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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.

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

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

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

 

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Carve a “Pie Crust” Tray with Will Neptune

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

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

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Build a Connecticut River Valley Chapin Chair with Will Neptune

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

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

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

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

Tuition: $995.00 plus materials

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

 

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Drafting For Furniture Making with Phil Lowe

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

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

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Traditional Veneering and Cross-banding Techniques with Phil Lowe

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

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

pdf Tool List Veneering and Crossbanding Phil Lowe 2009

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Build a Traditional Cabinetmaker's Workbench with Bob Van Dyke

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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 (24”), wooden bench dogs to hold the work in conjunction with the end vise, a sturdy shoulder vise, a tool tray to keep the smaller tools you are working with in one place and about 300 pounds of dead weight all make this bench a pleasure to work on. The massive trestle base joined with wedged mortice and tenons knocks down for easier (relatively!) moving. This is a great project to further your woodworking skills and is a bench you will treasure for years and pass on to future generations. Some homework will be required. The 4 weekend format allows students the time in between sessions to get necessary handwork complete. Sign up today- space is limited- and be ready to work hard! Tuition: $895.00 plus materials (payments can be made over the course of the class if you prefer)

 

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

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

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Beginning Electric Guitars- Build a Telecaster with Ryan Welcome

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

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

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

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Using Marquetry Techniques to Create Furniture Inlays with Steve Latta

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

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

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

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

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

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Designing Jigs and Fixtures for Furniture Making with Will Neptune

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


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

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Build a Federal Style Writing Desk with Phil Lowe

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


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

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Build a Queen Anne Style Tea Table with Phil Lowe

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

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

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Make a Dovetailed & Inlaid Box with Steve Latta

latta flower cropped smallIn this new class students will get the chance to learn a lot of new skills all packed into one weekend. The small mahogany box we will be making will feature dovetails, and floating raised panel top, some string inlay decoration and setting hinges. This is a great chance to learn a unique (and quick!) way of cutting dovetails- 1/2 on the tablesaw and 1/2 by hand. They come out great every time. Maybe you have been unsure how to go about adding a raised panel to a small box lid like this or have been intriqued with the idea of adding a simple "stinging" decoartion to your work. Here is your chance. If you have made some inlays in the past, a shaded fan or a marquetry paterae, then this would be a perfect place to use it. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the country’s leading craftsmen. Sign up today - space is limited. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials.

Section 102718A: Saturday & Sunday, October 27 & 28, 9:30 - 5:00pm Latta Dovetail box 640

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Pattern Inlay, Tapered Stringing & Decorative Borders with Steve Latta

 

Latta bird 640When most folks think of inlay, what comes to mind is period American or English furniture with a standard catalog of equally traditional designs. In this exciting new class with nationally know inlay expert, Steve Latta, this age old form of ornamentation will gain firm footing in the twenty-first century. Pattern inlay involves creating designs executed with modern tooling combined with traditional materials. Through the use of simple and sometimes complex patterns, contemporary line work designs can be set into the wood. Floral patterns, animal forms, geometric or random designs are a few of the applications we’ll look at. Inlaid borders, also made with a pattern, will be covered as well. We’ll spend time gaining an understanding of the basic materials and techniques and then see where our imaginations take us. Topics we will cover in this class include: The fundamentals of modern inlay- including tooling and materials, working up designs and learning how to set them as inlay, making patterns for both simple and complex shapes and  adding ornamental inlaid borders. The tool list is linked below- The most important tools that you should bring are a dremel and the Stew-Mac Dremel base https://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/Types_of_Tools/Routers_and_Bits/Routers/Precision_Router_Base.html

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Don’t miss this opportunity to let your creativity get the best of you! Sign up today. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials.

