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 Winter/Spring class schedule now available.

Welcome to
 
The Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking
 
Bob Van Dyke - Founder & Director
 
Based on the idea of “learning by doing”, we provide a wide range of hands-on woodworking classes for men and women of all skill levels.

Classes are conducted in a variety of formats to suit the unique needs of our students. They include one or two day weekend classes, series classes that meet one or two nights per week for 4 to 12 weeks, week-long intensive classes and more.

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BVD Aug 2009 ResizedOur staff of instructors possess a wide variety of skills and interests but an intense passion for the subject they are teaching is common to them all. Whether it is a woodcarving class with Will Neptune, a furniture making class with the school’s director, Bob Van Dyke, or a class on inlay and bandings with Steve Latta, students are assured of thoroughly learning the skills in a relaxed hands-on atmosphere.

classes 009Projects and classes range from woodcarving, Chapin high chests, Arts and Crafts wall cabinets, sand-shaded fans, Greene & Greene end tables, to Federal side tables.

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The school teaches the effective use of hand tools and gives an equal measure of attention to machine tools. Here Bob is using the Laguna bandsaw to resaw a 12/4 slab of mahogony into three pieces. For more views of this operation, check our Facebook photo gallery.Laguna Bandsaw

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Testimonials

1/6/2012

Bob,

Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the recently completed Fundamentals of Furniture Making class this week.

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7/28//2013

Bob,

I want to take the time to thank you for the experience of working with you this past weekend at your school.

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Speciality & Weekend Classes

Sharpening Hand-tools Techniques with Bob Van Dyke Are you tired of...
Greene & Greene Details I with Darrell Peart Greene & Greene...
Build a Backsaw with Matt Cianci In this two day class,...
Build a Tahoma Mirror/Picture Frame with Darrell Peart In this one-day...
Make a Cutting Gauge and a Marking Knife with  Bob...
Wood Identification for Cabinetmakers with Randy Wilkinson Seeing and understanding wood...
Build a Federal Style Side Table with Bob Van Dyke This...
Hone your handtool skills with Mike Pekovich You can use power...
Build a Utility Workbench with Tim Spratlin Many of you who...
  Build a Table from a Single Board with Mike Pekovich This...
  Build an Arts & Crafts Style Wall Cabinet with Mike Pekovich   Join...
Build an Oval Tavern Table with Will Neptune Exercises in compound...
Build a 17th Century Joined Chest with Peter Follansbee Join nationally known...
Woodcarving Techniques with Mary May- A weekend for Beginning or...
Making Complex Curved Moldings with Mickey Callahan The thought of making...
Blacksmithing and Making Hardware with Walt Scadden Making hardware for furniture...
  Build an 18th Century Trestle Table with Will Neptune Be a...