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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 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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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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Build the Eliphalet Chapin High Chest with Will Neptune

Chapin High Chest ResizedChapin High Chests are a unique expression of Rococo design ideas. Inspired by his experience in Philadelphia, the High Chests made by the shop of Eliphalet Chapin rely on flowing lines and restrained details rather than the heavier form and detailed carving seen in Philadelphia examples. These pieces present a wide array of technical challenges for a furniture maker, from the complex joinery typically employed by Chapin to the  graceful shaping and carving that were fundamental to his work. Distinctive details that are so important to this piece are the ball and claw feet, vine carved drawer front and the truly unique rooster  cartouche. The magnitude of this project may seem a little daunting but like most projects, it can be broken down into a series of simpler tasks with a clear sequence of steps. Even the impressive pediment is built up in layers with several sub assemblies.chapin cartouche

If you have ever thought of building this high point of Connecticut furniture, this is your chance. The unique one weekend a month (12 months) format allows for plenty of class time which includes all of the machining and dimensioning of parts, any machine cut joinery along with demonstrations and practice pieces for the carved elements and hand-cut joints. Be prepared to do a fair amount of handwork at home. This allows us to utilize valuable class time for more important tasks while allowing you to do the handwork in your own shop at your own pace. The duration of this class is actually over one year which will require a significant commitment by each student. Don’t miss this opportunity to make your project of a lifetime while working under the direction of one of this country’s top craftsmen and instructors. Space is limited. Tuition $3250.00 plus materials

Section 092813A: Saturday & Sunday,         9:30 am - 5:00pm- the following weekends

 2013: September 28/29, October 26/27, November 23/24, December 7/8,  

2014: January 18/19, February 22/23, March 15/16, April 26/27, May 24/25, June 21/22, September 27/28 & October 25/26

A payment plan is available for this class. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details

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Constructing Elegant Glass Doors with Steve Latta

Adding a set of glass doors to a case adds an air of sophistication that is hard to equal. Glass doors allow fine books, china, silver, keepsakes or a wide range of valuables to be 

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safely and securely displayed. The subtle defects found in old glass, like waves and small bubbles, adds a sense of vitality and liveliness. The grill work found on breakfronts, secretaries and bookcases is much lighter and more refined than the heavy grid pattern on corner cabinets and hutches. A mere 3/8” at their widest point, these mullions are both strong and subtle in style. The manner of construction, a lower frame covered with an upper molding, lends itself to block, geometric and curved designs. In this class, each participant will construct a small, four panel glass door using traditional mortise and tenon joinery for the frame and an interior consisting of a two-piece grid work. This project will include:

  • Mortise and tenon door joinery
  • An interior grid consisting of a two-part mullion system with 1/8” and 3/8” components.
  • An overview of geometric and curved construction.
  • A demonstration on salvaging old window glass.
  • A discussion on the many new styles of “restoration” glass.
  • Methods for tinting window glaze to match the wood.

Sign up today. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

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Section 102216A: Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23, 9:30am—5:00pm

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Build an Arts & Crafts Style Wall Cabinet with Mike Pekovich

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Join Fine Woodworking Magazine’s Art Director, Mike Pekovich as we explore the fine points of cabinetmaking while building an elegant wall cabinet. Don't be fooled by its small size, this project- in quarter sawn white oak, packs a big punch when it comes to lessons in case, door and drawer construction. Learn fast and efficient dovetail construction while building the case. We'll cover the ins and outs of frame-and-panel construction while building, fitting and hanging the door. Finally we'll build and fit a dovetailed drawer. The focus of the class will be on combining machine and handwork with classic construction techniques to produce work of the highest quality in the most efficient manner. This class provides a great foundation for building fine casework of any size or style. The 3 day weekend followed by the 2 day weekend format will allow participants to finish up any handwork at home that they might not get done during the first session. Don’t miss this great opportunity to improve your woodworking skills while working with one of the best instructors around!

Tuition: $695.00 plus materials 

Section 100816A: Saturday, Sunday & Monday, October 8, 9 & 10 and 29 & 30, 9:30am—5:00pm

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An Introduction to the Art of Kumiko with Mike Pekovich

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Are you looking to spice up your work in a unique and attractive way? Then you need to sharpen your chisels and try your hand at kumiko. This Japanese latticework technique is traditionally found on shoji screens, but it has been making its way into contemporary furniture and boxes. The elegant geometric patterns are created by cutting, beveling and fitting small basswood parts until they slide together forming the geometric pattern-without the need for glue. In this weekend class we will make a mitered box into which the top– with its traditional Kumiko “hemp leaf” pattern will sit. Mike Pekovich is the Executive Art Director at Fine Woodworking Magazine and is an accomplished furniture maker and instructor. His original designs are both inspiring and elegant in their simplicity. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn some new techniques while making an attractive and useful box. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

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Section 121716A: Saturday & Sunday, December 17 & 18, 9:30am—5:00pm

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Build a Japanese Style Tool Chest with Mike Pekovich


pekovich japanese tool chest 2 640Learn how quick and easy it is to build a simple Japanese-style tool box. Made from pine and assembled with blacksmith made rosehead nails, this simple design is a perfect solution for any shop (or home) storage need— and will make a great chest to bring your tools to classes here at CVSW. The box features a sliding till and trays with dividers along with a fitted top that closes with a traditional wedge. In this new weekend class with Mike Pekovich you can expect to get the box finished and the trays fitted to fit the tools you plan to store within it – and have a great time doing it! Sign up today– space is limited. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials

Section 032517A: Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26, 9:30am—5:00pmPekovich japanese tool chest 640

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Contemporary Inlay and Decorative Borders with Steve Latta

Steve pattern_inlayAlthough inlay is most often associated with the Federal period, new techniques, new materials and new designs offer a myriad of applications for contemporary furniture projects.  In this new weekend class, using a combination of modern and traditional tooling and materials,  participants will learn double-line and two-tone compass inlay and design work.  Additionally, participants will work with a variety of full and partial patterns to inlay apples, birds, bottles and whatever else they creative eye might deem appropriate. Join American inlay expert Steve Latta as we step out of the traditional inlay mode and begin to get really creative with incorporating your own ideas on inlay into your work. Sign up today-  space is limited. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

Section 101015A: Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Learn to use the Noden Inlay Razor with Geoff  Noden

Geoff Noden ClocksThe Noden Inlay Razor is the key to an exciting new inlay making process.  Here’s your chance to try one out, or learn how to use yours if you’ve already got one, directly from the master himself. Geoffrey is not only a master with this innovative tool, he invented it.  Students will start off working with the Inlay Razor while they begin to make a walnut clock face. Most of the day will be spent with Geoff demonstrating the finer points of this unique style of inlay while students are working on their clock faces and learning about producing circular inlay. By the end of the day all the inlays will be glued in and we will let them dry overnight.                                                                                      The second day will be spent finishing up the clocks- sanding on the lathe and applying a friction polish finish which will let you take home a finished clock. As an added bonus we will start working on creating a straight inlay which will be let into stock that can be used to make a picture frame  (after the class in your own shop). All materials and tools will be provided. Geoff will have his Inlay Razors for sale if you would like to purchase one. Materials for the clock, frame, and inlay wafers will be provided.   Sign up for this exciting new class - space is limited. Tuition $275.00 plus materials

Section  110913B:  Saturday & Sunday, November 9 & 10,  9:30am – 5:00pm

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Build a Tansu Style Jewelry  Case with Mike Pekovich

tansu jewlery case web 1Here's a great project if you want to get your dovetail on. This small case packs a lot of woodworking into a small package. The dovetailed case has a sliding door that reveals two banks of drawers. The case has two sets of five drawers each and can each set can be made from a different species, The sliding door panel is a great place to get creative- highly figured woods, inlays or even different materials could be effectively utilized. The drawer dividers are a great lesson in mitered partitions and the recessed drawer pulls are eye-catching and simple to make. The simple but elegant lines echo traditional Japanese Tansu designs and will look great as a jewelry box but can actually be thought of as a traditional spice box. Sign up today- This will be a great class! Tuition: $545.00 plus materials

 Section 040514A: Saturday & Sunday, April 5,6 & May 17,18, 9:30am – 5:00pmtansu jewerly case web 2

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Making Complex Bandings  with Steve Latta


advanced banding webBandings make 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. In this class we will start with a New Hampshire zig-zag motif and then make some variations on the basic sawtooth and arrow bandings.  We’ll move into half diamonds and full diamonds including 90, 45 and 30 degree variations.  We’ll look at ribbon bandings and talk about considerations when making a couple of strips versus the precision of a more production run.   As always, safety and the successful milling of small parts will be covered in depth. 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 $275 plus materials

  Section 061614: Monday & Tuesday, June 16 & 17, 9:30am - 5:00pm


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The Fundamentals of Carving for Furniture with Mary May


floral carving 2 webLearn how to decorate your furniture with relief carving from professional woodcarver, Mary May. She will start with the basics by explaining the process of getting tools razor sharp. Then she will explain the proper ways of safely holding gouges, clamping wood, transferring designs to wood, and anything you need to know in order to get started in this wonderful art.  Mary will explain & demonstrate the technique of giving the appearance of overlapping elements, tricks in how to make carvings appear deeper than they actually are, and how to think through the entire carving process - from design to finished carving. We will be working on three different projects over the course of this jam packed weekend. Students will begin a floral decoration, a classic shell, and a linenfold panel- all in shallow relief. You should have gained the skills during the class which will allow you to finish your practice projects at home.  Step into Mary's head (it's not that scary) and join with her in this carving adventure! Sign up today. Mary is one of this country’s premier woodcarvers & instructors.

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Section 050214A: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 2 - 4, 9:00am - 5:00pm


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The Amazing World of Acanthus Leaves with Mary May

Mary May Acanthus 640Have you ever wanted to carve that curling, twisting leaf that is so often seen decorating period furniture and architectural details? Come join Mary May in leslie acanthus carving 1 resizedlearning the art of the Acanthus Leaf. Mary will show how to draw the details of this leaf and will walk you through a step-by-step process of how to carve this historical leaf that has been commonly used in designs since Ancient Greek times. This is a class that is designed for both beginners and experienced carvers alike. During this class, Mary will also show how to get your tools razor sharp, techniques of carving in the correct grain direction, carving safety, and as many carving tips and tricks as she can jam into two days of hands on carving practice and instruction. It's going to be a lot of fun, so don't miss out! Mary is one of the premier carvers in this country and her classes are always great! Be sure to keep an eye out for her forthcoming book on—what else? Acanthus Leaves! Sign up today. 

