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Schedule of Classes -   Spring - Summer/ 2016:

Dedicated to promoting excellence in craftsmanship and in developing superior hand and machine woodworking skills. Workshops are designed to satisfy beginner, intermediate and advanced woodworkers in a relaxed, hands-on format.
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Fundamentals of Furniture-Making
with Bob Van Dyke & Staff

 

wwIII_corner_tl.jpg 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

106_walnut_jewelry_box.jpg 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).

 

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(This class is a required prerequisite for other classes in the "Fundamentals of Furniture-making" series and has always proven worthwhile to beginner and advanced students alike.)

THIS CLASS IS NOT A REQUIRED PREREQUISITE FOR ANY OF THE OTHER CLASSES IN THIS SCHEDULE EXCEPT WOODWORKING II & III

Woodworking II

Shaker Hall Table

041_shaker_hall_table.jpgAn 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).

Section 050316A:Tuesday eveneings, May 3 - June 21, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Tim Spratlin is the instructor for this class.

(note: this class was previously scheduled for Wednesday & Thursday evenings, March 23 - April 14.)

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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.

Fundamentals of Cabinet Making

Design and Build Kitchen Cabinets with Tim Spratlin

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The pinnacle of home cabinetmakinag is the kitchen cabinet. This is also a subject that many people have asked for over the years. Tim Spratlin is a professional cabinet maker and is able to show you loads of time saving techniques to help you on your way to building your own kitchen cabinets. You may just be interested in a simpler project like a bathroom vanity– but the techniques and principles are all the same! Tim will review the standards involved in modern kitchen design; ie. the height of counters, depths of cabinets, etc., and demonstrate the installation process. The cabinet you will make in class is a small (about 28” wide) free standing unit that utilizes all the challenges you will face in building a full set of cabinets. The project will incorporate a face frame, a raised panel door, a drawer, a laminated top and European hardware.  Options for different types of countertops will be discussed. The cabinet you make in class could then be used at home as a free standing vanity, a storage cabinet or even a sharpening station in a workshop- but more importantly, it will give you the knowledge and confidence to tackle that larger kitchen project that you have been putting off!  If you’ve been waiting for the right time to rebuild your kitchen, then this class will get you started on the right track.  Tuition $395.00 plus materials.

Section 040916A:    Saturday & Sunday, April 9,10, 23 & 24,  9:30am - 5:00pm

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Woodturning with Corey Anderson

 

This six evenin073 turned_round_edge_bowlg 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)

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Six Weeks of Small Woodturning Projects with Corey Anderson

peppermillsThis six week evening class is designed to give beginning and intermediate woodturners a great opportunity to make six small projects while learning, polishing and perfecting their turning skills.

The projects are a Garden Dibbler (whatever that is!...), a Tool Handle for a Reversible Screwdriver or a Toy Top, a Lidded Box and Honey Dipper, A Pepper Mill and a Plate. There will also be a review of tools used in turning, tool sharpening, sanding and finishing on the lathe. Safety is always important and will be emphasized throughout the course. Students will gain valuable experience and make some great projects which will help build confidence to continue the quest to master the art of woodturning. Sigh up today. Space is limited. Tuition: $ 295.00 plus materials.

Section 042316B: Saturday and Sunday, April 23 - April 24, 9:30am- 5:00pm

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Basic Woodturning with Corey Anderson

130_al_three_bowls.jpg 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 052116B: Saturday & Sunday, May 21 & 22, 9:30am 0 5:00pm

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Professional Furniture Finishing Techniques

Finishing - Start to Finish- with Greg Massicotte

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Most woodworkers shy away from finishing or are disappointed in their attempts at finishing the projects they have spent so much time and effort in making. Greg Massicotte has been finishing furniture professionally for over twenty years and has taught countless seminars and classes. Students will learn about bleaching and wood preparation, how to use aniline dyes, pigmented stains and glazes in combination to create the dramatic effects and colors they want. The many different choices for top coats always create a lot of questions. This class will expose students to brushing on varnishes, wiping on oils and spraying lacquers. This experience will help clarify the strengths and weaknesses of each topcoat system. Rubbing out the finish and French Polishing will round out the class. With the huge number of finishing questions that come up daily, you should be sure to fit this valuable class in. Tuition $295.00 (plus materials: $40.00)

