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Schedule of Classes -   Spring / Summer - 2017:

Dedicated to promoting excellence in craftsmanship and in developing superior hand and machine woodworking skills. Workshops are designed to satisfy beginner, intermediate and advanced woodworkers in a relaxed, hands-on format.
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Fundamentals of Furniture-Making
with Bob Van Dyke & Staff

 

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This is a series of hands on furniture making classes that should be taken in succession as each project builds on skills learned in the previous classes.

This series is not a required prerequisite for other classes contained in this schedule.

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Woodworking I

Walnut Jewelry Box

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A hands-on course that covers the basic concepts of woodworking and furniture making. This eight-session class is a combination of demonstrations and hands-on practice. General shop safety (with particular concentration on using the tablesaw) is emphasized.  Students will utilize the skills, techniques and tools (both power and hand-tools) being taught in the class in the making of a walnut jewelry box. This project could also be used to store a variety of other personal items. Skills learned will provide a strong foundation for subsequent furniture-making classes. Class size is limited to 12 students.  Tuition: $395.00 plus materials ($59.00)

 

Section 040517A: Wednesday Evenings, April 5 - May 24, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

(Note: Tim Spratlin is the instructor for these classes)

(This class is a required prerequisite for other classes in the "Fundamentals of Furniture-making" series (Woodworking II & III) and has always proven worthwhile to beginner and advanced students alike. IT IS NOT A PREREQUISITE FOR ANY OTHER CLASSES ON THE SCHEDULE)

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Woodworking II

Shaker Hall Table

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An eight-session class that is a continuation of the Woodworking I class. This class utilizes a combination of hand tools and power tools in the construction of a valuable piece of furniture. Techniques learned in the previous class are put to extensive use as more advanced techniques and skills are introduced. Mortise and tenon joints, grain matching, and using handplanes are a few of the new skills students will learn while making a cherry hall table as their project. Class size is limited, Woodworking I is a prerequisite. Tuition: $395.00 plus materials ($195.00).

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(Note: Tim Spratlin is the instructor for Woodworking I & II)

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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 Craftsman Style Blanket Chest with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin

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This 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 012317A:    Monday evenings, January 23 - April 10,  6:00pm - 9:30pm

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Fundamentals of Cabinet Making

Woodturning with Corey Anderson

073 turned_round_edge_bowlThis six evening class is designed for the beginning (or frustrated) woodturner and features extensive hands-on practice each night. Woodturning is a skill that requires some basic instruction and lots of practice. Students are turning on their own lathe most of each night of the class. Class starts with basic spindle and includes a few simple projects like a mallet and spinning tops. We then move on to face plate turning which includes some cherry and mahogany bowls and plates. Along the way we spend time learning about tool sharpening and general information about lathes, tools, chucks and various jigs used in woodturning. This is a great way to safely get into woodturning and gives you a good foundation for other more advanced turning classes and projects. Corey Anderson is the past president of the Central Connecticut Woodturners Guild. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials ($49.00)

Section 041217B: Wednesday evenings, April 12 - May 17, 6:00pm 9:30pm

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Basic Woodturning with Corey Anderson

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Many people have asked for a beginning turning class to be offered in a weekend format. This class will cover much of the same material as the six-night class but because of time constraints we will not be able to cover as much material in as much depth. The class will cover spindle turning, bowl turning and basic lathe use, safety and sharpening. Students will have the opportunity to make a number of spindle and faceplate projects during the weekend including a mallet, a bowl and a small plate or platter.  This is a great introduction to the fascinating craft of woodturning. Tuition: $275.00 (plus materials: $32.00)

Section 050617B: Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7, 9:30am - 5:00pm

 

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Professional Furniture Finishing Techniques

A Woodworker's Guide to Finishing with Mike Pekovich

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Every woodworker knows the joy and stress of putting on that first coat of finish on a project. A finish can bring out the beauty of a piece, but it can also highlight every flaw. Add to that the wide range of dyes, stains and finishing products on the market and the finishing process can get down right scary. In this class, you’ll learn how easy it is to get the silky smooth, low-luster finish that is the hallmark of handcrafted furniture using a simple wipe-on finish. But there’s more to it than following the instructions on the can. Mike Pekovich, art director of Fine Woodworking magazine, will show you a simple step-by-step process that will yield excellent results every time.