Tuition $345.00 plus materials

Section 030417A: Saturday & Sunday, March 4 & 5, 9:00am—5:00pm


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Windsor Chair Making:  Build a Continuous Arm Chair with Peter Galbert


continous Arm GalbertBuilding a Windsor chair is not about a style, but a way of working with wood that is a wide departure from the usual flat and square.

The project chair for this class, the Continuous Arm Chair, was an innovation in the development of the Windsor style and technology, and has become an icon of American furniture.

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 basic topics like sharpening, wood technology, green wood and dried wood shaping and tools needed which will enhance your ability to go forth and make chairs at home. The turned legs will be provided for you, though spindle turning will be covered in demonstration.

Be ready to work hard and learn a whole new way of woodworking.

We’ll 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 unique format of this class: two 3 day weekends, one month apart, allows participants to work on any parts during the break, brush up and practice skills learned in the first weekend and rest up in between sessions! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn with one of America’s leading Windsor chair makers. Tuition: $825.00 plus materials

Section041114A: Friday – Sunday April 11 – 13 & May 9 - 11, 9:00am - 5:00pm


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Beginning Engraving on your Woodworking Tools with Catharine Kennedy

LN plane resize web In this weekend class, you will be introduced to metal engraving with both a hammer and chisel, and air-powered assisted gravers. We will show how to sharpen gravers using templates and  fixtures. We will discuss traditional design work (scrolls and leaves) and put it into practice. Transfer of the designs to metal will also be investigated. There will be lots of practice plates available, in both copper and steel, with the end project being either a machinist's square or your own plane (which you would bring

with you). Regardless of how far you get, you will leave with a much better understanding of what engraving is and the work involved! It's all fun!

We will be using the Enset machines, and you will be provide with gravers and scroll templates to assist with layout. Machinist's squares will be available to work on if you wish.kennedy square resize web

Catharine started woodworking in the fourth grade and has been working at it ever since . She was lead woodworker at Hancock Shaker Village for 12 years, but has been concentrating on engraving for the past seven years. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn about something completely new to you! Sign up today. Space is limited to 6 people. Tuition $275 plus materials.

Section 041214B: Saturday & Sunday, April 12 & 13, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Making Sand Shaded Federal Style Fans with Bob Van Dyke


Shaded fan Phil Rinehart resizeShaded fans were a common decorative motif in Federal (or Neoclassical) furniture of the late 18th century. They were often inlaid into the corners of table tops and drawer fronts but with a little imagination they could be used just about any place.

Ct Valley School of Woodworking Director, Bob Van Dyke will teach some unique methods needed to produce these designs.

Starting out with white and black veneers we will learn how to create the segments that go into constructing a ¼ fan or a ½ fan. The shading is done in the traditional way- with heated sand! Putting the whole fan together, adding the contrasting black segments and surrounding the whole thing with a contrasting veneer “string” finishes the fan off. But- we still have to do something with it- so we will inlay the finished fans into a walnut panel- it could be a drawer front if you have something special in mind.

Don’t miss this chance to learn some new techniques that you can start to add to your woodworking projects. Sign up today- space is limited.

Tuition: $125.00 plus materials

Section: 032616A: Saturday,      March 26, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Beyond the Basic Shaded Fan with Bob Van Dyke

BVD wavy oval fan 640Shaded fans were a common decorative motif in Federal (or Neoclassical) furniture of the late 18th  century. They were often inlaid into the corners of table tops and drawer fronts. The segments are shaded using hot sand and then put BVD Philadelphia Shaded fan webtogether to create a three dimensional effect. The ¼ fans are just the beginning. Building on the basic sand shading technique, Ct Valley School of Woodworking Director, Bob Van Dyke will teach the unique methods needed to produce the basic design but then we will go on to create circles and ovals with all sorts of interesting curved segments. The possibilities are really fascinating and the inlays can be used in all sorts of projects- from a table top, a door panel or a drawer front to a box top or tray. We will hopefully have time to set the finished inlays into a walnut panel by the end of the weekend. Don’t miss this chance to learn some new techniques that you can start to add to your woodworking projects. Sign up today- space is limited.

Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

Section 032517A: Saturday & Sunday, , 9:30am—5:00pm

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Build a Chapin Drop Leaf Dining Table with Will Neptune

And- be a part of  Connecticut Living History!


 chapin drop leaf table webThe shop of Eliphalet Chapin produced some of the best furniture in 18th Century Connecticut.  The Drop Leaf Dining Room Table in the collection of Wood Memorial Library in South Windsor, CT is an excellent example.   It shows the influence of Chapin’s Philadelphia training combined with the simple elegance typical of his designs. The piece has interesting construction features such as the wooden hinges for the swing support legs and the fitting of the drop leaf rule joint.  These tables also share the graceful cabriole leg and dramatic ball and claw feet seen in Chapin chairs and case work.

This table is a practical way to save space in your home and will give you a chance to learn about several challenging woodworking problems. If you have not had a class with Will about carving the Chapin Ball and Claw, it is strongly recommended that you take the  B & C class on June 7 & 8 . The two three- day weekend format will allow you plenty of time to work in your own shop at your own pace to practice and master the carving of the legs along with the challenging mortising of the drop leaf table hinges. We find that this extra time in between sessions is really beneficial to all in achieving the goal of a successful completion of the project.

This is another of our series of classes presented in partnership with The Windsor Historical Society. We will be measuring the original table exactly and will go to every effort to reproduce it faithfully. As in the past, should you wish to make the piece and submit it to the WHS jury to be selected as a permanent part of their collection, your tuition and materials will be paid by them. It should be noted that the drop leaf hinges that will be used in any table going into the Strong Howard house will be period correct blacksmith made hinges. Don’s miss this opportunity to learn from one of this country’s master furniture makers and be a part of Connecticut history at the same time!

Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

Section 071814A: Friday - Sunday, July 18 - 20 & August 1 - 3, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Toning and Patina: Blending New Repairs to Old Work and Creating an Antique Finish - with Tad Fallon

Tad Fallon leg  before repairAs a conservator specializing in the treatment and research of both clear and opaque coatings on furniture and wooden artifacts, I am often confronted with the task of blending in well executed wooden repairs that are adjacent to old “original” or historically important presentation surfaces.

Patination is one of the more challenging things to do when creating an authentic looking antique finish. There are a wide range of materials and techniques that can be utilized to create this patina of age on repairs or new reproduction pieces. The best work is subtle, appears natural and avoids looking contrived.

Tad Fallon leg after repairAnother application of these materials and techniques is the finishing of newly fabricated pieces that may need to blend in with an existing set or collection, as was the case with the work our firm did reproducing 28 pieces of Federal Furniture for the Hamilton Grange National Memorial, a National Park service site in New York City that preserves the relocated home of U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

During this hands – on class, students will be introduced to the wide range of materials I have found useful during the patination type finishing process, including the use of inorganic chemical reagents, shellacs, pigments, dyes, water colors, glues, gums, acids, bleach, airbrush and other tips for successful toning and patination. These materials will be broken down and explained as parts of a finishing “system” that can be manipulated to create a variety of effects.

Students will have sample furniture molding and flat test boards to work with and will be provided with a small carved object to tone and patinate as a “final project”. Tuition: $145.00 plus materials

Section 061614B: Monday, June 16, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Build an Acoustic Guitar with Scott Dixon

us guitar  picMany of those who have played or even admired the beauty of the guitar have shown interest in someday making an heirloom instrument that can be played today and passed on and continued to be played for generations. This class is designed to take a beginner/intermediate woodworker through the steps to make a steel string acoustic guitar from a unique kit. You will learn the terminology and the techniques focused on many of the specialized processes to complete your own personalized instrument. The process is broken down into small steps to familiarize the student with the construction of the neck including truss rod installation, fingerboard & fretting, abalone inlay and 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 coat finish up to the student. Look for our other classes designed for finishing techniques. Be sure to visit the school to see and play the finished guitar. Three models are available – Sapele w/Spruce Top, Sycamore w/Cedar Top or Maple w/Cedar Top. Please specify species preference when signing up.
Scott has been instrumental to the development of the kits, tool selection and the teaching methods for all the instructors in The U.S Guitar Kits Teacher program. Most recently Scott and U.S. Guitar Kits were featured in the new book "Guitar Building Basics-Acoustic Assembly at Home"  Tuition: $395.00 plus materials ($285.00)

Section 112114B: Friday - Sunday,  November 21, 22 & 23,   9:00am - 6:00pm

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Build a Wall Mounted Tool Cabinet with Bob Van Dyke


Pekovich tool cabinetTool storage is always a problem- You spend a lot of money and a lot of time tuning and sharpening your tools and you need to store them safely- but they need to be readily accessible. None of this leaning over a chest on the floor or looking through all sorts of drawers searching for the tool you need. It should be right there behind you- all the time. This new wall mounted tool cabinet is based on a design that Mike Pekovich published in Fine Woodworking a few years ago. This cabinet is not as “fancy” as the one we have done a few times over the years- no bookmatched veneers or inlays- Just lots and lots of storage possibilities. It features two deep doors that are big enough to act as storage cabinets on their own along with the main carcase that will contain an angled handplane till along with a few small drawers to store those measuring and marking tools.

I am hoping that we will have enough time in this class to allow participants plenty of time to customize the inside of the tool cabinets to fit your  ever growing tool collection. Sign up today and get your tools in order!

Tuition: $495.00 plus materials

Section 092914A: Monday evenings, September 29 - December 22, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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Straddle the Fence- It's not Just for Politicians!