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The Case for Using Shellac in Fine Finishing with Tad Fallon

garnet shellacAs furniture conservator, I often rely on shellac as my go-to finish, for its tremendous versatility and proven long-term stability. Shellac is a beautiful and durable finish for a wide range of applications. It is also re-treatable; as a solvent release finish it is continuously soluble in its carrier, denatured alcohol. This important distinction allows a shellac finish to be easily repaired, both on-site and in the studio. Shellac is also ideal for touch-ups, using pigments and dyes with prepared shellac as a binder.
In this two day workshop, we will explore the various varieties of shellac, learning to recognize the subtle differences between the types that can be utilized according to the needs of the project. French Polishing will be discussed and demonstrated, along with a “modified” padding technique where oil is not used. Both brushing and padding methods and materials will be reviewed and discussed. The repair and touch up of a previously finished piece will also be discussed and demonstrated, and will incorporate pigments, dyes, brushes, and matting agents. Professional touch-up kits will be available for optional purchase.
Tad Fallon is the co-owner of Fallon & Wilkinson - a small furniture conservation shop that specializes in restoring 18th & 19th century high end furniture. Tad has written numerous papers for the trade and has taught many workshops for professional furniture conservators. Sign up today! Tuition $275.00 plus materials.

 

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Five Week Furniture Making Intensive

Five Week Intensive Furniture Making with Bob Van Dyke

bvd veneer webOver 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 two full days– maybe three, 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 compliment 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. will neptune_shell_web

This is an opportunity you do not want to pass up. Tuition: $1995.00 plus materials.

Section 042516A: Monday—Thursday, April 25—May 26, 8:30am—4:30pm

 

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Speciality & Weekend Classes

Carving Regional Styles of Ball & Claw Feet with Will Neptune

carving ball and clawBall and claw feet were frequently used for tables, chairs and case pieces in the 18th Century. Each region had its own variation along with a matching strategy for carving them. If you have taken classes with Will Neptune you may know the Philadelphia form or the related Chapin ball & claw feet of Windsor CT.  For this three day class, we will tackle the three main regional forms: New York, Philadelphia and Boston. After you have learned one type, the others are easier to understand. For each of these regions, you will learn how the pattern is developed and how it controls the shape. Each style of foot will be broken down into a series of clear steps that help make a set of matching feet in an efficient way.  Previous experience with Will's approach for carving feet would be helpful but not necessary. Even if you have previously done a B & C class with Will, this class gives you the opportunity to review the Philadelphia (Chapin) style and then add two more regions to your repertoire. 

Some specific carving tools will be required. This list will be on the website soon. Sign up today. Do not miss this opportunity to learn from one of this country’s premier woodcarvers and furniture makers.

Tuition $375.00 plus materials

Section 060316A: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 3, 4 & 5, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Yes Folks- There are more than 10 ways to cut Dovetails!  With Bob Van Dyke

Van DykeThe 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! Tablesaw dovetails

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 ($13.00).

Section 051416A, Saturday & Sunday, May 14 & 15, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Essential Bench Jigs with Mike Pekovich

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A sturdy bench and sharp tools are just the start when working by hand. It's also critical to support the work properly for each task and that's where bench jigs come in. The>good news is that it's fast and easy to make many of the jigs you need for accurate bench work. Join Mike Pekovich for a one-day class and build the tools that will help you with accurate planing, sawing and shooting furniture parts. Start by making an accurate shooting board for squaring ends and truing miters. Then make plane stops to handle a variety tasks. We'll finish off the day with saw hooks for crosscuts, miters and delicate trim. You'll walk away with all the jigs you need to improve your working wood with handtools. Sign up today for this unique and useful class. Tuition $125.00 plus materials

