2013/2014  Winter thru Summer class schedule now available.

Schedule of Classes - Spring / Summer-  2014:

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.
Fundamentals of Furniture-Making
with Bob Van Dyke


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.

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 (two nights per week for 4 weeks) 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.)


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).


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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


BVDblanketchest copyThis 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 020314A: Monday Evenings, February 3 - April 21. 6:00pm- 9:30pm

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Introduction to Cabinet Making with Tim Spratlin


This class concentrates on the techniques used in cabinet making rather than those used in furniture making. Tim Spratlin is a professional cabinetmaker who brings with him years of labor saving tricks and techniques which students will find invaluable when completing their own projects at home. A medium sized painted plywood bookshelf is the project for this class and features techniques such as cutting plywood panels to size, using solid wood edging, making and applying a molding, making a mitered base, using a Kreg jig and working with a router. The design of the bookcase features a plinth base, adjustable shelves and decorative moldings. This class is designed for beginner and intermediate woodworkers who are interested in learning techniques they can use in numerous home improvement projects. The bookcase utilizes common portable power tools that most homeowners would have or might be considering purchasing. This class will provide you with the foundation skills needed for more advanced projects such as kitchen cabinets, storage cabinets, entertainment centers, counter tops and more.  Sign up today. Space is limited. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials


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Design and Build Kitchen Cabinets with Tim Spratlin



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.  This class will meet for 2 weekends- giving you four full days of instruction. Tuition $395.00 plus materials.



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Woodturning with Corey Anderson


This 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)

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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 072614B: Saturday & Sunday, July 26 & 27,  9:30am –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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Basic Spray Finishing Techniques with Greg Massicotte

If you are serious about your finishing work and want to jump to the next level then you owe it to yourself to get into spray finishing. Greg will teach students the basic concepts of spray finishing including using the spray gun to lay down and layer colors, apply sanding sealers and top coats and the mechanics of the spray guns. Greg will be demonstrating using the Turbinaire HVLP system but will certainly answer any questions students may have regarding the use of traditional high pressure spray systems. This class will be both demonstration and hands-on. Tuition: $125.00 Including materials


Section 060714B:     Saturday, June 7,  9:30am – 5:00pm

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Speciality & Weekend Classes

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. They don’t need handles, but time permitting, we can make them if you want.

The important thing 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 101913A: Saturday, April 19, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Woodcarving For Beginners with W. Mickey Callahan

chapin_cartoucheLearning to wood carve can open up a whole new and exciting set of challenges and possibilities to both beginner and more experienced woodworkers. In this hands-on class, Mickey will introduce students to the basic concepts needed for any successful woodcarving project. Proper layout, tool selection, a logical sequence of carving steps, awareness of grain direction and most importantly, proper sharpening techniques, will all be covered in this new weekend class. After some basic practice exercises and sharpening drills students will begin work on a small wall plaque featuring a classic floral motif that will illustrate the techniques being taught and give participants plenty of opportunity to practice. With just a few basic carving tools, (that will be used again and again in other carving projects), students will gain the knowledge and confidence to begin adding some carved ornamentation to their own woodworking projects. Mickey is a well known period furniture maker who has written articles for Fine Woodworking magazine, taught furniture making at the North Bennett Street School in Boston and is a founder and past president of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best!

Tuition: $275.00 plus materials. Three or four specific carving tools will be required – please inquire when registering

(Note: the school does have some of the carving tools that you can borrow- but probably will have to share with other students)


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Blacksmithing & Toolmaking-with Walt Scadden

anvil_up_closeTool making is probably one of the most useful skills that a blacksmith has and this new class will give you an appreciation of some of the techniques used. Students will learn the basics of shaping hot iron by making a small chisel or a center punch to start out. After that project is done it is time to move onto making a utility knife or a marking knife that you will find a thousand uses for in your shop. Shaping the tool steel, annealing and hardening the steel and finally grinding the cutting edge are just a few of the steps you will take to make a great tool that you can truly call your own. This fun class will give you a chance to try out blacksmithing, or polish your skills if you have taken past classes. Don’t miss it! Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

