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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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“Spy Vs Spy” Build a pair of Unique Side Tables with Kevin Rodel

Kevin Rodel End Table Spy vs Spy lightened 640This table is based on a 1903 design by the Viennese architect, Josef Hoffmann. Kevin has made a few changes. It is a very striking design but simple to build. It features several joinery, design and decorative techniques that you can easily master and apply to other projects. These include a reverse taper leg with inlaid “cuffs” or feet, a foolproof grid construction method and a “pinwheel” top construction. We will each make two of these tables in class and students will have a choice of wood species to pick from.Kevin Rodel Viennese Table lightened 640

The design of this table lends itself to many different finishing effects and Kevin will be hosting an interesting and highly recommended class on “Alternative Finishes” such as fuming, bleaching, chemical dyes and the wire brush technique of  "jin-di-sugi" . This Alternative Finishes class immediately follows the week-long class. Sign up today.

Tuition $725.00 plus materials

Section 071717A: Monday—Friday, July 17—21, 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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