Section 120118B: December 1 & 2, Saturday & Sunday, 9:30 - 5:00pm Latta Lotus pattern inlay 640

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Clearing up the Confusion about Period Furniture Styles with Nickolas Kotula

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

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

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

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

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Build an Eliphalet Chapin  CT Valley Lowboy with Will Neptune

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

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

Section 021310A:

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

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Build A Work Table in the Seymour Style with Will Neptune

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

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

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

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

Tuition $695.00 plus materials

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

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Building Electric Guitars- Start to Finish with Ryan Welcome

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

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

 

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Get a Handle on Handplanes with Thomas Lie-Nielsen

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

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

Tuition: $95.00 materials are included

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

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

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In this class students will get the chance to learn a lot of new skills all packed into one small project. This elegant box features dovetails, working with veneer , an inlayed banding on the top and accurately setting hinges. This is a great chance to learn a unique (and quick!) way of cutting dovetails- 1/2 on the tablesaw and 1/2 by hand. They come out great every time. Maybe you have been wanting to learn some veneering techniques and a little about inlaying a decorative banding or stringing detail- Here is your chance. Imagine a top of tiger maple, walnut burl or crotch walnut! Don’t miss this opportunity to add to your woodworking skills while making an attractive and elegant box which be a hit to anyone who might be lucky enough to receive it!. Sign up today - space is limited. Tuition: $445.00 plus materials ($77.00)

   Section 011620A: Thursday evenings, January 16—March 26, 6:00pm – 9:30pm

Bob Van Dyke walnut box

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Build a Federal Style Side Table with Steve Latta

 

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This exciting multi-weekend class features a small walnut Federal style side table with a whole lot of challenges and a boatload of new skills to be learned. Based on an inlaid Federal side table that Steve Latta did recently for an article and video for Fine Woodworking Magazine, this class will stretch your woodworking skills. 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 with a minimal amount of dryfitting. 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. This is a simple traditional Federal table which will fit with just about any home décor and is small enough –18” wide X 17” inches deep,-to fit just about anywhere. Sign up soon– these are some skills you will be able to use over and over. This class is designed so you will be doing a lot of the detail work- inlay, dry fitting & surfacing at home in between the two weekends. Please make sure you are willing to do that before signing up. This is going to be a fun class! Note: the school has many of the inlay tools that you may use during class- but if you already own them or are planning on purchasing them- make sure you bring them along.

Tuition $845.00 plus materials

Section 100921A: Saturday & Sunday, October 9, 10 & Friday - Sunday, November 5, 6 & 7   

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Handtool Joinery Techniques and Tune-up with Will Neptune

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

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

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

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

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

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

NOTE - NEW START DATE

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Not Just Another Newport Shell Carving class with Will Neptune

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

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

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

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

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Upholstering a Traditional Slip Seat with W. Mickey Callahan

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

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

 

 

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Greene & Greene Details I with Darrell Peart

Greene_and-Greene_classGreene & Greene furniture represents some of the best work ever done in the Arts & Crafts Style and west coast furniture maker, Darrell Peart indulges his passion by working and teaching primarily in the style of these two California designers who so successfully blended some of the best features of the Arts & Crafts movement with some  of the subtleties of Asian furniture. When building furniture in the Greene & Greene style, it is essential to have a working knowledge of the design details employed by the Greene Brothers.  In the process of assembling the sample piece shown here each student will learn how to produce several G&G details with step –by-step instructions and detailed drawings for all the jigs involved.  Class discussion will also include Darrell’s views on how each of the details relate to the overall design. It's an informal atmosphere with a chance to talk woodworking and Greene and Greene. (two of Darrell’s favorite  subjects) along with learning some great techniques to incorporate into your own furniture making endeavors
The topics that we will cover in class include: blacker brackets, breadboard construction, the G & G signature exposed ebony splines and proud ebony square plugs along with cloud lifts and leg indent details. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from one of this country’s leading authorities on the Greene and Greene style. Tuition $325.00 plus materials

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Tuition: $245.00 plus materials

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

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Build a Pair Oval Veneered End Tables with Will Neptune

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

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

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Making Inlay Bandings with Steve Latta

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

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

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Beginning Marquetry with Phil Lowe

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

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

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

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Build a Wall Mounted Tool Cabinet with Bob Van Dyke

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

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

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

 

 

Coming summer 2012 as a 6 day week-long class

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Using Wooden Molding Planes with Planemaker Matt Bickford

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

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

Each student will leave with several picture frames and the ability to transfer moldings he or she sees in person or print into wood and onto their project. Sign up today - this is a great opportunity to learn the use of these versatile planes- and learn a little about how they are made. At the end of the weekend, Matt will make available for sale some of the actual planes you will be using. Tuition $325.00 plus materials ($24.00)

 Section  121220A: Saturday & Sunday,  December 12 & 13, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Rococo Woodcarving with Al Breed

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

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

Sign up soon- This class will sell out!