Section 042614B: Saturday & Sunday,   April 26 & 27,  9:30am - 5:00pmMike  Pekovich marking knife

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Don't you Wish you had paid more Attention in High School geometry??
Using a Compass and Straightedge in Woodworking Layout with Robert Lord

dividers 1How many of us did not really pay much attention in high school geometry? What could I possibly do with all that stuff they were making me memorize? Right? And then I got into woodworking and started to realize that maybe I should have paid a little more attention..
                  This class with retired math teacher turned furniture maker, Robert Lord, will give you the refresher course you need on simple geometric concepts and constructs that you can apply to all of your work. The radius of a circle is the basic unit in the geometry of wood working. Finding the compass center point of an arc, copying and subdividing angles, creating perpendicular and parallel lines, finding the tangent points are all necessary for proportionate layout in building furniture. These are just a few of the skills which you can readily apply in your shop.....but there is so much more!
Understanding basic geometric construction techniques is the first step in understanding what lies beneath the surface in furniture designs.  Proportionate layouts are the basis for many classic furniture forms and are derived from the use of a compass and straight edge. All the great master craftsman have used these construction techniques as the basic element in their designs. Having the knowledge of 20 fundamental geometric constructs lays the foundation for the understanding of how great furniture and buildings were built.
This class will be a combination of both presentation in the proper use of compass and straightedge and practice, starting with some simple geometric exercises and culminating in the completion of 20 foundation constructs. We will also investigate applying these techniques or "constructs" in the layout of a  "false ellipse"  for making an oval table, how mason mark were made,  as well as furniture element layout by proportional reasoning.

We will have the supplies you will need but you should bring along a decent compass, dividers and a straight edge (ruler). Be sure to bring glasses for closed up work if you need them. Be sure to supply your email address when registering as we will be emailing you some course material prior to the class.
Sign up today- This is a unique opportunity to finally apply some of the geometry lessons that you never thought you would have any use for! Tuition $125.00 materials included

Section 051014B: Saturday, May 10, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Making Sand Shaded Federal Style Fans with Bob Van Dyke


Shaded fan Phil Rinehart resizeShaded fans were a common decorative motif in Federal (or Neoclassical) furniture of the late 18th century. They were often inlaid into the corners of table tops and drawer fronts but with a little imagination they could be used just about any place.

Ct Valley School of Woodworking Director, Bob Van Dyke will teach some unique methods needed to produce these designs.

Starting out with white and black veneers we will learn how to create the segments that go into constructing a ¼ fan and then a ½ fan. The shading is done in the traditional way- with heated sand! Putting the whole fan together, adding the contrasting black segments and surrounding the whole thing with a contrasting veneer “string” finishes the fan off. But- we still have to do something with it- so we will inlay the finished fans into a walnut panel- it could be a drawer front if you have something special in mind- and then we will learn a little bit about string inlay as we set in a string inlay border around the whole panel. We should be able to get a few ¼ fans and at least one ½ fan done in the weekend.

Don’t miss this chance to learn some new techniques that you can start to add to your woodworking projects. Sign up today- space is limited.

Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

   Section: 050314A: Saturday & Sunday,       May 3 & 4, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Sharpening Hand-tools Techniques with Bob Van Dyke


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 even realize just how sharp they need to be! 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. This class will focus on basic sharpening techniques by hand and using a grinder to produce a razor edge in less than five minutes. We will discuss the pros and cons of the many sharpening systems and honing guides. As an added bonus, sharpening a card scraper will also be demonstrated. Bring along a few chisels or plane irons- you will have time to try out the techniques. Tuition: $125.00 (Materials are included).


