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 Fall & Winter class schedule now available.

  Director: Bob Van Dyke128_bob_van_dyke_2.jpg

061_bobv_walnut_chair.jpgAfter 18 years as an award-winning chef in French restaurants Bob left the business to begin a career in woodworking and teaching. Furniture making had provided an outlet to the pressures of the restaurant business until 1993 when he started the Harris Enterprise School of Fine Woodworking. In seven years of operation the school gained national exposure and recognition.

In 2000 he formed a business partnership to open the Manchester, CT Woodcraft store and the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. The school was an instant success and the demand for classes was so great that a second shop was built to allow two classes to run simultaneously. He continually strives to expand his skills and knowledge by working on a variety of commission furniture pieces and new projects for upcoming classes. He has been featured in Fine Woodworking Magazine and Woodshop News.051_entertainment_center_bob.jpg

Bob's approach to teaching centers on the belief that people learn "by doing rather than by watching". Successful contemporary furniture making also depends on utilizing a sensible combination of machine woodworking and handwork. Bob's classes feature hands-on woodworking projects that require mastery of a combination of handtools and machines.

Examples of Work:
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Testimonials

3/12/2012

Bob,

The SAPFM meeting on Saturday was excellent.  The presentations were very interesting.

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7/2/2012

Hi Bob,
Just a quick note to thank you and Will for an excellent experience in the Chapin Class.  I had to be home early and was not able to properly thank  you for the additional time on Sunday.  I have learned a lot in this class as I have in all of your programs.  I’ll see you in the fall.

John