Tuition: $125.00 materials are included

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

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

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Greene & Greene style furniture has an appeal because, among other things, it is utterly unique. Seattle furniture maker Darrell Peart, who is a regular instructor at CVSW, wrote: “The houses and furniture designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene demanded skills well beyond those of the average craftsman. While machines were used, many of the Greenes’ designs also required of its makers a high level of hand work.” This side table project features signature Greene & Greene design elements such as "cloud lifts" on the bottom edge of the aprons, bread board ends on the top accented with ebony splines and square pegs, shaped aprons and legs. In your choice of  mahogany or cherry, this table will stretch your woodworking skills and will look great in your home. Plan on doing some of the handwork at home (or in the shop by arrangement) as there will not be time to finish the project if you leave all the work for class-time only. Don’t miss this new class. Tuition: $495.00 plus materials.

Section 102214A: Wednesday evenings, October 29 - February 11, (2015), 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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

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Making a Federal Dressing Table with Steve Latta

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

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

Tuition: $895.00 plus materials

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

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Make an Arts and Crafts Table Lamp with Mike Pekovich

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

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

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Carve the Eliphalet Chapin Cartouche with Will Neptune

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

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

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Sharpen Your SketchUp Skills with David Heim

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This class is for people who are serious about woodworking and want to learn how to use the SketchUp 3D design program to save time and money in the shop. With SketchUp, you preview the actual construction of a piece and generate absolutely accurate plans, patterns, and templates. The class is built around four rules for success for using the program to its best advantage. You bring a Windows or Mac laptop loaded with the free version of SketchUp. We spend the morning on exercises that introduce the important SketchUp tools and get you accustomed to working in a 3D space on the computer. In the afternoon, you see how the rules for success work by designing a piece of furniture. You'll also learn how to create measured drawings and a cutlist. Go to www.sketchup.com/download/all to download the free version, called SketchUp Make 2017. Please don’t use a web-based version, called SketchUp Free.

David Heim is the author of SketchUp Success for Woodworkers and the instructor for the new SketchUp for Woodworkers web site. When he’s not teaching, he’s using the program to generate models of famous furniture. Tuition: $145.00. materials are included

Section  050722B:  Saturday , May 5,  9:30am - 5:00pm

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Acanthus Leaf Carving with Will Neptune

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

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

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

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

Tuition: $255.00 plus materials

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

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Build an Arts & Crafts Style Wall Cabinet with Mike Pekovich

wine_cabinet_Mike_PekovichHone your woodworking skills on this simple, but elegant wall cabinet. Perfect for storing wine glasses or any other special things your family might treasure. The upper case has room for up to 18 wine glasses, while two drawers offer convenient storage. You'll never have to hunt for that cork screw again. Dovetails and through tenons add interest to the case and offer a fun joinery challenge. In this class you'll learn a great way to speed up hand-cut dovetails by getting a power assist from the table saw and router. In addition you'll learn how to make distinctive door joinery with just a dado blade. The doors are also a great place to add contrast and showcase book-matched panels. You can finish off the cabinet with rustic wood and rope handles or traditional arts and crafts hardware. Mike is the art director for Fine Woodworking magazine and makes beautiful Arts & Crafts Style furniture. His work can be seen at http://www.pekovichwoodworks.com/

Sign up today for this new and exciting class. Tuition $395.00 plus materials

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

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Greene & Greene Details with Darrell Peart

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

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

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

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

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Pattern Inlay & Decorative Borders with Steve Latta

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

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

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

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Think (and Build) outside the box with Mike Pekovich

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

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

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

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Carve a  Concave Newport Shell with Alf Sharp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Build a Tiger Maple & Cherry Bookcase with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin

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When I saw this bookcase on the cover of Fine Woodworking a number of years ago I knew that I would be doing it as a class- I just had to wait for the right time to put it on the schedule. This coming winter is that time!

