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 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 a Strip-built Kayak and a Canoe with Nick Schade

 

A guide to constructing small boats with wood strips and epoxy

 

Nick Schade kayak 2013If you want to build a lightweight, rugged and beautiful small boat then this is the class for you. These two boats utilize the strip building method which combines thin strips of wood with epoxy and fiberglass and will make a car-top-able, low maintenance, and gorgeous vessel. Nick Schade has been building strip-built boats for over 25 years. He has written two of the standard texts on the subject, Building Strip-Planked Boats and The Strip-Built Sea Kayak and his efforts have guided thousands of people through building their own boats using the popular strip-planked method.                  

In this five-day course, students will explore this method of construction while building two very different boat designs created by Nick. Mystic River Tandem is a classic wood strip canoe suitable for lakes and quiet rivers. microBootlegger, is an elegant tandem recreational kayak which is nice for large lakes and harbors. These two boats will provide an excellent overview of the strip-planking process.

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This will be a busy week with students learning to shape and fit the cedar strips, learn how to handle fiberglass and epoxy.

Throughout the week, Nick will take time to discuss the many variations on the strip-building process that students can use on their own boatbuilding projects. After a week of fun work, we will step back to admire two stunning boats and then get on to the drawing! We worked all week making two boats- now who gets to bring them home (after paying materials of course!)? Two lucky students will bring home the boats we worked on all week and will have the pleasure of paddling them for years to come. Tuition:   $725                                                                                                               

Section 011715A:  Saturday - Wednesday,  January  17 - 21, 2014, 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 Traditional Cabinetmaker's Workbench with Bob Van Dyke

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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 (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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Testimonials

7/28//2013

Bob,

I want to take the time to thank you for the experience of working with you this past weekend at your school.

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7/2/2012

Hi Bob,
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.

John