The class will cover everything you need to know from preparing the surface to building a finish to final waxing. You'll also learn a simple 30-minute finish that's perfect for small projects and last-minute gifts.

And in the event you need to add a little color to your work, Mike will offer tips for preventing blotching and a strategy for combining dyes and stains in order to dial in the perfect color. Tuition: $125.00 Materials are included.

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Alternative Finishes and Surface Texturing with Kevin Rodel

Are you sick of “slathering” oil over everything? Are you tired of French Polishing? Bored with stains? Maybe you should be looking for a finish that is different, exciting and easy to achieve. This unique weekend class with well known furniture maker Kevin Rodel is just what you need. Kevin will explain and demonstrate bleaching, ebonizing, fuming, aniline dyes, the Ceruse finish and several chemical dying techniques. He will also demonstrate some surface texturing methods such as wire brushing and gouging and the effects achieved by using techniques in combination, such as; wire brushing with ebonizing or dyes, fuming and dyes, bleaching and gouging, even milk paint and gouging. Lots of possibilities, lots of fun and not too much noise! Sign up today and bring new possibilities to your furniture projects. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials

Section 072217A: Saturday & Sunday, July 22 & 23, 9:00am-5:00pm

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Six Week Furniture Making Intensive

Six Week Intensive Furniture Making with Bob Van Dyke

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Over the years I have done hundreds of classes which feature projects that teach particular skills. The problem with these project classes is that the logistics of the class prevent us from spending sufficient time on any given new skill to really understand and gain any kind of proficiency in it. In this 5 week (4 days per week) class there is no project– Just skills, technique and practice. With no project to distract us we are able to spend days rather than hours to insure learning of basic– and not so basic—furniture making skills and techniques.  I just finished a five week class with this format in November and I really believe it was one of the best classes I have offered in years. Everyone really learned a lot and had a great time!

Plan on spending two to three days on the basic milling process– a strong foundation is essential to more advanced techniques. Instead of learning just enough to get through dovetailing a drawer, plan on spending at least three full days– maybe four, on dovetails. With those new hand skills, cutting a tenon by hand turns out to be a pretty simple affair which you will be able to do!

Machine set ups? I already know how to set up the machine– so in this class I will not set anything up– You will do that– after my demo and explanation of course. You will learn what it takes to flatten a tabletop– by machine and by hand, and glue up a tabletop– using one clamp and a handplane.

We will get into planning a project, basic wood technology, buying lumber, tool sharpening, cutting joints -by machine and by hand, along with basic finishing techniques .

Ornamentation is a big part of fine furniture so plan on spending a few days on working with veneers, inlay and making decorative bandings. It is always good to get a second viewpoint so I have arranged for some guest instructors to spend a day or two with us. Will Neptune will be here to do a day of hands on carving and hopefully Mike Pekovich will be able to stop by to introduce you to some of his design ideas and techniques.

Proficiency in handtools is essential in any high end furniture making and we will spend a lot of our time on just that– plan on spending at least a whole day - probably two-  just on working with handplanes– and another whole day just on sharpening.

We will emphasize the proper and safe use of common woodshop machinery such as the table saw, jointer, thickness planer, router and bandsaw. The school has a full complement of ready to use high end hand tools and power tools which you are welcome to use. These tools also will give you some experience and guidance in picking out your own tools which you will eventually need to acquire.

This class is designed for the serious student who has both the time and the desire to commit to a comprehensive course of study. It is NOT designed for the total beginner but rather someone who has done a bit of woodworking and is now ready to get serious and really learn some skills. If you are a beginner then you should sign up for the Fundamentals of Furniture Making or the Woodworking I class.

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Section 101017A: Monday—Thursday, October 10—November 16, 8:30am—4:30pm

(note: first class is Tuesday, October 10)

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Speciality & Weekend Classes

The Next Level of Working with Veneer with Darryl Keil-

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 Darryl Keil Demi Lune 640The ability to work with veneers and incorporate them into your woodworking projects offers creative design options not possible with solid wood alone. If you want to expand your woodworking skills and creativity then this class will take you to the next level. In this two day hands on class with nationally known veneer expert, Darryl Keil students will explore the techniques and tools of veneering through creating a 12 way radial matched table top with a short grain border and inlay between the two. Darryl is one of this country’s innovators with working with vacuum presses. Because vacuum presses open up a whole level of advanced veneering techniques a portion of this class will be devoted to exploring the possibilities using a vacuum press.