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Join Bob Van Dyke for a few nights of building one of the most valuable tablesaw add on jigs you can imagine! How many times have you clamped a sacrificial scrap of plywood to the fence to cut a rabbet and then had to move the clamps because they were in the way of the cut? And- have you ever heard of pattern cutting on the tablesaw? The fixture we will make is an ingenious and easily used base to fit over the existing tablesaw fence and allows you to quickly bolt on any number of specialty fences- certainly the most valuable being an easily adjusted and versatile “L” fence. We will make the base, the “L” fence and a number of other fences (miter fold, Tenoning jig, rabbets, etc.) Check the two articles in Fine Woodworking written by Bob for the full explanation- or- just sign up and plan on going home at the end of the class with the most useful tablesaw jig you have ever used! Sign up today. Tuition $275.00 plus materials

“Supercharge your Rip Fence” January / February 2013

“The incredible L Fence” Issue 237

“Tools & Shops” issue 2014

Section 113016A: Wednesday evenings, November 30—Dec 14, 6:00—9:30pm

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The Basics of Using Veneers and Inlays to Create Outrageous Patterns! with Bob Van Dyke

veneer stitching seam webIf you have ever done any re-sawing then you know how cool a book matched panel can be. When you incorporate veneers into your work the possibilities for creating spectacular patterns are almost endless! Bookmatching is the simple one- but what about radial matching or parquet?  In this hands-on class students will make a small “Miter Fold” box out of walnut or tiger maple- but before doing that we will explore the endless possibilities of working with veneer to create a striking top for the box. Many veneers require a border to protect the delicate edges- so as a bonus students will get into a little inlay work with a decorative banding mitered around the veneered top.

We will get into basic techniques for working with the veneers- Flattening them, buying & storing them and how to work with them to create tight, almost invisible seams. We will go into the basic tools & supplies needed along with discussing the various adhesives and ways to clamp up the veneered panel.veneer book and butt.webJPG

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

Section 060615A: Saturday & Sunday, June 6 & 7, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Make a Greene & Greene Style Wall Sconce with Mike Pekovich

Pekovich wall sconceLight up any room with a Greene and Greene-inspired wall lamp. Made from mahogany with ebony accents and stained glass panels, this project is a fun combination of skills and materials. In this class you'll tackle not only the woodwork, but the stained glass panels as well. This lantern-style wall sconce can be mounted indoors or out. Over this      

 8-week class we'll cover simple joinery methods that yield impressive results. In addition you'll learn everything you need to know about a copper foil technique for stained glass panels that you can put to use in future projects as well. Mike is the Art Director at Fine Woodworking Magazine and is a truly gifted furniture maker and designer. His designs tend to concentrate on refined Arts & Crafts ideas. Sign up today!

Tuition: $395.00 Plus materials

Section 100914B: Thursday evenings: October 9 - December 4, 6:30pm - 10:00pm

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Basics of Furniture Design with Mike Pekovich

Pekovich furniture Design

Have you wanted to try your hand at designing furniture, but were afraid to take the plunge? Learn the fundamentals of furniture design that will get you headed in the right direction. In this hands-on class you'll learn the basics of furniture design with tips on sketching ideas and translating those ideas into reality through scale and full-size mock ups and perspective drawings. Join Mike Pekovich as he brings his years of experience as a furniture maker and art director at Fine Woodworking magazine to this fun and informative two-day class. You'll learn how to look to the past for inspiration as well as develop your own unique style, how to size furniture effectively and how to add your own personality into your work. Sign up and unleash your creativity! Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

Section 012316B: Saturday & Sunday, January 23 & 24, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Working with Hide Glue— Hammer Veneer a Sunburst Veneer Top with Steve Latta

arnold fed tripod 1Hide glue was the glue if choice for furniture makers for thousands of years and started to be replaced by “modern” glues in the early 20th century. Many cabinetmakers continue to use hide glue for certain applications because it has some very desirable qualities that most modern glues do not have. Join nationally known furniture maker, Steve Latta for this information packed two day workshop on hide glue in general and hammer veneering specifically. We will examine hide glue and its many uses, variations and methods of applications.  Topics related to this adhesive which dates back some three thousand years will include gram strength, pellets versus flake, hammers , presses and pots and whatever else comes up.  We’ll combine several methods of applications including hammering, clamping, vacuum bag, etc.  to gain an understanding of what technique works best in what application.   The workshop will include some flat and curved work and participants will hone their skills hammering a small, pie-pattern or “sunburst” sample top. Sign up today- this is a class you will not want to miss! Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

Section 120515A: Saturday & Sunday, December 5 & 6, 9:30am - 5:00pm

Pictured table top made by Mark Arnold

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Build a Simple Mirror Frame with a Kumiko Panel with Mike Pekovich


Pekovich kumiko mirror 640Fine Woodworking Magazine Executive Art Director Mike Pekovich has been playing with the Japanese art of Kumiko for the past couple of years and has been able to develop repeatable techniques that guarantee students will have success their first time making a Kumiko panel. Here's a fun weekend class that lets you practice your mortise and tenon techniques as well as try your hand at the Japanese decorative technique of kumiko. Learn the basics of machine mortise and tenon work while you build a mirror frame with an Arts-and-Crafts flair. From there we'll fill out the frame with a row of Kumiko latticework. Mike Pekovich will demonstrate a basic technique that yields impressive results. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn a new technique that will dress up your work and make it special. Sign up today- Space is limited. Tuition: $295, plus mateirals

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Section 021117B: Saturday & Saturday, February 11 & 12, 9:30am - 5:00pm


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Build a Table from a Single Board with Mike Pekovich

table board webThis small table is a simple project that lets you focus on using wood successfully and efficiently. In this class, we'll build the entire table from a single board. The focus, though, is not just on economy. By getting all of the parts from one board, we can ensure a great color match throughout the piece. And by cutting parts from strategic locations in the board, you’ll end up with pleasing grain patterns in all the right places. Mike will make you aware of the different grain patterns that contribute, in a subtle way, to the overall success of the piece. By working with just one piece of wood you are forced to become acutely aware of these patterns and how they affect the overall look of a piece of furniture.  Along the way, you’ll get great lessons in resawing and rough-milling stock. You'll also learn to build and fit a traditional dovetailed drawer. The shaped legs are a departure for many of you and the possibilities are really endless. Don’t miss this great class with Fine Woodworking Magazines, Art Director, Mike Pekovich.

Sign up today. Space is limited. Tuition: $695 plus materials


Section 022015A: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, February 20, 21 & 22 & Saturday - Sunday, March 28 & 29, 9:30am - 5:00pm


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Build an Arts & Crafts Style Wall Cabinet with Mike Pekovich


cabinetSM webJoin Fine Woodworking Magazine’s Art Director, Mike Pekovich as we explore the fine points of cabinetmaking while building an elegant wall cabinet. Don't be fooled by its small size, this project- in quarter sawn white oak, packs a big punch when it comes to lessons in case, door and drawer construction. Learn fast and efficient dovetail construction while building the case. We'll cover the ins and outs of frame-and-panel construction while building, fitting and hanging the door. Finally we'll build and fit a dovetailed drawer. The focus of the class will be on combining machine and handwork with classic construction techniques to produce work of the highest quality in the most efficient manner. This class provides a great foundation for building fine casework of any size or style. Don’t miss this great opportunity to improve your woodworking skills while working with one of he best instructors around!

Sign up today! Tuition: $425.00 plus materials

Section 012915A: Thursdays January 29- March 26, 6:30 pm - 10:00pm

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Two faces of the Same Coin:  Urban and Rural Inlay in the Federal Period with Steve Latta

threerural and an urbanDuring the federal period, there were sharp contrasts between the inlay executed in the major urban centers and the less populated rural regions.  Urban specialists provided ornate bandings, bellflowers, and complex pictorial inlays.  Their designs reflected classical themes fully rooted in the neoclassic tradition.  Country cabinetmakers relied on innovation and developed designs inspired by simple tooling combined with lively imaginations. Ornate stringing patterns or simple geometric work made from veneer replaced complex bellflowers.  Similarly, without the availability of ready-made Paterae, geometric veneer work adorned the tops of legs.  In this workshop, we’ll wade in the both waters completing a leg in  each tradition. Sign up today. Steve is one of the leading experts on Federal style inlay work. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

Section 032115B, Saturday & Sunday, March 21 & 22, 9:30am - 5:00pm


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Build an Oval Tavern Table with Will Neptune

Exercises in compound angle joinery and setting drop leaf hinges.

CHS tavern table webThis Tavern Table is deceptively simple looking, but it has two very challenging construction issues. First is the hinging for the drop leaf, where you need the pivot point in the hinge to work with the molded edges of the top. This is much more complex than it appears to be as the center point of the hinge needs to be in a very specific location. It is not that straight-forward!  Second, the post and rail joints meet at compound angles, causing distortions that can be hard to understand.  Both of these problems have clear technical solutions and this table is a great place to learn them. The three weekend format will allow time in your own shop to complete each stage before the next class. Be prepared to do your homework.  If you know how to turn, we can supply the pattern before the class starts, otherwise we will provide the turnings as part of the material charge. This class is another of our continuing series with The Windsor Historical Society and the table is based on one in their collection. You will see what goes into researching original pieces and how to work to museum standards. Hopefully we will be able to set up a trip to the Society to view the original table along with other pieces in their great collection.  As part of the Windsor Historical Society/ CVSW partnership participants will have the option of completing their work and submitting it to the WHS jury in early September 2015. If your piece is selected then that is the table that will become a part of the permanent exhibition in the Strong/ Howard House. Sign up today! Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

Section 042515A: Saturday & Sunday,  April 25/26 & May 16/17, & June  13 & 14, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Build a 17th Century Joined Chest with Peter Follansbee

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Join nationally known carver & joiner, Peter Follansbee for this unique opportunity to be a part of Connecticut history as we continue our study of 17th and 18th century furniture of the Connecticut River Valley.  This class will focus on the techniques used in the 17th century to make a joined chest, entirely with handtools. These carved chests were made by joiners, using oak riven, or split, from a log. Frame and panel construction and mortise and tenon joinery are the hallmarks of this work. The project will be based on a Connecticut River Valley example; we will also explore related objects through slide presentations, to better understand the context of joiner’s work.  We will begin with oak we’ve split from a large-diameter oak log, and hew and plane the stock to size. Layout, carving, joinery and drawboring assembly will be focal points of this exciting class. The beveled panels will fit in grooves plowed with a plow plane - a traditional joiners’ approach. Be prepared to work- there will not be any machines in this class!

