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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

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Here is the class that will really get you going in woodworking and furniture making- It is designed for both beginners and more advanced woodworkers alike- This is a solid week of concentrated instruction and practice that will give you a comprehensive foundation in safe and rewarding 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 and machine use -with particular emphasis on the tablesaw, jointer and planer. Effective furniture making is a combination of machine work and handwork so a lot of time will be spent learning to use handplanes, card scrapers, shoulder planes and chisels to effectively surface the various parts and to hand-fit the mortice and tenon joints. Handtool sharpening, making tapered legs and grain matching a table top along with methods and tips to achieve accurate, organized and stress-free glue ups are essential skills that you will begin to develop. While putting a finish on the table is beyond the scope of the class we will discuss basic oil finishes which would be appropriate for this style table. Don’t miss this opportunity to develop your skills and get your questions answered while making a great piece of furniture. 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 ($195.00 plus tax)

 

Section 062915A:  Monday - Friday,  June 29 - July 3, 8:30am - 5:00pm

 

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Build a Connecticut Pembroke Table with Steve Latta

pembroke steve lattaDuring the early days of the Republic, rural craftsmen would visit urban centers such as Boston or Philadelphia and travel home with the intent of reproducing the furniture they saw.  Sometimes the details got a little jumbled resulting in some of the most quaint and beautiful furniture of the time. We are pleased to welcome back nationally known furniture maker, author and instructor, Steve Latta, who is an expert on furniture of this time period. In this fast-paced week-long class we will make a Connecticut Pembroke Table in walnut which was inspired by a survivor from the late 18th century.   An oval top with two rule joints, a curved drawer with a hidden compartment, knuckle joint supports and some funky inlay make this table both a delight and challenge to build.

Plan on spending a night or two during the week to explore the techniques Steve uses to accomplish the intricate inlay work that is so characteristic of these great American treasures. Because of the complexity of this project and the level of ornamentation that you may want to add to the project you should not necessarily expect to bring home a fully completed and assembled Pembroke table. Be assured you will learn more than enough to finish up any unfinished details on the project on your own and then be able to take on other more challenging projects in the future! Sign up today as space is limited. Tuition: $795.00 plus materialspembroke leg steve latta thumb

Section 062215A: Monday - Saturday, June 22 - 27, 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.Mary begin carving web

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 060115A: Monday – Friday, June 1 – 5, 9:00am – 5:00pm

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Build a Tansu Style Jewelry  Case with Mike Pekovich

tansu jewerly case web 2Here's a great project if you want to get your dovetail on. This small case packs a lot of woodworking into a small package. The dovetailed case has a sliding door that reveals two banks of drawers. The case has two sets of five drawers each and each set can be made from a different species, The sliding door panel is a great place to get creative- highly figured woods, inlays or even different materials could be effectively utilized. The drawer dividers are a great lesson in mitered partitions and the recessed drawer pulls are eye-catching and simple to make. The simple but elegant lines echo traditional Japanese Tansu designs and will look great as a jewelry box but can actually be thought of as a traditional spice box. Join Fine Woodworking Magazine’s Executive Art Director, Mike Pekovich for this fast paced and highly informative 6 day class. Mike is a frequent instructor here at CVSW and you should not miss any opportunity to learn with him. Sign up today- This will be a great class! Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

 Section 060815A: Monday—Saturday, June 8 - 13, 9:00am – 5:00pm

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Build an Arts & Crafts Style Side Chair with Kevin Rodel

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In this 6 day class you will complete a comfortable, sturdy and very popular side chair designed by well-known Arts & Crafts Furniture Maker, Kevin Rodel of Brunswick, Maine. The course will cover the basic ergonomics of chair design, the making of slip tenons along with some compound angle tenons, chair construction jigs, band sawn curved back-slats and making raised ebony pegs. Chair construction is usually considered one of the most difficult types of furniture to make because of the stresses on the joints and the angles that are usually involved.  Through the use of well designed tablesaw & router jigs, Kevin will simplify and streamline the chair making process- Don’t worry- There is still plenty of hand work to go along with the machine work! We will also discuss upholstered seat options and make a standard ash seat frame to receive the upholstery work. Please specify your choice of wood when registering- The chair looks great in either cherry or quartersawn white oak.

