We’re fortunate to have developed mutually beneficial partnerships with some of the leading names in woodworking manufacturing, trade, and education. A skills training school like ours cannot be an island; we must work closely with others to ensure that we’re offering the best possible education, utilizing the most updated curriculum, equipment, and techniques.

Architectural Woodwork Institute

NESAW is an associate member of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI), a national organization that sets quality standards for the woodworking industry. and has been publishing the Architectural Woodwork Standards that documents the standards, since 1961. All students receive a copy of the Standards manual and learn how to reference it to insure their projects meet AWI standards. Our staff attends a number of New England chapter and national AWI functions throughout the year to keep up on industry trends. Our association with AWI also gives students more opportunities for job placement at AWI shops after graduation.

Woodwork Career Alliance

NESAW Director Greg Larson sits on the national board of directors for the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) which is a partnership between the industry, education, and government to develop skills standards for the woodworking industry. This effort, funded by the US Forest Service, AWI, and industry partners, has standardized a method of evaluating and eventually credentialing woodworking professionals. NESAW has been on the forefront of testing and integrating them into our program due to our active participation in their development.

Manufacturers and Vendors

Throughout the year, we bring in manufacturers and vendors to help educate our students on the latest industry products and materials.

For example, Atlantic Plywood’s in-house finishing expert helped NESAW obtain new state-of-the-art finishing equipment from CA Technologies, a leading vendor of finishing equipment. Atlantic Plywood also provides on-site training at NESAW in spray finishing techniques and provides consulting as necessary.

Our students have also had the opportunity to learn saw blade technology from Tenryu, the selection and installation of cabinet hardware from Hafele and Blum, and techniques for effectively using clamps from Bessey Tools.


We’re fortunate to have been the recipient of many generous donations of equipment, tools, and materials over the years. The most recent of these are listed below. If you would like to make a donation, please call or email us.

Certainly Wood: $1,500 in wood veneer
Mini Max : Technoline 23 Multi-Spindle Boring Machine
Tenryu: Seven saw blades
Bessey Tools : Annual selection of latest K Body REVO clamps
Fairfield County Millwork: Selection of plywood and solid wood
Titebond: Cases of PVA glue
Whiteside Machine Company: Router Bits
Wall Goldfinger: Assortment of beautiful and unusual wood veneers
Festool: Large selection of tools, such as sanders, routers, and vacuums.
Veneer Tech: Annual assortment of wood veneer
QuickScrews: Annual selection of fasteners
Rockler: Annual product package