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Archived Classes

Listed below are classes we have run in the past and may (or may not) run again in the future. If you see something of interest please e-mail us. We can let you know if the class is being planned again for the future.

Build an Acoustic Guitar with Robert Ford

us_guitar__pic.jpg Many of those who have played or even admired the beauty of the guitar have shown interest in making their own heirloom instrument that can be played today and passed on to future generations. In this class beginner and intermediate woodworkers will build an exceptional steel string acoustic guitar using a unique kit as a foundation. You will
learn the terminology and the techniques that are unique to the luthier's art. The process is broken down into small steps, beginning with the construction of the neck including truss rod installation, fingerboard & fretting, abalone inlay to the 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 cote finish up to the student. Look for our other classes designed for finishing techniques. You can see a finished example of the guitar in the school. The guitar can be made in sapele or sycamore- please indicate your choice when signing up. Tuition: $355.00 plus materials $285.00

Section 022112B: Tuesday evenings, February 21 - April 17, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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Ornamental Veneer with Steve Latta

steve_latta_inlayRare and exotic veneers are frequently used to create interesting and sometimes spectacular patterns and designs in high style furniture. Many Federal style furniture pieces incorporate veneers as the focal point of the ornamentation for the piece and this is what we will be concentrating in this unique week-end class. Nationally known furniture maker, author and instructor, Steve Latta, will guide students through the special techniques needed to create their own designs on a small practice piece such as a drawer front or small table top. Over the course of the weekend students will gain an understanding of the tools and skills necessary to carry out a variety of patterns possible using veneers including book-matching, pie patterns, quadrants and ellipses as well as some more complicated forms. We’ll look at various borders applicable to drawer fronts, table tops and doors. Both traditional and modern techniques will be addressed including using a vacuum bag and traditional hammer veneering with hide glue. This class is a great companion to Steve’s Pennsylvania Spice Box class coming up in June, 2008. Sign up soon- class size is limited. Tuition $245.00 plus materials

Section 021608A: Saturday & Sunday, February 16 & 17, 2008, 9:30am - 5:00pm  

pdf tool_list_ornamenta_veneer_steve_latta_2008 

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Make a Pie Crust Table with Will Neptune

pie_crust_table.jpg This exciting new class with Will Neptune promises to challenge your woodworking skills and will give you plenty of opportunity to learn some great techniques from one of this country’s leading craftsmen and teachers. The eighteenth century Chippendale style tilt-top pie crust table is a small (18” diameter) project that utilizes plenty of different skills and techniques. A wide range of carvings on the turned column are possible and include spirals, “pea & sausage” and gadrooning while the traditional pie crust carving along the edge of the top offers a variety of coves and beads in every possible grain direction. The tripod legs feature the traditional cabriole shape ending in a carved “snake foot”. The turning of the central column will be demonstrated in class but the actual turned column will be provided as part of the material charge (unless you are a proficient turner and want to do your own turning at home). Dovetailed legs joined into the central column and a wooden hinge mechanism for the tilting top are among the technical problems that you will solve with Will. The unique format of this class (one weekend per month for four months) allows you plenty of time for “homework” while giving you a full eight days of actual class time instruction. Don’t wait too long to sign up for this great class as space is limited. Tuition: $895.00 plus materials.

Section 030808A: Saturday & Sunday, March 8 & 9, April 12 & 13, May 10 & 11 and May 31 & June 1, 9:30am - 5:00pm

pdf tool list will neptune pie crust 2008 


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Introduction to Woodcarving with Dan Faia


Introduction to Woodcarving with Dan Faia A number of you have asked for a basic carving class so here it is! Dan Faia is an accomplished and well-known furniture-maker, writer and woodworking instructor who currently teaches traditional woodworking techniques at North Bennet Street School in Boston. This class will introduce you to the challenges and rewards of woodcarving and will give you the skills and confidence to add carved ornamentation to some of your furniture projects. Effective carving starts off with the right tools so Dan will be discussing what goes into proper tool selection and he will cover the varieties of shapes, sweeps, and profiles. There will be a strong focus on sharpening and the many options available for carving tools. Students will perform a variety of skill building exercises which will help teach you tool control and technique, from simple tool cut patterns to grounded relief. While there is no “project” for this class the skills and confidence you will gain under the supportive direction of Dan will open up new opportunities for your woodworking projects. Some specific carving tools will be required. That list can be viewed at . Tuition $245.00 plus materials

Section 040409B: Saturday & Sunday, April 4 & 5, 9:30am – 5:00pm

tool_list_dan_faia_intro_woodcarving_2009 (will open in a new window)

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 Basic Woodworking with Bob Van Dyke

If you have been thinking about trying out woodworking but are not quite ready to make the commitment to a full-blown ‘series” class then this may be the answer for you. This new class introduces the beginning woodworker to some of the basics of using power tools and handtools while making an Arts & Crafts style mirror frame to take home. Students will use the tablesaw and router table to make the basic frame before gluing it up and finishing it off with decorative pegs in each corner. A good understanding of how each power tool works is basic to using it safely therefore each tool will be completely reviewed and demonstrated and safety will be stressed. Woodworking is not just aboput machines and relies heavily on handtools so proper use of chisels, handplanes and card scrapers to fit the corner joints and to finish off the frame are an important part of this new and exciting class. Now is the time to try out woodworking. Who knows- you may just get hooked!

Tuition:$120.00 plus materials ($30.00)

    Section: 062108A: Saturday, June 21,    9:30am – 4:30pm

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Traditional Furniture Inlay Techniques with Phil Lowe

bellflower_inlay.jpg Federal furniture was customarily embellished with stringing, bandings, bellflowers and fans. In this course with Phil Lowe , one of this country’s leading experts on 18th & 19th century furniture styles and techniques, students will make his or her own tool especially designed to inlay stringing into a sample table leg. Simple bandings will also be glued up and sawn. Bellflowers and fans will be cut from veneers and appropriately inlayed into solid stock. The age old technique of sand shading will also be explored, leaving the student with an increased awareness in the evolution of furniture ornamentation. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from this master craftsman. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of this country's leading authorities on traditional furniture designs. Tuition: $245.00 plus materials

Section 022308A: Saturday & Sunday, February 23 & 24, 9:30am – 5:00pm

pdf tool_list_inlay_phil_lowe_2008

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A Weekend of Furniture Legs with Phil Lowe

152_cabriole_leg.jpg Come join nationally known furniture maker and educator, Phil Lowe, for this unique hands-on two-day class. Phil, an expert on 18th and 19th century furniture, will teach students the finer points of designing and making a number of traditional furniture legs including turned and fluted legs, tapered reeded legs, Queen Anne style cabriole legs and ogee bracket feet. The ogee bracket foot includes cutting coves on the tablesaw, cutting the shaped edges on the bandsaw and handplaning the miter for a perfect fit.Working with the bandsaw, spokeshaves, chisels and rasps, each student lay out and shape a cabriole leg which would be suitable for a Queen Anne style tea table. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of this country's leading authorities on traditional furniture making. Tuition: $245.00 plus materials

Section 050308A: Saturday & Sunday, May 3 & 4, 9:30am – 5:00pm


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Build a Pennsylvania Spice Box with Steve Latta

Rich Mrzinski spice box closedSpice boxes, or chests, were popular among the Quakers of the Delaware Valley during the late seventeenth and throughout the eighteenth centuries, remaining fashionable in Pennsylvania long after falling out of style elsewhere. The boxes, whose interiors were fitted with banks of small drawers, were often displayed in the public rooms of homes, functioning as both a repository for small valuables, such as spices and silver items, and as a symbol of the family's prosperity. The cases were most often made of walnut, with inlays consisting of combinations of maple, boxwood, holly, cherry, walnut burl, locust, and red cedar set into the surface for contrast.

We are please to welcome back nationally known furniture maker, author and instructor, Steve Latta, whose Pennsylvania Spice Box article was  published in Fine Woodworking magazine (issue # 196). In this unique weekend series of classes, we will cover all of the necessary steps to complete a box similar to the one pictured here. It may be a small in size, a mere 21 inches in height, but it has all the complexity of a full chest-of-drawers complete with a dovetailed case and drawers, partitions, molding and bracket feet. We will devote a portion of the class to exploring the techniques Steve uses to accomplish the intricate inlay work that is so characteristic of these great American treasures. The unique class format of meeting once a month over a period of months allows you to learn and accomplish more than you could in a week-long class. The project’s level of detail lends itself to careful work at home in your own shop- at your own pace. The level of ornamentation that you may want to add to the project is really up to you- but you should not expect to finish it all in class if you are not able to devote some time at home on the project. This is a great project with one of the best teachers in the country. You will learn new skills and techniques that you can use in any number of larger and more challenging projects.

Sign up today as space is limited. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

Section 092212A: Saturday & Sunday, September 22 & 23, November 10 & 11, December 15 & 16 and January 19 & 20, 9:30am –5:00pm   

(Note: This class was previously scheduled for 3 weekends  @ $695.00)                                                      

                                                                                               Spice Box Latta

General tool list     (will open in a new window)


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Build a Porringer Top Queen Anne Tea Table with Dan Faia

porringer_tea_table_dan_faia.jpgThe porringer top Tea Table is just one of the many variations on the Queen Anne style tea table that was prevalent in 18th century New England society. This relatively simple table offers the student a myriad of possibilities to learn and advance their furniture making skills. Dan Faia is well known for his work on period furniture along with his writing for Fine Woodworking magazine and his furniture making classes around the country. This class will explore a number of woodworking techniques that include basic lumber selection, milling and mortice and tenon joinery along with careful examination of the basic table design which is highlighted by the graceful and elegant cabriole legs and the scalloped edges of the aprons and the top. Making the cabriole legs will involve the making of patterns, using the bandsaw and handtools to shape the legs and a little bit of basic spindle turning on the lathe to shape the pad foot. The beauty of this table is that it lends itself to a number of design variations. If you should prefer an oval or rectangular shaped top that would be appropriate for the table design and can be accomodated in the class. While most of the work on the table will be done during class, some homework (handwork only) will be expected to be completed between class sessions. Don’t miss this great opportunity to make an heirloom furniture piece while learning some great new skills. Tuition: $495.00 plus materials

Section 062808A: Saturday & Sunday, June 28, 29 and July 19 & 20, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Build a Queen Anne Style Drop Leaf Table with Phil Lowe

queen_anne_drop_leaf_table.jpg I am pleased to welcome Phil back for this truly unique and challenging class. Over a series of four weekends Phil will guide students through the construction of a traditional Queen Anne style drop leaf table in walnut. This is an early, medium-sized movable table that can also be closed and used as a side table. Highlights of the project’s skills include making cabriole legs, cutting mortise and tenons, dovetails, and making knuckle joints & rule joints which will provide a great learning experience for the novice as well as the experienced woodworker. Phil will bring the students through the table design and development of a cut list as well as selection of cutters and making patterns. Learn the proper layout and sawing techniques that will make shaping the cabriole leg a breeze– and then learn to turn the pad foot on the lathe! This table will challenge your joinery skills and teach you the principles of setting hinges for the rule joint which will allow for a smooth leaf action and cutting the knuckle joints which swing the leg to hold up the table leaves. Anyone who has taken one of these “series” classes with Phil knows just how much you will learn and if you have not taken one of his classes then you owe it to yourself to build this unique heirloom piece of furniture. Tuition: $895.00 plus materials.

