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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

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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2/7/2013

Bob,

Thank you for the email.  I will be attending Matt’s on SUNDAY. For feedback, Matt’s classes are great.

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