Summer class schedule now available.

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 010515A:  Monday - Friday,  January 5 - 9, 8:30am - 5:00pm


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Build your choice of High Performance Kayaks with Nick Schade

petrel and_petrel_playSea kayaking is the sport of taking a small boat out on to the big ocean. You could buy an ordinary plastic kayak, or you could build your own which will be lighter, faster, better looking and more fun than any you can buy.

This fast-paced class will take students through the major phases of building a kayak. petrelStudents may choose between a 14 foot long recreational kayak (the Petrel "Play") or a 17 foot sea kayak (the Petrel) Using the "Stitch-and-glue" construction method, each student will go home with his or her own kayak. Some finish work will be required when they get home. Students will learn some basic woodworking skill as well as how to work with fiberglass and epoxy. The logistics of working with fiberglass and epoxy will require some later nights (8 or 9pm) as some operations have to be completed by the end of a day in order to allow sufficient dry time before going on to the next operations. Tuition $795.00 (plus materials- approximately $1350.00).
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Section 011212A: Saturday - Thursday, January 12 - 17, 2013, 9:00am - 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 (26”), 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 use the Lie Nielsen tail vise and Chain drive shoulder vise hardware. It is hands down the best we have ever seen. 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! Tuition: $795.00.00 plus materials ($1395.00- includes all Lie Nielsen Vise hardware and benchdogs)

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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