The Preservation Carpentry Program was begun in 1986 in a response to the preservation community’s need for trained of carpenters to work for museums and specialist preservation contractors.

Since then, the program has flourished and graduates are working as preservation carpenters throughout the United States. The two-year training is the only full-time, hands-on program in the United States.

The two-year program combines an introduction to contemporary residential construction with a foundation in pre-20th century New England home construction. You’ll learn a broad range of construction methods, including stabilizing endangered buildings, preserving architectural details, and recreating historical design elements. Through lectures, hands-on projects, and collaborative field work, you’ll gain an understanding of how current technology compares to traditional techniques. You’ll graduate with the skills needed to work with contractors and institutions specializing in preservation work, including historical millwork and interior finish carpentry.

The program space includes first and second year bench rooms, where each student is assigned a bench and work space, and a central machine room. New England’s rich historical legacy of pre-20th century buildings provides exceptional field projects. Such site work is often done in collaboration with non-profit museums and historical sites.

Questions? Contact Rob O'Dwyer, Director of Admissions, at 617-227-0155 x111 or
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Brahm Wilson PC '14

When I left the [Marines] I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do, but I knew that I cared about history, the built environment, and having an active lifestyle. I chose NBSS because I wanted a program that would focus on the physical practice of historic preservation.

Brahm Wilson PC '14