Section 052116A: Saturday May 21, 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 052816A: Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Cabinet Wood Identification with Randy Wilkinson

Wood IdentificationSeeing and understanding wood in a whole new way. 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, walnut, cherry, or poplar? The questions may seem answerable when looking at a new piece of wood but how about when you are looking at an oxidized surface or a piece of furniture that is 200 years old with stain and varnish on it. This two-day hands-on workshop will answer all these questions and more. It is designed specifically for curators, collectors, antique dealers, appraisers, and woodworkers. The goal of this workshop is to become familiar with the physical properties of wood and recognize species specific cell structures with a 10x loupe. 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 used in 18th and 19th century furniture. On Sunday, the class will be held at the Webb, Deane, Stevens House in Wethersfield (10 minutes from the school). We will get a rare opportunity not only to see one of the finest collections of New England furniture, but also to identify woods used in a selection of great objects in a one-day intensive and hands-on inspection. No experience is necessary. Tuition $275, 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. This class will fill quickly, so sign up soon.

 

Section 071616A: Saturday & Sunday, July 16 & 17, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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The Next Level of Working with Veneer, all about  Veneer, Vacuum Presses and Adhesives with Darryl Keil

Darryl Keil Demi Lune SiloBurnt low resThe 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 pressess.  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: $275.00 plus materils

   Section 063016A: Saturday & Sunday, April 30 & May 1, 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 070316A: Sunday, July 3, 9:30am - 4:30pm

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Make a Cutting Gauge 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 marking 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. In your choice of cherry or walnut. This tool will out perform any cutting gauge on the market today- and- you made it yourself! Sign up today. 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! Tuition $125.00 plus materials. Sign up today- space is limited.

Section 070216A: Saturday, July 2,  9:30am - 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. Students must purchase their backsaw kit ahead of 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/

Don’t miss this great opportunity to make a saw that you can truly call your own.

Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

Section 082716A: Saturday & Sunday, August 27 & 28, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Build a 17th Century Joined Chest with Peter Follansbee

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Join nationally known carver & joiner, Peter Follansbee, for this unique opportunity to be a part of Connecticut history as we continue our study of 17th and 18th century furniture of the Connecticut River Valley.
This class will focus on the techniques used in the 17th century to make a joined chest entirely with hand tools. These carved chests were made by joiners, using oak riven, or split, from a log. Frame and panel construction and mortise and tenon joinery are the hallmarks of this work. The project is based on a Connecticut River Valley example at the Connecticut Historical Society which Peter is recreating for the Strong/Howard house project.

We will begin with oak we’ve split from a large-diameter oak log, then hew and plane the stock to size. Layout, carving, joinery and drawboring assembly will be focal points of this exciting class. The beveled panels will fit in grooves plowed with a plow plane - a traditional joiners’ approach. Be prepared to work, there will not be any machines in this class!
The secondary wood will be sawn pine which will become the chest’s bottom boards and lid, drawer bottoms and some of the parts for the small lidded till included inside the chest.
This class will meet one weekend per month for 5 months. Class time will consist of numerous demos, learning and practicing the carving and joinery on practice pieces before diving into the actual pieces, exploring the historical aspects of 17th century joinery and furniture making. It is expected that a large part of the actual carving and joinery will be completed in your own shops at your own pace. Please don’t expect that you will be able to build the whole chest during class time only.
This format works well as you get the chance to practice the techniques and get Peter’s feedback in class before you begin on the actual parts that will become part of the finished chest.
This is a hand-tool class; planes, chisels, saws - a simple tool kit is all that is required. The list will be on the website www.schoolofwoodworking.com by the end of the year.
As an added bonus, we will begin the class on Friday, September 30, with a trip to the Yale Furniture Study in New Haven in order to study the numerous examples of carved chests in their collection. Be prepared to learn some great skills, build a great reproduction of a 17th century Connecticut chest and have a great time doing it! Sign up today!

