Are you in the middle of a carving project and having difficulty finishing it? Do you have a carving project you are wanting to start and don't know where to begin? Well known professional woodcarver, Mary May, will guide you through the problems and roadblocks that you may be encountering on the project you are working on or contemplating. This 2 day hands on class will give you the direction and motivation to learn the woodcarving techniques of a professional woodcarver. If you do not have a specific project in mind and just want to learn some techniques then Mary has prepared a project of carving a shell and leaf design on the front drawer of a lowboy. (Some specific tools will be required for this). Some carving experience is required. Space is limited to 8 students, and communication with Mary prior to start of class is important to prepare for each project. Any photos, drawings or reference material on individual projects will be needed. You can send this material to the school’s director- Bob Van Dyke- who will put you in touch with Mary. These classes are always an adventure - you never know where it will go! Sign up today! Tuition: $325.00 (Plus materials used- if any)
Section 110714B: Saturday & Sunday, November 8 - 9, 9:00am - 5:00pm
(Note: This class was originally scheduled for November 7, 8 & 9)
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 101214A: Sunday, October 12 , 10:00am - 5:00pm
Hide glue was the glue if choice for furniture makers for thousands of years and started to be replaced by “modern” glues in the early 20th century. Many cabinetmakers continue to use hide glue for certain applications because it has some very desirable qualities that most modern glues do not have. Join nationally known furniture maker, Steve Latta for this information packed two day workshop on hide glue in general and hammer veneering specifically. We will examine hide glue and its many uses, variations and methods of applications. Topics related to this adhesive which dates back some three thousand years will include gram strength, pellets versus flake, hammers , presses and pots and whatever else comes up. We’ll combine several methods of applications including hammering, clamping, vacuum bag, etc. to gain an understanding of what technique works best in what application. The workshop will include some flat and curved work and participants will hone their skills hammering a small, pie-pattern or “sunburst” sample top. Sign up today- this is a class you will not want to miss! Tuition: $275.00 plus materials
This class will be re-scheduled for early 2015
Photo is from the Kaufman Collection, National Gallery, Washington DC
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This exciting new class features a small Federal or Hepplewhite style side table with a whole lot of challenges and a boatload of new skills to be learned. The focus of this class will be efficiency – in joinery, in ornamentation and in design. Efficiency in joinery means doing as much joinery as possible all at once and making joints that fit right off the machines. This project also features many techniques that may be new to a number of you. Working with veneer for the drawer front, dovetailing and cockbeading a drawer and adding cuff inlay and stringing to the legs, all turn a basically simple table into an heirloom piece you can be proud of. We will also be making some of the tools you will need to do the inlay work. This is a simple traditional Federal table which will fit with just about any home décor (and is small enough, 23” wide X about 17” inches deep, or you can opt to do a small square table, 17” X 17”) to fit just about anywhere. Sign up soon – these are some skills you will be able to use over and over. There will be certain handwork that you may be required to complete outside of class. Please make sure you are willing to do that before signing up. This is going to be a fun class!
Tuition $595.00 plus materials
Section 030415A: Wednesday evenings, March 4 - May 27, 6:00pm- 9:30pm
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Greene & Greene style furniture has an appeal because, among other things, it is utterly unique. Seattle furniture maker Darrell Peart, who is a regular instructor at CVSW, wrote: “The houses and furniture designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene demanded skills well beyond those of the average craftsman. While machines were used, many of the Greenes’ designs also required of its makers a high level of hand work.” This side table project features signature Greene & Greene design elements such as "cloud lifts" on the bottom edge of the aprons, bread board ends on the top accented with ebony splines and square pegs, shaped aprons and legs. In your choice of mahogany or cherry, this table will stretch your woodworking skills and will look great in your home. Plan on doing some of the handwork at home (or in the shop by arrangement) as there will not be time to finish the project if you leave all the work for class-time only. Don’t miss this new class. Tuition: $495.00 plus materials.
Section 102214A: Wednesday evenings, October 29 - February 11, (2015), 6:00pm - 9:30pm
No class on the following dates: November 27, December 24, January 7/21.
(Image used by permission of Darrell Peart - pictured table is similar to the one we will make in class)
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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.
Section 112914A: Saturday & Sunday, November 29 & 30, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Have you wanted to try your hand at designing furniture, but were afraid to take the plunge? Learn the fundamentals of furniture design that will get you headed in the right direction. In this hands-on class you'll learn the basics of furniture design with tips on sketching ideas and translating those ideas into reality through scale and full-size mock ups and perspective drawings. Join Mike Pekovich as he brings his years of experience as a furniture maker and art director at Fine Woodworking magazine to this fun and informative one-day class. You'll learn how to look to the past for inspiration as well as develop your own unique style, how to size furniture effectively and how to add your own personality into your work. Sign up and unleash your creativity! Tuition: $125.00 materials are included
Section 110114B: Saturday, November 1, 9:30am - 5:00pm
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. Students are encouraged to bring one or two saws only. These saws must be in decent shape. This is a sharpening class- not a saw rehab class!
