• Report: #1001592
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New England School of Metalworking

  • Submitted: Tue, January 22, 2013
  • Updated: Tue, January 22, 2013

  • Reported By: Master peace officer — Rockwall Texas United States of America
New England School of Metalworking
7 Albiston Way Auburn, Maine United States of America

New England School of Metalworking No integrity, Unethical practice Auburn, Maine

*Consumer Comment: Wow

*Author of original report: Update for New England School of Metalworking

*UPDATE Employee ..inside information: Issues with NESM

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This "school" offers classes for ABS knife and black smithing courses. You can't register or pay online and it says to print off a form and mail in a tuition check. Nothing about call in and we can register you over the phone making the whole sending in a check thing useless. There are a limited number of students per class and they post if a class is full or open. I sent in my tuition check (you can't pay on line like I wanted to.) after checking to make sure the course was open. I sent in a check in Jan for a course in June. A week AFTER my check was sent I got an e-mail saying someone called in and registered by phone the same day the got my check that was Post marked A WEEK BEFORE THIS PERSON CALLED. I then get an e- mail saying because he called in the same day they gave the last opening to him even though I sent my check in good faith a week earlier.
I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I missed the class before and so I sent in early to be able to escape the Tx 105 degree summer heat to go to this class. They said I could attend the nov. class which was 10 months away.
I don't think I have ever been so upset in my life. I have been a cop for over 16 years and I could not believe they would not honor the fact I sent mine a week earlier and this person calls in and gets the last slot. If I had known I could register by phone I would have. You can't pay on the web but you can call in? Why the hell would you print off the form and send a check? It makes no d**n sense. You could be the first one to send the tuition and if a few call in then your just out of luck
This company has ZERO INTEGRITY! The attitude was like you can try again in nov. even though it is almost a year later! I'm a 260 pound weight lifter and second degree black belt in Kempo and it took every fiber in me not
to take a trip up there for a "meeting".
I would hope at least a few people reading this would stay away from a business that has no more integrity or common sense then this place does.
I have talked to everyone I know to see if I had the wrong opinion and it has been the opinion of every person I talk to that I got screwed and they couldn't believe that they wouldn't honor the post mark to show I in good faith registered first.

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#1 Consumer Comment


AUTHOR: dano8801 - ()

Obviously this whole thing was taken care of, but man, you are ridiculous.  You're angry about not getting into a class, so you go on about being a cop, weightlifter, weighing 260 pounds, and how you want to beat the crap out of the employees because you couldn't get into a class?  You're an angry child.  This country would be better off if you turned in our badge and never went on patrol again.


Actually read the information next time, it would have saved you trouble.  And if missing out on a balcksmithing class caused you to become more upset than you've been in your entire life, you have lived one beautiful, easy, carefree life.  You are more dramatic than my wife.

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Update for New England School of Metalworking

AUTHOR: Mike A Baker - ()

The company did apologize for what happened. I attended the class in Nov. and the instructors were all really good guys.

After being there in person I realized it is a excellent school and they do have integrity. The classes are so good in fact I'm 

flying there from Texas just to attend another one. I would recommend this school to anyone. 

Mike A Baker

Tx Master Peace Officer

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Issues with NESM

AUTHOR: Nick - ()

 First of all, I am sorry that you had issues with our enrollment process.

You are correct in your statement that you can't enroll online. It is something that we hope to change in the future.

You are incorrect in stating that you cannot enroll over the phone. It states clearly on the enrollment page on our website (http://www.newenglandschoolofmetalwork.com/enroll.php) that you can also enroll over the phone. Because our classes do fill so quickly, if a student wishes to send a check, they typically call ahead and let us know that payment is en route. Otherwise, we have to honor the students that get payment to us first.  

We were sure to add the suggestion to call ahead if sending a check to our enrollment information after you had your experience.

I do take issue with your statement that we have "no integrity". We have been providing some of the world's best blacksmithing, bladesmithing and welding classes in the world since 2000. We are one of three approved training facilities for the American Bladesmith Society and are and official educational member of the Artists Blacksmith's Association of North America. We take student and instructor feedback very seriously and pride ourselves in providing the most productive and safest learning environment possible.

I am glad that you decided to enroll in the November class with Mike Williams. He is a fantastic instructor. Please refrain from using any of your Kempo moves on us when you come up to Maine.


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