Section 092008A: Saturday & Sunday, September 20, 21, October 18 & 19, November 22 & 23 and December 13 & 14, 9:30pm – 5:00pm

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A Unique Approach to Furniture Joinery by Machine– with Will Neptune


The table saw is a powerful labor saving machine that is the heart of every woodworking shop. Most people think that it is only suited to cutting work pieces that are square with parallel edges. In this unique two day class furniture maker, teacher and author, Will Neptune will teach you techniques on the saw that you never would have dreamed possible. Angled joinery, shaped and curved work, and dealing with pieces that are unusually large or are normally considered too small are all possible- and safe!- with Will’s unique problem solving abilities and techniques. Some simple jigs and cutting strategies can make some seemingly difficult situations as simple and straight forward as basic tablesaw work. Participants will have the chance to work with Will as he teaches methods for safely and accurately cutting tenons (twin and multiple) dovetails, pattern cutting, dadoes, rabbetts, stopped and plunge cuts and coopering. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best! Tuition: $255.00 plus materials

Section 121011A: Saturday & Sunday, December 10 & 11, 9:30am—5:00pm


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Carve a “Pie Crust” Tray with Will Neptune

pie_crust_tray.jpgThe “pie crust” carved table top on a tripod base is a beautiful example of the 18th century carver’s work. In this class students will make the top alone which can then be used as a tray. Will Neptune will guide students through the many challenges of this unique type of carving. The form presents the carver with a number of interesting technical challenges- beads and coves with inside and outside corner carved miters. Carving the same pattern around the circular top is a great lesson in reading grain direction. Careful layout of the pattern and the choice of carving gouges is an example of the common 18th century approach of relating design and technique. Don’t miss this great opportunity to further your carving skills under the guidance of one of this country’s foremost carvers and teachers. Tuition: $245.00 plus materials

Section 120608B: Saturday & Sunday, December 6 & 7, 9:30am—5:00pm

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Learn 5 Furniture Joints in 2 days with Steve Butler

finger_joints.jpgIf you have been frustrated by your attempts to make tight fitting wood joints or are hesitant to learn furniture joinery then this is the class for you! I am pleased to have furniture maker and teacher, Steve Butler here to teach this two day hands on class. We will examine different types of wood joints, explore why some joints are better than others and through discussion, sample making, and the construction of a small wall hung cabinet, we will look at the various ways of making 5 major wood joints. Using hand and power tools, we will demystify the dovetail, the box joint, the mortise and tenon, dadoes, rabbits and mitre joints. The cabinet you will make in class will give you great practice in putting your joinery skills to use. Steve graduated from Sheriden College and Queens University in Ontario, Canada and currently runs the wood studio at Peters Valley Craft Center. His work has been featured in Woodwork, Woodcraft, and The Crafts Report magazines. Steve exhibits his work throughout the United States and Canada. Don't miss this opportunity to improve your woodworking skills and have a great weekend! Tuition: $245.00 plus materials

Section 120608A: Saturday & Sunday , December 6 & 7, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Build a Set of Drawers for your Utility Workbench with Tim Spratlin

 Many of you have built the utility workbench which we feature in the school and have expressed the desire for a set of drawers to fit underneath. Tim Spratlin has designed a set of drawers which will increase your storage space for the essential tools you use all the time. This new class features working with plywood, doing a “miter fold” joint for the drawer case, making a set of drawers and using full extension drawer guides. The basic set of drawers is approximately 20” wide, 24” deep and about 13” high and incorporates 3 drawers. Students can opt to do one set or two sets (double the material charge). Sign up soon and make the most out of your workbench. Tuition: $245.00 plus materials

Section 022509A: Wednesday evenings, February 25 – March 18, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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Build a Connecticut River Valley Chapin Chair with Will Neptune


Chippendale chairs are a great project for woodworkers. They combine complex joinery, sculptural shaping and carved details to produce a dramatic effect. In a typical 18th century approach, the methods used to build these chairs are systematic and can be applied to other designs.

The chair we will build in class is based on the “Country High Style” designs from the Chapin family of the Connecticut River Valley. These chairs keep the key features of Philadelphia style chairs, but use carving in a restrained way for visual emphasis. Ball and claw feet on cabriole legs, a pierced splat and a crest rail with scrolls and a shell are the carved elements you will learn to make. Just as important is the use of patterns and a shaping system to give a delicate and flowing appearance. The angled cant of the rear legs, the curved splat and the trapezoidal shape of the seat all combine to give interesting angled joinery challenges.

This class will meet four weekends (one a month) plus a single Saturday “review and catch-up” day” at the end. Each weekend will be a combination of joinery as we frame the chair, and carving demonstration and carving practice.

By starting the carving early on in the class you will have plenty of time for at-home practice and in-class review before working on the real parts. All joinery will be completed in class, but some assembly at home will be required. We will make the frame for the slip seat in class but the upholstery will be done on your own. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of this country’s leading carvers and instructors. Space is limited so sign up soon.

Tuition: $995.00 plus materials

Section 030312A: Saturday & Sunday, March 3 & 4, April 14 & 15, May 5 & 6, June 2 & 3 & June 30, 9:30am – 5:00pm


pdf tool list Chapin Chair

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Drafting For Furniture Making with Phil Lowe

The ability to render plans accurately on paper is an essential skill when designing a piece of furniture. Not only does it give you a record of what you are making, but more importantly, it helps you work out many construction details and allows you to accurately visualize the project. We welcome back nationally known author, instructor and furniture maker Phil Lowe, for this unique hands-on class. This course will begin with the use of the drafting tools and line definition, followed by the principles of orthographic and isometric drawing techniques. Students will begin by learning to measure and draw a small table. You will then learn to accurately draw the joints that will be used which will help to visualize the mechanics of the project. At that point a full size drawing can be made, incorporating all the joints and their relationship to the whole project. We will also explore techniques of developing accurate drawings from a photograph. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn these valuable skills from one of our leading craftsmen. Tuition $245.00 (plus materials)

Section 030709B: Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8, 9:30am – 5:00pm

pdf tool list-drafting for furniture making-Phil Lowe  

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Traditional Veneering and Cross-banding Techniques with Phil Lowe

drawer_front_corey_martin.jpgThe complexities of many Federal style furniture pieces demanded the extensive use of veneers as the only practical method of dealing with the inevitable “wood movement” while allowing the use of precious woods to cover large surfaces. Inlays utilizing different patterned bandings where then used as decoration, but more importantly, to protect the delicate edges of the veneers used. We are pleased to have Phil Lowe, one of this country’s leading experts on 18th & 19th century furniture styles and techniques, back to teach this exciting and informative class. Phil will teach techniques for creating designs with the veneers along with methods to make various decorative bandings. Veneering a curved surface will be explored along with hammer veneering techniques and the many advantages of using hide glue. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of this country's leading authorities on traditional furniture designs and techniques. Tuition: $245.00 (plus materials)

Section 040409B: Saturday & Sunday, April 4 & 5, 9:30am – 5:00pm

pdf Tool List Veneering and Crossbanding Phil Lowe 2009

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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 (24”), 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. 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. Some homework will be required. The 4 weekend format allows students the time in between sessions to get necessary handwork complete. Sign up today- space is limited- and be ready to work hard! Tuition: $895.00 plus materials (payments can be made over the course of the class if you prefer)


Section 022010A: Saturday & Sunday, Feb20/21, March20/21, April 10/11 & May 8/9, 9:30 - 5:00pm

 (note: Bench we make in class will be very similar to the one pictured here. Image used with permission of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks)

General Tool List  

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Beginning Electric Guitars- Build a Telecaster with Ryan Welcome

telecaster.jpgIn this new class we jump into the world of electric guitar construction. Beginning with this new project students will each build their own guitar based on the world famous Fender Telecaster (yeah- that's the one Bruce Springsteen plays!).

Starting with a solid white ash body we will bandsaw and rout the basic shape, fit and fine tune the maple neck (we will purchase pre-made necks for this beginning class), fine tune the rosewood fingerboard and install all the hardware, electronics and both pickups. Finishing is an important part of any guitar so we will also spend a few nights of class time applying your choice of three different finishes (clear, "butter" or cherry). The last night of the class will be final setup & tuning of the guitars and then a jam session to prove how good they are! Sign up today for this exciting new class and have the satisfaction of building (and playing) your own heirloom quality instrument. Tuition $345.00 plus materials.

Section 110209B:    Monday evenings, November 2 - December 28, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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  Basic Chip Carving with Janet Collins

chipcarving_janet_collins.jpgChip carving is a technique in carving which involves the systematic removal of triangular chips of wood to produce dramatic geometric designs and patterns. It is a very accessible form of carving in that it does not require a huge investment in carving tools (two carving knives does it!), the layout is fairly straightforward (using a ruler and compass) and the basic cuts and designs are simple enough that a total beginner will have immediate success. Janet will start the class by going over the tools, layout techniques, the basic designs and sharpening. The second day of the class will be spent on carving sample boards, practicing and developing more complex designs. A few specific tools will be required for this class. You can inquire when signing up or get the tool list from the school website- Don't miss this great new class. Tuition: $245.00 plus materials.

Section 120509B: Saturday & Sunday, December 5 & 6, 9:30 - 5:00pm

 Tool List Janet Collins Chip Carving 2009  

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Intermediate Woodcarving with Dan Faia

carving_ball_and_claw.jpgCarving has always been a hallmark of high end furniture. These details have been carved for most of the major furniture periods. This workshop involves many familiar styles of carving, such as drapery, flowers, quarter fans, leaves, and architecturally inspired elements. These samples will be a value for future projects and build strong hand skills. This class is a continuation of Dan's Intro to Woodcarving class and will reinforce the skills learned previously and introduce many new skills. Some previous carving experience or class is strongly recommended. Some specific carving tools will be required. That list can be viewed at . Tuition $245.00 plus materials

Section 060609B: Saturday & Sunday, June 6 & 7, 9:30am - 5:00pm

This class has been RESCHEDULED

new dates are

Saturday & Sunday, September 19 & 20, 9:30am - 5:00pm



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Make a Carved Eagle Wall Plaque with Dan Faia

eagle.jpgIn this new weekend class students will learn to carve a Bellamy inspired Eagle. The eagle has to be one of the most recognized American symbols and carvings by renowned eagle carver John Haley Bellamy have fetched tens of thousands of dollars and are heavily sought after by collectors. This particular mid to late 19th century pattern eagle is 38" in length and was originally painted red, white and blue. These ornaments can easily be adapted in design and scale for signs, furniture, or to stand alone painted or gilded. All levels of experience are welcome, sharp tools are a must! Dan Faia is a professional furniture maker and carver who teaches the full time furniture making program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. The tool list for this class will be posted at by mid summer. Sign up soon- space is limited. Tuition $245.00 plus materials

Section 110709A: Saturday & Sunday, November 7 & 8, 9:30am - 5:00pm

 Tool list Dan Faia carved eagle.pdf

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Using Marquetry Techniques to Create Furniture Inlays with Steve Latta

steve_latta_inlay_legs.jpg"Painting in Wood" dates all the way back to ancient Egypt. In this class, we will scratch the surface of this ancient method of ornamentation. We'll look at tooling, veneers, substrates and adhesives and discuss various approaches to cutting and assembly an image. We'll apply these techniques to furniture inlays such as the ornamental ovals or paterae that adorn the top of Federal card table legs or are set into the middle of a table top or apron. We'll spend some time on geometric patterns or parquetry as well. The possibilities are endless and this great new class will get you started in the basics of marquetry as a design element to add to your repertoire of techniques. Sign up soon. Space will be limited. Tuition $245.00 plus materials

Section 101709B: Saturday & Sunday, October 17 & 18, 9:30am - 5:00pm


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Basic & Advanced Joinery for Tables and Case Pieces with Will Neptune

wll_neptune_federal_card_table.jpgIn their most basic form, tables are nothing more than four legs and four rails held together with tenons and case pieces are just dove tailed boxes with shelves or drawer frames inside. Having good sound techniques for building these basic pieces gives you good strategies for dealing with more complex variations on the basic forms. Adding a drawer to a table involves new technical problems. Adding multiple drawers, either side by side or stacked vertically, complicates construction even more! And angled or curved parts go one step further. Similar issues appear in case work as the form becomes more complex. The trick is to recognize more complex problems as the extension of solutions used in simpler examples.
In this hands-on class we will build mock ups of the typical joinery problems found in most tables and case pieces. Using a combination of hand and power tools, each student will make several mock ups and learn to convert simple examples into more complex ones. These samples will be a physical record that will be an invaluable reference for future work.
We cannot expect to build an entire project in one weekend but you can learn a systematic approach to solve many common joinery problems. For those of you who have not taken a class with Will you really owe it to yourself. You will learn way more than you ever thought possible! Tuition $245.00 plus materials

Section 101009A: Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Designing Jigs and Fixtures for Furniture Making with Will Neptune

jigs_and_fixtures.jpgBasic woodworking machinery can be efficient, especially when making multiple parts. But in many instances the basic machine is not enough to hold and guide the parts safely and accurately. This is when you realize that some other fixture needs to be made to work along with the machine (or sometimes with hand-tools). An important part of your woodworking skill is knowing how to design these shop made additions to enhance the machine's capabilities. There are always issues of safety, indexing, clamping and accuracy. These concerns grow as the parts become large, angled or curved. A task as basic as mitering a frame is easier with a shop made jig for the table saw, rather than relying on the factory made miter gauge. Common joinery such as tenons and dovetails are also easier and more accurate when made with shop built jigs. This class will concentrate on teaching students the basic methods and thinking that goes into any well made woodworking jig or fixture. We will start off with some very basic fixtures such as a cross cut sled or a tenoning jig and move on to more complex jigs to hold curved work, cut angled joinery or other specialized tasks. To reinforce the ideas and methods that Will is teaching students will each make the parts for a miter jig that can be used on your own tablesaw. You will also get a chance to use several other shop made jigs to get the feel for how they were made. Most importantly you will learn to problem solve and design your own jig to solve a specific woodworking problem you may encounter in the future. Whatever your skill level, you will learn some new tricks that will make your work safer, faster and more accurate. Sign up today, space is limited. Tuition $245.00 plus materials.