Matt Cianci is a professional saw doctor. His website and blog are at http://thesawwright.com Sign up today- This is always a fun class! Tuition: $125.00
Section 121314B: Saturday, December 13, 9:30am - 5:00pm
The raised panel door is a basic part of most furniture carcase construction, but is also used extensively in cabinet making. Tim will guide students thru the finer points of making raised panel doors. Proper sizing of the door to fit into an opening along with sizing the floating panel to allow for seasonal expansion and contraction are an essential part of the class. Students will use the router table and a set of “cope & stick” bits to make the stiles and rails. Students will use vertical & horizontal raised panel bits to form the panel. Each student will make a door they can then use as a model in their own workshops. Tuition: $95.00 plus materials
Section 120714B: Sunday, December 7, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Greene & 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 031415A: Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15, 2015, 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Tool 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
In 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: 0031615A: Monday, March 16, 2015, 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Many of those who have played or even admired the beauty of the guitar have shown interest in someday making an heirloom instrument that can be played today and passed on and continued to be played for generations. This class is designed to take a beginner/intermediate woodworker through the steps to make a steel string acoustic guitar from a unique kit. You will learn the terminology and the techniques focused on many of the specialized processes to complete your own personalized instrument. The process is broken down into small steps to familiarize the student with the construction of the neck including truss rod installation, fingerboard & fretting, abalone inlay and construction of the body including brace trimming/fitting, top installation, bridge gluing/alignment, purfling and final fit up of the neck to body joint using a bolt-on system. Each guitar will be completed leaving the final top coat finish up to the student. Look for our other classes designed for finishing techniques. Be sure to visit the school to see and play the finished guitar. Three models are available – Sapele w/Spruce Top, Sycamore w/Cedar Top or Maple w/Cedar Top. Please specify species preference when signing up.
Scott has been instrumental to the development of the kits, tool selection and the teaching methods for all the instructors in The U.S Guitar Kits Teacher program. Most recently Scott and U.S. Guitar Kits were featured in the new book "Guitar Building Basics-Acoustic Assembly at Home" Tuition: $395.00 plus materials ($285.00)
Section 112114B: Friday - Sunday, November 21, 22 & 23, 9:00am - 6:00pm
The High-Tech explosion of the 21st century has brought about many advancements in design and product construction. Leading the list is a mysterious substance called Carbon Fiber. Originally developed for NASA and the Military, this ultra light weight, super strong material, can be formed into just about any shape. Using a blend of resin epoxies and composite fiber material, it has found its way into many civilian applications; race cars, motorcycles, sport aircraft, sports and recreational gear, and furniture to name only a few. This class will introduce students to this unique technique by showing them how they can simply, by hand, lay up layers of carbon fiber cloth to construct a desired shape, using common items to prepare the molds or forms. Some of you may have some prior experience and specific interest in this material and others may simply be curious and want to learn about a new material that can be incorporated into other projects. Either way- you will certainly have fun and learn a whole lot! Sign up today. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials
Section 120614B: Saturday & Sunday, December 6 & 7, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Christmas is just a few days away and you have a few choices; go to the mall and finish your Christmas shopping (along with everyone else in the northeast!), stay home (you will probably just be in the way!) or come to the school and learn a little blacksmithing and make some small projects on the anvil that you might (or maybe not!) want to give someone as a Christmas present. That sounds like more fun-right? Walt Scadden will guide students in the making of a holly leaf shaped key ring, a small iron wreath or maybe a letter opener. These are just a few of the possibilities. No experience is needed so sign up today. Tuition:$125.00 plus materials.
Section 122014B: Saturday, December 20, 9:30pm – 5:00pm
Doug Smith of Douglass Yankee Craftsman will spend two days teaching you the traditional Shaker technique of making fine Shaker Oval Boxes. In this two day beginning class each participant will make a number two and number three Shaker Oval box. You will learn how to hand carve the swallow tails, select the bands and secure them with the traditional clinch nails. One of the most interesting parts of the class is the steaming and bending of the wood to fit around the forms. Fitting the tops and working on the finish will round out your two days of rewarding funs. Sign up today- Space is limited. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials.
Section 112914B: Saturday & Sunday, November 29 & 30, 9:30am – 5:00pm
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Really enjoyed the class and the chance to get to know you a bit. With my very limited skills I was more than a little concerned about how I would do and the reception I might get.
Just a quick note to thank you and Will for an excellent experience in the Chapin Class. I had to be home early and was not able to properly thank you for the additional time on Sunday. I have learned a lot in this class as I have in all of your programs. I’ll see you in the fall.