This class will meet one weekend per month for 5 months. Class time will consist of numerous demos, learning and practicing the carving and joinery on practice pieces before diving into the actual pieces and exploring the historical aspects of 17th century joinery and furniture making. It is expected that a large part of the actual carving and joinery will be completed in your own shops at your own pace. Please don’t expect that you will be able to build the whole chest during class time only. The secondary wood will be sawn pine which will become the chest’s bottom boards and lid, and some of the parts for the small lidded till included inside the chest.

This format works well as you get the chance to practice the techniques and get Peter’s feedback in class before you begin on the actual parts that will become part of the finished chest.   As an added bonus we will schedule a trip to the Yale Furniture Study in New Haven in order to study the numerous examples of carved chests in their collection. This is a hand-tool class; planes, chisels, saws - a simple tool kit is all that is required. Be prepared to learn some great skills, build a great reproduction of a 17th century Connecticut chest and have a great time doing it! Sign up today! Tuition: $1295.00 plus materials 

Section 100116A Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2, November 5 & 6, December 3 & 4, January 7 & 8, February 4 & 5 (2017), 9:30am – 5:00pm

Note: The class will tour the Yale Furniture Study, Friday afternoon, November 4. We will have the opportunity to study a number of original joined chests in teh Gavin collection


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Woodcarving Techniques with Mary May- A weekend for Beginning or Frustrated Woodcarvers

floral carving 2 webCome spend a weekend learning the wonderful art of woodcarving. Professional woodcarver, Mary May, will teach the basic techniques of getting started. She will go through the best techniques of carving with the grain, how to sharpen tools to a razor sharp edge, how to lower down the background, and how to carve floral designs in relief. The techniques you learn in this 2 day class will help start you on your woodcarving journey - whether you are wanting to carve sculptural pieces, furniture, or architectural details. Mary will show how to get the best use out of a small set of gouges by teaching tricks and techniques of making the gouges work as efficiently as possible - and also how to do "creative re-design" if mistakes happen. Come join us in a great weekend of discovering a new art! The complete tool list will be posted in january- but in the meantime the gouges you will need are listed below. Sign up today! Mary is the best!! Tuition: $325.00 plus materials 

Section 030715B: Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Build a Barrister's Bookcase with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin

Barrister Bookcase_wood_MuntonFor years I have been intrigued by Barrister’s bookcases. They have always struck me as unique and as a form that a lot of people would want to build but, the designs I have seen have never quite made it. They always seem a little too boxy and plain. I saw this design a few months back and I immediately knew this was finally the one that we could build in the school. The new class will incorporate frame and panel joinery, solid wood panels, a sliding drop front glass “door” and your choice of wood muntins or lead “lattice” muntins (see bottom picture). Should you decide to go with the lead muntins you will need to enroll in a separate weekend class with Mike Pekovich to do that. In your choice of 1/4 sawn white oak, walnut or cherry, this bookcase will become a family heirloom and will look great in any room. Sign up today. Space is limited. Sign up today. Tuition: $495.00 plus materials. Barrister Bookcase_lead_muntin

Section 120215A: Wednesday evenings, December 2— March 16, 6:00pm—9:30pm
(no class December 30—January 20)

This class is full- wait list only

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Here is High School Geometry Stuff You Wish You Remembered!
Using a Compass and Straightedge in Furniture Making Layout and Design with Robert Lord

Straightedge and Compass II : Applied Compass techniques in Design and the Workshop

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You might not even have had all this in High school Geometry.

Building on the skill set from the Intro class, we will apply geometric constructs to design in woodworking and the arts. This will be an eclectic appreciation of how form and function is interwoven in the natural world and how these geometric patterns are integrated in all cultures of creativity.

Some of the areas that will be explored include: Creating Lancet and Gothic arches, geometric art of middle eastern design, arcs in piece proportions, making dynamic rectangles and their harmonic  subdivisions in furniture layout, building and landscape design such as √2, √3, √4, √5 and φ( the golden ratio)… (Think highboys), dovetail layout, volutes and spirals, false eclipses (oval tables)  and the use of dividers with sectors that make the tasks in the work shop enjoyable.

We will have the supplies you will need but you should bring along a decent compass, dividers and a straight edge (ruler). Be sure to bring glasses for closed up work if you need them. Be sure to supply your email address when registering as we will be emailing you some course material prior to the class.

Sign up today- This is a unique opportunity to finally apply some of the geometry lessons that you never thought you would have any use for! Tuition $125.00 materials included.

Section 050215B: Saturday, May 2, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Build an 18th Century Trestle Table with Will Neptune

Be a Part of Living History

trestle table WadsworthAs the last part of the WHS/CVSW Collaboration for the Strong/ Howard House renovation we will be finishing up with an early 18th century Trestle Table. This type of table was in the original kitchen and was typically used as a work table but in your own home would make a great informal dining table-in the kitchen, the family room-you name it. The table we will build is based on an original one from the Wallace Nutting Collection at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

The original table was 10 feet long but you can reduce the length to fit your needs. You may also build it 24” wide as the original was or you can make it 32” wide which is more in keeping with modern dining tables.

The original was pine and ash with a painted finish but you can elect to do the table in cherry or walnut if you prefer.

The construction of the table is fairly simple and straightforward and includes long through pinned tenons for the long central stretcher.

Sign up soon-this is an interesting table and will give you the opportunity to see what goes into building an accurate reproduction of an historical piece of furniture. The one that Bob Van Dyke and Will Neptune will be building will follow the original exactly and will be a permanent part of the Windsor Historical Society Collection.  The two - 3 day weekend format of this class will allow students to get caught up on any work done at home in between class meetings.

Section 071015A: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 10,11,12 & 31, August 1 & 2, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Trestle Table, 1690-1720, New England or England. H 28” x W 117” x D 23 5/8”. Pine and ash. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. The Wallace Nutting Collection, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1926.482

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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 103115B: Saturday & Sunday, October 31 & November 1, 9:30am - 5:00pm


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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 plus materials

Section 111916B: Saturday, November 19, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Build a ”Mini Bench Riser” with Bob Van Dyke

Van Dyke Mini Bench Riser 2Many of you who have taken classes at the school or have seen any of Steve Latta’s videos know the value of this simple “mini bench” or “bench riser”. Whether it is close up inlay work or light duty work that does not require being “over” a standard height bench this bench will save your back and let you work up close when you need it. Light enough to easily move on and off the standard bench, but heavy enough to withstand medium stresses like light handplaning or chisel work, this bench will become an everyday part of your woodworking routine. As a bonus we will be incorporating in the design the ability to add on a Moxon type vise as a future addition. This class is not designed to reveal all the secrets of the woodworking universe- it is a simply a class that you know you will come away with a good Mini bench that will have a good quality vise on it and you will  be able to use it as soon as you get home to you own shop. What could be bad about that?

Sign up today. Tuition: $125.00 plus materials.

Section 091715A: Thursday evenings, September 17 - October 1, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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Make Three Shaker Oval Boxes with Doug Smith

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Shaker 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 one, number two and number three Shaker Oval box.  Two boxes will be made with cherry bands, one with a cherry top and the other with a lace wood top.  The third box will have maple bands with a birdseye maple top.  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 talking about finish will round out your two days of rewarding fun. Sign up today- Space is limited. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials.

Section 112815B: Saturday & Sunday,  November 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 $595.00 plus materials

Section 112015A: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 20-23 & Saturday & Sunday, December 12-13, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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

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Build a Pair of Dovetailed Tea Boxes with Mike Pekovich

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If you've been thinking about taking the dovetail plunge, then this is the perfect project to get your feet wet. This elegant pair of tea boxes 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. Because you are making two boxes you can choose to make two different size boxes or make two in different species. You'll outfit the boxes with a partitioned liner, which is a great lesson in bird's mouth miter joints and we will top it off with an elegant ebony clasp. It's an intricate piece of joinery, but the table saw handles most of the work. As an added bonus we will finish the boxes in class so you should go home with two boxes ready for wrapping- just in time for the holidays!
Join Mike Pekovich, Fine Woodworking's art director and resident hand tool addict, for this fun two weekend class. Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition $495.00 plus materials.

Section 102415B: Saturday and Sunday, November 14 & 15 and December 5 & 6, 9:30am - 5:00pmtea box_open

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Build a Sharpening Box with Bob Van Dyke

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A few years ago I had to do a sharpening demonstration at one of the woodworking shows and while I was collecting my stuff I realized how incredibly disorganized I was. Stones were in one drawer, honing guide in another, projection jig hanging on a hook and water sprayer on a shelf. What a lot of steps just to get ready to sharpen a chisel. I came up with this box which keeps all my sharpening paraphernalia in one place and I can even use it as a solid, self-contained platform to do my sharpening on.  The box was featured on the cover of Fine Woodworking Magazine in June of 2016. In this weekend class we will make the basic box (which is a lot more complex than it looks!), apply waterproof plastic laminate to the top work surface, make the stops for the projection jig on top and then make the inside dividers custom to the sharpening tools that you use every day. Sign up today– This is a great opportunity to get your sharpening tools all in one place and get organized! Tuition $275.00 plus materials.

Section 092416A: Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25, 9:30am—5:00pm

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Beginning Electric Guitars - Build a Telecaster or Stratocaster with Mike South


In this class we jump into the world of electric guitar construction. Students will each build their own guitar based on the world famous Fender Telecaster (yeah- that’s the one Bruce Springsteen plays!) or the equally famous Fender Stratocaster. 

Starting with a solid wood 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 finishes. 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! Mike South has been building guitars, banjos and mandolins since 1981 and is the owner of Windjammer Instruments.  Sign up today for this exciting new class and have the satisfaction of building (and playing) your own heirloom quality instrument. Tuition $445.00 plus materials.