Kevin Rodel makes his interpretation of Arts & Crafts furniture in his shop in Brunswick, Maine. He is also the author of “Arts & Crafts Furniture- From Classic to Contemporary”.  More of his work can be seen on his website at  http://www.kevinrodel.com/

Don’t miss this opportunity to make a great piece of furniture for you home and work with a master of the genre. Sign up today! Tuition: $795.00 plus materials.

Section 072015A: Monday-Saturday, July 20-25, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Build an Arts & Crafts Style Dresser with Mike Pekovich

Pekovich dresser webHave you been thinking of making a dresser? Here's a great little piece with a light and lively look that still packs in a lot of storage. The case features tapered legs and an arched, overhanging top for a subtle Arts and Crafts flair that also has a traditional Japanese look to it. The frame-and-panel design simplifies the construction so the project comes together quickly. The grain matched drawer fronts add a considerable amount of harmony to the piece while the gently curved and shaped ends on the top give the dresser a light and clean look. In this weeklong class with Fine Woodworking's Mike Pekovich, you'll learn how to make a lightweight, rock-solid case using double mortise-and-tenon joinery along with efficient methods to make the drawer dividers and partitions along with the  interior drawer guides, runners and kickers.  Throughout the class, we will stress the use of  efficient building strategies that you can put to use on other projects as well. Finally, we'll fill out the case with traditional dovetailed drawers that will provide a great lesson in fast, accurate dovetail joinery. Given the limitations of a 6 day class, you should not expect to fully complete the dresser in class. The dovetailed drawers alone are a days work for an experienced furniture maker. You can expect to have the dresser far enough along that you can comfortably finish it up in your own shop. Don’t miss this opportunity to build a family heirloom under the guidance of a great instrutor.

Sign up today. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials Pekovich dresser front web

Section 081715A: Monday - Saturday, August 17 - 22, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Build an 18th-century Roubo Workbench with Chris Schwarz

roubo bench Schwarz webA solid workbench is the keystone to every shop. And the 18th-century French design for a workbench has yet to be surpassed by anything since. It is a solid and fully realized three-dimensional clamping surface that is ideal for everything from cutting mouldings by hand to template work with an electric router.

In this class, we will build these benches with the help of the incredible array of heavy-duty machines at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking (though there is plenty of handwork on these benches, too).

This bench has only the “best in class” joinery – a mortise-and-tenon base and a tenon/sliding dovetail that joins the base to the top. Students will have the option to modify their benches during the evenings to accept the vises of their choice.

Note that this is a physically demanding class that requires heavy lifting and long days in the shop. But the result is worth it: The last workbench you’ll ever need.

Things you will learn in this class:

• The core essentials of workbench design.
• How to process large timbers, from rough stock to firmly joined.
• Drawboring, the core technique in bench construction (and timber framing).
• How to cut and fit huge through-tenons with a jigsaw and a chisel.
• Strategic placement of holes for dogs and holdfasts.
• Flattening a workbench top.
• Finishing a top – from micro-surfaces to film finishes.
• Installing a leg vise and quick-release tail vise.

Tuition: $795.00 (plus materials $775.00)

Section 081015A: Monday – Friday, August 10 – 14, 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 082915A: Saturday - Friday, August 29 - September 4, 9:00am-5:00pm

(Note: The bench we make in class does not include the drawers pictured here)

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Testimonials

1/11//2015

Hi Bob,

I wanted to thank you again for the excellent woodworking fundamentals class. 

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2/16//2015

Bob,

My name is John Jardin and it is an honor to hear from you...one of my all time greatest woodworking instructors.

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