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Schedule of Classes -   Spring / Summer - 2017:

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Fundamentals of Furniture-Making
with Bob Van Dyke & Staff

 

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This is a series of hands on furniture making classes that should be taken in succession as each project builds on skills learned in the previous classes.

This series is not a required prerequisite for other classes contained in this schedule.

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Woodworking I

Walnut Jewelry Box

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A hands-on course that covers the basic concepts of woodworking and furniture making. This eight-session class is a combination of demonstrations and hands-on practice. General shop safety (with particular concentration on using the tablesaw) is emphasized.  Students will utilize the skills, techniques and tools (both power and hand-tools) being taught in the class in the making of a walnut jewelry box. This project could also be used to store a variety of other personal items. Skills learned will provide a strong foundation for subsequent furniture-making classes. Class size is limited to 12 students.  Tuition: $395.00 plus materials ($59.00)

Section 041717A: Monday Evenings, April 17 - June 12, 6:00pm – 9:30pm

Section 040517A: Wednesday Evenings, April 5 - May 24, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

(Note: Tim Spratlin is the instructor for these classes)

(This class is a required prerequisite for other classes in the "Fundamentals of Furniture-making" series (Woodworking II & III) and has always proven worthwhile to beginner and advanced students alike. IT IS NOT A PREREQUISITE FOR ANY OTHER CLASSES ON THE SCHEDULE)

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Woodworking II

Shaker Hall Table

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An eight-session class that is a continuation of the Woodworking I class. This class utilizes a combination of hand tools and power tools in the construction of a valuable piece of furniture. Techniques learned in the previous class are put to extensive use as more advanced techniques and skills are introduced. Mortise and tenon joints, grain matching, and using handplanes are a few of the new skills students will learn while making a cherry hall table as their project. Class size is limited, Woodworking I is a prerequisite. Tuition: $395.00 plus materials ($195.00).

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(Note: Tim Spratlin is the instructor for Woodworking I & II)

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Woodworking III

Woodworking III level classes feature a variety of more complex projects. Students are expected to complete some basic work at home such as scraping, sanding and dry-fitting, thus leaving more actual class time for the more complex operations. Shop time for this handwork only can be arranged if you have no facility to work at home.

Make a Craftsman Style Blanket Chest with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin

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This advanced workshop features a handsome frame and panel blanket chest with tiger maple panels and a cherry frame. It is based on a design by John McAlevey, a well-known custom furniture maker and author living in Maine. The chest was featured on the cover of Fine Woodworking Magazine a number of years ago. The project entails extensive through mortise and tenons, raised panels, chamfered legs, a number of curved parts and frame and panel construction. The techniques used in its construction are basic to many larger furniture pieces.   Participants need to have taken at least the Woodworking I class or its equivalent. Tuition: $595.00 (plus materials).

Section 012317A:    Monday evenings, January 23 - April 10,  6:00pm - 9:30pm

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Fundamentals of Cabinet Making

Woodturning with Corey Anderson

073 turned_round_edge_bowlThis six evening class is designed for the beginning (or frustrated) woodturner and features extensive hands-on practice each night. Woodturning is a skill that requires some basic instruction and lots of practice. Students are turning on their own lathe most of each night of the class. Class starts with basic spindle and includes a few simple projects like a mallet and spinning tops. We then move on to face plate turning which includes some cherry and mahogany bowls and plates. Along the way we spend time learning about tool sharpening and general information about lathes, tools, chucks and various jigs used in woodturning. This is a great way to safely get into woodturning and gives you a good foundation for other more advanced turning classes and projects. Corey Anderson is the past president of the Central Connecticut Woodturners Guild. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials ($49.00)

Section 041217B: Wednesday evenings, April 12 - May 17, 6:00pm 9:30pm

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Basic Woodturning with Corey Anderson

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Many people have asked for a beginning turning class to be offered in a weekend format. This class will cover much of the same material as the six-night class but because of time constraints we will not be able to cover as much material in as much depth. The class will cover spindle turning, bowl turning and basic lathe use, safety and sharpening. Students will have the opportunity to make a number of spindle and faceplate projects during the weekend including a mallet, a bowl and a small plate or platter.  This is a great introduction to the fascinating craft of woodturning. Tuition: $275.00 (plus materials: $32.00)

Section 050617B: Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7, 9:30am - 5:00pm

 

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Professional Furniture Finishing Techniques

A Woodworker's Guide to Finishing with Mike Pekovich

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Every woodworker knows the joy and stress of putting on that first coat of finish on a project. A finish can bring out the beauty of a piece, but it can also highlight every flaw. Add to that the wide range of dyes, stains and finishing products on the market and the finishing process can get down right scary. In this class, you’ll learn how easy it is to get the silky smooth, low-luster finish that is the hallmark of handcrafted furniture using a simple wipe-on finish. But there’s more to it than following the instructions on the can. Mike Pekovich, art director of Fine Woodworking magazine, will show you a simple step-by-step process that will yield excellent results every time.