Section 120509A: Saturday & Sunday, December 5 & 6, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Blacksmithing with Walter Scadden- making Hardware & Hinges

walt_scadden_demonstrating.jpgLearning blacksmithing is great and it is a lot of fun and challenging- but most of us are woodworkers and wouldn't it be great to be able to apply some of those blacksmithing skills to our own furniture work. Here is your chance to do just that. Join accomplished blacksmith, Walter Scadden as we explore the possibilities of making your own hardware or hinges for your own woodworking project. Maybe you are thinking of making a Greene and Greene cabinet that needs a rustic looking iron door pull or maybe you have something in your home that would look great if you only had the right hinge on it. Bring your imagination
(and a sketch if you have something specific in mind). If we can make it then we will! Tuition $245.00 plus materials

Section 112109B: Saturday & Sunday, November 21 & 22, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Build a Federal Style Writing Desk with Phil Lowe

federal_writing_desk.jpegThe Federal period features some of America's truly unique furniture and is noted for its clean lines, impeccable workmanship and intricate ornamentation. Join one of this country's leading furniture makers, Phil Lowe, for this unique opportunity to construct a Serpentine front writing desk with drawers, veneer work and inlayed legs. As with all of Phil's classes, we will start off with designing and making a full size drawing of the writing desk. This will solve many of the proportion and joinery problems before any wood is even cut. Creating the serpentine curve on the front will utilize the traditional "bricklaying' technique followed by hammer veneering the front apron. Inlays are a big part of this type of furniture and students will be encouraged to do their own inlay work on the desk at home (after Phil's demonstrates the techniques for both the inlays and making the appropriate tools). This is not a beginner class but if you have done a few classes here at the school or have been working on your own for a while then you owe it to yourself to take this class and learn from one of the best instructors around. As with all of our weekend "series" classes, homework in your own shop will be required. Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition: $895.00 plus materials

Section 091909A: Saturday & Sunday, September 19 & 20, October 24 & 25, November 14 & 15,
and December 12 & 13, 9:30am - 5:00pm

Desk pictured is similar to the one we will build in class

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Build a Queen Anne Style Tea Table with Phil Lowe

Tea_TableWe are pleased to have Phil Lowe, one of this country’s leading experts on 18th & 19th century furniture styles and techniques, back to teach this unique and exciting class. This class will meet for one weekend per month for four months (8 full days) which will allow students extensive time for “homework” in between sessions. Phil will begin the class by making a full-size drawing of this graceful table and demonstrate how to make the patterns for  the cabriole legs. The cabriole legs will have the pad foot which involves some work on the lathe. Students can do their own turning or have Phil do it for them.  Sizing the parts, shaping the cabriole legs and cutting and fitting the mortice & tenons will keep you busy while you decide if you want to do the carved shell on the knees of the legs. That is an option that Phil will be demonstrating and encouraging. The curved bottom of the aprons add  a measure of grace (and more than a little complexity) to this seemingly simple table. Glueing up the top, making the mitered moldings around the top and making the candle slides will complete the table.  Don’t miss this opportunity to make this heirloom table while learning with one of this county’s leading craftsmen. Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition: $895.00 plus materials (note: payments can be stretched out over the couse of the class if you prefer)

Section 102409A: Saturday & Sunday, October 24 & 25, November 14 & 15, December 12 & 13, and January 30 & 31, 2010,  9:30am – 5:00pm


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Build an Electric Guitar Neck with Ryan Welcome

telecasterIn the Telecaster class we utilize a pre-made neck which makes that class manageable but many students have expressed the desire to make their own neck. In this class students will build a telecaster neck from the ground up. We will begin with a discussion of the materials and the design and then move on to fabrication. Each student will turn rough lumber into a finished product using rock maple with a rosewood fretboard. Each student will hand carve their own neck. We start by using a 45 degree bit to take away excess while retaining symmetry, then move on to rasps, card-scrapers, and sandpaper. We will install a dual action truss-rod, slot for and install 20 frets, pearl inlays, and a bone nut. The neck will be sprayed with lacquer and ready to bolt onto your Telecaster (or it will give you the motivation to take the class and make your own Telecaster!). Other guitar necks may be a possibility but you will need to check with the instructor first. Tuition: $345.00 plus materials

Section 012510B: January 25— March 15,  6:00pm - 9:30pm

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Making Gooseneck and Other Complex Moldings with W. Mickey Callahan

chapin pediment_640x480The thought of making curved moldings can be intimidating to many woodworkers- of all skill levels- but- like anything else, once you learn and understand the design and the procedures you need to follow, they are very doable using a combination of hand and power tools.

Curved moldings fall into four broad categories: arcs, S curve, elliptical, and compound curves. The S curve is also referred to sometimes as gooseneck and is a classical shape that is used as pediment moldings on case work such as period high boys and clocks, as well as over doors and fireplaces on classical architecture.Other complex moldings include combinations of two or more simple profiles to create a more dramatic and formal look such as flat crown or more involved combinations of crown, dentil, beads, coves, ovolo, ogee, and fillets.

This hands-on class will cover the aspects of design and pattern making utilizing various machine and hand tool methods along with shop-made jigs to make gooseneck and other complex moldings. Mickey will be using the construction of a Philadelphia highboy as well as other furniture and architectural examples to help students see and understand the importance of moldings in their work. Mickey is the founder and president of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and makes custom period furniture out of his own shop in Massachusetts. Sign up today for this unique and informative class. Tuition: $255.00 plus materials

Section 050413A: Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Make a Dovetailed & Inlayed Box with Steve Latta

Steve_Latta_dovetail_boxIn this new class students will get the chance to learn a lot of new skills all packed into one weekend. The small mahogany box we will be making will feature dovetails, veneer work, an inlayed banding on the top and setting hinges. This is a great chance to learn a unique (and quick!) way of cutting dovetails- 1/2 on the tablesaw and 1/2 by hand. They come out great every time. Maybe you have been wanting to learn some veneering techniques and a little about inlaying a decorative banding or stringing detail- Here is your chance. If you have made some inlays in the past, a shaded fan or a marquetry paterae, then this would be a perfect place to use it. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the country’s leading craftsmen. Sign up today - space is limited. Tuition: $245.00 plus materials.

Section 021310A: Saturday & Sunday, February 13 & 14, 9:30 - 5:00pm

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Clearing up the Confusion about Period Furniture Styles with Nickolas Kotula

KotulaPeople toss around furniture terms everyday- “that’s a Sheraton this” or “a Hepplewhite that”- this is Chippendale and that is Federal- But what does that all mean? Join noted furniture historian and restoration expert, Nickolas Kotula as we explore the fine points of  furniture styles  and clear up any confusion you may have about the subject. By using both slides and lecture Nick will show you such things as why people refer to claw and ball feet as Chippendale Style when in fact there are no claw and ball feet in Chippendale's Directory! Or what actually determines the Federal Style or Revival Style.

The first half of the class will be lecture and discussion and then after lunch we will all travel to the Connecticut Historical Society to take an in depth tour of their extensive furniture collection which will illustrate the styles that Nick will be talking about.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn more about an often-time confusing and misleading subject. Tuition: $145.00 (admission to the museum included)

  Section 030610B: Saturday, March 6, 9:30am - 5:00 pm

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Build an Eliphalet Chapin  CT Valley Lowboy with Will Neptune

Chapin_lowboy_YaleWhen Eliphalet Chapin returned to the Hartford area after a stay in Philadelphia, he began a unique regional interpretation of 18th century high style furniture.  His genius was in simplifying the decoration while retaining the essential features. Called dressing tables in the period, lowboys are an interesting form: a case piece based on table  construction methods.

In this class we will build a lowboy based on examples from "the Chapin School".  The joinery is complicated by the wide rails and arrangement of the drawers.  You will learn systematic approaches for shaping cabriole legs and setting in fluted quarter columns. The carving of the fan drawer and the ball and claw feet will be taught on sample pieces early in the course, giving students ample time for practice and review.  The five weekend format allows plenty of time for practice carving and homework in preparation for each class. This is a beautiful piece with many challenging aspects for any woodworker. Tuition: $1095.00 plus materials 

Section 021310A:

Saturday & Sundays, February 13 & 14, March 27 & 28, April 24 & 25, May 15 & 16, June 5 & 6, 9:30am - 5:00pm


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Build A Work Table in the Seymour Style with Will Neptune

This class is being offered exclusively to Society of American Period Furniture Makers. If you are not already a member please contact the society at to join

Seymour_side_table_courtesy_Winterthur_museumThe furniture built by the Seymour family in Boston, MA is some of the most refined work from the Federal Period.  Work Tables, with hanging cloth storage bags, were a popular form built in many shapes.  They typically used veneer and inlays for visual effect.  Today, tables based on these designs are often built without the bag and used for different purposes.

The project for this class is small, but full of interesting details and problems.  The turned legs are reeded below the drawers, and stop fluted at the top.  The four sides are a serpentine pattern, with the legs joined to canted corners which form an ovolo shape. This pattern is repeated by the top which has a four way book match of Crotch Mahogany.  The design requires both rails and drawer fronts to be shaped, veneered and inlaid on curved surfaces.  There are interesting joinery problems for the canted corners and the sliding frame.

We’ll build this piece using a combination of traditional and modern methods, with options based on personal preferences.  There won’t be time in class to turn the legs, so if you don’t already know how to use a lathe, we will supply the legs. If you prefer, you can copy the pattern and do the turnings at home.  Either way, you’ll get to cut the reeds and stop flutes with carving tools and shop made scratch stocks. The joinery, shaping and veneer work will be done in class, but be prepared to complete the project at home. The table will have the slide frame, so you can add the bag later, if you wish.

Tuition $695.00 plus materials

 Section 022810A: Sunday - Friday, February 28 - March 5, 9:00am - 5:00p

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Sapfm New England Chapter Springtime meeting

Seymour_side_table_courtesy_Winterthur_museumCVSW is hosting the SAPFM meeting Saturday, February 27. The presenters for this meeting include Robert Mussey, Nickolas Kotula and Will Neptune.

                  Robert Mussey, author of The Furniture Masterworks of John & Thomas Seymour ,will give a presentation on the Seymours of Boston- concentrating on their unique styles, ornamentation and methods of joinery.

                  Nick Kotula, a noted New England furniture conservator and authority on period furniture will give a presentation on “ A deeper look into period furniture” . Nick will discuss the evolution of American period styles and will illustrate the psychology and significance of furniture and its ornamentation. 

Will Neptune will speak on “Construction Details in Federal Furniture" which will be a series of demonstrations showing common techniques and methods of work.  Federal furniture often includes veneer over curved surfaces.  These cores can be used as rails, drawer fronts and doors.  Stack laminating, brick laying, kerf-bending, bent lamination and coopering will be shown.  Joinery for these curved elements require interesting lay-out strategies which will be illustrated with a series of detail mock-ups. Methods using traditional hand tools and their modern machined equivalents will be covered. Several different methods for the layout and cutting of reeds on turned legs will also be demonstrated.

The non-refundable attendance fee for the meeting (to cover the cost of the speakers) is $30.00 for SAPFM members and $35 for non-members. To attend, you must register with payment no later than February 22, 2010. Please contact New England Chapter president, Freddy Roman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Mickey Callahan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 The attendance fee can be paid by check made payable to SAPFM and mailed to SAPFM, 14 Reservoir Drive, Bellingham, MA 02019 or by credit card using the sign-up form on the SAPFM website at Seating is limited so don’t delay.