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

The class will begin with milling the cherry framework and gluing up the tiger maple panels. Careful selection of stock is important to make the most of the maple’s natural figure. We will have plenty of mortice & tenon joints to cut and fit along with sizing and surfacing the tiger maple panels. Once the panels are ready we will apply finish to them before going ahead with the assembly of the case. The moldings on the front edges of the shelves and the top will be done a little differently than pictured. Adding the adjustable shelves and installing the top will make this project ready to bring home and finish. The bookcase will be approximately 65” high, 40 1/2” wide and 14” deep- big enough to store plenty of your favorite books but not so big that it will take over the room. Sign up today for this great class. Tuition $545.00 plus materials

Section 011118A: Thursday evenings, January 11—April 5,   6:00pm - 9:30pm

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Practical Handtool Joinery with Will Neptune

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

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

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Build a Dovetailed Tea Box 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 tea box is a great exercise in hand-cut dovetails with a power tool assist. You'll learn the basics of layout and tool selection as well as tips for sawing and scribing for a perfect fit. You'll outfit the box with a partitioned liner, which is a great lesson in bird's mouth miter joints 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 get some finish on the box in class so you should go home with a unique tea box 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 3 day class. Sign up today- space is limited.

Tuition $395.00 plus materials ($35.00)

Section 120420A: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 4- 6, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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

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

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

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Build a Chapin Round Tea Table with Will Neptune

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

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

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

Tuition $895.00 plus materials

Section 031613A: Saturday & Sunday,

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

This class was originally scheduled to beginning Feb 16

 9:30am - 5:00pm

 

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Build a Tahoma Mirror/Picture Frame with Darrell Peart

joint detailIn this one-day class, students will route and glue up a 14” X 22” Tahoma frame.   As part of the class each student will take home a CNC template for making the “S” shaped miter joint which can be used for making frames from 12” to 48”.  The “S” shaped miter makes this frame both attractive and exceptionally easy to make. When joined with pinch dogs the miter locks at 90-degress and does not slip. After glue up the “S” joint will be reinforced with an exposed spline.

Greene & Greene ebony pegs will be covered as a part of the class and a discussion on an appropriate G&G finish for the frame will be covered as well.

Tuition:$125.00 plus materials

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

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Greene & Greene Style Elliptical Table with Darrell Peart

Peart elliptical tableJoin nationally known furniture maker, Darrell Peart as we journey into the world of the Greene & Greene brothers. This 4-day class is a celebration of geometry in woodworking with a Greene & Greene twist. Although the table is small, and at 1st glance is seemingly simple - it is packed with interesting features and learning opportunities. 

The top is a true ellipse and each student will route their own elliptical pattern from a shop made 2-axis trammel.  The table features 6 legs which start out as two pieces each.  They are then bevel ripped and miter wrapped to form 5 sided legs. Glue-up of the angled leg structure is done in stages and is aided by CNC made clamping cauls that apply pressure precisely where needed. This is a truly unique project and Darrell Peart is one of this county’s leading authorities on Greene & Greene furniture styles.

This piece was a featured project in the April 2007 Issue of Woodwork Magazine (# 104). Don’t miss this opportunity to make this special heirloom piece of furniture. Sign up today.

