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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

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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

3/14/2016

Hey Bob,

Just wanted to say yet again… the restoration class was terrific.

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2/22/2016

Bob,

Just a note to say the class this weekend with Will was great!

I also want to thank you for the help with the sharpening jig and chisel/guide
and sharpening stone info.  I look forward to more classes.

Best regards,

Ollie Mason