 This event is open to all SAPFM members and their guests and will be also open to the general public on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Get your Hands Dirty with a Day of Blacksmithing! with Walt Scadden

walt_scadden_demonstratingWe've all seen the Blacksmiths in historic movies or programs, read about them in books or seen them in places like Sturbridge Village, Mystic Seaport, or Colonial Williamsburg. Have you ever wondered what it's all about or wondered if it was something you would like to try? This is the class for you!  This one day class will give you a little history of this time honored craft and, better yet, give you a chance to try your hand at making a few simple items. Open to beginners and anyone interested in learning the secrets of the Hammer and Anvil. Sign up today! Tuition: $120.00 (materials are included)

Section 040310A: Saturday, April 3, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Metal Shaping with the English Wheel with Walt Scadden


Traditional graceful compound curves in sheet metal have been produced by skilled craftsmen, from the exotic shapes of finely crafted European sports cars, the forms of experimental aircraft of the 40's and 50's, to the interesting forms found in sculpture and architecture today. This unique course offers students and introduction and instruction in the use of hand operated tools, the English Wheel, Bead roller, simple radius forms, benders and hammer and shot bag, to create the desired compound curves. Students will have the opportunity to experience the forming of panels into a myriad of forms. Your imagination can run wild  while you come up with the endless applications for shaping metal to your requirements. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn some new skills and have a great time doing it! Tuition: $255.00 plus materials

Section 032611A: Saturday & Sunday, March 26 & 27, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Hand Laid Carbon Fiber Workshop  with Walt Scadden


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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Build a Chippendale Style Wall Mirror with Phil Lowe

Chippendale_Mirror_Phil_Lowe_SmallIn this new class Phil Lowe will guide you through the making of a stunning wall mirror in the Chippendale style. This classic frame will give you some challenges in getting the miters just right along with teaching you some techniques for making a complex decorative molding with the router table. After drawing the full size frame on paper (which is a great way to solve any construction and aesthetic questions before even touching the wood) Phil will show you the approach to designing the molding around the router bits you have available and how to draw and attach the elaborate cresting. You will also learn how to master the scroll saw to cut the beautiful curves that make this frame so extraordinary. Sign up today to make this project for your home. Tuition: $245.00 plus materials

Section 050110A: Saturday & Sunday,  May 1 & 2, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Building Electric Guitars- Start to Finish with Ryan Welcome

telecasterIn this new Electric guitar class you will choose between making a Stratocaster or a Telecaster Custom. Students will make their own Alder guitar body from start to finish, including  all the sawing ,routing, and spray finishing. Unlike the other Telecaster class we will make the neck from scratch using rock maple with a rosewood fingerboard. This added challenge gives you the opportunity to learn about important neck elements such as truss-rod installation, shaping & carving, and fretting. Students will finish and assemble their guitar completely and learn about setting it up to ensure the ultimate playability out of their instruments. You will leave this class with a finished guitar along with having the pride of crafting an instrument completely self-made. Tuition: $495.00 plus materials

Section: 091610B: Thursday evenings, September 16 - December 9,      6:00pm - 9:30pm


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Get a Handle on Handplanes with Thomas Lie-Nielsen

Tom_Lie_NielsenWe are pleased to offer this unique hands on class with America’s premier plane maker, Thomas Lie-Nielsen. This one day class will focus on the basics of using hand planes with an emphasis on sharpening techniques.  The class will also feature discussion and demonstration of setup, tuning, maintenance and using hand planes as well as choosing the right hand plane for the job.  Thomas will also discuss the history of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and give you a look at a day inside this unique American company. Bring your handplanes with you as this will be a hands on class. Plan on spending a good portion of the morning getting those plane irons razor sharp. After lunch we will concentrate on setting up the planes and using them to take the finest full width shavings that you have only wished you could do before! Thomas will be happy to sign your tools if you wish. Don’t miss this exciting new class.

If you really want to overload on handplanes then make a weekend of it and sign up for Matt Bickford's "Using Wooden Molding Planes" Saturday & Sunday, January 21 & 22!

Tuition: $95.00 materials are included

 Section 012012A:  Friday,  January 20, 2012,  9:30 - 5:00pm

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Make a Dovetailed ,Veneered & Inlayed Box with Bob Van Dyke


In this new class students will get the chance to learn a lot of new skills all packed into one small project. The small walnut box we will be making will feature dovetails, veneer work, an inlayed banding on the top and setting hinges. This is a great chance to learn a unique (and quick!) way of cutting dovetails- 1/2 on the tablesaw and 1/2 by hand. They come out great every time. Maybe you have been wanting to learn some veneering techniques and a little about inlaying a decorative banding or stringing detail- Here is your chance. Imagine a top of flame birch, birdseye maple or crotch mahogany! Don’t miss this opportunity to add to your woodworking skills while making an attractive and useful little storage box. Sign up today - space is limited. Tuition: $395.00 plus materials.   Bob Van Dyke walnut box

Section 102113A:  Monday evenings, October 21 - December 23, 6:00pm – 9:30pm 

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Build a Federal Style Side Table with Bob Van Dyke

walnut hepplewhite table resizedThis exciting new class features a small Federal or Hepplewhite style side table with a whole lot of  challenges and a boatload of new skills to be learned. The focus of this class will be efficiency – in joinery, in ornamentation and in design. Efficiency in joinery means doing as much joinery as possible all at once and making joints that fit right off the machines. This project also features many techniques that may be new to a number of you. Working with veneer for the drawer front, dovetailing and cockbeading a drawer and adding cuff inlay and stringing to the legs, all turn a basically simple table into an heirloom piece you can be proud of. We will also be making some of the tools you will need to do the inlay work. This is a simple traditional Federal table which will fit with just about any home décor (and is small enough, 23” wide X about 17” inches deep, or you can opt to do a small square table, 17” X 17”) to fit just about anywhere. Sign up soon – these are some skills you will be able to use over and over. There will be certain handwork that you may be required to complete outside of class. Please make sure you are willing to do that before signing up. This is going to be a fun class!

Tuition $595.00 plus materials

Section 012615A: Monday evenings, January 26 - April 20, 6:00pm- 9:30pm

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Handtool Joinery Techniques and Tune-up with Will Neptune

mathiesen_smoothing_plane_thumbHand tools are often the best way to achieve the final perfect fit in joinery.  Accurate layout and skill with chisels, planes and saws are crucial.  The ability to do accurate work starts with tuning and sharpening these tools. Subtle changes to even new tools can make a big difference to your work.

Some of the valuable skills you will learn in this extended two weekend class include sharpening  a back-saw and adjusting the set along with techniques for accurate sawing.  Setting up and sharpening a bench plane will be covered with an explanation of how block and rabbet planes relate to these methods.  Methods for flattening the backs of chisels and the use of hollow grinding before hand honing will also be taught. A simple project done entirely with hand tools will allow each student to apply and practice the skills being offered.

Most of the cutting and marking gauges for sale are either very expensive or don’t work very well.  A clean line that registers your chisel will make joinery much easier.  Each student will also make a cutting gauge in class with an adjustable knife that can be removed for sharpening. Having an accurate and effective tool that you have made will give you years of satisfaction along with some special skills that you will have for life.

Exercises in class will give you a chance to practice sawing and paring to a line for tenons and dovetails. You will also practice using a bench plane to true up surfaces, adjust edges and fit miters.  The use of the plane for cutting “spring joints” for edge gluing will be demonstrated and mastered as well.

If you don’t feel confident that you can improve machined parts using hand tools, this class is for you.  Loose your frustrations while learning from one of this country’s leading craftsmen. Tuition $495.00 plus materials

Section 101610A: Saturday & Sunday, October 16, 17 and November 13, 14, 9:30pm – 5:00pm


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Not Just Another Newport Shell Carving class with Will Neptune

will_neptune_shell_webThe iconic Newport Shells seem to get all the attention, but New England had a wide variety of other interesting patterns to use on furniture.  Many are based on simple compass arcs and can be carved by a beginner.    Fan drawers are seen on dressing tables and high chests and guide the eye to the center of the piece. Scallop shells are used as knee carvings on cabriole legs to emphasize the curve of the knee.

We will carve sample boards of several different types of fans and a mock up of a cabriole leg. Demonstrations will show the similarity of layout and carving techniques.  Each piece will be explained as a clear series of simpler steps and similarities between them will be explained.  These carvings can dress up a wide range of furniture projects and are a great way to learn basic carving.

If you have wanted to try carving or add some new designs to your repertoire, this class will give you a chance to practice with guidance. Some specific Carving tools will be required. Click on the tool list below. Tuition: $245.00 plus materials ($26.00 plus tax)

Section 121110A: Saturday & Sunday, December 11 & 12, 9:30pm – 5:00pm

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Upholstering a Traditional Slip Seat with W. Mickey Callahan

Mickey_corner_chairSlip seats are upholstered frames typically used on dining as well as other traditional or period-style side chairs. In this hands-on class, students will first build a typical hardwood frame and then upholster it using jute webbing, rubberized horse hair, raw cotton batting, and muslin. Alternate methods of building a slip seat frame will also be discussed. Students will be required to provide their own hand tools and finish fabric if desired. All other materials will be supplied by the school. A separate tool list will be available on the school website. Tuition $255.00 plus materials

Section 020511B: Saturday & Sunday, February 5 & 6, 9:30pm – 5:00pm



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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  031415A:   Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15, 2015, 9:00am - 5:00pm


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Learn to make a Sunburst Veneer Pattern Table Top with Phil Lowe

arnold_fed_tripod_1Using veneers opens up countless possibilities in furniture making. Not only are you able to use exotic woods that might be to costly to use as a solid wood but the patterns that can be created can make exceptional decorative effects. Book matching, slipmatching and more are the "run of the mill" patterns but manipulating crotch veneers to form a sunburst pattern can yield truly spectacular results . Join Phil Lowe, one of this countries leading furniture masters, while we explore the possibilities  and complexities involved in making this dramatic pattern.  Students will each make their own round or elliptical shaped tabletop with a sunburst veneer pattern. In order to cover the edge and protect the delicate veneer edges we will also apply a banding around the edge of the substrate and add a solid stringing around the edge of the piece. The piece you make in class could be used for a small candlestand table or even as a serving platter. Whatever you decide to do with it- learning the techniques and applying it to your own work is well worth spending an informative weekend learning some new skills. Don't miss out- sign up today. Tuition $245.00 plus materials
Section 110610: Saturday & Sunday, November 6 & 7, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Sunburst Veneer Table top and Photo by Mark Arnold

Make an Asian Inspired bench with Tim Spratlin

Bench_Paul_WhiteThis new class with Tim Spratlin will feature an elegant but simple bench, loosely following Arts & Crafts & Asian design ideas. The bench will feature thru tenons, shaped stretchers at the top, curved stretchers under the seat and a variety of choices for the seat. Combinations of wood species could be used for this bench and seats could be made from solid wood, a combination of wood and tile or it could be upholstered- the choice is up to you. We will be offering the choice of walnut, cherry or tiger maple as your material. Sign up soon- this new class will teach you new skills and you will have a great looking bench that will grace any hallway, entry way or any other room. Pictured bench is similar to the one we will make in class.  Tuition: $395.00 plus materials


Section 120610A: Monday evenings, December 6 - February 14, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Bench pictured made by Paul White -  Photo by Dan Morgan

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Make Some Workbench Accessories with Bob Van Dyke

bench_slaveA workbench is an essential part of your woodworking tools, but they only do part of the job. There are a whole bunch of jigs and fixtures that need to be made to make your workbench realize its fullest potential and make holding the work easy and efficient for you. This class will feature three of the most important workbench accessories- shooting boards, bench hooks and a bench slave (more if we can fit the time in).

The shooting board is an essential aid in squaring the end of a board with a handplane (or adjusting a miter with a handplane. The bench hook is the easiest and quickest way to hold work when you are sawing or adjusting the shoulder of a tenon and a bench slave is an adjustable support that will hold the other end of a long board at whatever height you need it to be (lots better than the milk crates that a lot of people end up using!) Here is an opportunity to dedicate the time to making some shop aids that you will probably never get around to making on your own- but when they are done you will not believe that you have been working without them. Sign up today.