Tuition:$595.00 plus materials

Section: 021817A: Saturday – Tuesday, February 18 - 21, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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The Next Level of Working with Veneer, all about Veneer, Vacuum Presses and Adhesives

 The 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: $275.00 plus materials

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

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Making Complex Seymour type Bandings with Steve Latta

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

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

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Build a 6-board Chest with Christopher Schwarz

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

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

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

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Build a Connecticut Breakfast table with Will Neptune

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Build a Fan Back Windsor Side Chair with Peter Galbert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hone your handtool skills with Mike Pekovich

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You can use power tools all day long, but you'll never know the true joy of the craft until you introduce hand tools into your woodworking. In this weekend class Mike Pekovich will take you through a series of skill-building exercises designed to boost competence and confidence using the essential hand tools. We'll focus on chisel, block plane, backsaw, spokeshave and scraper skills, and also take time to talk about getting truly sharp with each tool. You'll gain a better understanding of the geometry and ergonomics involved in making a hand tool work for you. The emphasis of this class is on making shavings not furniture parts, so there's no stress involved. The aim is to have fun and gain some skills and confidence with your tools that you can then bring to your woodworking projects. Mike is The Editor and Creative Director at Fine Woodworking Magazine and is a truly gifted furniture maker and designer. He prefers to work with handtools when possible. This class will fill up quickly so don’t wait too long to get signed up.

Tuition: $365.00plus materials ($26.00).

Section 041021A :Saturday & Sunday, April 10 & 11, 9:30 - 5:00pm

 

 

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Ornamental Veneer with Steve Latta

steve latta decorative veneerIn this class we will look at multiple approaches towards executing a variety of decorative motifs and techniques including bookmatching, pie patterns, and ellipses as well as more complicated forms.  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 also look at fielded panels applicable to drawer fronts, table tops and doors and we will discuss the wide range of available materials for face veneers, crossbandings and substrates.  Both traditional and modern techniques will be addressed including vacuum bag and traditional hammer veneering. Steve Latta compass rose 640

Bring a notebook…..they’ll be lots to learn! Don’t miss this unique class! Steve is one of this country’s leading experts on working with veneers and inlays.

Tuition: $295.00 plus materials

Section 111117A: Saturday & Sunday, November 11 & 12, 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

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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 121617A: Saturday & Sunday, December 16 & 17, 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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Build a Floating Top Accent Table with Mike Pekovich

sewing tea 3 640Here's a versatile little table with some funky, fun joinery going on. Over the span of two weekends, we'll try our hand at bridle joints, through-mortise-and tenons and sliding dovetails. Then we'll hold everything together with drawbore pins and top it all off by wrapping the side rails with hemp cord. There's a lot going on in a small package, and you'll walk away with not just a nice table, but a whole tool kit of design details that you can throw at other projects as well.

In quarter sawn white oak, the design has an Oriental, Arts & Crafts and rustic feel to it and can fit just about anywhere and will make a welcome addition to any room. 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. Sign up today. Space is limited. Tuition: $495.00 plus materials

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Section 111817A: Saturday & Sunday, November 18 & 19 and December 9 & 10, 9:30am—5:00pm

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Learn to Tune and Use a Japanese Hand Plane with Andrew Hunter

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At the end of this weekend course, each student will take home a fully operational Japanese hand plane and have the know how to keep is working right. What seems like a simple tool, a blade and a block of wood, the Japanese plane (Kanna) is actually a very complex instrument with many subtle qualities. The first challenge most westerners face when learning to use one is that they don't come ready to use out of the box. You are only supplied with great ingredients, but it is up to the user to get the fit between the blade and the block just right. In this course we will work together through each step of the process to bring your new plane into working order. We will cover sharpening and shaping the blade, fitting the blade to the block and profiling its sole for optimal performance. Of coarse, we will also spend time using your new plane, learning to work with your whole body, not just your arms. The weekend will wrap up by putting our new planes to the test in a friendly planing contest (kezurou-kai). So, sign up today to unlock the mystery of the Japanese hand plane and add one more tool to your woodworking arsenal. Tuition $ 365.00 Plus materials (approximately $180.00- includes a Japanese plane. If you want to supply your own plane please contact  Bob Van Dyke  - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Section 100221B: Saturday & Sunday, October 2 & 3, 9:30am—5:00pm

 

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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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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 640leslie acanthus carving 1 resizedlCome join us in learning the art of the carving the historic Acanthus Leaf. In this weekend class, Mary will walk you through the step-by-step process of how to carve this historical leaf that has been commonly used in designs since Ancient Greek times. This class is designed for both beginner and experienced carvers. 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! Sign up today. 

