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2013/2014  Winter thru Summer 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 an Arts and Crafts style blanket chest to a Shaker hall table, a jewelry box, a Tansu Style jewelry case, a continuous arm Windsor chair, blacksmithing and more.

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 127 Basic Blacksmithing
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

3/18/2012

Bob,
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed yesterday's class Sharpening Hand Saws, with Matt Cianci.

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4/2/2014

Dear Bob,

I just completed a two day workshop in basic woodturning, taught by Corey Anderson.
I was pleased in every aspect of the experience.

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Speciality & Weekend Classes

Sharpening Hand-tools Techniques with Bob Van Dyke Are you tired of...
Carve a Ball & Claw Foot Leg with Will Neptune The...
Greene & Greene Details I with Darrell Peart Greene & Greene...
Woodcarving For Beginners with W. Mickey Callahan Learning to wood carve...
Saw Sharpening 101 with Matt Cianci This class is an introduction...
Blacksmithing & Toolmaking-with Walt Scadden Tool making is probably one of...
Build a Tahoma Mirror/Picture Frame with Darrell Peart In this one-day...
Make a Cutting Gauge and a Marking Knife with  Bob...
  Making Complex Bandings  with Steve Latta   Bandings make furniture alive with...
  The Fundamentals of Carving for Furniture with Mary May   Learn how...
  Making Sand Shaded Federal Style Fans with Bob Van Dyke   Shaded...
Build- and Carve- this Frame & Panel with Peter Follansbee   In...
Toning and Patina: Blending New Repairs to Old Work and...