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Build- and Carve- this Frame & Panel with Peter Follansbee


Follansbee Frame_and_Panel_ModifiedIn this three day class with joiner & carver Peter Follansbee, students will explore the fundamental aspects of 17th-century joiner’s work. This frame-and-panel project has all the elements of a larger joined chest, but in a scale that fits the time frame. We’ll use oak we rive and plane for the framing parts; and quartersawn stock for the wider panels. Drawbored mortise and tenon joinery and carved decoration will be the a major focal point. A true crash course in joiner’s work. Now, where’d I put that axe?

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Tuition: $395.00 plus materials.

Some carving tools will be required. That information will be available summer 2014

 Section 101114A: Saturday - Monday, October 11 - 13, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Saw Sharpening 101 with Matt Cianci

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This class is an introduction for woodworkers interested in learning how to sharpen their own handsaws and backsaws. The curriculum will cover jointing, filing teeth to uniform size and gullet depth, setting, and final sharpening. Topics discussed in depth will include the geometric and functional distinction between rip and crosscut teeth and how fleam and rake are combined to maximize the function of cutting along or across wood fibers. Proper file selection, filing technique, and saw vise requirements will also be discussed. No prior knowledge of saw sharpening is required. The class will be hands on with each student learning to sharpen a rip and crosscut saw. The $40 materials fee will provide each student with a saw file, guides, and saw filing template with rip and crosscut teeth for practice and instruction.
Matt Cianci is a professional saw doctor. His website and blog are at  Sign up today- This is always a fun class! Tuition: $125.00, materials-Pay $40.00 directly to the instructor on the day of the class.
Section 051714B: Saturday, May 17, 9:30am - 5:00pm


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Making Complex Bandings  with Steve Latta


advanced banding webBandings make furniture alive with contrast and subtle elegance. This hands-on class will focus on how these complex bandings are made and then set into furniture components such as legs, aprons and tops. In this class we will start with a New Hampshire zig-zag motif and then make some variations on the basic sawtooth and arrow bandings.  We’ll move into half diamonds and full diamonds including 90, 45 and 30 degree variations.  We’ll look at ribbon bandings and talk about considerations when making a couple of strips versus the precision of a more production run.   As always, safety and the successful milling of small parts will be covered in depth. This unique class will allow you to appreciate some of the ingenious ways in which this decoration can be fabricated which will allow you to add another design dimension to your work, be it traditional or contemporary. During the course of the weekend, attendees will combine efforts to generate some of these infamous forms and take a sampling home with them.

 Steve Latta is one of this country’s leading authorities on Federal furniture, Inlays and decorative bandings. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best! Tuition $275 plus materials

  Section 061614: Monday & Tuesday, June 16 & 17, 9:30am - 5:00pm


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Build a Chapin Drop Leaf Dining Table with Will Neptune

And- be a part of  Connecticut Living History!


 chapin drop leaf table webThe shop of Eliphalet Chapin produced some of the best furniture in 18th Century Connecticut.  The Drop Leaf Dining Room Table in the collection of Wood Memorial Library in South Windsor, CT is an excellent example.   It shows the influence of Chapin’s Philadelphia training combined with the simple elegance typical of his designs. The piece has interesting construction features such as the wooden hinges for the swing support legs and the fitting of the drop leaf rule joint.  These tables also share the graceful cabriole leg and dramatic ball and claw feet seen in Chapin chairs and case work.

This table is a practical way to save space in your home and will give you a chance to learn about several challenging woodworking problems. If you have not had a class with Will about carving the Chapin Ball and Claw, it is strongly recommended that you take the  B & C class on June 7 & 8 . The two three- day weekend format will allow you plenty of time to work in your own shop at your own pace to practice and master the carving of the legs along with the challenging mortising of the drop leaf table hinges. We find that this extra time in between sessions is really beneficial to all in achieving the goal of a successful completion of the project.

This is another of our series of classes presented in partnership with The Windsor Historical Society. We will be measuring the original table exactly and will go to every effort to reproduce it faithfully. As in the past, should you wish to make the piece and submit it to the WHS jury to be selected as a permanent part of their collection, your tuition and materials will be paid by them. It should be noted that the drop leaf hinges that will be used in any table going into the Strong Howard house will be period correct blacksmith made hinges. Don’s miss this opportunity to learn from one of this country’s master furniture makers and be a part of Connecticut history at the same time!

Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

Section 071814A: Friday - Sunday, July 18 - 20 & August 1 - 3, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Toning and Patina: Blending New Repairs to Old Work and Creating an Antique Finish - with Tad Fallon


As a conservator specializing in the treatment and research of both clear and opaque coatings on furniture and wooden artifacts, I am often confronted with the task of blending in well executed wooden repairs that are adjacent to old “original” or historically important presentation surfaces.

Patination is one of the more challenging things to do when creating an authentic looking antique finish. There are a wide range of materials and techniques that can be utilized to create this patina of age on repairs or new reproduction pieces. The best work is subtle, appears natural and avoids looking contrived.

Another application of these materials and techniques is the finishing of newly fabricated pieces that may need to blend in with an existing set or collection, as was the case with the work our firm did reproducing 28 pieces of Federal Furniture for the Hamilton Grange National Memorial, a National Park service site in New York City that preserves the relocated home of U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

During this hands – on class, students will be introduced to the wide range of materials I have found useful during the patination type finishing process, including the use of inorganic chemical reagents, shellacs, pigments, dyes, water colors, glues, gums, acids, bleach, airbrush and other tips for successful toning and patination. These materials will be broken down and explained as parts of a finishing “system” that can be manipulated to create a variety of effects.

Students will have sample furniture molding and flat test boards to work with and will be provided with a small carved object to tone and patinate as a “final project”. Tuition: $145.00 plus materials

Section 061614B: Monday, June 16, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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The Fundamentals of Carving for Furniture with Mary May


floral carving 2 webLearn how to decorate your furniture with relief carving from professional woodcarver, Mary May. She will start with the basics by explaining the process of getting tools razor sharp. Then she will explain the proper ways of safely holding gouges, clamping wood, transferring designs to wood, and anything you need to know in order to get started in this wonderful art.  Mary will explain & demonstrate the technique of giving the appearance of overlapping elements, tricks in how to make carvings appear deeper than they actually are, and how to think through the entire carving process - from design to finished carving. We will be working on three different projects over the course of this jam packed weekend. Students will begin a floral decoration, a classic shell, and a linenfold panel- all in shallow relief. You should have gained the skills during the class which will allow you to finish your practice projects at home.  Step into Mary's head (it's not that scary) and join with her in this carving adventure! Sign up today. Mary is one of this country’s premier woodcarvers & instructors.

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Section 050214A: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 2 - 4, 9:00am - 5:00pm


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Greene & Greene Details I with Darrell Peart

Greene_and-Greene_classGreene & Greene furniture represents some of the best work ever done in the Arts & Crafts Style and west coast furniture maker, Darrell Peart indulges his passion by working and teaching primarily in the style of these two California designers who so successfully blended some of the best features of the Arts & Crafts movement with some  of the subtleties of Asian furniture. When building furniture in the Greene & Greene style, it is essential to have a working knowledge of the design details employed by the Greene Brothers.  In the process of assembling the sample piece shown here each student will learn how to produce several G&G details with step –by-step instructions and detailed drawings for all the jigs involved.  Class discussion will also include Darrell’s views on how each of the details relate to the overall design. It's an informal atmosphere with a chance to talk woodworking and Greene and Greene. (two of Darrell’s favorite  subjects) along with learning some great techniques to incorporate into your own furniture making endeavors
The topics that we will cover in class include: blacker brackets, breadboard construction, the G & G signature exposed ebony splines and proud ebony square plugs along with cloud lifts and leg indent details. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from one of this country’s leading authorities on the Greene and Greene style. Tuition $325.00 plus materials

Section  083014A:   Saturday & Sunday, August 30 & 31, 9:30am - 5pm

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Build a Tahoma Mirror/Picture Frame with Darrell Peart

joint detailIn this one-day class, students will route and glue up a 14” X 22” Tahoma frame.   As part of the class each student will take home a CNC template for making the “S” shaped miter joint which can be used for making frames from 12” to 48”.  The “S” shaped miter makes this frame both attractive and exceptionally easy to make. When joined with pinch dogs the miter locks at 90-degress and does not slip. After glue up the “S” joint will be reinforced with an exposed spline.