Tuition: $245.00 plus materials

Section 112010A: Saturday & Sunday, November 20 & 21, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Build a Pair Oval Veneered End Tables with Will Neptune

babai_end_tables_Will_NeptuneFigured veneers and inlays on curved surfaces give a piece of furniture a dynamic presence.  Light strikes the surfaces at many angles, enhancing the look of the veneer.  Working with curved parts and veneers offers students  challenges and opportunities that would be impossible with solid & flat square parts. Nationally know furniture maker, Will Neptune is exceptionally good at teaching new students the techniques needed to incorporate these design elements into their projects which in this class will be a pair (or just one if you prefer) of elegant small oval side tables. The project for this class (which will meet one weekend per month for three months) will give students a chance to learn veneer work on flat and curved surfaces, as well as inlay techniques for stringing and banding.  The curved elements look like they would be difficult to form and join, but they can be built efficiently with the bricking method.  You will learn vacuum bag veneering and low-tech tricks for clamping on curved surfaces.   Book and four way matching will be covered, along with tricks for tuning and using veneer saws.  Basic banding making will be demonstrated.  We will work on sample parts in class to practice the techniques, with homework between classes to complete the multiple parts.   If you want to try veneer work and get away from pieces that are flat and square, this is a great way to start. Students will have the choice of building one or two tables in class. Sign up today. This is an opportunity to work with one of the best craftsmen and instructors in the country. Tuition $725.00 plus materials

Section 031211A: Saturday & Sunday, March 12/13, April 9/10 & May 14/15, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Making Inlay Bandings with Steve Latta

bandings_steve_lattaBandings makes furniture alive with contrast and subtle elegance. This hands-on class will focus on how these complex bandings are made and then set into furniture components such as legs, aprons and tops. We will start with some simple patterns and work towards the more complex, such as herringbones, arrow bandings and the distinctive lunette bandings employed by John & Thomas Seymour at the dawn of the nineteenth century. This unique class will allow you to appreciate some of the ingenious ways in which this decoration can be fabricated which will allow you to add another design dimension to your work, be it traditional or contemporary. Steve Latta is one of this country’s leading authorities on Federal furniture, Inlays and decorative bandings. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best! Tuition: $245.00 (plus materials)

Section 012211A: Saturday & Sunday, January 22 & 23, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Build a Les Paul Jr. Electric Guitar with Ryan Welcome

Edwards_Les_Paul_Junior_Lets face it- any guitar you build yourself is always going to be better than something you buy- right? (everyone knows that!) So get in on this unique class while you can.

You will be building a single cut-away Les Paul Jr. in your color choice of cherry red, tv yellow or  two-tone sunburst. We will be utilizing the “set-neck” construction technique which is a process where the neck is set to a proper angle in relation to the bridge height and then glued in place. The body and neck of the guitar will be made from exceptionally high quality mahogany and the ebony fingerboard will feature mother of pearl inlay dots. We will be using Kluson Tuners, a bone nut and Boutique quality P-90 pickup. Sign up today. Class size is limited. Tuition: $595.00 plus materials

Section 010611B: Thursday evenings, January 6 - April 7, 6:00- 9:30pm

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Beginning Marquetry with Phil Lowe

marquetry_phil_LoweThis new class with noted furniture maker and instructor Phil Lowe is a great opportunity to get an introduction to the rudimentary techniques needed to produce a Marquetry pattern. Marquetry is the art of producing pictures made from veneers or different colored woods and textures and can add a marvelously playful and artful element to your projects. The class will begin by making a cutting platform with a bird’s mouth and a discussion on saw frames and blades required for this intricate work. We will create a small floral pattern that could be used to “dress up” a furniture piece at a later date. The Boulle Technique will be explored as well as bevel cutting and single piece bevel cutting.

Don’t miss this opportunity to work with one of this country’s master woodworkers. Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition: $255.00 (plus materials)

Section 031911A: Saturday & Sunday, March 19 & 20, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Woodcarving For Beginners with W. Mickey Callahan

chapin_cartoucheLearning to wood carve can open up a whole new and exciting set of challenges and possibilities to both beginner and more experienced woodworkers. In this hands-on class, Mickey will introduce students to the basic concepts needed for any successful woodcarving project. Proper layout, tool selection, a logical sequence of carving steps, awareness of grain direction and most importantly, proper sharpening techniques, will all be covered in this new weekend class. After some basic practice exercises and sharpening drills students will begin work on a small wall plaque featuring a classic floral motif that will illustrate the techniques being taught and give participants plenty of opportunity to practice. With just a few basic carving tools, (that will be used again and again in other carving projects), students will gain the knowledge and confidence to begin adding some carved ornamentation to their own woodworking projects. Mickey is a well known period furniture maker who has written articles for Fine Woodworking magazine, taught furniture making at the North Bennett Street School in Boston and is a founder and past president of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best!

Tuition: $275.00 plus materials. Three or four specific carving tools will be required – please inquire when registering

(Note: the school does have some of the carving tools that you can borrow- but probably will have to share with other students)


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Build a Wall Mounted Tool Cabinet with Bob Van Dyke


Most people have their tools in a few tool boxes or on a shelf or maybe even stuck in some old kitchen cabinets. Lets face it- that does not speak well for your own craftsmanship and it makes it harder to find the tools you are looking for. Why not spend a little time, make a nice cabinet and proudly display your handtools in a tool cabinet designed for just that?

This cabinet will feature a main carcase for large tool storage and a door accommodate hanging tools on the ionside of the door. The cabinet will be made from your choice of solid cherry, walnut or mahogany. The case and door both feature dovetails which will be made using a technique that incorporates both handcutting and the tablesaw.

Bob_Van_Dyke_tool_cabinet_frontThe door features a veneered panel, bordered in an inlayed banding which will allow you some fun and creativity while learning a little about working with veneers and inlays. Interior dovetailed drawers are an option that will give you more practice making dovetails and give you a place to store those smaller tools that are so easily misplaced. We will spend as much time as possible designing and making fixtures on the inside to fit your own tool storage needs but the majority of the time will be spent on the construction of the case itself . Don’t miss out on this chance to finally start taking control of your tool collection! Sign up today, space is limited. Tuition $795.00 plus materials .



Coming summer 2012 as a 6 day week-long class

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Using Wooden Molding Planes with Planemaker Matt Bickford

matt_bickford_planesStop making compromises with your router. Stop getting “close enough”. Learn how to use some of the most abundant molding planes of the past to get the exact edge you are after. Hollows and rounds do not make specific profiles. They make specific arcs. Learn to transform these few arcs into scores of various profiles. From layout to execution, this weekend class will focus on creating various moldings with these extraordinarily versatile planes.

The class will start off with maintaining the cutting edge, then move to laying out and ultimately sticking (planing) several moldings that will range from simple coves and ovolos through ogees, cymas and various combinations. The class will focus on hollows and rounds sized 6 and 10 along with a rabbet plane. Students will have the opportunity to bring their own performing planes or they can use newly made planes by M. S. Bickford, planemaker. Students will also have the opportunity to use a larger range of planes.

Each student will leave with several picture frames and the ability to transfer moldings he or she sees in person or print into wood and onto their project. Sign up today - this is a great opportunity to learn the use of these versatile planes- and learn a little about how they are made. At the end of the weekend, Matt will make available for sale some of the actual planes you will be using. Tuition $275.00 plus materials.

 Section  022313A: Saturday & Sunday,  February 23 & 24, 9:30am - 5:00pm


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Rococo Woodcarving with Al Breed

 Al_breed_cartoucheJoin nationally know furniture maker and woodcarver, Al Breed for this unique one day hands-on class. The Rococo style is know for its intricate carved embellishments and Al will demonstrate the basic forms used in Rococo carving. We will work on a cartouche that has the usual assortment of c-scrolls, flowers, acanthus leaves, ruffles and rocks. You will need a number of specific carving tools for this class. That list is available on the school website

This class is the perfect accompaniment to the SAPFM mid year conference being hosted by the school. If you are coming to this class you might want to consider attending the conference also. Complete info can be had at

Sign up soon- This class will sell out!

Tuition: $125.00 materials are included

Section 062711B: Monday, June 27, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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


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 29 - 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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Making a Federal Dressing Table with Steve Latta

Steve_Latta__Federal__Dressing_TableThe dressing table underwent a radical evolution during the Federal period bearing little semblance to its ancestor, the “lowboy” of the Queen Anne and Chippendale periods.   The cabriole legs were replaced with long, slender legs that were tapered and adorned with inlay.  The form became taller, less massive and architecturally more refined.   As it changed stylistically, the dressing table gained a great deal of practicality that was lacking in its earlier forms.  The piece we’ll be exploring is loosely based on a table that is part of Winterthur Museum’s  permanent collection. (Montgomery #335)  and can serve as a dressing table, a small server or as a writing desk.  It has a long drawer  resting over two narrow drawers with an arched knee cavity between them.  The entire front is bowed or “sweeped” as described in original price books.  It is an elegant piece offering a wide range of lessons on case construction, ornamental veneering and a broad assortment of inlay techniques.

During these classes,  we will focus on developing the skills required to build and decorate this piece. Participants will work on a series of mock-ups before diving into the actual components which we’ll begin in class but will be finished between sessions  in the privacy of their own homes  in an unhurried, focused manner.  Expect involved, satisfying days as your skills and knowledge grow. If you have been intrigued with veneers and inlays, interested in some complex joinery or just want to learn some great techniques from one of this country’s best furniture makers then you owe it to your self to sign up today. Expect involved, satisfying days as your skills and knowledge grow.

Tuition: $895.00 plus materials

Section 091711A: Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18, October 22 & 23, November 19 & 20, January 7 & 8, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Make an Arts and Crafts Table Lamp with Mike Pekovich

Pekovich_lampLight up your home with a classic Arts and Crafts lamp. In this class you’ll learn how to make fast, accurate joints on the table saw as well as the secret to creating the flowing curves that add elegance to the Arts and Crafts style. In addition you’ll learn a simple stained glass technique that yields impressive results which you can incorporate in other projects as well. Over the course of the class, you’ll make both the wooden base and the stained glass shade. The base is decorated with classic corbels that taper from the half-lap feet to the top of the center column where the shade supports branch out gracefully. The base can be made from your choice of white oak, cherry or walnut, and offers a great lesson in table saw joinery and designing with curves. The stained glass shade is made using a copper foil technique which is simple and fun, and requires just a few tools to get started. Sign up today- this class is sure to sell out! Tuition: $355.00 plus materials

Section 102011B: Thursday evenings, October 20 - December 22, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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Carve the Eliphalet Chapin Cartouche with Will Neptune

chapin_cartoucheWhat can be more elegant, graceful and unique than the “rooster” cartouche which adorned South Windsor furniture maker Eliphalet Chapin’s high chests? And who better to teach the class than Will Neptune- who has studied Chapin’s work extensively and is one of the top carvers in the country. In this unique weekend class students will learn to shape and carve this striking pierced cartouche. Chapins' interpretation of Philadelphia Rococo design removes most of the fussy detail and relies on flowing curves for it's effect.  Learning to make this streamlined cartouche doesn't require previous carving experience and is a great place to learn basic carving techniques. Sign up today- Space is limited. Tuition $255.00 plus materials

 Section 100811A: Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Maritime Blacksmithing with Walt Scadden

amistadFor centuries maritime blacksmiths (shipsmiths) have been forging hardware for all sorts of boats- from small sailboats to fully rigged tall ships. Everything from cleats to belay a line to anchors to moor the boat- all had to be made by the shipsmith. So- who better to teach this class than Walt Scadden? Walter was the lead blacksmith on building the Amistad and ran the forge at Mystic Seaport for over five years. In this exciting new class students will each make a marlinspike and a pair of oarlocks. We will also work on an array of deck, rudder and sail hardware. The forging of larger projects, so necessary to any boat- anchors, chain plates, hawse pipes, etc will be discussed and explained. Sign up today for this exciting and fun class. Who knows- it may be the beginning of the boat you build! Tuition: $255.00 plus materials

Section 100811B: Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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A Beginners Guide to Using SketchUp in Woodworking with Joe Zeh