Creating curved panels, veneering curves, shaped part as well as other options will be discussed and demonstrated. Darryl Keil began making furniture in 1976 after attending the Portland School of Art, and was a pioneer in the application of vacuum pressing technology to the woodworking industry. As a leading expert on veneer work he serves as a technical consultant to furniture manufacturing facilities across the country. His company, Vacuum Pressing Systems, operates out of Brunswick, ME. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from a leader in the field. Sign up today. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials

Section 050617A: Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Spoon Carving with Peter Follansbee

Follansbee spoon 640“Green” Woodworking has gained a whole new popularity in the last few years and Peter Follansbee- who has been a “green” for woodworker for over 25 years, has quietly been in the forefront of the movement.

In this 2-day class, we’ll learn the techniques for carving spoons from green wood, using a hatchet, a straight knife and a hook tool. This work is some of the most exciting green woodworking happening today. Using freshly-cut birch, apple, cherry and other woods, we will hew the rough shape, then learn safe and efficient knife technique for refining the spoon’s design. Hollowing the bowl is done with a tool called a hook knife, or spoon knife. Shaped like a question mark, this tool easily removes wood for the spoon’s bowl. We’ll focus on techniques, but tied to the spoon’s success is spoon-design. Not the decoration, but the form - we’ll learn what makes a good spoon, and how to achieve that. Each student will need to bring a small, double-bevel hatchet, and a “sloyd” knife. The easiest one of these is the Morakniv/Frost 106. Other maker’s knives are fine. Tools should be sharp. Follansbee will have some hook knives for students to use, but if you have some, be sure to bring them. He will demonstrate the chip carving on his spoon handles; but there won’t be time to work on this in class. Sharpening the tools will also be covered. Some tool recommendations: https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/some-spoon-carving-hatchets/

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Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition:$295.00 plus materials

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The Basics of Using Handplanes with Bob Van Dyke

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Handplanes can be one of the most useful and rewarding tools in the workshop – or they can be one of the most frustrating! Learn how to effectively use handplanes in your work with Ct. Valley School of Woodworking director, Bob Van Dyke. Which handplane is right for a particular job? What should you look for when buying a new or a flea market plane? How are they “tuned up”? And most importantly- how are they sharpened? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered in this exciting two-day class. We will also go thru many of the basic (and not so basic) types of handplanes- starting with the Stanley bench-planes and going on to compass planes, shoulder planes and combination planes like the Stanley #45 & #55. Because sharpening is such a basic part of using a handplane we will also make sharpening "projection jigs" for each person during class. This is a simple device that ensures the same sharpening angle each time you sharpen. The second day will be spent getting your planes sharpened and tuned up so you can start practicing using it. Techniques such as smoothing a surface, beveling a table edge, planing a curved surface, shooting edge joints, using shooting boards, fitting mortise and tenons and planing end grain will all be included. Don’t miss this unique and informative class. Space is limited. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

Section 060317A: Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4, 9:30am – 5:00pm

 

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Sharpening Hand-tools Techniques with Bob Van Dyke

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Are you tired of trying to use dull chisels and handplanes? Most people don’t use these tools effectively because they don’t know how to sharpen them or don’t realize what a sharp edge actually feels like! Many beginning woodworkers are sucked into the advertising for the latest and greatest jig to use when in fact, sharpening any chisel or plane iron is a simple and quick process that does not require a whole bunch of expensive and time consuming equipment. We will explore the techniques required to do the initial tune up the tool in order to create a razor sharp edge. Using two stones, a simple (and cheap) honing guide and a simple projection jig (that you will make in class) you will learn how to maintain that edge in under 3 minutes each time you re-sharpen. This class will focus on basic sharpening techniques but will also go into the many different types of sharpening stones, machines and guides on the market. We will also explore using a bench grinder to repair edges and what its role is in day to day sharpening.