The class will cover everything you need to know from preparing the surface to building a finish to final waxing. You'll also learn a simple 30-minute finish that's perfect for small projects and last-minute gifts.

And in the event you need to add a little color to your work, Mike will offer tips for preventing blotching and a strategy for combining dyes and stains in order to dial in the perfect color. Tuition: $125.00 Materials are included.

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Alternative Finishes and Surface Texturing with Kevin Rodel

Are you sick of “slathering” oil over everything? Are you tired of French Polishing? Bored with stains? Maybe you should be looking for a finish that is different, exciting and easy to achieve. This unique weekend class with well known furniture maker Kevin Rodel is just what you need. Kevin will explain and demonstrate bleaching, ebonizing, fuming, aniline dyes, the Ceruse finish and several chemical dying techniques. He will also demonstrate some surface texturing methods such as wire brushing and gouging and the effects achieved by using techniques in combination, such as; wire brushing with ebonizing or dyes, fuming and dyes, bleaching and gouging, even milk paint and gouging. Lots of possibilities, lots of fun and not too much noise! Sign up today and bring new possibilities to your furniture projects. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials

Section 072217A: Saturday & Sunday, July 22 & 23, 9:00am-5:00pm

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Six Week Furniture Making Intensive

Six Week Intensive Furniture Making with Bob Van Dyke

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Over the years I have done hundreds of classes which feature projects that teach particular skills. The problem with these project classes is that the logistics of the class prevent us from spending sufficient time on any given new skill to really understand and gain any kind of proficiency in it. In this 5 week (4 days per week) class there is no project– Just skills, technique and practice. With no project to distract us we are able to spend days rather than hours to insure learning of basic– and not so basic—furniture making skills and techniques.  I just finished a five week class with this format in November and I really believe it was one of the best classes I have offered in years. Everyone really learned a lot and had a great time!

Plan on spending two to three days on the basic milling process– a strong foundation is essential to more advanced techniques. Instead of learning just enough to get through dovetailing a drawer, plan on spending at least three full days– maybe four, on dovetails. With those new hand skills, cutting a tenon by hand turns out to be a pretty simple affair which you will be able to do!

Machine set ups? I already know how to set up the machine– so in this class I will not set anything up– You will do that– after my demo and explanation of course. You will learn what it takes to flatten a tabletop– by machine and by hand, and glue up a tabletop– using one clamp and a handplane.

We will get into planning a project, basic wood technology, buying lumber, tool sharpening, cutting joints -by machine and by hand, along with basic finishing techniques .

Ornamentation is a big part of fine furniture so plan on spending a few days on working with veneers, inlay and making decorative bandings. It is always good to get a second viewpoint so I have arranged for some guest instructors to spend a day or two with us. Will Neptune will be here to do a day of hands on carving and hopefully Mike Pekovich will be able to stop by to introduce you to some of his design ideas and techniques.

Proficiency in handtools is essential in any high end furniture making and we will spend a lot of our time on just that– plan on spending at least a whole day just on working with handplanes– and another whole day just on sharpening.

We will emphasize the proper and safe use of common woodshop machinery such as the table saw, jointer, thickness planer, router and bandsaw. The school has a full complement of ready to use high end hand tools and power tools which you are welcome to use. These tools also will give you some experience and guidance in picking out your own tools which you will eventually need to acquire.

This class is designed for the serious student who has both the time and the desire to commit to a comprehensive course of study. It is NOT designed for the total beginner but rather someone who has done a bit of woodworking and is now ready to get serious and really learn some skills. If you are a beginner then you should sign up for the Fundamentals of Furniture Making or the Woodworking I class.

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Section 041717A: Monday—Thursday, April 17 - May 25, 8:30am—4:30pm

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Speciality & Weekend Classes

The Next Level of Working with Veneer with Darryl Keil-

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 Darryl Keil Demi Lune 640The ability to work with veneers and incorporate them into your woodworking projects offers creative design options not possible with solid wood alone. If you want to expand your woodworking skills and creativity then this class will take you to the next level. In this two day hands on class with nationally known veneer expert, Darryl Keil students will explore the techniques and tools of veneering through creating a 12 way radial matched table top with a short grain border and inlay between the two. Darryl is one of this country’s innovators with working with vacuum presses. Because vacuum presses open up a whole level of advanced veneering techniques a portion of this class will be devoted to exploring the possibilities using a vacuum press.

