thumb Pekovich Tea Chest 1 640Spring/ Summer 2021 Class Schedule available.  Click here for more information.

Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking Instructors:

Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking (CVSW) attracts some of the best instructors in the country.

Weekend and specialty classes include everything from a one night sharpening class with Bob Van Dyke to a 5 weekend class with Will Neptune making an Eliphalet Chapin CT valley lowboy in cherry.

CVSW is proud to host frequent, regular classes with nationally known craftsmen and instructors such as Phil Lowe, Steve Latta, Will Neptune and more. These offer a mixture of single weekend skill building classes and multi-weekend project classes.

Classes with Phil Lowe have included carving a cabriole leg, using traditional hand tool skills, while project classes have featured a Queen Anne style tea table or lowboy, to a serpentine front chest of drawers.

Will Neptune’s classes include the best table saw joinery class you can imagine, cutting dovetails every which way but normal, to advanced projects like a Chippendale piecrust table, a Chapin side chair or a veneered Seymour work table.

Steve Latta brings his own unique approach to techniques such as veneering and inlays in the Federal style, along with teaching a quick, practical way of cutting dovetails on the table saw and doing string inlay using his own design for an extremely effective scratch stock.


Richard BergenIt is with great sadness that I tell you Richard Bergen lost his courageous battle with Leukemia on Thursday, April 9, 2020. He was a close personal friend for over 20 years and a huge asset in the school. Richard took dozens and dozens of classes over the years and assisted in most of the beginning classes for many years. Every studio photograph of the school furniture projects was done by Richard- free of charge!

Richard never hesitated to jump in and help out any time we needed it and was a huge help to hundreds of students..

He will be sorely missed.

Bob Van Dyke

Director: Bob Van Dyke

thumb bvd resizedAfter 18 years as an award-winning chef in French restaurants Bob left the business to begin a career in woodworking and teaching.

Andrew Hunter

thumb Andrew HunterAndrew is a custom furniture maker working and living in New York's Hudson Valley.

Matt Cianci

Matt Cianci at workMatt is a professional hand saw sharpener, hand tool woodworker and saw enthusiast who has been using and sharpening hand saws since 2002.

Peter Follansbee
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Peter lives in Kingston, Massachusetts, in an early 19th-century house. He worked as a joiner at the Plimoth Plantation.


Steve Latta

steve-lattaSteve Latta has been a professional furniture and cabinetmaker for nearly three decades and teaches woodworking at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, Pa.

Phil Lowe

083_phil_lowe1_1.jpgPhil Lowe has been involved with woodworking since 1968 and is the author of many articles in Fine Woodworking magazine.

Teri Masaschi

076t_t_teri_masaschi.jpgTeri's career in antique restoration, furniture building and furniture finishing began as a fourteen year old apprentice to a Fine Arts Dealer in Amherst, New Hampshire.

Mike Mascelli
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Mike has an extensive background in all aspects of furniture work and upholstery

Mary May

thumb Mary MayMary May has been carving wood for over 20 years.

Will Neptune

 will neptune photoWill Neptune is a furniture maker and master-carver working in the Boston area.

Darrell Peart

Darrell Peart resizedDarrell Peart resides in Seattle Washington and started his career making and selling small wooden items at Seattle's Pike Place Market.

Mike Pekovich

Mike Pekovich instructor bioMike Pekovich studied both furniture making and graphic design in college and is Art Director for FineWoodworking magazine.

Kevin Rodel

Kevin RodelKevin Rodel has over 30 years experience building and designing fine custom furniture.

Walt Scadden

 walt scadden croppedWalter trained as a stonecutter at the Art Development Program for Youth at the Hartford, CT Wadsworth Atheneum.

Nick Schade

thumb Nick Schade thumbnail.jpegGuillemot Kayaks was created by Nick Schade in 1993 to share the kayak designs he created for his own use.

Chris Schwarz

chris schwarzChristopher Schwarz is a long-time woodworker and writer who has spent the last 15 years encouraging woodworkers to embrace more handwork in their shops.

Doug Smith

thumb Douglass Smith Bio Image resized.jpegDoug Smith founded Douglass Yankee Craftsman 10 years ago to satisfy his desire to produce fine quality handcrafted wood products.

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Thanks for the last five weeks. This was one of the best learning experiences I have ever had. Thanks for your patience and I look forward to taking more courses in the future. Meanwhile, this summer, I'll keep practicing dovetails and I'll look forward to seeing you at the open house. 




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

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