 Tuition: $1295.00 plus materials

Section 093016A: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 30, October 1 & 2, Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6, December 3 & 4 (2016), January 7 & 8, February 4 & 5 (2017), 9:30am – 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.

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

041_shaker_hall_table.jpgThis 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 061316A: Monday - Friday, June 13 - 17, 8:30am - 5:00pm

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Build a Portable Tool Chest with Mike Pekovich

toolchestAre you starting to gather a hand tool collection but have no place to put it? Here's a great tool chest that's big enough for an essential tool set, but small enough to take along with you to your next woodworking class. Recently featured in Fine Woodworking magazine, the chest has a tool well at the top where you can store hand planes and backsaws. Below it are two drawers that can be outfitted for chisels and layout tools and anything else you can think of. Join Mike Pekovich in this unique week-long class and build not only the tool chest, but a rolling stand as well. We'll assemble the case with dovetails and tenons, and top it off with a frame-and-panel lid. Finally, we'll build dovetailed drawers and outfit the interior with dividers custom-fit for your tools. Your collection of tools need a safe place to be and what better way to bring them to your next class at CVSW! Sign up today. Space is limited.

Tuition: $795.00 Plus materials

Section 060616A: Monday - Saturday, June 6 - 11,    9:00am-5:00pm

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Build an Elegant Disiplay Case on Stand with Mike Pekovich

 

Janecabinet1 webInspired by the work of James Krenov, Fine Woodworking magazine’s Executive Art Director, Mike Pekovich has come up with a project that will show off your joinery skills as well as your keepsakes. A dovetailed case sits atop a tapered-leg based constructed with through mortise-and-tenon joinery. The glass-front door is decorated with Japanese style kumiko latticework in a traditional flower pattern. Join Mike in this weeklong class for a complete lesson in cutting dovetails, making a glass panel door, morticing hinges and gluing up a carcase. In addition, you will have a great introduction to the art of kumiko, a fun and impressive technique you can use to dress up other projects as well. Sign up today, space is limited. 

 

Tuition: $795.00 Plus materials

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Section 082916A: Monday - Saturday, August 29-September 3,    9:00am-5:00pm                                                  

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Traditional Joinery with Handtools and by Machine- Will Neptune

paring tenonLearning to lay out and cut joinery with hand tools has several advantages. First - the satisfaction of learning to use traditional tools and methods is very rewarding and you frequently get the job done faster. Second- the handwork helps you understand machine work and the importance of accuracy. Finally– you gain the confidence to easily correct and adjust machine work, when needed.   Many furnituremakers combine handwork and machine work- even in one joint. Consider dovetails- Frequently it is faster to cut the tails by machine and the pins by hand. This class will explore some of these methods but we will primarily concentrate on alternating between making sample joints by hand- and then making the same joint by machine. Handtool joinery classes with nationally recognized furniture maker and teacher, Will Neptune have been some of our most popular classes- followed closely by the machine joinery classes he has taught here. So- this class combines the two! You will come away with a broad range of techniques that can be used in almost any furniture construction system. There is no project for this class- just a week of practice joints, practice and learning more than you imagined you could in one week! Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition: $745.00 plus materials

Section 071116A: Monday – Friday, July 11 – 15, 9:00am – 5:00pm

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 $1495.00- includes all Lie Nielsen Vise hardware and our own wooden benchdogs)

Section 072316A: Saturday - Friday, July 23 - 29, 9:00am - 5:00pm

(Note: The bench we make in class does not include the drawers pictured here)