Creating curved panels, veneering curves, shaped part as well as other options will be discussed and demonstrated. Darryl Keil began making furniture in 1976 after attending the Portland School of Art, and was a pioneer in the application of vacuum pressing technology to the woodworking industry. As a leading expert on veneer work he serves as a technical consultant to furniture manufacturing facilities across the country. His company, Vacuum Pressing Systems, operates out of Brunswick, ME. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from a leader in the field. Sign up today. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials

Section 050617A: Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Spoon Carving with Peter Follansbee

Follansbee spoon 640“Green” Woodworking has gained a whole new popularity in the last few years and Peter Follansbee- who has been a “green” for woodworker for over 25 years, has quietly been in the forefront of the movement.

In this 2-day class, we’ll learn the techniques for carving spoons from green wood, using a hatchet, a straight knife and a hook tool. This work is some of the most exciting green woodworking happening today. Using freshly-cut birch, apple, cherry and other woods, we will hew the rough shape, then learn safe and efficient knife technique for refining the spoon’s design. Hollowing the bowl is done with a tool called a hook knife, or spoon knife. Shaped like a question mark, this tool easily removes wood for the spoon’s bowl. We’ll focus on techniques, but tied to the spoon’s success is spoon-design. Not the decoration, but the form - we’ll learn what makes a good spoon, and how to achieve that. Each student will need to bring a small, double-bevel hatchet, and a “sloyd” knife. The easiest one of these is the Morakniv/Frost 106. Other maker’s knives are fine. Tools should be sharp. Follansbee will have some hook knives for students to use, but if you have some, be sure to bring them. He will demonstrate the chip carving on his spoon handles; but there won’t be time to work on this in class. Sharpening the tools will also be covered. Some tool recommendations: https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/some-spoon-carving-hatchets/

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Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition:$295.00 plus materials

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SketchUp Success for Woodworkers with David Heim

sketchup logoThis class is for people who are serious about woodworking and want to learn how to use the SketchUp 3D design program to save time and money in the shop. With SketchUp, you preview the actual construction of a piece and generate absolutely accurate plans, patterns, and templates. The class is built around four rules for success for using the program to its best advantage. You bring a Windows or Mac laptop loaded with the free version of SketchUp. We spend the morning on exercises that introduce the important SketchUp tools and get you accustomed to working in a 3D space on the computer. In the afternoon, you see how the rules for success work by designing a piece of furniture. You’ll also learn how to create measured drawings and a cutlist. Go to www.sketchup.com to download the free version, called SketchUp Make.

Tuition: $125.00.

Section 042917B, Saturday, April 29, 9:30am-5:00pm

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Carving in the 17th Century Style with Peter Follansbee

Follansbee salem scrolls 640Join well known Massachusetts woodcarver, Peter Follansbee for this unique hands on class. In this two-day course, students will learn the steps and processes used to recreate carving patterns from seventeenth-century furniture of England and New England. Starting with a single gouge and mallet, we will focus on technique and posture. Also considered are proportions, spacing and the relationship between background and foreground in establishing the pattern/design. Each successive practice pattern builds upon the previous example, adding more tools and concepts. We will incorporate hand-pressure, mallet work, and the use of the V-tool in outlining designs. A compass, awl and marking gauge are used to layout the geometric basis for each pattern, but freehand work is included in each a well. A range of designs will be covered, all drawn from surviving examples studied in museum and private collections. Follansbee opposing lunettes 640

A segment of the course will be devoted to a pattern Follansbee calls an “S-scroll” and multiple versions of it will be explored. Students will learn ways to combine and contrast these patterns, adapting them for use as furniture accents. Some designs are applicable as narrow framing parts, others as wider panel designs in joined furniture. V-tool work, gouge work and shaping and modeling surfaces all will be addressed. Background punches will create a textured surface, offsetting the smooth texture of the original planed panels. Various shop-made punches highlight the carved designs. Painted backgrounds will be exhibited and discussed, but will fall outside the scope of this weekend workshop. The final project in the class will be a panel design utilizing many of the techniques shown in the initial exercises. This is the first in a series of classes we will be doing with Peter this year. So if you are interested in this distinctive type of furniture and carving style then don’t miss this opportunity to work with one of the leading people in this field. Tuition: $295.00 plus materialsFollansbee Frame and Panel Modified

Section 052017B Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Beyond Basic Inlay - Working with Shell, Mother of Pearl and Metals with Mike South