The key to successful and fast sharpening is to have a consistent bevel angle- whatever that is. Before you start sharpening your own tools you will make a simple projection jig which ensures you are using the same angle every time you sharpen. Time permitting, sharpening a card scraper will also be demonstrated. Bring along a chisel or plane iron to work with- Please- Do not bother bringing an old beat up tool- This is NOT a Chisel Rehab class- A new tool will teach you much more and you will actually have success sharpening it. Tuition $125.00 materials are included.

Section 081317A: Sunday, August 13, 9:30 - 5:00pm

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Build a Backsaw with Matt Cianci

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In this two day class, professional saw-smith, Matt Cianci, will guide students through the process of building a 12 inch backsaw - almost from scratch. Starting with kit of rough parts (purchased by the student ahead of time - see options below) and their choice of hardwood stock for the handle, students will make a complete backsaw which will work as well, if not better, than most you can buy on the open market - and - you will have made it yourself! Instruction will begin with handle design and form, then progress through rough cutting, shaping and fitting. Students will then be guided through the critical steps of joining the back and the spring steel saw blade, and finish up construction with drilling and mounting the finished handle. Finally, students will be instructed how to file, set, and sharpen the teeth to the configuration they prefer- rip, crosscut or sash. This is a class that is sure to thrill novice through experienced woodworkers. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials 

Backsaw kits must purchased prior to class at one of the suppliers below:

Blackburn Tools: http://blackburntools.com/new-tools/new-saws-and-related/slotted-back-saw-kits/index.html

TGIAG: http://tgiag.com/

 

080517A: Saturday & Sunday, August 5 & 6,  9:30am - 5:00pm

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Make a Cutting Gauge and a Marking Knife with  Bob Van Dyke

cutting gauge smallOne of the foundations of superior furniture making is good layout. Good layout is based on the ability to cut a single accurate layout line. This is accomplished with a good layout knife and a good cutting gauge. Surprisingly good cutting gauges seem to be a thing of the past. Sure, there are some out there with really pretty rosewood and brass, but if you look a little closer you see how badly they are made, how poor the cutter is (it is ground incorrectly and it is usually installed backwards!) and they are really expensive!

Why not join Bob Van Dyke in this weekend class to make you own cutting gauge? Based on a design he learned from woodworking expert Will Neptune, this gauge has all the attributes of a great tool. It has a large face to register solidly against any surface, a long beam (12”) which lets you use it like a small panel gauge and, most importantly, a single bevel spear point cutter made from a Ron Hock marking knife. Which brings us to the other part of the class - the marking knife. Each student will begin with a ¼ inch Hock marking knife. These are about 7 ½” long. We will cut off about 2” of the blade for the marking gauge cutter and then you will have the rest as a great single bevel marking knife.

The important thing here is that you will learn some good woodworking techniques, shape your own cutting gauge to fit your hand and learn how to sharpen and use the tool, accurately over and over, meet some new people and have a good time doing it!

Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition $125.00 Plus materials ($36.00)

Section 081217A: August 12, Saturday, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Mission Rocker Drop In Seat with Mike Mascelli

Mike Mascelli rocker slip seat 640This is a class specifically designed for students who have completed the one week Mission Rocker class with Mike Pekovich.

In this one day class, students who have completed their seat frames will get a short general introduction to basic upholstery, and then learn all of the specific techniques to professionally upholstery the seat for their chair.  We will begin with installation of “zigger” springs and a sturdy decking material to form the foundation for the upholstery treatment.  The padding layers will then be built up with firm foam, softer foam and finally a Dacron batting, all of which will be consolidated with a full muslin sub cover to create the final “sit” and “loft” for your chair.  With the under upholstery complete, the show cover of premium leather-look vinyl will be properly tucked and folded, and the seat then finished off with a proper black dust cover on the bottom, making it ready for use.

The materials fee will include all of the required springs, padding, muslin and vinyl show cover (choice of brown or tan), and students may either bring their own tools or use loaner tools available in class.  Students who wish to purchase their own genuine leather show covers should be sure that they are 3-4 oz (1.0 – 2.6mm)  in weight and at least 30 x 30 inches of clear unblemished material.  One yard of other suitable upholstery fabric can also be substituted for the vinyl. Sign up today: Tuition: $125.00 plus materials

Section 091617A: Saturday, September 16, 9:00am—5:00pm

Note: If you are interested in taking this class but are not a part of  the Mike Pekovich rocker class then please contact Bob Van Dyke—This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make arrangements.