Section 032317B: Thursday Evenings, March 23 - May 25, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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Build the Oliver Ellsworth Card Table with Will Neptune

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Oliver Ellsworth was the 3rd Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court and, for those of you who remember your American history, was the author of the Constitution’s Connecticut Compromise. The story is that Ellsworth acquired a pair of mahogany card tables while travelling through Boston on his return from France in the late 1700’s. Speculation exists as to their origin- were they made in Boston or Connecticut? After studying the tables closely, we suspect they may have been built here in Connecticut. The use of cherry for the fly rail and the overall excellence of the construction suggest Connecticut origins. 

There are two of these tables now- one at Windsor Historical Society and its twin up the road at the Ellsworth Homestead. We hope to add another 8 or 10 of these tables- made in Manchester this time!

Will Neptune and Bob Van Dyke have studied and measured the original table and we are looking to recreate exact copies in a unique four weekend class starting in October.

This table features a number of challenging technical problems. Aside from working with the birdseye maple veneer covering the serpentine aprons, the skills you will be exposed to include making the knuckle joint in the cherry fly rail- and adjusting it so the table leg swings properly, setting in the rosewood crossbanding and making the rosewood cockbeading along the bottom edge of the table. Not the least challenging is the installation of the special card table hinges that will allow the top to pivot open and closed and sit properly on the hinged leg. 

The format of this class; one weekend per month for a total of 4 weekends allows us to take on ambitious projects because any “busy work” can be done at home in your own shop rather than taking up valuable class time. We will also be scheduling a “field trip” to the Windsor Historical Society so you can all study the original. Because woodturning is a completely different set of skills, the legs will be turned by a professional woodturner we have used extensively in the past.

This is an elegant and refined card table which will become an heirloom in any family- just as it was in the Ellsworth family.

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Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition $1195.00 plus materials


DATE CHANGE- New start date: Class will begin October 29

Section 102916A: Saturday & Sunday,  October 29 & 30, December 3 & 4 & January   21 & 22, February 18 & 19 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Building Hollows and Rounds with Matt Bickford

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The amount of handwork that goes into our craft varies drastically among us. Some use hand tools for all aspects while many of us rely heavily upon machinery. As we start to progress towards working with our hands we tend to hide our first adornments, dovetails, behind drawer fronts. We allow machines to be in charge of the single element of decoration that embellishes most of our work: the moulding. There is a set of tools that allows us to take control of this feature. This set of tools, hollows and rounds, can be comprised of several pairs of planes that create varying convex and concave radii. A set of hollows and rounds will give you the opportunity to mould the edges of your work in a fashion you want, not limited by the catalogue of options that routers and shapers afford. In this weekend class we will be bring a round plane to completion and each student will leave with the necessary skill, experience and material to make a matching hollow. Completing this project will teach the necessary skills of replicating the technology included in these centuries old tools.

This two-day class is ideal for anybody interested in working with this type of tool; regardless of whether your ultimate set is comprised of 2 pairs or 9, antique or new. In this workshop, Matt Bickford will guide you through the process of making a pair of #8s (8/16” radius) with a side escapement. Students will start with a beech billet and learn the many steps involved in creating a very versatile tool. Among the many skills to be addressed are making an accurate mortise with floats, fitting a wedge, mating an iron to the bed of your plane, addressing a side escapement, heat treating, and attending to the iron’s various edges.

The class will focus on making a single, simple moulding plane, but much of the tooling and processes is directly relatable to making or rehabilitating any wooden plane.

 Tuition: $350.00 plus materials ($95.00).

Section 012316A: Saturday & Sunday, January 23 & 24, 9:30am - 5:00pm


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Carving Regional Styles of Ball & Claw Feet with Will Neptune

carving ball and clawBall and claw feet were frequently used for tables, chairs and case pieces in the 18th Century. Each region had its own variation along with a matching strategy for carving them. If you have taken classes with Will Neptune you may know the Philadelphia form or the related Chapin ball & claw feet of Windsor CT.  For this three day class, we will tackle the three main regional forms: New York, Philadelphia and Boston. After you have learned one type, the others are easier to understand. For each of these regions, you will learn how the pattern is developed and how it controls the shape. Each style of foot will be broken down into a series of clear steps that help make a set of matching feet in an efficient way.  Previous experience with Will's approach for carving feet would be helpful but not necessary. Even if you have previously done a B & C class with Will, this class gives you the opportunity to review the Philadelphia (Chapin) style and then add two more regions to your repertoire. 

Some specific carving tools will be required. This list will be on the website soon. Sign up today. Do not miss this opportunity to learn from one of this country’s premier woodcarvers and furniture makers.

Tuition $375.00 plus materials

Section 060316A: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 3, 4 & 5, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Figuring Out Compound Angles with Steve Brown

compound angle_joinery-resizedThe objective of this weekend class is to gain understanding of compound angle issues in woodworking and to understand general and specific solutions for building a box with sloped sides and a table with canted legs. 

First, we will look at the problem and in particular the common misconceptions of what we are seeing versus what is actually going on with a piece having sloped sides. With examples, models and drawings we will puzzle through the distortions in order to clarify the true information.

With this new understanding we can then discuss some of the strategies that can be used to solve the problems in actual practice. We will look at a solution that helps to solve the problem in a clear mechanical way without relying on complicated math or complex drafting yet still giving us a clear and accurate way to proceed.

In this class we will work on examples of two basic compound angle forms- a box or tray with canted sides and a table with splayed legs. The accurate execution relies on the use of a gauge block to set up the tablesaw accurately We will explore the joinery typically used including butt joints, miters, dovetails & mortise & tenons. Tools required in addition to the basic tool list include: bevel gauge, marking gauge and dividers. Steve has been a lead instructor at North Bennett Street School in Boston for over 15 years and I am pleased to have him teaching here at CVSW.

Sign up today- This is a class that will answer your questions on what is admittedly a challenging joinery problem. 

Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

Section 110516A: Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Simple and Straightforward Contemporary Inlay with Steve Latta

latta simple_string_color_correctFor hundreds of years, inlay has proven to be a wonderful way to spice up any project, be it a federal sideboard or a modern jewelry box.  In this class, students will learn some basic techniques that will give a huge return in style for a relatively small investment in time.  The idea here is to concentrate on simple techniques and designs that can be incorporated into any work with a minimal amount of tools or time. We will concentrate on more contemporary designs that draw on traditional inlay ideas. We’ll also look at both traditional and modern tooling and, time permitting make some simple inlay tools.  Regardless of your tastes, you’ll definitely learn some great techniques that you can use to enhance your work.  It is always amazing how such a little detail can add so much to the overall impact of a piece.  Take this great class and you will see what we mean! Sign up today. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

Section 111916A: Saturday & Sunday, November 19 & 20, 9:30am – 5:00pm  

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Make an Arts and Crafts Style Glass Front Bookshelf with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin

arts__craft__bookcase.jpgThis advanced workshop features a handsome frame and panel book shelf made in mahogany The design is loosely based on those made famous by Gustav Stickley and Harvey Ellis in the early twentieth century. Glass paneled doors, wedged through mortise and tenon joints and traditional Arts & Crafts style hardware are only a few of the distinctive features of this new project. This class will be a great learning experience because it is a new project and participants will see and be a part of all the problem solving that goes into any furniture-making project. The prototype bookshelf is in the works now and can be seen at the school. As with any new project, we can only estimate the number of nights the class will require. Woodworking II or Fundamentals of Furniture Making is required. Tuition: $575.00 (plus materials)


Section 091508: Monday evenings, September 15 – December 22,

                        6:00pm – 9:30pm  

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Woodworking III

Woodworking III level classes feature a variety of more complex projects. Students are expected to complete some basic work at home such as scraping, sanding and dry-fitting, thus leaving more actual class time for the more complex operations. Shop time for this handwork only can be arranged if you have no facility to work at home.

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

greene__greene_sofa_table.jpgThis is our newest Woodworking III project in the Fundamentals of Furniture making series and is unique because its design was a group effort by a special class last spring. Charles & Henry Greene were influential designers during the Arts & Crafts Furniture movement of the early 20th century and utilized some distinctly unique designs. Their style has become very popular in the last few years. Drawing heavily on Greene & Greene design features, Asian influences and a couple of our own, the project features the traditional cloud lift shape on the front and back aprons, curved end aprons, an Oriental looking lower shelf and raised ebony plugs. One of the more unique features is the ebony "keys" that are used on the edges of the breadboard top. The table can be made in either cherry or the more traditional mahogany. Sign up soon as class size is limited. Tuition: $325.00 Plus materials

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Make a Shaker Candle Stand Table with Bob Van Dyke


This elegant little table will fit just about anywhere in your home and is a lot of fun to build.

The table features a graceful turned center column (the turning will be done prior to class- so don’t worry if you do not know woodturning) with three gracefully curved legs. The 18” diameter top is thin and has a nice curved under bevel around the edge.

You will have your choice of cherry or walnut- both look great!

The legs are joined to the center column with hand-fitted sliding dovetails. Get your handplanes sharpened up because you will need them to flatten the top and to taper the legs. Lots of fun and very rewarding! One of the best parts of this class is that the table is small so the materials charge won’t break the bank! This class is over two weekends so there will be plenty of time to work on any surfacing and sanding that you might not get done in class.

Tuition: $445.00 (plus materials)

Section 050711A: Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8 and June 4 & 5, 9:30 - 5:00pm

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Make an Arts & Crafts Style Ottoman with Joe Scalzo

If you made the Morris Chair with Joe in one of his classes during the past few years, if you have a chair that needs an ottoman- or you just want to continue building your skills then this is the class for you. You will build an ottoman to match the style of the Morris chair in cherry or walnut. The project features through, wedged mortise and tenons, distinctive side spindles and your choice of leather or cloth cushion. Make sure you are a part of this new class. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

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Shaker Wall Clock 

046_shaker_clock.jpgThis 10-session (approximately) class continues the Fundamentals of Furniture-making series and concentrates on carcase construction while allowing you to refine your woodworking skills. Building the Shaker style wall clock (in cherry) emphasizes the use of handtools in fitting joints, creating a glass like surface on the wood and beveling the “bookmatched” back. Students will learn more advanced techniques including resawing, bookmatching, handfitting hinges and precise joinery techniques. Tuition: $345.00 plus materials.