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Mike South will introduce students to the basics of cutting and inlaying various types of shell products and other materials into musical instruments and other flat surfaces. The techniques are applicable to many different materials such as veneers, brass, silver and gold sheet stock and some of the softer natural and reconstituted stones. Topics will include the choice of needed tools and supplies, types of materials, techniques for reproducing artwork for use as templates and techniques for cutting the materials and inlaying them into surfaces for decoration and embellishment. Although Mike’s current specialty is stringed instruments, he has years of experience in wood turning as well as furniture design and construction so the techniques can be used in decorating these types of projects as well. Students will be introduced to the basics of how to position themselves so that the time spent cutting is used to best advantage.  Layout and routing of the channels for the inlays will be explained so as to make for the cleanest outcomes.  Traditional patterns and motifs will be supplied by the instructor, but if students have designs or artwork that they’d like to try, they’re encouraged to bring it to class. Specialized tools and various types of shell will be available from the instructor. Other basic supplies can be purchased locally. A list of suppliers will be included so students can acquire materials and tools for future projects. Inlay work can be very challenging but also a lot of fun. Proper instruction goes a long way and the rewards for patience and persistence are very satisfying. Sign up Today! Tuition: $275.00 plus materials  Mike South_inlay_web_3Mike south_inlay_web_2

Section 041617B: Saturday & Sunday, April 22 & 23, 9:30am—5:00pm

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Yes Folks - There are More Than 10 Ways to Cut Dovetails with Bob Van Dyke

 

Bob Van Dyke dovetailsThe great thing about running a national woodworking school is that I get to see the techniques of every different instructor who comes here to teach- and there have been a lot of them over the last 12 years!

In woodworking- like a lot of things- there is no one “right” way- there are bunches of different ways to accomplish the same thing and that is what this class is all about. I will not be telling you what I think is the "best" way- that is for you to decide- and you will have the opportunity to learn a number of different methods.

Cutting dovetails entirely by hand can be intimidating to a lot of people.  When cutting dovetails I see students typically making the same mistakes and hitting the same stumbling blocks each time- so that is what we address to start; using a cutting gauge, paring to (and not beyond!) a line, cutting straight lines with a handsaw- and using a sharp chisel! These are all skills that you will practice (and hopefully master) in this class. But this class is much more than just cutting dovetails by hand. This class will show you a number of ways to make “handcut” dovetails that will only require a little bit of paring with a chisel to make them fit perfectly. We will be trying out techniques that use the tablesaw, a trim router, bandsaw, scroll saw and coping saw along with the traditional handsaw and chisels. The goal is to get you cutting great looking dovetails using a combination of machines and handtools until you are comfortable enough with the process that you realize doing it all by hand is not that big a deal!

This class is a combination of demonstrations and hands-on practice. There is no project for the class- you will be working on a series of practice boards. It is great to see the difference between the first dovetail you make on Saturday and the last dovetail you make Sunday afternoon!

Router dovetail jigs like the Porter Cable or Leigh jig will NOT be a part of this class- I have no idea how to use those tools…

Sign up today and lose your fear of cutting dovetails once and for all. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials ($16.00)

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Section 040817A: Saturday & Sunday, April 8 & 9, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Cabinet Wood Identification with Randy Wilkinson- Its not as simple as it seems!

Wood Identification

 Did you ever look at a piece of wood and wonder what wood it is? And why it looks the way it does? Were you ever confused about which wood it is: mahogany or walnut, cherry or poplar, especially if you are looking at an antique that has an aged finish on it? Distinguishing mahogany from walnut may be easy in the unfinished state, but it is not that straight forward when looking at an aged surface.

This two-day hands-on workshop will explore all these topics and more. It is designed specifically for curators, collectors, antique dealers, appraisers, and woodworkers.  The goal of this workshop is to familiarize the student with the physical properties of wood and recognize species specific wood cell structures of nineteen different species. It will also discuss the social, political and economic factors that led to the trade in some of our most cherished woods. Case studies will be introduced to show the importance of identifying wood correctly. Not knowing what species of wood you are looking at is sometimes more important than knowing what it is. 

On Saturday, basic wood anatomy will be introduced, including grain, figure, fundamental differences between softwoods and hardwoods, and more. The student will learn to identify common hardwoods that are used in antique furniture using a 10x loupe.

On Sunday, the class will be held at the Webb Dean Stevens house in Wethersfield (about 10 minutes from CVSW). Sunday’s class will run from 11:00am – 4:00pm. Students will get a rare opportunity not only to see one of the finest collections of American furniture, but also to identify woods used in a selection of great objects in an intensive and hands-on inspection.  

No experience is necessary. Tuition $295.00, plus materials which includes a hardwood sample kit, 10x loupe, The “Wood ID Bible”- Identifying Wood by Bruce Hoadley and admission to WDS. Class size is limited to 15 students. Sign up today!

