year Preservation Carpentry students traveled to Washington, D.C. to collaborate on a 10-day Handshouse Studio workshop to reconstruct a model of the 35-foot-high truss #6 of the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral. The goal of the ambitious build was not only to recreate the truss, but to construct it using the same plans and traditional methods originally employed in Medieval France.
During the past two years, the NBSS mission of "using hand skills in concert with evolving technology" has certainly been put to the test. But rising to the challenge, we integrated digital tools like never before, and expanded our reach far beyond the boundaries of our brick and mortar facility.
Being a student at NBSS means getting to enjoy everything Boston's historic North End has to offer. This scenic waterfront neighborhood, less than half a square mile in size, features architectural charm, rich cultural heritage, and famed dining. We've been proud to call it home since our founding in 1881.