Section 100506A: Thursday evenings, October 5- December 21,  6:00pm - 9:30 

(note: this class was originally scheduled for Thursday nights to begin September 14)

Make a Craftsman Style Blanket Chest with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin


BVDblanketchest copyThis advanced workshop features a handsome frame and panel blanket chest with tiger maple panels and a cherry frame. It is based on a design by John McAlevey, a well-known custom furniture maker and author living in Maine. The chest was featured on the cover of Fine Woodworking Magazine a number of years ago. The project entails extensive through mortise and tenons, raised panels, chamfered legs, a number of curved parts and frame and panel construction. The techniques used in its construction are basic to many larger furniture pieces.   Participants need to have taken at least the Woodworking I class or its equivalent.

 Tuition: $595.00 (plus materials).


  Section 020314A: Monday Evenings, February 3 - April 21. 6:00pm- 9:30pm

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Make a Plant Stand Table with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin

chuck_hevenor_plant_stand_2006.jpgThis exciting new class features a small plant stand table as the basic project. Inspired by the accent tables made by Bill Huston of Kennebunkport, Maine, the table has gracefully curved legs, a sculpted top and the top can actually raised up above the table base if you like! This class is a little different than our usual classes in that it allows and encourages some variation in the basic design of the project. The class will begin with examining the basic table design and then each participant will be able to vary elements of that design to make it their own if they desire. The size and shape of the top, the shape of the aprons and the choice of wood species allow for plenty of imagination. We will go through the “mock-up” process and learn some basic drawing techniques in addition to learning the techniques for making the curved “Krenov” style legs. The table can be made in tiger maple, cherry or walnut (or a combination of species). This is a class you should not miss so sign up today. Space is limited. Tuition: $345.00 plus materials.

Section 010808A: Tuesday evenings, January 8 – March 4, 6:00pm – 9:30pm (no class Jan. 15)

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Make a Craftsman Style Morris Chair with Bob Van Dyke

Morris_ChairThe Morris chair is the epitome of Craftsman style furniture and the design we have selected offers many of the typical design features of this well-known chair. Through mortice & tenon joints, a reclining back and angled arm rests are only a few of the highlights of this unique (and comfortable!) piece of furniture. This challenging project will be done in your choice of cherry or walnut and will definitely exercise all the woodworking skills you have learned up till now. We are estimating approximately 12 sessions for this class, however; it is difficult to forecast exactly how long any advanced class will take. As with all Level III classes, some work at home (or in “off” time in the school) will be required. Participants need to have taken at least the Woodworking I and II or equivalent classes.  The upholstery work for the chair is not part of the class. We can recommend upholsterers who have done nice work in the past. $495.00 (plus materials).


Section 011210A: Tuesday evenings, January 12 -  April 20, 6:00pm – 9:30pm

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Bow Front Writing Desk with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin


This intermediate level class will encourage students to go beyond the "straight and square". Techniques used for creating curves, designing angled joinery and making handcut dovetailed drawers will be explored in this innovative class. The desk will incorporate a curved-front drawer, tapered legs, glue laminated curved aprons and walnut cockbeading around the drawer. This project incorporates challenging woodworking problems such as cutting the tenons on the end of a curved piece, fitting the drawer to the exact drawer opening, flattening the 22 inch wide top (by hand) and more. We solve these problems in a simple and unique way which you will be able to apply to other projects in the future. Some hand work at home will be expected. Woodworking 1 & II are required prerequisites. Don't wait too long to sign up for this class as space is limited. Some work at home will be required. Tuition: $695.00.00 plus materials


                Section 032409A:  Tuesday evenings, March 24 - June 16, 6:00pm - 9:30pm (This class was originally scheduled to begin on March 3)

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Tiger Maple Butcher Block Table with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin

butcher_block_table.jpg This new project in the “Fundamentals” series features a small cherry table with a tiger maple “butcher block” top. The table, originally designed for a kitchen, would work well as an occasional table just about anywhere in the house. The design is loosely based on some Arts & Crafts styles with an Oriental influence. The legs feature a curved reverse taper common to that style of furniture and the top is raised up off the legs to give the table a feeling of “lightness” . Another interesting (and challenging!) feature of the table is the lower shelf which is a series of slats inlaid with a walnut geometric design. This new class has just enough complexity to make it a logical choice after having taken the Shaker hall Table class. Sign up soon- space is limited. Tuition: $345.00 plus materials

Section 010609A: Tuesday evenings, January 6 – February 24, 6:00pm – 9:30pm

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East meets West-Arts & Crafts style End Table

butcher_block_table.jpgThis new Woodworking III class features a graceful side table which was derived from the design of the tiger maple butcher block table we made in class last winter. The design is loosely based on some Arts & Crafts styles with an Asian influence. The legs feature a curved reverse taper common to that style of furniture and the top is raised up off the legs to give the table a feeling of "lightness". The base will be built in cherry and the top will be your choice of cherry or tiger maple. This piece is the first in a series of pieces we are developing which utilize this unique design. You have the option of building a second table as long as you are able to do the handwork that will be needed at home as we won't have time to do all the handwork in class. Don't miss this opportunity to make a great looking piece of furniture for your home- and learn some great woodworking techniques in the process. Tuition: $395.00 plus materials

Section 090809A: Tuesday evenings, September 8 - November 17, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

NEW START DATE: Class will begin Tuesday, September 22

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Make a Craftsman Style Dining Chair with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin

craftsmen_chair_0002.jpgA dining chair is one of the more challenging woodworking projects you can take on. The balance between making the chair as strong as possible and still maintain a lightweight and attractive design, the angles involved to make the backrest comfortable, creating the curved parts and the sheer number of mortise and tenons will exercise all the woodworking skills you have learned up till now. The chair features tapered legs and a tapered backrest. The Craftsman style utilized in the design assures that it will complement the furnishings in most rooms. As with all Level III classes, some work at home (or in "off" time in the school) will be required. The "one weekend per month" format allows us to take on this more ambitious project and allows you plenty of time in between sessions to get all of the handwork done to your satisfaction. Participants need to have taken at least the Woodworking I and II or equivalent. The upholstery work for the chair is not part of the class and will be up to you. Tuition: $595.00 (plus materials). (Note: Payment can be stretched out over the course of the class if you prefer)

Section 092609A: Saturday & Sunday, September 26 & 27, October 31 & Nov. 1, November 21 & 22, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Make an Arts & Crafts Style Ottoman with Bob Van Dyke

ottomanIf you made the Morris Chair in one of our past classes, if you have a chair that needs an ottoman- or if you just want to continue building your woodworking skills then this is the class for you. This class features an Arts & Crafts style ottoman to match your Morris chair in either cherry or walnut. While the design is fairly simple, you will find some challenges in making the through, wedged mortise and tenons. This is a nice project to practice your skills with a handplane, card scarper and chisel. Put your feet up and give your Morris chair that extra bit of comfort! Sign up today. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials

  Section  092210A:    Wednesday evenings,           October 6 - November 10, 6:00pm – 9:30pm


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Build a Federal Style Side Table with Bob Van Dyke

walnut hepplewhite table resized 2This 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 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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Make an Arts & Crafts Style Display Case with Bob Van Dyke

Arts__Crafts_display_cabinetThis new Woodworking III class is going to be a lot of fun (and a lot of work)!  Arts & Crafts Style furniture has been immensely popular. It is attractive, relatively straightforward to build and fits well in just about any house. The display cabinet we will be building was featured on the cover of Fine Woodworking Magazine Issue # 211. The cabinet, which could also be used as a sideboard, was designed by Michael Pekovich, FWW Magazine’s Art Director, and is approximately 48” wide, 38” high and 13” deep. It features leaded glass doors, through tenons and three dovetailed drawers. The preferred species for this would be quartersawn white oak, but it could also be done in in cherry or walnut if you prefer. As with any new project class the anticipated duration of the class is unsure and it may run a little longer than scheduled. 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. If you are unable to commit to this homework or will be missing more than a couple of the  classes then this is not the class for you. Sign up soon as I expect this class to fill quickly. Tuition $595.00 plus materials

Section 101910A: Tuesday evenings, October 19— January 25, 2011, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

This class has received such a strong response that I am creating a second section of the class which will meet on

Wednesday nights starting October 27 - January 19, 6:00pm - 9:30pm.

Creating two sections will make for smaller classes which will be more enjoyable and make it easier to complete the project in the allotted time. You can get signed up by calling 860.647.0303

Hope you can make it

(photo by Michael Pekovich: courtesy- Fine Woodworking Magazine)

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Design & Build an Arts & Crafts Style  Table

greene__greene_sofa_tableThis new class gives you the opportunity to incorporate your own design ideas into a small table built in the Arts & Crafts Style. Instead of everyone making exactly the same piece, each student will work on variations of a basic theme. Appropriate tables would be a coffee table, a side table, a hall table or sofa table. This is a great opportunity to learn what goes into designing a piece of furniture. We will start the class with discussion of everyone’s ideas and then get into drawing the piece in a full size format. After the design is settled a stock list can be generated and  then it will be time to get some wood cut. The deign should follow some basic Arts & Crafts design elements- you should plan on some through tenons, probably square legs and perhaps some Greene & Greene inspired details, ie. Ebony plugs, breadboard ends and maybe even a “cloud lift” detail on the aprons. All in all this should be a fun class making your own piece of furniture. Note: if you would prefer to follow a design then I will be designing a Greene & Greene inspired coffee table which you are welcome to duplicate.

Tuition: $425.00 plus materials

Section 021511A: Tuesday evenings, February 15 - May 3, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

(note: this class was previously scheduled to begin January 26)


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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 22 - February 11, (2015), 6:00pm - 9:30pm

 No class on the following dates: November 27, December 24, January 7/21.