 Section 042917A: Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30, 9:30am-5:00pm

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Build a Utility Workbench with Tim Spratlin

utility_workbenchMany of you who have taken classes here have commented on how well the school benches work. The bench was featured in the Fine Woodworking Magazine “Tools & Shops” issue #223. This bench has all the attributes of a classic European style bench without the expense or the large amount of time required to make one. A massive top, sturdy legs, a good quality shoulder vise and brass benchdogs are all features that combine to make this a good heavy and versatile bench. Participants will cut all the joints in the base, assemble it, glue on a hard maple edging to the top and mount the vise. An outside millwork shop will fabricate the top, which consists of two layers of particleboard and one layer of MDF. The class will feature extensive work with the tablesaw and routers and will meet for 3 full days. Take advantage of this opportunity to get a good bench into your own shop. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials

Section 042217A: Saturday & Sunday, April 22 & 23, 9:30am—5:00pm

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The Basics of Using Handplanes with Bob Van Dyke

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Handplanes can be one of the most useful and rewarding tools in the workshop – or they can be one of the most frustrating! Learn how to effectively use handplanes in your work with Ct. Valley School of Woodworking director, Bob Van Dyke. Which handplane is right for a particular job? What should you look for when buying a new or a flea market plane? How are they “tuned up”? And most importantly- how are they sharpened? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered in this exciting two-day class. We will also go thru many of the basic (and not so basic) types of handplanes- starting with the Stanley bench-planes and going on to compass planes, shoulder planes and combination planes like the Stanley #45 & #55. Because sharpening is such a basic part of using a handplane we will also make sharpening "projection jigs" for each person during class. This is a simple device that ensures the same sharpening angle each time you sharpen. The second day will be spent getting your planes sharpened and tuned up so you can start practicing using it. Techniques such as smoothing a surface, beveling a table edge, planing a curved surface, shooting edge joints, using shooting boards, fitting mortise and tenons and planing end grain will all be included. Don’t miss this unique and informative class. Space is limited. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

Section 060317A: Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4, 9:30am – 5:00pm

 

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Sharpening Hand-tools Techniques with Bob Van Dyke

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Are you tired of trying to use dull chisels and handplanes? Most people don’t use these tools effectively because they don’t know how to sharpen them or don’t realize what a sharp edge actually feels like! Many beginning woodworkers are sucked into the advertising for the latest and greatest jig to use when in fact, sharpening any chisel or plane iron is a simple and quick process that does not require a whole bunch of expensive and time consuming equipment. We will explore the techniques required to do the initial tune up the tool in order to create a razor sharp edge. Using two stones, a simple (and cheap) honing guide and a simple projection jig (that you will make in class) you will learn how to maintain that edge in under 3 minutes each time you re-sharpen. This class will focus on basic sharpening techniques but will also go into the many different types of sharpening stones, machines and guides on the market. We will also explore using a bench grinder to repair edges and what its role is in day to day sharpening.

The key to successful and fast sharpening is to have a consistent bevel angle- whatever that is. Before you start sharpening your own tools you will make a simple projection jig which ensures you are using the same angle every time you sharpen. Time permitting, sharpening a card scraper will also be demonstrated. Bring along a chisel or plane iron to work with- Please- Do not bother bringing an old beat up tool- This is NOT a Chisel Rehab class- A new tool will teach you much more and you will actually have success sharpening it. Tuition $125.00 materials are included.

Section 081317A: Sunday, August 13, 9:30 - 5:00pm

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Build a Backsaw with Matt Cianci

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In this two day class, professional saw-smith, Matt Cianci, will guide students through the process of building a 12 inch backsaw - almost from scratch. Starting with kit of rough parts (purchased by the student ahead of time - see options below) and their choice of hardwood stock for the handle, students will make a complete backsaw which will work as well, if not better, than most you can buy on the open market - and - you will have made it yourself! Instruction will begin with handle design and form, then progress through rough cutting, shaping and fitting. Students will then be guided through the critical steps of joining the back and the spring steel saw blade, and finish up construction with drilling and mounting the finished handle. Finally, students will be instructed how to file, set, and sharpen the teeth to the configuration they prefer- rip, crosscut or sash. This is a class that is sure to thrill novice through experienced woodworkers. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials 

Backsaw kits must purchased prior to class at one of the suppliers below:

Blackburn Tools: http://blackburntools.com/new-tools/new-saws-and-related/slotted-back-saw-kits/index.html

TGIAG: http://tgiag.com/

 

080517A: Saturday & Sunday, August 5 & 6,  9:30am - 5:00pm

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Make a Cutting Gauge and a Marking Knife with  Bob Van Dyke

cutting gauge smallOne of the foundations of superior furniture making is good layout. Good layout is based on the ability to cut a single accurate layout line. This is accomplished with a good layout knife and a good cutting gauge. Surprisingly good cutting gauges seem to be a thing of the past. Sure, there are some out there with really pretty rosewood and brass, but if you look a little closer you see how badly they are made, how poor the cutter is (it is ground incorrectly and it is usually installed backwards!) and they are really expensive!