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Make a Carved Oak Box with Peter Follansbee

Follansbee Box till 640Learn about making carved oak boxes with well-known carver Peter Follansbee. Peter is one of the country’s leading authorities on 17th century carving and furniture construction and happens to be a great teacher! Based on his extensive Follansbee Carved Box 640study of 17th-century originals; these boxes will be oak, with pine tops and bottoms. The work features extensive carving on the front and sides, (“No blank space!” says Peter.) We’ll explore the various traditional patterns for the carvings, and after some practice, we’ll dive in and carve the box parts. Rabbet joints, secured by square wooden pins, form the box carcase. On the inside of the box we will make a lidded “till”, a small compartment fitting between the box front and back. Pine bottoms, attached with handmade nails, pine lids, along with a wooden “pintle” hinge, complete the project. Follansbee will have several examples along with him, and a slide presentation exploring the original boxes which will help provide context and inspiration. Don’t miss this great unique class. This is the perfect opportunity for those of you with no carving experience as 17th century style carving in wet oak is very simple and forgiving- and quite a lot of fun! Sign up today. Tuition: $ 495.00 plus materials

Section 111017B: Friday – Monday, November 10 – 13, 9:30 am – 5:00pm

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Week-long Classes

Take some time for yourself!

Spend a week with some of this country's best woodworking instructors.

Lunch break is approximately one hour. A refrigerator is available as well as local restaurants and convenience stores. Lodging assistance is available should you need it.

Build a Pennsylvania Spice Box with Steve Latta

Steve Latta Simple spice box 640Spice boxes, or chests, were popular among the Quakers of the Delaware Valley during the late seventeenth and throughout the eighteenth centuries, remaining fashionable in Pennsylvania long after falling out of style elsewhere. The boxes, whose interiors were fitted with banks of small drawers, were often displayed in the public rooms of homes, functioning as both a repository for small valuables, such as spices and silver items, and as a symbol of the family's prosperity. The cases were most often made of walnut, with inlays consisting of combinations of maple, boxwood, holly, cherry, walnut burl, locust, and red cedar set into the surface for contrast.

We are pleased to welcome back nationally known furniture maker, author and instructor, Steve Latta, whose Pennsylvania Spice Box article was  published in Fine Woodworking magazine (issue # 196). In this unique week-long class, we will cover all of the necessary steps to complete a box similar to the one pictured here. It may be small in size, a mere 21 inches in height, but it has all the complexity of a full chest-of-drawers, complete with a dovetailed case and drawers, partitions, molding and bracket feet. We will devote a portion of the class to exploring the techniques Steve uses to accomplish the intricate inlay work that is so characteristic of these great American treasures. As part of your materials you will also receive a copy of the DVD “Line & Berry Inlay” that Steve did with Lie Nielsen Toolworks. The project’s level of detail lends itself to careful work at home in your own shop- at your own pace, therefore; you should not expect to finish the whole project during your time in class. Rest assured you will finish all the machine work and at least most of the assembly. This is a great project with one of the best teachers in the country. You will learn new skills and techniques that you can use in any number of larger and more challenging projects.

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

Section 061217A: Monday – Saturday, June 12 – 17, 9:00am – 5:00pm 

(Note: This class was replaces the previously scheduled “Build and Elegant Inlaid Sofa Table with Steve Latta)   

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Tansu-Style Wall Cabinet with Mike Pekovich

Pekovich tansu cabinet SMALL 640This creative twist on the wall cabinet packs a lot of woodworking lessons into a small package. In this six-day class with Mike Pekovich, you'll learn the basics of dovetailed case construction as well as cutting through tenon joinery. You'll also learn to build and hang a door, add partitions to a case, and make classic dovetailed drawers. This striking cabinet is also a great exercise in combining a variety of elements into a single piece to create an eye-catching design. Finally, as a small bonus you will get a chance to try your hand at the decorative latticework technique of kumiko when making the door panel. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with one of our best craftsmen and teachers in constructing this heirloom wall cabinet. Sign up today. Tuition: $795.00 plus materialsPekovich tansu cabinet dovetails 640