Google Computer aided designing has become more and more widespread and consequently- a lot simpler than when it started out. Google SketchUp 8 is a free and powerful tool that is being used by woodworkers everywhere. The Pro version is used by professional to model and design everything from bottles to skyscrapers. We will use the free version to model a Bedside Table complete with tapered legs, mortise and tenon joinery, beveled top, dovetailed drawer trimmed with bull nose cock beading and a Shaker style drawer pull. We will begin by learning how to install SketchUp, setup application preferences, choose model defaults and customize a template. Next we will tour the work area and become familiar with its tools. The heart of this course is modeling the Bedside Table and producing dimensioned shop drawings and photorealistic textured images. Finally we will learn how to extend the functionality of SketchUp through the use and customization of Ruby scripts. A laptop computer is helpful for this two day class. Basic computer knowledge is helpful. If you have any questions please contact the school’s director, Bob Van Dyke. Sign up today. Tuition: $255.00 Materials are included

 Section 120812B: Saturday & Sunday, December 8 & 9, 9:30 - 5:00pm

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Acanthus Leaf Carving with Will Neptune

147_foliage_leg_Will_NeptuneAfter many requests for this class we are pleased to add Acanthus leaf carving to Will’s excellent series of carving classes. Acanthus leaves are one of the most popular embellishments seen in traditional furniture and architecture.  It's curling and flowing form can be adapted to a wide range of situations. This is a style of carving common to the knee of a cabriole leg.   The topics we will cover include: pattern development, tool selection, grounding, setting in and modeling.  You will learn how to carve the classic "pipes and eyes" and the twisting, fluted leaf tips typical of Acanthus leaves.   The apparent complexity of leaf carving can be intimidating to the beginner.  The key to learning traditional carving is to follow a systematic procedure, breaking the project into a series of simpler steps which assures a successful finished carving. Some specific carving tools will be required for this class. Please inquire when you register. Tuition $255.00 plus materials

Section 020412A: Saturday & Sunday, February 4 & 5, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Beyond the Sand-shaded Fan with Mark Arnold- Making Federal Style Paterae

Mark_Arnold_urn_pateraeSo, you're a recent convert to Federal furniture and you've done a few sand-shaded fans? Great, but what's next? In this workshop, we'll delve into some of the other motifs commonly found in paterae, and explore their nuances and iterations as we tackle urns, eagles, and shells to give your work a distinctive edge. Students will practice the bevel, or conical, method of cutting overlapping pieces of veneer to make their own horizontal- and vertical-oriented paterae. Along the way, we will discuss how to develop a pattern, how to sequence the cuts for best results, and how to shade with hot sand. We will use a fret saw and a shop-made birdsmouth bench. Don’t miss this opportunity to create some truly distinctive inlay designs. Mark is a superb furniture maker and instructor- producing  primarily Federal style furniture of the highest quality. Mark has also written numerous articles for Fine Woodworking Magazine and is the editor of the journal for the Society of American Period Furniture Makers.

Tuition: $255.00 plus materials

 Section 042812A: Saturday & Sunday, April 28 & 29, 9:30am - 5:00pm





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Build the Thomas Jefferson Lap desk with Mickey Callahan

jefferson_lap_desk_Jason_BreenThomas Jefferson, our third president, was also an inventor, architect and a prolific writer who was instrumental in developing our country’s Democratic form or government. He travelled extensively and his lap desk would accompany him so that he could stay on top of his correspondence and other writings.

In this new class with Mickey Callahan students will build an exact copy of the lap desk that now resides in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.

A generous writing surface and small dovetailed drawers to store paper and pens make this period reproduction attractive to anyone on the go or simply as an elegant addition to your home. Either way- it is a great project that you will learn a lot from.

Sign up today! Tuition $495.00 plus materials

Section 042812A: Saturday & Sunday,

April 28 & 29 & May 19 & 20, 9:30am - 5:00pm

Lapdesk pictured was made by Jason Breen. Image used with his permission.

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Google SketchUp for Furniture – Advanced Techniques with Joe Zeh

sketchup_logoThis is an intermediate course in Google SketchUp. The beginner’s course, A Beginners Guide to Using SketchUp in Woodworking, is recommended prior to taking this course. The free version of SketchUp will be used primarily, but the students will be exposed to the Pro version also. The focus of this course is modeling non-linear components, i.e., components with circular and complex shapes. The format of the two day workshop is six sessions, each session a one hour lecture followed by a one hour lab. Students should bring a laptop (notebook) to class with SketchUp 8 already installed.

Session 1 will begin with an arched rail for a clock door, the arch being a simple circular curve. Each session will progress to more complex shapes. Session 5 will focus on modeling cabriole legs using Bezier Spline curves. Each session will include an introduction to new tools - including a few Ruby script extensions to SketchUp - necessary to create these ever increasing complex shapes.

Finally, Session 6 will introduce the Pro version of SketchUp. The instructor will detail the differences in the free and Pro versions and even demonstrate a few of the new tools in SketchUp Pro 8. In addition, the student will be introduced to LayOut 3, a 2D presentation application that comes with the Pro License. Students will be shown how LayOut 3 can be used to create professional looking shop drawings and marketing materials.

Section 041412B: Saturday & Sunday, April 14 & 15, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Build an Arts & Crafts Style Wall Cabinet with Mike Pekovich

wine_cabinet_Mike_PekovichHone your woodworking skills on this simple, but elegant wall cabinet. Perfect for storing wine glasses or any other special things your family might treasure. The upper case has room for up to 18 wine glasses, while two drawers offer convenient storage. You'll never have to hunt for that cork screw again. Dovetails and through tenons add interest to the case and offer a fun joinery challenge. In this class you'll learn a great way to speed up hand-cut dovetails by getting a power assist from the table saw and router. In addition you'll learn how to make distinctive door joinery with just a dado blade. The doors are also a great place to add contrast and showcase book-matched panels. You can finish off the cabinet with rustic wood and rope handles or traditional arts and crafts hardware. 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 for this new and exciting class. Tuition $395.00 plus materials

Section 020212A: Thursday evenings, February 2 - April 5, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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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  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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Greene & Greene Details with Darrell Peart


With more G&G details in your bag of tricks you will be better prepared to tackle Greene and Greene projects. This class will further explore and expand your Greene and Greene vocabulary. In this class we will make ,among other things, two drawer pulls that fit perfectly with Greene & Greene designs. The first- Blacker Triple Bar Pull will feather a router jig which each student will take home for routing the bar cavities. The other- the dowel and block pull is actually a James Krenov design.

 We will also be using the tablesaw with the dado blade to produce tight fitting and distinctive finger joints using a method that allows you to easily produce accurate tight joints without having to change setups for different size drawers. Darrell will also go into the making of Base Straps which were used by Greene & Greene on the Ford Living Room Letter Case. It's a great detail for adding visual weight to a piece. We will also be getting into the making of the signature G & G ebony plugs which are so important to this style of furniture.

Join us for this great class  and stay the next day to make the completely unique Tahoma  Mirror/Picture Frame. Tuition: $325.00 plus materials

Section 031613A: Saturday & Sunday , August 30 & 31, 9:30am -5 :00pm

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Pattern Inlay & Decorative Borders with Steve Latta

Steve_pattern_inlayWhen most folks think of inlay, what comes to mind is period American or English furniture with a standard catalog of equally traditional designs. In this exciting new class with nationally know inlay expert, Steve Latta, this age old form of ornamentation will gain firm footing in the twenty-first century. Pattern inlay involves creating designs executed with modern tooling combined with traditional materials. Through the use of simple and sometimes complex patterns, contemporary line work designs can be set into the wood. Floral patterns, animal forms, geometric or random designs are a few of the applications we’ll look at. Inlaid borders, also made with a pattern, will be covered as well. We’ll spend time gaining an understanding of the basic materials and techniques and then see where our imaginations take us. Topics we will cover in this class include:

The fundamentals of modern inlay including tooling and materials, Working up designs and learning how to set them as inlay, Making patterns for both simple and complex shapes, & Ornamental inlaid borders. Don’t miss this opportunity to let your creativity get the best of you! Sign up today. Tuition: $255.00 plus materials

 Section 032412: March 24 & 25, Saturday & Sunday, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Build a Pillar & Scroll Wall Clock with W. Mickey Callahan

Pillar and Scroll clock TerryThanks to clockmaker, Eli Terry of Plymouth, CT, the beautiful Pillar & Scroll clock was America’s first mass-produced clock that introduced clockmakers to a system of mass production and interchangeable parts in the first half of the 19th century.

 In this class, students will be given the opportunity to reproduce a pillar and scroll shelf clock case dating back to the early 1800’s. The clock will incorporate vertical turned pillars, and a broken-pediment scroll top with urn-shaped finials. The case work will also involve intricate wood joinery as well as veneer and inlays. Because the painted dial face and tablet (reverse painted glass panel) along with a quality 8-day, wind-up brass movement represent a significant cost those parts of the project will be purchased by each student on their own when it is actually time to install them. Not only are these style of clocks beautiful to look at but are particularly popular and important to America’s clock making history and heritage. By constructing this clock, you will be building an heirloom to be enjoyed by you and your family for years to come.

Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

 Section 110213A:Saturday & Sunday, November 2/3, December 21/22 & January 11/12,

9:30am - 5:00pm

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Think (and Build) outside the box with Mike Pekovich

Mike_pekovich_boxesBoxes are fun to make and offer a variety of design possibilities in a small package. A mitered box is a fast and simple way to get started in box making. In this hands-on class with Fine Woodworking Magazine art director, Mike Pekovich, you'll learn how to get accurate mitered corners on the tablesaw and how to get a perfect grain match from face to face. You'll also learn the trick to stress-free glue-ups and how corner keys can add strength and beauty. The class will cover 2 ways to add a lid to a box and how to outfit the interior with dividers for a variety of uses. Each student will come away with a pair of boxes and all the skills necessary to make many more. Mike builds commission furniture in his Ct shop and his exceptional work can be seen at

Sign up today- this class will surely sell out. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

 Section 110312A: Saturday & Sunday,    March 22 & 23,      9:30am - 5:00pm

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Carve a  Concave Newport Shell with Alf Sharp

newport_shell   One of the most recognizable carved motifs on 18th century American Furniture is the fabulous shell carving found on Goddard-Townsend block-front casework. Harkening back to the Queen Anne period (1740’s), these large, unique shell carvings were the piece-de-resistance on Newport furniture well into the 1790’s. With their sinuous curves and multiple layers, they have seemed intimidating to many novice carvers who might like to take one on. They needn’t be. Like so many carving projects, it’s just a matter of knowing where to start, and then working progressively thru the stages until one has completed a masterful carving.

  Usually when this motif is taught, it’s done as the convex shell that appears on either side of the three-shell group. This demo-class will emphasize the concave, or middle shell, which is somewhat more complicated, and hence more sophisticated. Still, it’s not beyond the scope of anyone with basic carving skills. We’ll learn how to layout the shell and rough out the general shape. Then we’ll sweep those glorious ogee-shaped lobes, and finish off with the miniature version of the shell in the lower center, and the fine vein that outlines the whole shell. Join us and learn this American icon.

Alf Sharp is one of this country’s première furniture makers. He works out of his Tennessee workshop, specializing in 18th century American and English designs.

Alf is the recipient of the 2008 Cartouche award from The Society of American Period Furniture Makers. He is also the president of the Furniture Society. Recent work can be seen in the magazine Woodwork, Feb. 2008 issue,  and on his web-site, Alf also writes for Fine Woodworking magazine.

Sign up today for this truly unique class.  Some specific carving tools will be required. That list will be on the school website- Tuition: $125.00 plus materials

Section 031112A: Sunday, March 11, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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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 an Arts & Crafts Style Tabouret Table with Mike Pekovich

tabouret_table_Mike_PekovichHere's a fun project that offers a fresh take on the arts and crafts style. This elegant little table is based on a Charles Limbert design, one of the lesser known, but more original makers of the period. In this 8-week course you'll learn how to create the organic curves that are a distinctive feature of Limbert's work. You'll also use a simple jig to cut perfect circles on the bandsaw. Finally, you'll finish the table with a traditional fumed finish that will compliment any arts and crafts project you build. You can do the table in cherry, walnut or the traditional 1/4 sawn white oak (please specify when registering).