Why not join Bob Van Dyke in this weekend class to make you own cutting gauge? Based on a design he learned from woodworking expert Will Neptune, this gauge has all the attributes of a great tool. It has a large face to register solidly against any surface, a long beam (12”) which lets you use it like a small panel gauge and, most importantly, a single bevel spear point cutter made from a Ron Hock marking knife. Which brings us to the other part of the class - the marking knife. Each student will begin with a ¼ inch Hock marking knife. These are about 7 ½” long. We will cut off about 2” of the blade for the marking gauge cutter and then you will have the rest as a great single bevel marking knife.

The important thing here is that you will learn some good woodworking techniques, shape your own cutting gauge to fit your hand and learn how to sharpen and use the tool, accurately over and over, meet some new people and have a good time doing it!

Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition $125.00 Plus materials ($36.00)

Section 081217A: August 12, Saturday, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Make a Carved Oak Box with Peter Follansbee

Follansbee Box till 640Learn about making carved oak boxes with well-known carver Peter Follansbee. Peter is one of the country’s leading authorities on 17th century carving and furniture construction and happens to be a great teacher! Based on his extensive Follansbee Carved Box 640study of 17th-century originals; these boxes will be oak, with pine tops and bottoms. The work features extensive carving on the front and sides, (“No blank space!” says Peter.) We’ll explore the various traditional patterns for the carvings, and after some practice, we’ll dive in and carve the box parts. Rabbet joints, secured by square wooden pins, form the box carcase. On the inside of the box we will make a lidded “till”, a small compartment fitting between the box front and back. Pine bottoms, attached with handmade nails, pine lids, along with a wooden “pintle” hinge, complete the project. Follansbee will have several examples along with him, and a slide presentation exploring the original boxes which will help provide context and inspiration. Don’t miss this great unique class. This is the perfect opportunity for those of you with no carving experience as 17th century style carving in wet oak is very simple and forgiving- and quite a lot of fun! Sign up today. Tuition: $ 495.00 plus materials

Section 111017B: Thursday – Monday, November 10 – 13, 9:30 am – 5:00pm

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Week-long Classes

Take some time for yourself!

Spend a week with some of this country's best woodworking instructors.

Lunch break is approximately one hour. A refrigerator is available as well as local restaurants and convenience stores. Lodging assistance is available should you need it.

Build an Elegant Inlaid Sofa Table with Steve Latta

LATTAsofatable 640Join expert furniture maker and author Steve Latta as we explore the construction of this seemingly simple but in reality rather complex classic table.

This sofa table is subtle in its grace, bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary furniture with its gentle serpentine façade and sinuous lines.  latta inlay close up 640Inspired by a table made by renowned Annapolis cabinetmaker, John Shaw, towards the close of the eighteenth century, this piece is just at home in the twenty-first century.  Its delicate and rolling stringing, pictorial ovals, nuanced legs all blend to make a truly elegant piece.  Over the course of our six days together we will get into the inlay skills needed to “dress up” the table, forming the curved aprons with the classic stack lamination technique, using veneer over the stack laminated core and simple but efficient joinery techniques. We will not finish the whole table in class but great strides will be made on the project and you'll return to your home shops eager to complete it and apply the finishing touches. Sign up today- Space is limited. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

Section 061217A: Monday – Saturday, June 12 – 17, 9:00am – 5:00pm

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Tansu-Style Wall Cabinet with Mike Pekovich

Pekovich tansu cabinet SMALL 640This creative twist on the wall cabinet packs a lot of woodworking lessons into a small package. In this six-day class with Mike Pekovich, you'll learn the basics of dovetailed case construction as well as cutting through tenon joinery. You'll also learn to build and hang a door, add partitions to a case, and make classic dovetailed drawers. This striking cabinet is also a great exercise in combining a variety of elements into a single piece to create an eye-catching design. Finally, as a small bonus you will get a chance to try your hand at the decorative latticework technique of kumiko when making the door panel. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with one of our best craftsmen and teachers in constructing this heirloom wall cabinet. Sign up today. Tuition: $795.00 plus materialsPekovich tansu cabinet dovetails 640

Section 061917A: Monday—Saturday, June 19—24, 9:00am—5:00pm

 

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Fundamentals of Furniture-Making with Bob Van Dyke and Steve Kain