Section 061917A: Monday—Saturday, June 19—24, 9:00am—5:00pm

 

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Fundamentals of Furniture-Making with Bob Van Dyke and Steve Kain

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This popular five-day intensive hands-on class is an opportunity to concentrate on the basics of woodworking and furniture making. Each student will make a Shaker style cherry hall table, which is a perfect vehicle to practice the machine and hand-tool techniques that we teach in the class. Subjects covered include basic shop safety, machine use (with particular emphasis on the tablesaw, jointer and planer), using handplanes, card scrapers and chisels effectively to surface and hand-fit the mortice and tenon joints, handtool sharpening, making tapered legs and grain matching and gluing up a top.  This class takes the place of Woodworking I & Woodworking II and provides a strong foundation for more advanced furniture projects. Tuition: $725.00 plus materials

Section 062617A, Monday - Friday, June 26 - June 30, 8:30am - 5:00pm

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Build a Traditional Cabinetmaker's Workbench with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin

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In this fast paced class students will have the opportunity to build the traditional cabinetmaker’s workbench they have dreamed about! Let’s face it- the benches we build in the school during the year are great (especially for the price!) but nothing beats working on a traditional workbench constructed entirely of 8/4 and 12/4 rock maple. A flat top, wide enough to accommodate most work, wooden bench dogs to hold the work in conjunction with the end vise, a sturdy shoulder vise, a tool tray to keep the smaller tools you are working with in one place and about 300 pounds of dead weight all make this bench a pleasure to work on. The massive trestle base joined with wedged mortice and tenons knocks down for easier (relatively!) moving (We have fit these into mini vans easily). We use the Lie Nielsen tail vise and Chain drive shoulder vise hardware. It is hands down the best we have ever seen. The bench is 7' long and 26" wide and weighs about 300 pounds.   This is a great project to further your woodworking skills and is a bench you will treasure for years and pass on to future generations.  Sign up today- space is limited- and be ready to work hard- you will go home with a finished workbench (minus an actual finish if you decide to add that)! Tuition: $795.00.00 plus materials (materials are approximately $1495.00- includes all Lie Nielsen Vise hardware and our own wooden benchdogs)

Section 082617A: Saturday - Friday, August 26 - September 1, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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

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Traditional Joinery & Bench Work with Handtools - Will Neptune

Will_Neptune_handtool_joineryThe satisfaction derived from cutting joinery by hand is something you may never have anticipated. Cutting precise fitting dovetails in the front edge of a cabinet side to receive the drawer dividers or laying out and cutting an angled mortise and tenon for a chair rail is not only satisfying, it is frequently much more efficient than going through all the set ups and tests involved in machine cut joinery. Learning to cut joints by hand also gives you a better understanding of how the joints work, which parts need to be precise and which parts of the joint are not so important. This new-found understanding then easily translates to machine work which now becomes easier, quicker and more logical.

Your new appreciation of traditional furniture making begins by separating joinery into two distinct categories: table joinery and carcase joinery. Accurate layout is essential and Will be concentrating on simple ways to increase your accuracy- usually by measuring less!! A variety of sample joints will be cut and perfected throughout the week. These mock-ups will give you a visual reference which can be applied to future projects. After making some simple joints such as basic mortice & tenon, and through and lapped dovetails the class will move on to more advanced and challenging joints which include angled dovetails and tenons, joints on curved work, multiple and stub tenons and housed tapered (sliding) dovetails. Tuning up the tools is a big part of learning to work with handtools so- sharpening your dovetail saw, chisels, handplanes and card scrapers along with tuning up (or making your own) marking gauge will be just as important as learning to properly use rabbit planes, shoulder planes and router planes along with using fillester, plough and dado planes. The skills you learn in this class from one of this country’s master furniture-makers and instructors will change your woodworking forever. Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition: $745.00 plus materials

Section 073117A: Monday - Friday, July 31 - August 4, 9:00am - 5:00-pm

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Creative Box Making with Doug Stowe

