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Fishing Partnership Support Services

Location: 30 Chestnut Avenue, Suite #2 Burlington MA 01803

Description: Fishermen are 37 times more likely to die on the job than policemen. And on top of that, New England’s waters are the most dangerous in the country. Safety and survival training is not something to ignore—it’s desperately needed and can truly be life-saving for everyone on your boat.

Contact:, 617-928-3443

Category: Survival, Fishing

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Fox Maple School of Traditional Building

Location: 65 Corn Hill Road, P.O. Box 249 Brownfield, Maine 04010

Description: Fox Maple was founded in 1975, at a time when the timber framing revival was just beginning to take root. Our motivation to begin building new timber frames grew from our desire to fully understand the nature of this ancient building system. In 1983 Fox Maple expanded its reach beyond the building of timber frames strictly for discerning clients, to include education through Fox Maple School, and the dissemination of information through Fox Maple Press. To this day these three distinct aspects of Fox Maple remain linked through their dedication to the high goals set back in 1975. This may best be conveyed in what has become known to our many students over the years as our mantra, "perfection & grace puts a smile on your face", and to our guiding belief that quality far surpasses quantity.—Vive Jean Claude!

Contact:, 207-935-3720

Category: Timber framing, homebuilding

Shelter Institute

Location: 873 U.S. Route One Woolwich, Maine 04579

Description: Shelter is committed to working with our clients to create effective homes. We offer fine woodworking tools, Design Build services, real estate, and accredited classes in homebuilding. At Shelter, we have been evolving durable, adaptable, energy-conscious building techniques since 1974.

Contact:,, 207-442-7938

Category: Timber framing, home building,

Heartwood School for the Homebuilding Crafts

Location: Johnson Hill Road Washington, MA 01223

Description: We established Heartwood in 1978 to teach the skills and knowledge it takes to build an energy-efficient house. Since that time, we have expanded our programs to include all aspects of the homebuilding crafts, particularly timber framing.

Contact:,, 413 623-6677

Category: homebuilding, carpentry, timber frame,


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,

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

Location: 1 Dancing Rabbit Lane Rutledge, MO 63563

Description: At Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage (DR), we understand how difficult it can be to live sustainably and responsibly within modern US culture. We believe that we can work to build a healthy alternative: a social structure that is both non-exploitative and vibrant. As our village grows, we see this ideal take shape more clearly every day: a diverse range of people living ecologically sound lives in a community that truly serves as an example of positive human action within the natural world.

Contact:,, 660-883-5511

Category: timber framing, home building, permaculture, sustainable agriculture,

Adirondack Folk School

Location: P. O. Box 2 51 Main Street Lake Luzerne, NY 12846

Description: Adirondack Folk School (AFS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, unique for its dedication to teaching the arts, crafts, and cultural heritage of the Adirondack region. Made up of local artisans, crafts people, and volunteers, we offer non-competitive education focusing on the student.

Contact:,, 518-696-2400

Category: blacksmithing, basket making, gardening, carpentry, pottery, cooking, kids, fiber crafts, leather, jewelry, timber framing, soap making, essential oils, food preservation, cheese making, trades, masonry,

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