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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 historic Tavern tables, trestle tables and blanket chests, to Arts and Crafts chairs, Tansu jewelry boxes and roubo workbenches.

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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

1/11//2015

Hi Bob,

I wanted to thank you again for the excellent woodworking fundamentals class. 

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2/16//2015

Bob,

My name is John Jardin and it is an honor to hear from you...one of my all time greatest woodworking instructors.

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