Tuition $345.00 plus materials

Section 041319B: Saturday & Sunday, April 13 & 14, 9:00am—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 FWW curvy fan March 2017Shaded fans were a common decorative motif in the Federal furniture of the late 18th century. They were often inlaid intoBob Van Dyke quarter fan Web the corners of table tops and drawer fronts. The segments are shaded using hot sand and then put together to create a three dimensional effect. But ¼ fans are the basic which we will start with– but that is just the beginning. Building on the basic sand shading technique, Ct Valley School of Woodworking Director, Bob Van Dyke will introduce a series of other interesting possibilities based on the basic ¼ fan design; creating circles, ½ 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, a tray or even a wall hanging. Students will have the opportunity to make a few 1/4 fans and then move on to some ovals or half fans.

Don’t miss this chance to learn some new techniques that you can start to add to your woodworking projects.

Tuition: $365.00 materials are included

Section  102321A: Saturday & Sunday, October 23 & 24, 9:30 am—5:00 pm

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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 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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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

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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: $365.00 materials included

Section 032622A: Saturday & Sunday, March 26 & 27, 9:30am—5:00pm

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

Stevbe Latta hammer Veneer 820The use of hide glue and hammer veneering goes back thousands of years. The walls of ancient Egyptian tombs portray craftsmen sawing veneers, mixing glue in a pot and laying those veneers down with the same hammer technique that is just as effective today as it was back then. Why this ancient technique has fallen out of favor eludes me. It offers a no-nonsense, streamlined approach to veneering allowing for complex patterns and quick repairs or “do-over’s” as the need arises. Join nationally known furniture maker, Steve Latta for this information packed two day workshop where we will take a hard look at hide glue and its characteristics, veneers, their preparation and usage, and the hammer veneering technique for laying them down. We’ll focus on a few simple projects such as a fielded drawer front and work our way up to the pie-pattern of a demilune top. Sign up today- this is a class you will not want to miss!

 Tuition: $365.00 plus materials

Section 041721A: Saturday & Sunday, April 17 & 18, 9:30am - 5:00pm

 

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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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The Amazing World of Carving with Mary May

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Come join us in learning the age old art of the carving wood in this 3-day beginning carving class with Nationally known woodcarver Mary May. In a relaxed hands on format, Mary will get you started with the very basics of relief carving - how to hold tools and make basic carving cuts, how to figure out grain direction, carving safety (don't point the tools towards your  body parts!), and how to sharpen tools to a razor sharp edge. Throughout the long weekend, Mary will walk you through the step-by-step process of both shallow and deep relief carving of floral designs and show you as many carving tips and tricks as she can jam into three 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! Space is limited. Sign up today. Tuition $525.00 including materials                                                              

Section 040122A: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 1—3, 9:00am—5:00pm

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Oops- That was not really a part of the Plan- Fixing Woodworking Mistakes with Bob Van Dyke

 

Bob Van Dyke fixing scewups640Have you ever had that sinking feeling when you realize you put an offset tenon on the wrong side? Or broke off a twin tenon? How about a hinge morticed in the wrong place? Or just a badly cut dovetail? Beginners are not the only ones who make mistakes– but it is the pros who have figured out how to get out of a tight spot without having to start from the beginning. Woodworking is really just problem solving and in this day long class, Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking director, Bob Van Dyke will demonstrate ways to fix simple common mistakes like fixing a hole that might have be drilled by mistake through the face of a board or fixing a loose tenon or a gappy dovetail– Those are some simple fixes- but we will then go on to explore some techniques to save some parts that most woodworkers might write off and start over again. Obviously a big part of any repair strategy is to know when something can be fixed– and fixed well– and when to cut your losses and start fresh. This is something that we will discuss and show in a series of practical examples and demonstrations. Hopefully this valuable demonstration will get you thinking hard the next time you encounter an “unexpected design opportunity”! Sign up today. Space is limited. Tuition $125.00 materials are included

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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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Rural New England Style Inlays with Steve Latta

 

lombard oval 640The furniture makers of New England, both rural and urban alike, made huge contributions to what has become known as the Federal style. Stringings, bandings, pictorials and elaborate veneer work became the preferred method of ornamentation as the styling rebelled against what was perceived as the excesses of the Chippendale era. 