This will be a great addition to your house and making it will definitely teach you new skills. Sign up today!  Mike is the art director for Fine Woodworking magazine and makes beautiful Arts & Crafts Style furniture. His work can be seen at  Tuition: $355.00 plus materials

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 New England Style Inlays and Ornamentation with Steve Latta

demi lune Rich MrozinskiThe furniture makers of New England, both rural and urban alike, made huge contributions to what has become known as the Federal style.  Stringings, bandings, pictorials and elaborate veneer work became the preferred method of ornamentation as the styling rebelled against what was perceived as the excesses of the Chippendale era.  In major urban centers such as Boston and New York, skilled specialists emerged with turners, carvers, upholsterers, joiners, gilders, finishers plying their trades in burgeoning markets.  Little information surrounds one such class of specialist, the inlayer, whose work reached its zenith during the Federal Period.  Rural New England cabinetmakers, with no access to the wares of the inlayer, offered their own unique interpretations of the neoclassic style with its architectural and naturalistic motifs.  Although perceived by many as the poor “country cousins” to the more established city shops, rural cabinetmakers such as Massachusetts’s  Nathan Lombard displayed incredible ingenuity in his designs. Nationally known furniture maker, author and instructor, Steve Latta, hosts this unique one day hands-on class. Steve will demonstrate techniques for making and inlaying stringing and sand shaded designs that were typical of New England work. Students will have the opportunity to put the techniques to use while inlaying a sample table leg. Tuition: $125.00 materials included

Section 081812A: Saturday, August 18, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Build a Tiger Maple & Cherry Bookcase with Bob Van Dyke

zuerner bookcaseWhen I saw this bookcase on the cover of Fine Woodworking a nine years ago I knew that I would be doing it as a class- I just had to wait for the right time to put it on the schedule. Now is that time!

Rhode Island furniture maker Pete Zuerner built this handsome bookcase in cherry and vertical grain Douglas Fir but we will be doing it a little differently in class- cherry frame and tiger maple panels- to match the Arts & Crafts Cherry & Tiger Maple blanket chest we do in class periodically.

 The class will begin with milling the cherry framework and gluing up the tiger maple panels. Careful selection of stock is important to make the most of the maple’s natural figure. We will have plenty of mortice & tenon joints to cut and fit along with sizing and surfacing the tiger maple panels. Once the panels are ready we will apply finish to them before going ahead with the assembly of the case. The moldings on the front edges of the shelves and the top will be done by cutting a cove on the tablesaw- a technique that may be new to many of you. Adding the adjustable shelves and installing the top will make this project ready to bring home- ready for finishing! The bookcase will be approximately 65” high, 40 1/2” wide and 14” deep- big enough to store plenty of your favorite books but not so big that it will take over the room. Sign up today for this great new class. Tuition $495.00 plus materials

 Section 020613A: Wednesday evenings, February 6 - April 17, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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Make a pair of grooving planes with Matt Kenney

GroovingPlane2MattKennyPower tools are fast, efficient, and accurate, but they’re not always the right tool for a job. That’s especially true when you’re working with small parts. One job that’s always a bit tricky with power tools is cutting grooves for bottoms in small drawers and trays, the kind you find in jewelry boxes and small wall cabinets. These grooving planes are the perfect alternative. They’re designed to always cut a groove in the same location, so there’s no setup involved. Just pick up the plane and go. That makes them just as fast (if not faster), efficient, and accurate as your tablesaw and router table. And then there’s the added benefit of being able to work quietly at your bench as one delicate shaving after another falls from the plane.

In this class you’ll make a pair of planes, so that you can always cut with the grain. But don’t worry, that’s not as big an undertaking as it might sound. We’ll use the Krenov method of sandwiching two sides around a center that works as both the bed and throat. The bed is guaranteed to be flat, because it’s cut at the tablesaw before the plane is glued up. And the wedge is fit before the glue-up, too. So, you know it’s going to work great. For irons, we’ll use blades from Lie-Nielsen that come heat treated and with the bevel ground. All they need is a bit of honing.

At the end of class, you’ll have a pair of planes ready to be put to use in your next project. Tuition $255.00 plus materials

Section 092912A: Saturday & Sunday, September 29 & 30,  9:30am- 5:00pm

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Yes Folks- There are more than 10 ways to cut Dovetails!  With Bob Van Dyke

Van DykeThe great thing about running a national woodworking school is that I get to see the techniques of every different instructor who comes here to teach- and there have been a lot of them over the last 12 years!

In woodworking- like a lot of things- there is no one “right” way- there are bunches of different ways to accomplish the same thing and that is what this class is all about. I will not be telling you what I think is the "best" way- that is for you to decide- and you will have the opportunity to learn a number of different methods.

Cutting dovetails entirely by hand can be intimidating to a lot of people.  When cutting dovetails I see students typically making the same mistakes and hitting the same stumbling blocks each time- so that is what we address to start; using a cutting gauge, paring to (and not beyond!) a line, cutting straight lines with a handsaw- and using a sharp chisel! These are all skills that you will practice (and hopefully master) in this class. But this class is much more than just cutting dovetails by hand. This class will show you a number of ways to make “handcut” dovetails that will only require a little bit of paring with a chisel to make them fit perfectly. We will be trying out techniques that use the tablesaw, a trim router, bandsaw, scroll saw and coping saw along with the traditional handsaw and chisels. The goal is to get you  cutting great looking dovetails using a combination of machines and handtools until you are comfortable enough with the process that you realize doing it all by hand is not that big a deal! Tablesaw dovetails

This class is a combination of demonstrations and hands-on practice. There is no project for the class- you will be working on a series of practice boards. It is great to see the difference between the first dovetail you make on Saturday and the last dovetail you make Sunday afternoon!

Router dovetail jigs like the Porter Cable or Leigh jig will NOT be a part of this class- I have no idea how to use those tools…

Sign up today and lose your fear of cutting dovetails once and for all.

Tuition:$275.00 plus materials

Section 121314A, Saturday & Sunday,   December 13 & 14, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Practical Handtool Joinery with Will Neptune

handtool joineryThe basis for all joinery is the ability to work to layout lines with saws, chisels and planes. To do this, your tools must be properly prepared and sharpened. If you are frustrated with the results you get with hand tools or doubt that you can improve the fit of machine cut joints then this is the class to improve your skills and take you woodworking to the next level.
In this class you will learn a controlled and repeatable method for sharpening edge tools that will cut end grain cleanly and accurately. We will tune up and adjust rabbet and router planes so they can be used for accurate joinery. Then in a series of bench work exercises, beginning with accurate layout techniques, you will learn how to work from reference surfaces to hand cut accurate joinery, usually more quickly and accurately than you could by machine. These exercises include half laps, bridle joints on curved rails and housed tapered(sliding) dovetails. This is a chance to practice working with chisels and planes and hand saws with one of this country's master furniture makers. You will need certain tools- including a rabbet (shoulder) plane and a standard size router plane. The full tool list can be seen on the school website. Don't let handtools continue to frustrate you- sign up today. Tuition: $255.00 plus materials

Section 102712A: Saturday & Sunday, October 27 & 28, 9:30am –5:00pm

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Woodworking Basics- a FREE!! Review class

bvd sharpen classWhat? A free class??? Why not- right?  One of my regular students had the idea that some people might be more inclined to come back and tackle some of the more “challenging” projects if I offered a review of the basics- just to get them in the swing of things again. So- here we go. This will be two nights and will cover basic tablesaw operation and safety along with the basics of the milling process using the jointer, planer and tablesaw. A simple mortice and tenon using the tablesaw and a handheld router will be covered also. I will try to fit in some handtool use- cardscrapers, chisels and handplanes.

This class can be all demonstration- or it can incorporate some hands on practice. It is up to you.

Sign up today. Tuition: $00.00 Materials are included

This class will be rescheduled for later this fall

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Build a Dovetailed Tea Box with Mike Pekovich

tea boxIf you've been thinking about taking the dovetail plunge, then this is the perfect project to get your feet wet. This elegant tea box is a great exercise in hand-cut dovetails with a power tool assist. You'll learn the basics of layout and tool selection as well as tips for sawing and scribing for a perfect fit. You'll outfit the box with a partitioned liner, which is a great lesson in bird's mouth miter joints. Finally, we'll top it off with an elegant ebony clasp. It's an intricate piece of joinery, but the table saw handles most of the work. Join Mike Pekovich, Fine Woodworking's art director and resident hand tool addict, for this fun 5-week class. Sign up today- space is limited.
Tuition $195.00 plus materials

Section 111412A: Wednesday evenings, November 14 - December19,
6:30 pm - 10:00pm

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Build a Windsor Chair with Peter Galbert

continous Arm_GalbertBuilding a Windsor chair can be daunting to those new to the craft, but with a bit of exposure, inspiration can replace hesitation and get you on your way to building comfortable, durable and beautiful chairs.

This two day seminar will focus on all of the varied skills that go into producing a classic  Windsor chair. From splitting the log, shaving the parts, bending, turning, joinery, carving and finishing, you’ll watch as Peter Galbert constructs a continuous armchair and demystifies the process. Come with an open mind, a notebook and a camera to catch all the action. This class is a precursor to the hands on six day class we are planning for the summer of 2013, Stay tuned!!!

Tuition: $255.00

Section 030913A: Saturday & Sunday,  March 9 & 10,  9:30am - 5:00pm

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Make an Arts & Crafts Style Cabinet with Mike Pekovich

narrowShortThis cabinet packs a whole lot of Arts and Crafts in a small package.  Useful as an end table or nightstand, this project is a scaled-down version of Mike’s display case fwhich was featured on the cover of Fine Woodworking magazine. For those of you who made the piece when we did it as a class in 2010 this will go with that piece perfectly! This new project packs all of the lessons of the larger case in an easy-to-manage size. We'll start by tackling the through-tenon joinery of the case, and then follow up with great lessons on building doors and drawers. Finally, we'll break out the glasscutters and soldering irons and make the leaded glass panel as well. 

There will be homework required which will consist of surfacing and dryfitting joints. If you do not have facility at home then some time in the class shop can be arranged with the director. The preferred species for this would be quartersawn white oak, but it could also be done in in cherry or walnut if you prefer. Please specify your preference when registering. Tuition $395.00 plus materials

Section 020713A:  Thursday evenings, February 7 -April 11, 6:30pm - 10:00pm

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Making Moldings on the Router Table with Mickey Callahan

router moldingsThe question always comes up about how to make various molding profiles on the router table. Whether you need molding for a picture frame, furniture masterpiece or architectural elements, obtaining the desired molding profiles can be an almost impossible task unless you take the time to search out various router bits  that can be combined to create the shape you are after. In this class Mickey will show students how to create the desired profile by combining different bits, different router table fences, different ways of holding the workpiece and sometimes combining tools such as the router table tablesaw and handtools. This class will open your eyes and help you unlock the full potential of  your router table- and your imagination!

Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition: $255.00 plus materials

Section 040613B: Saturday & Sunday, April 6 & 7, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Making Complex Curved Moldings with Mickey Callahan

chapin pediment 640x480The thought of making curved moldings can be intimidating to many woodworkers-of all skill levels, but like anything else, once you learn and understand the design and the procedures you need to follow, they are very doable using a combination of hand and power tools.

Curved moldings fall into four broad categories: arcs, S curve, elliptical, and compound curves. The S curve is also referred to sometimes as gooseneck and is a classical shape that is used as pediment moldings on case work such as period high boys and clocks, as well as over doors and fireplaces on classical architecture. Other complex moldings include combinations of two or more simple profiles to create a more dramatic and formal look such as flat crown or more involved combinations of crown, dentil, beads, coves, ovolo, ogee, and fillets.

This hands-on class will cover the aspects of design and pattern making utilizing various machine and hand tool methods along with shop-made jigs to make gooseneck and other complex moldings. Mickey will be using the construction of a Philadelphia highboy as well as other furniture and architectural examples to help students see and understand the importance of moldings in their work. Mickey is the founder and president of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and makes custom period furniture out of his own shop in Massachusetts. Sign up today for this unique and informative class.