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Introduction to Cabinet Making with Tim Spratlin


This class concentrates on the techniques used in cabinet making rather than those used in furniture making. Tim Spratlin is a professional cabinetmaker who brings with him years of labor saving tricks and techniques which students will find invaluable when completing their own projects at home. A medium sized painted plywood bookshelf is the project for this class and features techniques such as cutting plywood panels to size, using solid wood edging, making and applying a molding, making a mitered base, using a Kreg jig and working with a router. The design of the bookcase features a plinth base, adjustable shelves and decorative moldings. This class is designed for beginner and intermediate woodworkers who are interested in learning techniques they can use in numerous home improvement projects. The bookcase utilizes common portable power tools that most homeowners would have or might be considering purchasing. This class will provide you with the foundation skills needed for more advanced projects such as kitchen cabinets, storage cabinets, entertainment centers, counter tops and more.  Sign up today. Space is limited. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials

Section 021117A: Saturday and Sunday, February 11 — 12 , 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Making Raised Panel Doors with Tim Spratlin


The raised panel door is a basic part of most furniture carcase construction, but is also used extensively in cabinet making. Tim will guide students thru the finer points of making raised panel doors. Proper sizing of the door to fit into an opening along with sizing the floating panel to allow for seasonal expansion and contraction are an essential part of the class. Students will use the router table and a set of “cope & stick” bits to make the stiles and rails. Students will use vertical & horizontal raised panel bits to form the panel. Each student will make a door they can then use as a model in their own workshops. Tuition: $125.00 plus materials


 Section 040117B: Saturday April 1, 9:30am-5:00pm

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Using Dovetail Jigs with Mitch Cain

Handcut dovetails are great- but lots of people don't have the patience or the desire to learn how to do them. If you have a dovetail jig- or have been considering buying one then you owe it to yourself to get some answers and some practice on a few different kinds of jigs. The Leigh jig is generally considered the best and most versatile of all the dovetail jigs but the Akeeda and the Porter Cable certainly have their place. Mitch will demonstrate the use of all three and hopefully clarify the pros and cons of each one. Through and half blind dovetails will be covered. Students will make a small box during the class which will give them the opportunity to get the feel of the jig and the routers while making a useful project. Tuition: $120.00 plus materials ($18.00)

Section 011008B: Thursday evenings, January 10 & 17, 6:00pm – 9:30pm 



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Installing Crown Molding

Crown molding is a classic finish to almost every aspect of cabinetry and traditional furniture. It is available in a variety of styles and sizes and with the right tools and a bit of skill you can make just about any style you can imagine. But it is not so simple to make and install. In this unique demonstration class you will learn about the variety of crown molding styles and shapes and learn some of the "tricks of the trade" that will let you install crown moldings successfully in your own work or home.

Tuition $120.00 materials are included.

Section 110709B: Saturday, November 7, 9:30pm - 5:00pm

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Building Kitchen Cabinets with Tim Spratlin


The pinnacle of home cabinetmaking is the kitchen cabinet. This is also a subject that many people have asked for over the years. Tim Spratlin is a professional cabinet maker and is able to show you loads of time saving techniques to help you on your way to building your own kitchen cabinets. You may just be interested in a simpler project like a bathroom vanity– but the techniques and principles are all the same! Tim will review the standards involved in modern kitchen design; ie. the height of counters, depths of cabinets, etc., and demonstrate the installation process. The cabinet you will make in class is a small (about 28” wide) free standing unit that utilizes all the challenges you will face in building a full set of cabinets. The project will incorporate a face frame, a raised panel door, a drawer, a laminated top and European hardware.  Options for different types of countertops will be discussed. The cabinet you make in class could then be used at home as a free standing vanity, a storage cabinet or even a sharpening station in a workshop- but more importantly, it will give you the knowledge and confidence to tackle that larger kitchen project that you have been putting off!  If you’ve been waiting for the right time to rebuild your kitchen, then this class will get you started on the right track.  Tuition $395.00 plus materials ($267.00)

Section 022517A: Saturday & Sunday, February 25 & 26, March 18 & 19, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Woodturning Projects for the Kitchen with Corey Anderson

This is a class designed for the beginning or intermediate woodturning student. f you are looking to learn new skills or improve your existing skills this class is for you. The projects featured in this new class are practical and useful items for the kitchen. The projects all utilize spindle turning techniques that would also be used in furniture making projects. The items you will make are a Rolling Pin, a Spurtle (Traditional Scottish Porridge stirring utensil), a Scoop, Napkin Rings, and possibly a French Style Spoon. This class not only will improve your turning skills but you will have beautiful, useful, practical items that just may improve your cooking skills or making wonderful gifts for the cook in your life. Sign up today- Space is limited. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

Section 111216B: Saturday and Sunday, November 12 & 13, 9:30am – 5:00pm


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STRICTLY BOWLS - A Woodturning Class with Corey Anderson


073 turned round edge bowlMany students have asked for a class that offers the opportunity to turn bowls and only bowls. This class will be four consecutive Wednesday nights and students will have the opportunity to turn a shallow bowl, a deeper bowl, and time permitting- a third bowl or a plate (think very shallow bowl…). Participants will learn to make jigs and fixtures that will be useful in finishing the bottom of any bowl. We will get into the use of a four jaw chuck as well as alternative ways to hold the work on the lathe without using a commercially made chuck. Sharp tools are essential so we will be spending time at the grinder learning about sharpening bowl gouges and scrapers. Techniques for sanding and finishing bowls will also be covered. This is a great class whether you have turned a number of bowls already or have never even thought of turning a bowl. Sign up today. Space is limited to the number of Lathes we have! Tuition: $275.00 plus materials.

Section 030817B: Wednesday evenings, March 8-29, 6:00am - 9:30pm

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Bowl Turning with Al Czellecz


This hands on class is an opportunity to concentrate solely on turning bowls. Students will learn basic and advanced bowl turning techniques, tool grinding and various methods for holding the work- including simple home-made jigs and commercial four jaw chucks. Projects will include a variety of bowls and platters made from cherry, mahogany and either tiger maple or walnut. Decorative edges and finishes will also be covered in this unique and exciting class. Some turning experience is required for this class. Fee: $255.00 (plus materials: $40.00)

 Section 120713B: Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8, 9:30am –5:00pm

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Open Shop Woodturning with Al Czellecz

148_school_shop.jpgIf you have taken other woodturning classes and want to have more supervised "practice" time, or you have a specific project in mind that requires a lot of woodturning and you need some help then this is the class for you! Let Al Czellecz and his assistant help you hone your woodturning skills and work on a turning project at the same time. Maybe you have a table in mind with turned legs, a set of bowls to make (Christmas is right around the corner!) or you just want more practice- the sky is the limit. Sign up for this new class soon- space is limited. Tuition: $175.00 (plus materials used)


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Turning for Furniture Makers with Beth Ireland

131_beth_duplicating.jpgTurning one table leg or one stair baluster takes some basic spindle turning skills but it is really not that hard to do. Turning four table legs that all look alike- now that's a little trickier! Join architectural wood-turner and instructor, Beth Ireland for this great hands-on class as she shows you some of the tricks of the trade. Duplicating parts, learning to turn from a square section to round (like the top of a table leg), and turning some architectural parts such as rosettes are all important parts of this unique one day class. Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition $225.00 (plus materials)



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Woodturning Jigs, Fixtures and Fresh Ideas with Beth Ireland

One of the best ways to learn some really creative techniques for solving any number of woodturning "challenges" is to learn from someone who turns for a living every day and who is constantly faced with solving all sorts of problems. This class features professional wood-turner, Beth Ireland who will show you a number of techniques for making various jigs to hold irregular shaped work, how to turn your lathe into an effective sander and how to make a few different drive chucks. One of the goals of the class is to get you thinking on a creative level to allow you to solve problems on your own rather than relying on store-bought tools that might only solve part of the problem at hand. Don't miss this truly unique class. Space is limited. Tuition $115.00 (plus materials)

(note: Take both of Beth's classes this weekend and pay only $100 per class)

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Beyond "Round & Brown" Woodturning with Al Czellecz

151_beyond_round_and_brown.jpgTake your woodturning skills and imagination to the next level and join Al for this two-day hands-on class that is guaranteed to expand your creativity. You will learn how to “dress up” your turnings and make them truly unique. Al will teach you techniques ranging from how to add a simple bead to the edge of a bowl to how to add carvings and “piercings” to your projects. So many bowls are just a boring natural finish- what about using some color? Various techniques for adding color and metallic looks along with texturing with power carvers and gunpowder (yes- that’s right!) will also be utilized. Don't miss this chance to open up new creative horizons. Tuition: $245.00 (plus materials).



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Turning Green Wood with Rick Angus

Spalted_Iroko_Conical_Bowl_Rick_AngusTurning "green" wood offers turners a lot more opportunities that don't exist when using kiln-dried lumber. You are not limited by stock lumber sizes or species. The wood is actually easier to turn and it is usually free!! BUT- there are some special techniques that must be used to prepare it for turning and to preserve the piece as it dries. Come spend the weekend with Rick Angus and bring your woodturning skills to a new level. Students will turn a series of bowls and platters during this exciting hands-on class. Some turning experience is required (a prior class is sufficient). Students are encouraged to bring in some examples of their previous work. Tuition: $255.00 (plus materials)

Section 030511B:  Saturday & Sunday,  March 5 & 6,   9:30am - 5:00pm


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Woodturning Practice & Projects with Al Czellecz

If you have taken other woodturning classes and want to have more supervised "practice" time, or you have a specific project in mind that requires a lot of woodturning and you need some help then this is the class for you! Let Al Czellecz and his assistant help you hone your woodturning skills and work on a turning project at the same time. Maybe you have a table in mind with turned legs, a set of bowls to make or you just want more practice- the sky is the limit. Sign up for this new class soon- space is limited. Tuition: $195.00 (plus materials used)

Section 030106BB: Wednesday evenings, March 1 - 22, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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Making Turned Boxes and Lidded Containers with Corey Anderson

lidded_boxes.jpg Turned wooden boxes are attractive, practical and make great gifts.  They combine the skills from spindle, bowl and hollow turning.  You can complete a turned box quickly and easily from inexpensive lumber and they are great projects that can really show off your creativity and imagination.

The class will cover wood selection, grain orientation and design considerations.  Students will learn secure wood mounting, tool use and the importance of project planning and design. Corey will demonstrate various box styles and students will complete two or more boxes.  Finishing techniques, decorative possibilities and variations on some basic designs will be an important part of this fun and unique class.