During 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, bell flowers, and complex pictorial inlays which were actually frequently imported from England. Their designs reflected classical themes fully rooted in the neo-classic tradition. 

Although perceived by many as the poor “country cousins” to the more established city shops, rural cabinetmakers such as Massachusetts’s Nathan Lombard displayed incredible ingenuity in their designs. Nationally known furniture maker, author and instructor, Steve Latta, has studied this style of inlay extensively and we are pleased to host this unique hands-on class where we will get into making the unique inlays of Lombard and his New England compatriots. The famous Lombard “eagle” along with his abstract escutcheon inlay, along with unique rural techniques of banding and stringing will all be part of this unique class. Sign up today. Steve is one of the leading experts on Federal style inlay work.

Tuition: $295.00 plus materials

This class will be rescheduled for early 2018

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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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Carving in the 17th Century Style with Peter Follansbee

Follansbee salem scrolls 640Join well known Massachusetts woodcarver, Peter Follansbee for this unique hands on class. In this two-day course, students will learn the steps and processes used to recreate carving patterns from seventeenth-century furniture of England and New England. Starting with a single gouge and mallet, we will focus on technique and posture. Also considered are proportions, spacing and the relationship between background and foreground in establishing the pattern/design. Each successive practice pattern builds upon the previous example, adding more tools and concepts. We will incorporate hand-pressure, mallet work, and the use of the V-tool in outlining designs. A compass, awl and marking gauge are used to layout the geometric basis for each pattern, but freehand work is included in each a well. A range of designs will be covered, all drawn from surviving examples studied in museum and private collections. Follansbee opposing lunettes 640

A segment of the course will be devoted to a pattern Follansbee calls an “S-scroll” and multiple versions of it will be explored. Students will learn ways to combine and contrast these patterns, adapting them for use as furniture accents. Some designs are applicable as narrow framing parts, others as wider panel designs in joined furniture. V-tool work, gouge work and shaping and modeling surfaces all will be addressed. Background punches will create a textured surface, offsetting the smooth texture of the original planed panels. Various shop-made punches highlight the carved designs. Painted backgrounds will be exhibited and discussed, but will fall outside the scope of this weekend workshop. The final project in the class will be a panel design utilizing many of the techniques shown in the initial exercises. This is a great introduction to the weeklong 17th century box class that we will be doing with Peter October 12 - 16. So if you are interested in this distinctive type of furniture and carving style then don’t miss this opportunity to work with one of the leading people in this field. Tuition: $325.00 plus materialsFollansbee Frame and Panel Modified

Section 092819B, September 28 & 29, 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:$345.00 plus materials

This class is being postpopned until fall 2021 due to Covid-19

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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)

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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 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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Build an 18th Century Trestle Table with Will Neptune

Be a Part of Living History
 CVSW and THE WINDSOR  HISTORICAL SOCIETY PROJECT

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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Sharpening Hand-tools Techniques with Bob Van Dyke

 

Bob Van Dyke sharpening box640Are 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 $145.00 materials are included.

Section  032522A: Friday, March 25, 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 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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Make a Craftsman Style Blanket Chest with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin


 

037 blanket chestThis advanced workshop held over two 3-day weekends 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 & II classes or the  equivalent experience. Tuition: $945.00 (plus materials - $393.00).

Section 011522A:    Saturday - Monday  January 15 - 17 & Friday - Sunday, February 4 - 6, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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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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Testimonials

Bob,

Just a quick note to say how much I appreciated and benefitted from the recent 5 week intensive. I hope you get as much satisfaction in teaching it as we received knowledge from the class. I didn’t return with a trinket, a box or a table … but I did return with a better understanding of workmanship and the process to get there. That was exactly what I was looking for.

The dovetails continue to improve (someday they’ll meet my standards), the L-fence is already on the saw and you gave me sufficient challenges to keep me busy for some time.

I hope our paths cross again.

Best,

Butch

5/21/2021

Bob,

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. 

Myles