Greene & Greene ebony pegs will be covered as a part of the class and a discussion on an appropriate G&G finish for the frame will be covered as well.

Tuition:$125.00 plus materials

Section: 090114A: Monday, September 1, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Carve a Ball & Claw Foot Leg with Will Neptune

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The Ball & Claw foot leg is an essential form in Chippendale style furniture. With its graceful cabriole shaped leg and a variety of talon styles possible, mastering this leg requires some basic woodworking and shaping skills along with a systematic approach to the carving. Various sections of New England had their distinct Ball & Claw styles and within those regions leading cabinetmakers had their own very distinctive styles. Will is focusing primarily on the carving of late 18th century Windsor cabinet maker Eliphalet Chapin and his systematic approach to the ball and claw feet that were so unique o his style. Will begins the class with some discussion of the history and regional differences, design and proportion considerations and the adaptability of the basic form to different size furniture pieces. Under his direction, students will see the leg and foot develop from a series of very controlled cuts based on the initial layout of the foot.  Leg shaping possibilities will be covered, but most of the class time will be spent on the carving of the foot.  Each student should complete one leg and foot model and a mock up of the foot to serve as a physical record of the procedure. This is a hands-on class and a number of specific carving gouges will be required. Please inquire about this when registering. Sign up soon- space for this exciting & challenging class is limited. Tuition: $275.00 (plus materials)

    Section 060714A:Saturday & Sunday,    June 7 & 8, 9:30am – 5:00pm

Note: if you are planning on taking Will’s Chapin Dining Table class later in the summer and have not carved a ball & claw foot under Will’s guidance it is strongly suggested that you take this class.



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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

thumb 041 shaker hall tableThis 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 060214A:  Monday - Friday,  June 2 - 6 ,                8:30am - 5:00pm


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Build an Arts & Crafts Entry table with Mike Pekovich


Mike Pekovich entry table webIf you love Arts and Crafts furniture and are up for a fun woodworking adventure, then this table is for you. Put your joinery skills on display with this Arts and crafts-inspired entry table. Dovetails and through-tenon joinery present a fun challenge and add eye-popping interest to this creative twist on the craftsman style. Arched aprons, trestle feet, and a tiled top round out the design details. In this class, you'll learn how to give your hand-cut dovetails a power tool assist for fast, accurate results. You will also learn some unique layout techniques which will improve your joinery skills immensely! In addition you'll learn how easy it is to incorporate decorative ceramic tile into your designs. While we're at it, we'll throw in some draw-bore joinery as a great way to get tight-fitting joints without clamps.

The species of choice for this table is quartersawn white oak (make sure your chisel sharpening skills are up to snuff!) but cherry, walnut or tiger maple would make a great looking table also. Make sure to specify your preference when signing up.pekovich entry table detail web

Mike is the art director for Fine Woodworking magazine and makes beautiful Arts & Crafts Style furniture. His work can be seen at 

Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

Section 072314A: Monday - Saturday, June 23 - 28, 9:00am - 5:00pm


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Decorative details- Making Inlays, Bandings and Paterae with Steve Latta

federal legsJoin nationally know inlay expert, Steve Latta as we explore and push the limits of adding distinctive decorative details to your work.  Furniture makers have lots of options for enhancing their work.  Inlay and ornamental veneer work are two of the oldest methods dating back to ancient Egypt. We will spend a full week on learning Steve’s proven methods for creating striking inlays Inlays, bandings and sand shaded paterae. We will begin the week with line-and-berry inlay, a technique native to Chester County PA, which is where Steve lives.  After completing a decorative panel, we’ll move on to the Federal period focusing on bandings, ornamental stringing, bell flowers, sand shading and paterae.  We’ll discuss regional motifs and interpretations, both rural and urban, as well as the work of a few standouts. Since all of these techniques have a place in contemporary furniture work, we’ll take a look at a few,modern twists in terms of designs and methods that can really add some spice to your work.  Although a great deal of information will be presented, students will have ample time to practice and gain an understanding of these techniques.   advanced banding web