 Don’t miss this exciting class, as you will be sure to have a great time. Tuition: $255.00 (plus materials)

 Section 110213B: Saturday & Sunday, November 2 & 3, 9:30am - 5:00pm

(Pictured boxes were turned by John Lorch)

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Beginning Pen Turning with Bud Poulin


Turned pens and pencils are increasingly popular, easy to make (sometimes!), and they make great gifts (Christmas is right around the corner!!). Bud turns truly unique and beautiful pens and will teach students his techniques in this rewarding hands-on class. Students will have an opportunity to make one or two pens in a wood of their choice. Tuition: $75.00 (includes material for one pen)

Section 122014B:     Saturday, December 20, 12:30pm -     4:30pm

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Turning Natural Edge Bowls with Al Czellecz

061_2_natural_edge_bowls.jpgNatural edge (or live edge) turnings are a unique and often times beautiful form that any turner can learn. Al Czellecz has been turning stunning examples of this type of work for a number of years and will guide students in this special two-day hands-on class. Al will teach students how to prepare turning blanks from the log, learn various ways to hold the wood on the lathe, learn specific types of cuts to keep the bark intact and explore sanding and finishing options. Come join us in this unique class and expand your turning skills. Tuition: $195.00 plus materials ($35.00)

 Section 121606B: Saturday & Sunday, December 16 & 17, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Spindle Turning for Furniture Making with Al Czellecz

Turning furniture parts should be simple- right? Most of the time the part is a combination of different sized coves and beads with a straight or a tapered section and maybe an urn or some other device. The problem for furniture makers is that you rarely have just one of these parts. Most table have four legs- and it would be nice if they all looked the same! Al Czellecz will guide you through the basics of making the different shapes used in spindle turning and then teach you simple methods for duplicating those shapes and maintaining complete control over the final piece. Whether it is a table leg starting from a square section going to round or something as simple as making knobs for a series of cabinet drawers,  sharp tools, basic spindle turning techniques and simple layout techniques are essential for success. In this class each student will make a simple three-legged stool as a project. The turnings can be as simple or as complex as you like- as long as they all look the same! Don't miss this opportunity to add turned parts to your furniture making skills. Tuition: $150.00 (plus materials)

                Section 103006B:   Monday evenings, October 30, November 6 & 13, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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Sharpening for Woodturners with Al Czellecz

Sharp tools are essential to woodturning. When the tools are sharp you have total control over the cutting action and you don't have to "work" at cutting the wood. This one-night class with Al Czellecz is designed to give those students who have been frustrated with learning how to sharpen their woodturning tools a chance for some concentrated hands-on tool sharpening. Al will guide students through basic tool grinds and also demonstrate more advanced and specialized grinding methods.

Using sharpening jigs, freehand grinding, when to hone by hand and what to look for in a grinder are just a few of the points that Al will cover in this unique class. Sign up today as space is limited due to the number of grinders available. Tuition $60.00

                Section 102306B:      Monday evening, October 23,           6:00pm - 9:30pm  


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Turning & Carving -Exploring The Barley Twist with Beth Ireland

barley_twist_colorThe Barley twist is a sculptural form that has been used in architecture, furniture and sculpture from the beginning of recorded history. In this unique new class participants will learn the fundamentals of Architectural wood-turning as a base to layout and hand carve a traditional barley twist. Students will be free to take this project in their own personal direction. Furniture maker or artist, the Barley twist will be an unendingly fun puzzle for you to unravel. Students do not need any prior experience.

Tuition: $195.00 plus materials.


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Turning Holiday Ornaments with Casey Coyne


christmas_ornament.jpgThe holidays are approaching and what better way to decorate your tree- or your house- than with hanging ornaments that you have turned yourself. Casey Coyne turns pens, pencils, beautiful bowls and great holiday ornaments. This fun class will give you the chance to use your imagination and make some truly unique tree decorations while learning about some basic woodturning techniques. Some turning experience is helpful but not essential. Sign up today. Tuition: $65.00 (includes materials for one ornament)

Section 120408B: Thursday evening, December 4, 6:00pm – 9:30pm

Section 122008B: Saturday afternoon, December 20, 12:00pm - 4:30pm


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A “Taste of” Turned Lidded Containers with John Lorch

Turned wooden boxes are attractive, practical and make great gifts. They combine the skills from spindle, bowl and hollow turning. You can complete a turned box quickly and easily from inexpensive lumber and they are great projects that can really show off your creativity and imagination. This one day “taste of” class allows the beginner or intermediate turner the opportunity to try out some different techniques and some different tools while making a creative and nice looking lidded container in either mahogany, walnut or cherry. Students will learn secure wood mounting, tool use and the importance of project planning and design. John will demonstrate various box styles and students will be able to complete one box with a lid. John is an accomplished woodturner and teacher whose work is exhibited in galleries and gift shops throughout New England. Don’t miss this exciting new class, as you will be sure to have a great time. Tuition: $95.00 (plus materials)


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Turning Hollow Vessels with Al Czellecz

Hollow vessels, i.e. vases, bottles and jars (or any shape whose top is narrower than the bottom) can be some of the most beautiful and graceful shapes possible- but, they can also be one of the most challenging designs to master. This unique class allows students who have some prior turning experience to expand their turning repertoire and master the specialized techniques and tools used in this distinctive style of woodturning. Participants will learn about different ways of holding the work, the many different types of hollowing tools on the market, ways of making your own tools and methods for making extremely narrow necks in the same or in contrasting woods. This is not a beginner class but don’t worry if you might think you don’t have enough experience (this is how you gain the experience!!) Sign up today for this fun and rewarding class. Tuition: $195.00 plus materials


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Turning European Style Pens with Bud Poulin



For those who want to increase their turning knowledge of pens, spend the day learning how to turn those great-looking European Style pens, ones that are as unique as those available in fine gift shops. Learn the tips and techniques that produce excellent results every time. Learn the fundamentals of creating these different style pens from wood selection, tool selection, and proper lathe techniques to finishing. At the end of the class you will not only leave with the knowledge to make these great pens, but you will also have a pen of your very own.  These also make great gifts.  Fundamental pen turning knowledge recommended. Tuition: $100.00 (includes material for one pen)

 Section 033112: Saturday, March 31, 10:00am – 5:00pm


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Turn a Table Lamp with Casey Coyne

What better way to sharpen and practice your turning skills than with this unique project that will look great just about anywhere. The project combines spindle turning for the stem, faceplate turning for the base, drilling out the long hole for the wires (how do you do that??), finishing and assembly. We will include everything for the lamp except the lampshade. Your choice of Rosewood, cherry, tiger maple- or whatever we have that will suit your tastes. Don’t miss this opportunity to further your turning skills and make a useful project at the same time. Tuition: $145.00 (plus materials)


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Turning Lidded Containers; Beyond the Basics with John Lorch

turned_boxes_beyond_basics Lidded containers offer all sorts of opportunities for technical and creative exploration that can utilize all of your woodturning skills and creativity. This intensive two-day workshop is intended for students who already have some experience, but want to go beyond simple turning. After a short review of basic skills, students will begin working on their own unique turned boxes with an emphasis on practical and pleasing design. We will have some “step by step” boxes for those who might be unsure about their first “solo” design. The class will focus on forms for boxes, mounting, hollowing, lid fitting, finials and surface preparation on and off the lathe. Students are invited to bring wood and tools for individualized help. Tuition $195.00 (plus materials used)

Section 051907B: Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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“Taste of” Woodturning

john_lorch If you have been intrigued by woodturning but are not sure if you want to make the commitment to a full class, both in time and in money, then this is the class for you. This new class features our regular woodturning instructors who will be demonstrating a variety of spindle turning and bowl turning techniques. After some basic demonstrations we will get you going on the lathe to turn your first simple project - in either mahogany or walnut. Basic machine safety will be covered along with answers to questions about tools and lathes in general. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the fascinating and rewarding craft of woodturning. Tuition $65.00 (materials are included)

Section 092907B: Saturday, September 29, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

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Turning for Furniture Makers with Al Czellecz

Turning one table leg or one stair baluster takes some basic spindle turning skills but it is really not that hard to do. Turning four table legs that all look alike- that’s a little trickier! Join Al Czellecz for this great hands-on class as he shows you some of the tricks of the trade. Turning the pad foot on a cabriole leg, learning to turn from a square section to round (like the top of a table leg), special techniques for successful duplicating of parts, and turning some architectural parts such as rosettes are all important parts of this unique class. Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition $245.00 (plus materials)

Section 0030409B: Wednesday evenings, March 4 - 25, 6:00pm – 9:30pm

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Turning Plates & Platter with John Lorch

platters_John_LorchWood turned plates and platters are attractive and practical additions to any party or barbeque and serving on one you made yourself affords very special bragging rights.  In this class students will produce at least two plates that can be scaled up to serving platters.  The class will cover wood selection, orientation and mounting, tool technique and sharpening, and decorating and finishing considerations.  The importance of design and planning will be emphasized and students will learn valuable woodturning techniques and concepts that can be applied to more complex projects. Tuition $195.00 plus materials.

Section:  050410B: Tuesday evenings, May 4 - June 1,   6:00pm - 9:30pm

(no class May 25)



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Turn a Bud Vase with Rick Angus

004_Turning_Hollow_FormsSpend a day working on improving your spindle turning technique while making a couple of attractive bud vases. The great thing about these bud vases is that they are actually lined with a glass sleeve that nearly disappears from sight and allows for safe containment of liquid. The completed vases are perfect for a flower stem in water, fragrant oil and diffuser reeds or dried flowers. Materials for two vases are included in this one-day class.
While relatively simple in concept, we will use a process that allows completion of the piece on the lathe, including a friction varnish, polish and wax. Choose from an assortment of pieces of wood with interesting character and pick the shape the you desire. We will turn the shape between centers, mount in a chuck to drill a hole sized to accept a glass sleeve. You will use a spindle roughing gouge to form the initial shape, refine the form with a detail gouge or skew chisel and sand dustlessly with water or oil to a smooth finish.
The finishing touch will be a smooth glossy finish on the entire exterior, including the bottom. Just sigh the bottom and enjoy. Turners of all skill levels are welcome.

 Section:  100210B: Saturday, October 2,  9:30am – 5:00pm

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