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This popular five-day intensive hands-on class is an opportunity to concentrate on the basics of woodworking and furniture making. Each student will make a Shaker style cherry hall table, which is a perfect vehicle to practice the machine and hand-tool techniques that we teach in the class. Subjects covered include basic shop safety, machine use (with particular emphasis on the tablesaw, jointer and planer), using handplanes, card scrapers and chisels effectively to surface and hand-fit the mortice and tenon joints, handtool sharpening, making tapered legs and grain matching and gluing up a top.  This class takes the place of Woodworking I & Woodworking II and provides a strong foundation for more advanced furniture projects. Tuition: $725.00 plus materials

Section 062617A, Monday - Friday, June 26 - June 30, 8:30am - 5:00pm

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Build a Traditional Cabinetmaker's Workbench with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin

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In this fast paced class students will have the opportunity to build the traditional cabinetmaker’s workbench they have dreamed about! Let’s face it- the benches we build in the school during the year are great (especially for the price!) but nothing beats working on a traditional workbench constructed entirely of 8/4 and 12/4 rock maple. A flat top, wide enough to accommodate most work, wooden bench dogs to hold the work in conjunction with the end vise, a sturdy shoulder vise, a tool tray to keep the smaller tools you are working with in one place and about 300 pounds of dead weight all make this bench a pleasure to work on. The massive trestle base joined with wedged mortice and tenons knocks down for easier (relatively!) moving (We have fit these into mini vans easily). We use the Lie Nielsen tail vise and Chain drive shoulder vise hardware. It is hands down the best we have ever seen. The bench is 7' long and 26" wide and weighs about 300 pounds.   This is a great project to further your woodworking skills and is a bench you will treasure for years and pass on to future generations.  Sign up today- space is limited- and be ready to work hard- you will go home with a finished workbench (minus an actual finish if you decide to add that)! Tuition: $795.00.00 plus materials (materials are approximately $1495.00- includes all Lie Nielsen Vise hardware and our own wooden benchdogs)

Section 082617A: Saturday - Friday, August 26 - September 1, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Creative Box Making with Doug Stowe

Doug Stowe box 1 lightened 640Well-known box maker and writer, Doug Stowe will host this unique weeklong hands-on class. Take a week off and learn from one of the best  as we look into the creative process that is always a big part of building unique and beautiful boxes. Most of us have been inspired by the many box makers exhibiting quality workmanship in creative and unique designs. As a beginning or intermediate box maker, you may wonder, “How do I get there from here?” There is a common misperception that inspiration comes from out of the blue, but our own lives and interests may provide the opening of a doorway into personal expression and meaningful work. Doug Stowe’s classes are always flexible and he makes every effort to personalize instruction and meet individual needs.    As Doug does in his own shop, in this exciting weeklong class we will start with the wood. The beauty of wood is what will provide the inspiration. Unlike other classes, you are welcome and encouraged to bring wood from your own supplies, as it expresses something very personal about each of us and carries part of our character and interests into the creative environment of the shop. Of course you can always pick the wood from the school stock also. An understanding of wood and its nature as a creative material is ground zero in the understanding of design. We begin Monday morning with a discussion of the material and its characteristics, with a particular focus on how our understanding of its properties can lead us to excellence in the final product. We will then discuss the other elements of design, and types of joints. We will quickly make necessary jigs to begin crafting boxes using a variety of joints, each personalized to the taste of the maker. Each student should be able to complete between one and three unique boxes during the week. Sign up soon. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with one of this country’s leading craftsmen. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials used.

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Section080717A: Monday—Friday, August 7—11, 9:00am—5:00pm

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Traditional Joinery & Bench Work with Handtools - Will Neptune

Will_Neptune_handtool_joineryThe satisfaction derived from cutting joinery by hand is something you may never have anticipated. Cutting precise fitting dovetails in the front edge of a cabinet side to receive the drawer dividers or laying out and cutting an angled mortise and tenon for a chair rail is not only satisfying, it is frequently much more efficient than going through all the set ups and tests involved in machine cut joinery. Learning to cut joints by hand also gives you a better understanding of how the joints work, which parts need to be precise and which parts of the joint are not so important. This new-found understanding then easily translates to machine work which now becomes easier, quicker and more logical.