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Build a Charles P. Limbert style Coffee Table with Kevin Rodel

rodel table1-resizedAs a furniture form, the coffee table did not yet exist when the Limbert Furniture Co. was in production. Never less it was not difficult to adapt his unique styling to fit the low coffee table form. Kevin Rodel, a well known furniture maker, instructor and frequent contributor to Fine Woodworking Magazine will host this exciting week long class in August. This coffee table was featured on the cover of the January/ February 2016 issue of FWW and will prove to be a rewarding project which you should be able to finish completely in the week long format. Besides coming away with a completed table you will learn how to make perfect cut-outs, or negative spaces in a panel using the table saw. You will also learn how to plan and make up decorative grid structures and how to make and fit through mortise and tenon joints locked in with tapered wedges. In most classes we are unable to get to the finishing phase of the project but we fully expect to be able to get that started in this class. One of the hallmarks of Arts and crafts furniture was the use of quartersawn white oak which was given a warm deep brown color by utilizing a “fuming” technique. At the end of the class you will have the opportunity to fume your table with concentrated ammonia in a controlled safe enclosure should you choose to build the table in white oak. The table can also be built in cherry if you should prefer that. Please specify species choice when registering. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials   Kevin rodel_table2_web

Section 080116A: Monday - Saturday, August 1—6, 9:00am—5:00pm

Photos used with permission from Fine Woodworking Magazine

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The Joy of Woodcarving – Spend a Week with Mary May

Mary May Drawer front webWhat better way to spend a week than to put a woodcarving gouge in your hand, create something beautiful- and have fun! Mary May, a well-known professional woodcarver and instructor from South Carolina, will walk you through the carving process using a variety of relief carving projects. Starting the week with a floral relief design and then moving onto a classic shell, the class will cap off the week with that wonderful and traditional acanthus leaf that is seen on so many period furniture pieces. Throughout the week Mary will also demonstrate a variety of tricks and techniques on how to efficiently use the gouges, how to make tricky cuts, how to sharpen tools to a razor sharp edge, and how to make the carving appear deeper than it actually is. Students will work on a variety of projects of their own choosing along with projects that Mary has selected for their suitability in teaching the skills being demonstrated.

This is a perfect class for both beginners and experienced carvers. Beginning carvers can learn the basics from Mary- but will also pick up tricks- or clarification- from some of the more experienced carvers in the class while experienced carvers will have a whole week to pick Mary’s brain, clarify the questions they may have been struggling with over the years and practice the skills she will be showing you. This is a great opportunity to learn both the basics and the advanced techniques under the guidance of one of our country’s best carvers and instructors. Sign up today- This is a week that you will not want to miss! Tuition: $745.00 plus materials used.

Section 080816A: Monday – Friday, August 8-12, 9:00am – 5:00pm

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Furniture Restoration with Mike Mascelli

Bring in your poor, tired and shabby looking furniture longing for a new life !

Mike Mascelli SecretaryA class designed for students who would like to bring their own furniture restoration project for a week of hands on work in a fully equipped shop. The class will include a day of introduction to the many aspects of restoring treasured family heirlooms using readily available materials and then four full days of shop time with Mike Mascelli the Co-Director and Trustee of the Professional Refinisher’s Group. Mike will share tips and techniques used by professional refinishing shops, as well as the world of conservation and preservation. Students will be required to submit photos and a brief description of their project prior to class, to insure that their goals will be achievable within the time available. All furniture projects including upholstered pieces are possible, however projects requiring chemical stripping, or spray finishing of large pieces may not be able to be accepted.
Students will be required to provide their own basic hand tools, and may bring other materials such as wood, veneer, finishing materials, and upholstery supplies specific to their project.

Lecture Topics will include:
Decision making process for repair, restoration, refinishing, conservation
Key features for determining the age of a piece
Basics of “off the shelf” dye and pigment colorants for color matching
Basics of shellac, lacquer, oil, waterbase finishes for choosing the right finish
Basics of protein, PVA, EVA, and epoxy glues for choosing the right glue
How the finish can dramatically affect the look of a piece, professional tips from PRG

Demonstration Topics will include:
Techniques to safely remove old finishes
Re-gluing loose joints, loose veneer
Color and sheen matching, making new wood look old
Accentuating the grain; creating depth with shading & toning
Spot repair and touchup techniques
Stabilizing damaged upholstery frames
The irreplaceable organics: shellac, asphaltum, and linseed oil

Tutition $725.00 Plus materials (will be billed individually based on what is used from CVSW stock

Section 091116A: Sunday - Thursday, September 11—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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