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

Section 041815A: Saturday & Sunday, April 18 & 19, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Carving in the 17th century style with Peter Follansbee

carving outline detail w gougeJoin well known Massachusetts woodcarver, Peter Follansbee for this unique hands on class. In this two-day course, students will learn the steps and processes used to recreate carving patterns from seventeenth- century furniture of England and New England. Starting with a single gouge and mallet, we will focus on technique and posture. Also considered are proportions, spacing and the relationship between background and foreground in establishing the pattern/design.
Each successive practice pattern builds upon the previous example, adding more tools and concepts. We will incorporate hand-pressure, mallet work, and the use of the V-tool in outlining designs. A compass, awl and marking gauge are used to layout the geometric basis for each pattern, but freehand work is included in each as well.
A range of designs will be covered, all drawn from surviving examples studied in museum and private collections. A segment of the course will be devoted to a pattern Follansbee calls an “S-scroll” and multiple versions of it will be explored. Students will learn ways to combine and contrast these patterns, adapting them for use as furniture accents. Some designs are applicable as narrow framing parts, others as wider panel designs in joined furniture.
V-tool work, gouge work and shaping and modeling surfaces all will be addressed. Background punches will create a textured surface, offsetting the smooth texture of the original planed panels. Various shop-made punches highlight the carved designs. Painted backgrounds will be exhibited and discussed, but will fall outside the scope of this weekend workshop. opposing lunettes.jpg
The final project in the class will be a panel design utilizing many of the techniques shown in the initial exercises. This is the first in a series of Classes we will be doing with Peter. So if you are interested in this distinctive type of furniture and carving style then don’t miss this opportunity to work with one of the leading people in this field.

Tuition: $275.00 plus materials  salem scrolls.jpg

Section:  020814A: Saturday & Sunday, February 8 & 9, 9:30am - 5:00pm



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Introduction to the Practice of Furniture Conservation with Smithsonian Institution Conservator, Don Williams

In this full day workshop, Don will introduce the participants to the practical applications of decision-making and treatment execution when confronted with preserving and restoring historic furniture.  Hands-on exercises will  include veneer repair, molding and casting lost elements, and reclaiming damaged finishes. Tuition: $125.00 plus materials

                  Section 030313B: Sunday, March 3, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Build a Chapin Round Tea Table with Will Neptune

1983 114_0Tripod Tea Tables were popular in the 18th century because of their “bird-cage’ wooden mechanism. This allows the top to be displayed while tipped up and saving space.  When in use, serving tea, cups could be filled and rotated towards guests seated around the table. In the 18th century Connecticut, some of the best furniture was built by makers from the Chapin family. The project for this class is based on a large Cherry Table in this Chapin Style.

For a woodworker, this project has several interesting features.  You will learn how to cut and fit the housed dovetails joining the legs to the column. Sculptural shaping of the ‘snake feet’ will be taught using a systematic approach to achieve the naturalistic curves of the legs. Last, you will learn how to make the large round top with either a simple molded edge or a dished top, without access to a very large lathe.  The turned central column will not be done in class. If you are a competent woodturner and want to do the turning your self before class we can supply you with the pattern, otherwise the columns will be turned by a woodturner we have used several times in the past.

This class is also a part of a unique restoration project we are working on in conjunction with the Windsor Historical Society. For more information on this see Be a part of Living History.

Tuition $895.00 plus materials

Section 031613A: Saturday & Sunday,

 March 16/17, April 13/14, May 18/19 & June 1 & 2

This class was originally scheduled to beginning Feb 16

 9:30am - 5:00pm


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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: 0031615A: Monday, March 16, 2015, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Making Complex Seymour type Bandings with Steve Latta

advanced banding 53Bandings makes furniture alive with contrast and subtle elegance. This hands-on class will focus on how these complex bandings are made and then set into furniture components such as legs, aprons and tops. We will start with some simple patterns and work towards the more complex, such as herringbones, sawtooth, arrow bandings and the distinctive lunette bandings employed by John & Thomas Seymour at the dawn of the nineteenth century. This unique class will allow you to appreciate some of the ingenious ways in which this decoration can be fabricated which will allow you to add another design dimension to your work, be it traditional or contemporary. During the course of the weekend, attendees will combine efforts to generate some of these infamous forms and take a sampling home with them. Steve Latta is one of this country’s leading authorities on Federal furniture, Inlays and decorative bandings. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best! Tuition: $255.00 (plus materials)

Section 032313A: Saturday & Sunday, March 23 & 24, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Gorgeous Gams & Foot Fetishes: Its all about the Legs and the Feet- A weekend of fun and inspiration with Glen Huey

Furniture legs and feet began as a simple way to bring box-like cases off dirt floors found in most CVSW Leg_Classhomes, but they have grown to be so much more. With many pieces of furniture, the legs or feet play an important role in design. Is the shape of your cabriole leg correct? What is correct? Are your tapered legs a Shaker design, or are they a Hepplewhite design? And what is the best way to create ogee-bracket feet? What joinery options are used in period reproductions? All these questions are answered in a fast-paced weekend.
Class begins with a demonstration on how to extract leg and foot profiles from furniture photos or from SketchUp models and get them sized right – this step is very important to accurate designs. Next, select a cabriole leg design, make your pattern then saw and shape the leg. After a stop at a lathe, you'll learn what tools make shaping a leg easy and quick, and what areas are the key to repeatable accuracy – you want four legs that look the same, right? Class then moves to tapered legs as you learn three methods to perfect tapers – choose a method based on the tools available in your shop, or try something new. Discussion then moves to feet where you'll learn two distinctly different methods to create ogee-bracket feet, and you will learn why and when to use which method. After a few tips on bracket feet, we wrap-up the class discussing joinery methods used in period work. You walk away with examples made in class and a complete understanding of the intricacies of furniture legs and feet. Tuition $295.00 plus materials

Section 060813A: Saturday & Sunday, June 8 & 9, 9:30am - 5:00pm

Note- This class was originally schedule for 3 days - April 5 - 7

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Build a 6-board Chest with Christopher Schwarz

6 board_chestOne of the most enduring – but overlooked – American furniture styles is the so-called six-board chest. These useful and attractive boarded chests seem to violate almost every rule of wood movement, and yet they survive the centuries without a problem.
In this class, we’ll investigate how these pieces were constructed using hand tools only. We’ll explore how their designs were dictated by the material on hand. We’ll decode the operations required to build these chests with the fewest saw cuts, a tiny tool kit and very limited hours.
We’ll also pick up some skills along the way: Sticking moulding by hand, Cutting rabbets and dados with hand tools, Laying out classical shapes – such as ogees – using only a compass and learning to use cut nails properly.
In the end, every student will leave with a completed pine chest that is ready for paint (or your finish of choice).

Sign up today - this class will sell out soon. Tuition $325.00 plus materials

Section 080313A: Saturday & Sunday, August 3 & 4, 9:00 - 5:00pm

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Build a Connecticut Breakfast table with Will Neptune

Breakfast Table_HD1957_18Tables of this style were known as Breakfast Tables in the 18th century.  When not in use, their leaves could be dropped to save space. Today this small table could serve many purposes and it’s simple but elegant look would fit in many homes. The project for this class is based on a Cherry table from the Chapin Group, a family of furniture makers who made some of Connecticut’s’ best work.

As a project this piece has several interesting challenges. Framing the table for a drawer  and fitting it to the opening is a skill you will use in many other situations. Cutting and hinging the ‘rule-joint’, which allows the leaves to drop is another important skill. The last technical challenge is the fitting and joinery for the shaped and pierced stretchers. Building this unusual table is a chance to learn some important technical skills and expand your woodworking knowledge. Sign up today as this class will fill up soon. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

This is the second class offered in partnership with the Windsor Historical Society. If you are interested in a chance to display your work in public and support this important Historical project, please see Be a part of Living History.

This class will meet for two weekends for a total of 6 days- one in July and the second in August. This break will allow time to do some "homework" in between sessions.

Section 072613A: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 26 - 28 & August 16 - 18, 9:00am - 5:00pm

This class was originally scheduled to meet Monday- Saturday July 22 - 27

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Build a Fan Back Windsor Side Chair with Peter Galbert

thumb Fanback GalbertChairs are one of the most challenging objects to design and build.

In this hands on six day class you will work with green wood and hand tools to create one of the iconic forms of American furniture, the Windsor Chair.

This class covers all the action from tree to chair. Students will split parts from a log, shave them, bend them and join them into their hand carved seat. We will cover topics including sharpening, wood technology and design which will enhance your ability to go forth and make chairs at home.

Peter will demystify the angles and curves that go into making a successful chair while demonstrating how hand tools are the most effective way to build an heirloom chair. The legs will be provided for the students or they may turn their own before the class with instructor provided patterns. Be ready to work hard and learn a whole new way of woodworking.

The unique format of this class- two three day weekends- allows participants to take a break in the middle of the class (this is a lot of work!!) during which they can practice some of the skills being taught or make any new parts that they might be unsatisfied with from the first half of the class.

Sign up today- Peter is a great instructor and space is limited. Tuition $795.00 plus materials

Part of the work you will be doing will require the use of a shave horse.

 We are planning a separate weekend class in May where students will have the opportunity to make their own shave horse (using Peter’s design). The school will also have a few shave horses that can be used  (shared).

Section 071913A: Friday - Sunday, July 19 - 21 & August 23 - 25, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Ornamental Veneer with Steve Latta

breakfrontdoorsIn this class we will look at multiple approaches towards executing a variety of decorative motifs and techniques for fielded panels – both in the solid but mostly working with standard veneers.   We’ll start off looking at veneered drawer fronts with interior borders, both square and rounded corners and move quickly to more elaborate ellipses and panels bordered with contoured stringing.  We’ll look at both flat, bowed and serpentine forms and talk about the wide range of available materials for face veneers, crossbandings and substrates.  Both traditional and modern techniques will be addressed.crotch oval Steve Latta  Bring a notebook…..they’ll be lots to learn! Don’t miss this new class! Steve is one of this country’s leading experts on working with veneers and inlays. Tuition $255.00 plus materials  

Section 042013A: Saturday & Sunday, April 20 & 21, 9:30am - 5:00pm



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Finish a project you started in class with Bob Van Dyke

Arts  Crafts display cabinetI talk to people all the time and so many of them say ”I can’t take another class until I finish one of the three or four unfinished projects that I have from past classes!” arts  craft  bookcase

Obviously I have to do something about that! This new class is designed to help you get one of the projects that you worked so hard on actually finished. Whether it is just final sanding and applying a finish or actually finishing up on some of the woodworking aspects, i.e., dryfitting, surfacing, assembly, I will do my best to help you get it finished. I would ask that you specify the project when you sign up and it would also be good if you could email me pictures of the project and give me a “status” report on what you want to do in class. There are only two rules for this class. The project has to be a project from the school and I cannot help you with any carving problems - other than that - let's get it done!   Bob Van Dyke Tool cabinet inside

Space is limited so do not wait till the last minute to sign up.

Tuition: $255.00 plus whatever materials are used.

Section 050113A: Wednesday evenings, May 1 - 22, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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Make a Pair of Shaker Oval Boxes with Doug Smith

Shaker box stack doug smithShaker Oval boxes are a rewarding project that do not take a huge amount of time, equipment or experience and are a lot of fun to make.

Doug Smith of Douglass Yankee Craftsman will spend two days teaching you the traditional Shaker technique of making fine Shaker Oval Boxes. In this two day beginning class each participant will make a number two and number three Shaker Oval box. You will learn how to hand carve the swallow tails, select the bands and secure them with the traditional clinch nails. One of the most interesting parts of the class is the steaming and bending of the wood to fit around the forms. Fitting the tops and working on the finish will round out your two days of rewarding funs. Sign up today- Space is limited. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials. shaker boxes doug smith

Section 112914B: Saturday & Sunday, November 29 & 30, 9:30am – 5:00pm


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Build Peter Galbert’s “Smart Head” Shave Horse with Bob Van Dyke

In this two day production class students will build Peter Galbert’s Smart Head Shave horse.  Peter has developed this as an improvement on the more common shave horse designs. Some parts will be made in advance of the class. If you are planning on taking Peter’s Fan Back Windsor Chair class later in July then you really should do this one as there will not be enough shave horses for everyone to work on at the same time (and you need one for yourself anyway!)

Tuition: $255.00 plus materials

Section 070613A : Saturday & Sunday, July 6 & 7, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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I just wanted to send you a quick note of thanks for hosting another great class!




I wanted to say thank you again for the 2 day veneering class this weekend.