We offer a supportive and stimulating learning environment for those who share a passion for craftsmanship. Our faculty are masters of their craft, who instill in students a sense of care in their work and commitment to excellence.
At the School’s core are nine full-time, professional Career Training programs, each of which offer intensive, hands-on training.
The two-year Bookbinding program teaches students how to make, restore, and preserve books and other printed treasures. Students craft historic and modern binding structures, create and repair cloth, paper, and leather bindings, and more.
The two-year Cabinet & Furniture Making program teaches fine craftsmanship through projects incorporating 18th- and 19th-century models. With these as a foundation, graduates can design and build furniture of any era.
Our Carpentry program encourages a commitment to excellence and a mastery of the craft. In nine months, students learn how to construct and renovate residential and commercial buildings from frame to finish.
The two-year Jewelry Making & Repair program attracts students from around the world who share a love of materials, artistic expression, and working with their hands to make jewelry that transcends time.
We offer two nine-month courses—Basic Piano Technology and Advanced Piano Technology—both of which attract students who share a passion for music, problem solving and mechanics, and hand skills used to restore and care for beautiful musical instruments.
The two-year Preservation Carpentry program teaches time-honored skills and engages students who have a love of history, materials, and hand skills—to build, restore, and preserve beautiful structures that last.
The three-year Violin Making & Repair program provides a solid foundation to the art and science of stringed instrument making, exceptional craftsmanship, and an introduction to restoration.
These programs are structured with a focus on practical projects that increase in complexity as you move forward. This method encourages you to systematically develop your hand skills and understanding of tools, materials, and processes.
We teach and uphold the principles and practices of the craftsmanship tradition:
Skillful use of hand tools and power equipment
Informed choice of materials
Creative problem-solving based on best practices
A dedication to the highest quality work
Beyond hands-on work, you’ll also participate in lectures, reading assignments, field trips, and discussions. This provides context for the skills and ideas you’ll learn, making for a well-rounded learning experience.
In addition to our Career Training programs, we also offer Community Education courses for craftspeople of all ages and experience levels.