Your new appreciation of traditional furniture making begins by separating joinery into two distinct categories: table joinery and carcase joinery. Accurate layout is essential and Will be concentrating on simple ways to increase your accuracy- usually by measuring less!! A variety of sample joints will be cut and perfected throughout the week. These mock-ups will give you a visual reference which can be applied to future projects. After making some simple joints such as basic mortice & tenon, and through and lapped dovetails the class will move on to more advanced and challenging joints which include angled dovetails and tenons, joints on curved work, multiple and stub tenons and housed tapered (sliding) dovetails. Tuning up the tools is a big part of learning to work with handtools so- sharpening your dovetail saw, chisels, handplanes and card scrapers along with tuning up (or making your own) marking gauge will be just as important as learning to properly use rabbit planes, shoulder planes and router planes along with using fillester, plough and dado planes. The skills you learn in this class from one of this country’s master furniture-makers and instructors will change your woodworking forever. Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition: $745.00 plus materials

Section 073117A: Monday - Friday, July 31 - August 4, 9:00am - 5:00-pm

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“Spy Vs Spy” Build a pair of Unique Side Tables with Kevin Rodel

Kevin Rodel End Table Spy vs Spy lightened 640This table is based on a 1903 design by the Viennese architect, Josef Hoffmann. Kevin has made a few changes. It is a very striking design but simple to build. It features several joinery, design and decorative techniques that you can easily master and apply to other projects. These include a reverse taper leg with inlaid “cuffs” or feet, a foolproof grid construction method and a “pinwheel” top construction. We will each make two of these tables in class and students will have a choice of wood species to pick from.Kevin Rodel Viennese Table lightened 640

The design of this table lends itself to many different finishing effects and Kevin will be hosting an interesting and highly recommended class on “Alternative Finishes” such as fuming, bleaching, chemical dyes and the wire brush technique of  "jin-di-sugi" . This Alternative Finishes class immediately follows the week-long class. Sign up today.

Tuition $725.00 plus materials

Section 071717A: Monday—Friday, July 17—21, 9:00am—5:00pm

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Make a Craftsman Style Morris Chair with Bob Van Dyke

Morris ChairThe Morris chair is the epitome of Craftsman style furniture and the design we have selected offers many of the typical design features of this well-known chair. Through mortise & tenon joints, a reclining back and angled arm rests are only a few of the highlights of this unique (and comfortable!) piece of furniture. This challenging project will be done in your choice of cherry or walnut and will definitely exercise all the woodworking skills you have learned up till now. Because of the complexity of this project it is probable that the project will not be entirely completed in the 6 days of class time– but rest assured, all machining and major processes will be complete and final sanding and possibly some glue ups should be all that will be left to finish the chair in your own shops. The upholstery work for the chair is not part of the class. We can recommend upholsterers who have done nice work in the past. Participants need to have some prior woodworking experience. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

Section 072417A: Monday - Saturday, July 24 - 29, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Carving for the Furnituremaker with Mary May

Mary May 640Have you ever wanted to add carved decoration to your furniture? Professional woodcarver, Mary May, wants to help you get there. She will begin by teaching some of the basics like reading the grain and  carving in the correct grain direction, how to make efficient carving cuts, how to work through a complex carving project, and how to sharpen gouges to a razor edge. During this 5-day carving class, Mary will walk you through a variety of different projects such as floral relief carving, fan carving, traditional acanthus leaf carving, various types of molding and even how to carve a ball and claw foot. Whether you have never touched wood in your life, are a hobby woodworker, or a career furniture maker, this class will help you get to the next step of making beautiful shapes in wood. And besides that, it's a lot of fun! Don’t miss this great class with Mary– It will add a whole new level to your woodworking. Sign up today! Tuition: $ 795.00 plus materials

Section 081417A: Monday—Friday, August 14—18, 9:00am—5:00pmMary May gadrooning 640

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Build an Arts & Crafts Rocking Chair with Mike Pekovich

Pekovich rocker silo 640Learn the basics of chair making and more while building a classic Arts and Crafts rocker. In this six-day class we'll cover bent lamination techniques, angled tenon joinery and cutting tenons on curved parts, while making a rocking chair guaranteed to be the most comfortable chair in your house. Fine Woodworking magazine executive art director, Mike Pekovich, will show you his method for breaking down a complex project into simple steps that you can put to use on any project. The class is also a great lesson in building an original piece using craftsman details for an authentic Arts & Crafts look. We anticipate that participants will have most of the chair completed by the end of the class but do not be surprised if you still have some minor “finishing up” work to complete in your own shops. As a special bonus we have arranged a follow up class with well-known upholsterer and CVSW instructor Mike Mascelli. In that Saturday and Sunday class participants will make the cushion necessary to complete the chair. The upholstery is, of course, something that you can also do on your own or with an upholsterer of your own choosing.Pekovich rocker arm 2 640

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn from a great instructor and make a great furniture project. Sign up today. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

Section 091017A: Sunday – Friday, September 10 – 15, 9:00am – 5:00pm

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Testimonials

11/2/2015

Bob,

All I can say is WOW!  Mike Mascelli is absolutely terrific!  

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5/25/2016

Bob,

I took the weekend woodturning class this weekend with Cory Anderson and just wanted to let you know how fabulous I thought he was.

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