We will use a variety of tools including handtools power tools and some tools that we will make in class. You will gain an understanding and dexterity in manipulating them all in this exciting and unique class. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of this country’s leading experts on the art of decorative inlays. Steve is a frequent instructor here at CVSW and is also a contributing editor for Fine Woodworking magazine. Sign up today! Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

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Section 080414A: Monday – Saturday, August 4 – 9. 9:00am – 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 081114A: Monday-Saturday, August 11-16, 9:00am-5:00pm

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Build a Connecticut Dressing Table with Glen Huey

CT Lowboy HueySeldom does a piece of furniture catch my eye and hold it, but that is exactly what happened when I first saw this Connecticut Dressing Table. I was taken in by the early period design of profiled moldings around the drawers and the deeply cut apron with turned drop pendents that state William & Mary in design. But cabriole legs are straight-up Queen Anne, so this piece is firmly placed early in the period. This dressing table is well made as evidenced by the cock-bead along the apron cut-outs, but the interior workings are unique and simple; even the drawers indicate an early age due to thin parts and applied bottoms.

In this six-day workshop we will discuss the importance of lumber selection to the overall look of your project. You'll learn secrets to better cabriole legs as hand-tools are used to shape the design, and you'll develop a full understanding of mortise-and-tenon joinery. Of course the drawers are built using hand-cut dovetails and you'll further enhance your project with sliced, shaped and applied cock bead. Patterns are made for the legs, and for the apron and case sides as you learn the "dos and don'ts" of pattern routing. This is the perfect class to further develop both hand and power tool usage in the workshop.

Be sure to check out Glen's article on building this project in the February 2014 issue of Popular Woodworking

Tuition $795.00 plus materials

Section 070714A: Monday - Saturday, July 7 - 12, 9:00am - 5:00pm


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Build a Traditional Cabinetmaker's Workbench with Bob Van Dyke


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 (24”), 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. 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! Tuition: $795.00.00 plus materials

Section 081814AA: Monday-Sunday, August 18-24, 9:00am-5:00pm

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

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Build a 1765 New York Corner Chair-with W. Mickey Callahan

Chippendale_corner_chairAlthough corner or “roundabout” chairs are not as common for the period, they are never-the-less a fully developed chair that is extremely comfortable and building one provides a unique and challenging experience. In this class, past president of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, Mickey Callahan will take you from the chair’s historical significance to the nuts and bolts of creating your very own chair. This corner chair was originally featured in a construction article written by Mickey for FWW Issue #215 (Nov./Dec. 2010).

In this class, students will learn efficient approaches to creating curved elements such as cabriole legs that are combined with other elements by means of systematic shaping and joining. In addition, the carving of ball and claw feet and a low relief shell will be covered in a set of simple exercises where students will have a chance to develop their carving skills before executing the final piece. Students will also learn to apply several unique techniques and short cuts that will improve on the accuracy of critical fitting joints common to all period-style chairs. While every endeavor will be made to complete the chair in the class, emphasis will be placed on creating all of the parts necessary to assemble and finish the chair at home without the time constraints of a week long class. If necessary, the school may schedule an additional weekend class to allow students to receive extra help in completing their chair and have an opportunity to upholster the chair’s slip seat. Don’t miss this great chance to make a unique heirloom furniture piece that had its origins before revolutionary times. Sign Up Today. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

Section 072114A: Monday-Saturday, July 21-26. 9:00am - 5:00pm


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



Dear Bob,

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