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 Summer class schedule now available.

Speciality & Weekend Classes

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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Solve your carving problems and projects with Mary May

carvingAre 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: $395.00 (Plus materials used- if any)

Section  110714B: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 7 - 9, 9:00am - 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  101214A: Sunday, October 12 , 10:00am - 5:00pm

 

 

 

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Make a Greene & Greene Style Side Table with Bob Van Dyke

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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 22 - 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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Build a Wall Mounted Tool Cabinet with Bob Van Dyke

 

Pekovich tool cabinetTool storage is always a problem- You spend a lot of money and a lot of time tuning and sharpening your tools and you need to store them safely- but they need to be readily accessible. None of this leaning over a chest on the floor or looking through all sorts of drawers searching for the tool you need. It should be right there behind you- all the time. This new wall mounted tool cabinet is based on a design that Mike Pekovich published in Fine Woodworking a few years ago. This cabinet is not as “fancy” as the one we have done a few times over the years- no bookmatched veneers or inlays- Just lots and lots of storage possibilities. It features two deep doors that are big enough to act as storage cabinets on their own along with the main carcase that will contain an angled handplane till along with a few small drawers to store those measuring and marking tools.

I am hoping that we will have enough time in this class to allow participants plenty of time to customize the inside of the tool cabinets to fit your  ever growing tool collection. Sign up today and get your tools in order!

Tuition: $495.00 plus materials

Section 092214A: Monday evenings, September 22 - December 15, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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Handplane Weekend 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 first day will be spent getting your plane sharpened and tuned up  so you can start practicing using it on the second day. Techniques such as smoothing a surface, beveling a table edge, planing a curved surface, shooting edge joints, making spring joints, using shooting boards, fitting mortise and tenons and planing end grain will all be demonstrated and practiced. Don’t miss this unique and informative class. Space is limited. You should bring at least one plane to this class- preferably an older Stanley #4. Bob collects planes for sale that are perfect for this class- and they are great users once they have been tuned up. Check with him about these. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) Bringing a Lie-Nielsen or a Lee valley plane is fine- but you will not learn anything about tuning up those planes as they come to you already tuned up extremely well. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

 

Section 113014A:    Saturday & Sunday,  November 30 & December 1,  9:30am –   5:00pm

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Make a Greene & Greene Style Wall Sconce with Mike Pekovich

Pekovich wall sconceLight up any room with a Greene and Greene-inspired wall lamp. Made from mahogany with ebony accents and stained glass panels, this project is a fun combination of skills and materials. In this class you'll tackle not only the woodwork, but the stained glass panels as well. This lantern-style wall sconce can be mounted indoors or out. Over this      

 8-week class we'll cover simple joinery methods that yield impressive results. In addition you'll learn everything you need to know about a copper foil technique for stained glass panels that you can put to use in future projects as well. Mike is the Art Director at Fine Woodworking Magazine and is a truly gifted furniture maker and designer. His designs tend to concentrate on refined Arts & Crafts ideas. Sign up today!

Tuition: $395.00 Plus materials

Section 100914B: Thursday evenings: October 9 - December 4, 6:30pm - 10:00pm

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The Basics of Using Veneers and Inlays to Create Outrageous Patterns! with Bob Van Dyke

Bob Van Dyke walnut box If you have ever done any re-sawing then you know how cool a book matched panel can be. When you incorporate veneers into your work the possibilities for creating spectacular patterns are almost endless! Bookmatching is the simple one- but what about radial matching or parquet?  In this hands-on class students will make a small “Miter Fold” box out of walnut or tiger maple- but before doing that we will explore the endless possibilities of working with veneer to create a striking top for the box. Many veneers require a border to protect the delicate edges- so as a bonus students will get into a little inlay work with a decorative banding mitered around the veneered top.

We will get into basic techniques for working with the veneers- Flattening them, buying & storing them and how to work with them to create tight, almost invisible seams. We will go into the basic tools & supplies needed along with discussing the various adhesives and ways to clamp up the veneered panel.

Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

Section 101814A: Saturday & Sunday, October 18 & 19, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Build a “Mini Bench Riser” with Bob Van Dyke

Van Dyke Mini Bench Riser 2Many of you who have taken classes at the school or have seen any of Steve Latta’s videos know the value of this simple “mini bench” or “bench riser”. Whether it is close up inlay work or light duty work that does not require being “over” a standard height bench this bench will save your back and let you work up close when you need it. Light enough to easily move on and off the standard bench, but heavy enough to withstand medium stresses like light handplaning or chisel work, this bench will become an everyday part of your woodworking routine. As a bonus we will be incorporating in the design the ability to add on a Moxon type vise as a future addition. This class is not designed to reveal all the secrets of the woodworking universe- it is a simply a class that you know you will come away with a good Mini bench that will have a good quality vise on it and you will  be able to use it as soon as you get home to you own shop. What could be bad about that?

Sign up today. Tuition: $125.00 plus materials.

Section 091314A: Saturday, September 13, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Basics of Furniture Design with Mike Pekovich

Pekovich furniture DesignHave 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

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Straddle the Fence- Its not Just for Politicians!

VanDyke L fenceJoin Bob Van Dyke for a weekend of building one of the most valuable tablesaw add on jigs you can imagine! How many times have you clamped a sacrificial scrap of plywood to the fence to cut a rabbet and then had to move the clamps because they were in the way of the cut? And- have you ever heard of pattern cutting on the tablesaw? The fixture we will make is an ingenious and easily used base to fit over the existing tablesaw fence and allows you to quickly bolt on any number of  specialty fences- certainly the most valuable being an easily adjusted and versatile “L” fence. We will make the base, the “L” fence and a number of other fences (miter fold, Tenoning jig, rabbets, etc.) Check the two articles in Fine Woodworking written by Bob for the full explanation- or- just sign up and plan on going home at the end of the weekend with the most useful tablesaw jig you have ever used! Sign up today. Tuition $275.00 plus materials

“Supercharge your Rip Fence”  January / February 2013

“The incredible L Fence” Issue 237 “Tools & Shops” issue 2014

Section 100414A: Saturday & Sunday, October 4 & 5, 9:30 am - 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.  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

 

 

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Making Raised Panel Doors with Tim Spratlin

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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

 

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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:   This class is being re-scheduled for late 2014 or early 2015

 

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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 102514B: Saturday & Sunday, October 25 & 26, 9:30am - 5:00pm                                       Mike  Pekovich marking knife

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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: This class is being re-scheduled for late 2014 or early 2015

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Build an Acoustic Guitar with Scott Dixon

us guitar  picMany 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

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Hand Laid Carbon Fiber Workshop  with Walt Scadden

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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

 

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Blacksmithing for Christmas with Walt Scadden

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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

 

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Testimonials

6/24//2013

Bob,

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.

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2/25/2014

Bob,

I took the carving class with Mickey this past weekend.

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