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Mapping the Arts in Easthampton, Southampton, & Westhampton


The Workbench Woodworking & Craft School


New England School offers two woodworking programs; a career training architectural woodworking program with job placement assistance and adult education classes for the woodworking hobbyists.

New England School of Architectural Woodworking has three goals. Primary is to foster and inspire the acquisitiveness that bring students to NESAW, to teach woodworking skills in a safe, non intimidating environment in both our adult education classes and architectural woodworking program and in the latter, training for a new career and job placement assistance in the woodworking field.

New England School of Architectural Woodworking was first known as One Cottage Street School of Fine Woodworking, established by Michael Coffey in 1994. In late 1995, Faith Harrison and Steve Squire took over and changed the school’s name to what it is today. The school has expanded to over 5000 square feet and continually updates or adds new machinery.

NESAW offers a nine month comprehensive training program preparing students to become cabinetmakers. Focus is hands-on, machine oriented, safety conscious craftsmanship including reading and drafting shop drawings, layout, joinery, machining, assembly techniques, and finishing. Actual experience is gained working on architectural projects for public and community agencies. By the end of the nine months, students have both the confidence and competence to enter the woodworking industry. Our students range in age from 18 to 62 years old. Some are right out of high school or college who want a hands on experience and others are career changers. The school offers job assistance and works with local employers as well woodworking companies through out the country to find the right employment for each successfully graduating student. NESAW also offers 10 week evening adult education woodworking classes through out the year such as introduction to woodworking, carving, finishing, cabinetmaking, one day weekend classes and summer intensives.