Doug Stowe box 1 lightened 640Well-known box maker and writer, Doug Stowe will host this unique weeklong hands-on class. Take a week off and learn from one of the best  as we look into the creative process that is always a big part of building unique and beautiful boxes. Most of us have been inspired by the many box makers exhibiting quality workmanship in creative and unique designs. As a beginning or intermediate box maker, you may wonder, “How do I get there from here?” There is a common misperception that inspiration comes from out of the blue, but our own lives and interests may provide the opening of a doorway into personal expression and meaningful work. Doug Stowe’s classes are always flexible and he makes every effort to personalize instruction and meet individual needs.    As Doug does in his own shop, in this exciting weeklong class we will start with the wood. The beauty of wood is what will provide the inspiration. Unlike other classes, you are welcome and encouraged to bring wood from your own supplies, as it expresses something very personal about each of us and carries part of our character and interests into the creative environment of the shop. Of course you can always pick the wood from the school stock also. An understanding of wood and its nature as a creative material is ground zero in the understanding of design. We begin Monday morning with a discussion of the material and its characteristics, with a particular focus on how our understanding of its properties can lead us to excellence in the final product. We will then discuss the other elements of design, and types of joints. We will quickly make necessary jigs to begin crafting boxes using a variety of joints, each personalized to the taste of the maker. Each student should be able to complete between one and three unique boxes during the week. Sign up soon. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with one of this country’s leading craftsmen. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials used.

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Section080717A: Monday—Friday, August 7—11, 9:00am—5:00pm

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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 mortise & 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. Because of the complexity of this project it is probable that the project will not be entirely completed in the 6 days of class time– but rest assured, all machining and major processes will be complete and final sanding and possibly some glue ups should be all that will be left to finish the chair in your own shops. The upholstery work for the chair is not part of the class. We can recommend upholsterers who have done nice work in the past. Participants need to have some prior woodworking experience. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

Section 072417A: Monday - Saturday, July 24 - 29, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Carving for the Furnituremaker with Mary May

Mary May 640Have you ever wanted to add carved decoration to your furniture? Professional woodcarver, Mary May, wants to help you get there. She will begin by teaching some of the basics like reading the grain and  carving in the correct grain direction, how to make efficient carving cuts, how to work through a complex carving project, and how to sharpen gouges to a razor edge. During this 5-day carving class, Mary will walk you through a variety of different projects such as floral relief carving, fan carving, traditional acanthus leaf carving, various types of molding and even how to carve a ball and claw foot. Whether you have never touched wood in your life, are a hobby woodworker, or a career furniture maker, this class will help you get to the next step of making beautiful shapes in wood. And besides that, it's a lot of fun! Don’t miss this great class with Mary– It will add a whole new level to your woodworking. Sign up today! Tuition: $ 795.00 plus materials

Section 081417A: Monday—Friday, August 14—18, 9:00am—5:00pmMary May gadrooning 640

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Build an Arts & Crafts Rocking Chair with Mike Pekovich

Pekovich rocker silo 640Learn the basics of chair making and more while building a classic Arts and Crafts rocker. In this six-day class we'll cover bent lamination techniques, angled tenon joinery and cutting tenons on curved parts, while making a rocking chair guaranteed to be the most comfortable chair in your house. Fine Woodworking magazine executive art director, Mike Pekovich, will show you his method for breaking down a complex project into simple steps that you can put to use on any project. The class is also a great lesson in building an original piece using craftsman details for an authentic Arts & Crafts look. We anticipate that participants will have most of the chair completed by the end of the class but do not be surprised if you still have some minor “finishing up” work to complete in your own shops. As a special bonus we have arranged a follow up class with well-known upholsterer and CVSW instructor Mike Mascelli. In that Saturday class participants will make the cushion necessary to complete the chair. The upholstery is, of course, something that you can also do on your own or with an upholsterer of your own choosing. check here for details: Mike Mascelli rocker slip seat 640Pekovich rocker arm 2 640

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn from a great instructor and make a great furniture project. Sign up today. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

Section 091017A: Sunday – Friday, September 10 – 15, 9:00am – 5:00pm

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Testimonials

11/2/2015

Bob,

All I can say is WOW!  Mike Mascelli is absolutely terrific!  

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5/25/2016

Bob,

I took the weekend woodturning class this weekend with Cory Anderson and just wanted to let you know how fabulous I thought he was.

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