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Sigma 3 Survival School

Location: Gravette, Arkansas

Description: Sigma 3 Survival is an extremely unique entity in the survival community. We are setup to offer a broader array of training than any other survival school in the country. Sigma does not differentiate between the different skills sets involved in the survival philosophy. Because just as bushcraft is pivotal for your survival in the wilderness, tactical and defense related skills are important for your urban and combat related survival. All in all, survival is the study and practice of keeping your ASS alive no matter what is happening around you!

Contact:, 314-308-6955

Category: survival, trapping, first aid, plant ID, backpacking, foraging,

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Location: 7865 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT 05673

Description: In hands-on classes that explore and engage, we teach the arts of design and building as an integrated process, and provide instruction in fundamental skills. We offer nearly 100 classes in sustainable building and design, construction, natural building, architectural craft, woodworking, working landscapes and ecosystems, energy efficiency, and building science.

Contact:,, 888.496.5541

Category: homebuilding, carpentry, timber framing, permaculture, off the grid, leather, cabinetry, electric, plumbing, basket making,forestry, milling, sustainable agriculture, metal work,composting,

Artist's Asylum

Location: 10 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA, 02143

Description: Artisan’s Asylum is a non-profit community workshop in Somerville, Massachusetts. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practice of fabrication.

Contact:,, (617) 284-6878

Category: carpentry, fiber arts, crochet, jewelry,metal work, welding,

Hammersmith Studios / Classical Blacksmithing School of Boston

Location: 70 Linden Street, Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464

Description: A school with the hopes of providing people that are interested in the art of blacksmithing a venue to go to and learn the basic skills needed to create hand forged objects and art

Contact:,, 617-969-5424

Category: blacksmithing, metal work


Location: 50 Guinan Street Waltham, MA 02451

Description: Metalwerx is an innovative school and community studio for jewelry making and metal arts, located in Waltham, Massachusetts. We are dedicated to providing a welcoming, creative, and well equipped environment where outstanding instructors, inquisitive students, and dedicated practitioners can inspire each other in the pursuit of jewelry and metalworking skills.

Contact:,, 781-891-3854

Category: jewelry, metal working

Stonybrook Fine Arts

Location: 24 Porter Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Description: Stonybrook Fine Arts is a small school of qualified and dedicated artisans who provide education in a variety of sculptural media with a focus on jewelry, welding, metal casting, stone carving, mold making and live figure modeling.

Contact:,, 617-522-3331

Category: jewelry, welding, metal work

Worcester Center for Crafts

Location: 25 Sagamore Road Worcester, MA 01605

Description: Become a creative maker through classes and workshops at the Worcester Center for Crafts. Our talented instructors are all professional artists with teaching experience who can guide and direct you in learning and exploring ceramics, glass, metals, and photography—among others.

Contact:,, 508-753-8183

Category: glass work, metal work, pottery, jewelry

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum / Rinehart Blacksmith Arts Center

Location: 4472 Basin Harbor Rd. Vergennes, VT 05491

Description: The 1,800-square-foot Rinehart Blacksmith Arts Center is a state-of-the-art facility for blacksmith instruction. Four fully equipped work stations are available for student use, and LCMM offers courses & workshops for nearly every level of blacksmith instruction, from teens to expert. This facility was made possible in large part by Warren Rinehart, whose inspiration and generosity founded this center. He continues to inspire us with his work - stop by and see what he's working on now!

Contact:,, 802-475-2022

Category: blacksmithing,metal work

New England School of Metalwork

Location: 7 Albiston Way Auburn, ME 04210

Description: The New England School of Metalwork is a full 501 C3 non-profit educational facility devoted to the promotion and strengthening of metalworking skills. Started in 2000 and located in Auburn, Maine, the concept of the school was developed by Maine Oxy, a local welding distributor and Dereck Glaser, a local artisan metalsmith. After several years of individuals inquiring about welding skills and ornamental metalwork instruction the decision was made to build the school. We set to the task of designing and planning a dual purpose facility for metalsmithing and welding.

Contact:,, 888-753-7502

Category: blacksmithing, metal work, welding,

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