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Archived Classes

Listed below are classes we have run in the past and may (or may not) run again in the future. If you see something of interest please e-mail us. We can let you know if the class is being planned again for the future.

Build the Oliver Ellsworth Card Table with Will Neptune

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Beyond Basic Inlay - Working with Shell, Mother of Pearl and Metals with Mike South

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Mike South will introduce students to the basics of cutting and inlaying various types of shell products and other materials into musical instruments and other flat surfaces. The techniques are applicable to many different materials such as veneers, brass, silver and gold sheet stock and some of the softer natural and reconstituted stones. Topics will include the choice of needed tools and supplies, types of materials, techniques for reproducing artwork for use as templates and techniques for cutting the materials and inlaying them into surfaces for decoration and embellishment. Although Mike’s current specialty is stringed instruments, he has years of experience in wood turning as well as furniture design and construction so the techniques can be used in decorating these types of projects as well. Students will be introduced to the basics of how to position themselves so that the time spent cutting is used to best advantage.  Layout and routing of the channels for the inlays will be explained so as to make for the cleanest outcomes.  Traditional patterns and motifs will be supplied by the instructor, but if students have designs or artwork that they’d like to try, they’re encouraged to bring it to class. Specialized tools and various types of shell will be available from the instructor. Other basic supplies can be purchased locally. A list of suppliers will be included so students can acquire materials and tools for future projects. Inlay work can be very challenging but also a lot of fun. Proper instruction goes a long way and the rewards for patience and persistence are very satisfying. Sign up Today! Tuition: $275.00 plus materials  ($75.00)Mike South_inlay_web_3Mike south_inlay_web_2

Section  112319B: Saturday & Sunday, November 23 & 24, 9:30am—5:00pm

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

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

Starting with a solid wood body we will bandsaw and rout the basic shape, fit and fine tune the maple neck (we will purchase pre-made necks for this beginning class), fine tune the rosewood fingerboard and install all the hardware, electronics and both pickups. Finishing is an important part of any guitar so we will also spend portions of the class time applying your choice of finishes. The end of the class will be final setup & tuning of the guitars and then a jam session to prove how good they are! Mike South has been building guitars, banjos and mandolins since 1981 and is the owner of Windjammer Instruments.  Sign up today for this exciting class and have the satisfaction of building (and playing) your own heirloom quality instrument. Specify preference for Strat or Tele, rosewood or maple fingerboard and black or white pick guard when registering.

This class meets over two weekends.

Tuition $495.00 plus materials ($439.00).

 Section 080820B: Saturday & Sunday, August 8 & 9 and September 12 & 13 , 9:30am- 5:00pm

NOTE- This class was originally scheduled to meet June 13, 14, 27 & 28. Rescheduled due to Covid-19

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Building Hollows and Rounds with Matt Bickford

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

This two-day class is ideal for anybody interested in working with this type of tool; regardless of whether your ultimate set is comprised of 2 pairs or 9, antique or new. In this workshop, Matt Bickford will guide you through the process of making a pair of #8s (8/16” radius) with a side escapement. Students will start with a beech billet and learn the many steps involved in creating a very versatile tool.

Among the many skills to be addressed are making an accurate mortise with floats, fitting a wedge, mating an iron to the bed of your plane, addressing a side escapement, heat treating, and attending to the iron’s various edges.

The class will focus on making a single, simple moulding plane, but much of the tooling and processes is directly relatable to making or rehabilitating any wooden plane. This class is limited to six people.$425.00 plus materials ($95.00) 

Section 120719A: Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8, 9:30am—5:00pm bickford building hollows and rounds 800

 

 

 

 

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Sharpening Carving Tools with Will Neptune

 

Will Neptune carving gouge 640This hands-on class features a day of sharpening and re-shaping of carving tools with nationally known furnituremaker and woodcarver Will Neptune. The tools that you buy are no where near ready to do good work. Even the “Swiss-Made” brand need significant regrinding in order to perform at their best. In this class students will regrind and sharpen at least one straight gouge along with a V tool, a double bevel skew and possibly a fishtail or backbend. With this hands-on practice you should be able to understand what is needed to keep your carving tools up to their total potential and be able to concentrate on your carving rather than the tools to do it! Sign up today– Space is limited.

Tuition: $145.00 materials included

Section 111917B: Sunday, November 19, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Black & White Bandings-An Intro to the Fascinating Art of Making Decorative Bandings with Michael Wheeler

black and white bandings Michael wheeler 640At the turn of the 18th Century, Federal Period 1790-1820, wealthy Boston Merchants were expanding trade routes to the Middle East, West Indies and China in their quest for whale oil. They brought back spices, pottery, fabric, furniture embellished with semi-precious stones and ivory. America was in the mist of a big celebration (25 years as a free nation) and wanted new, refreshing and exciting furniture. Cabinetmakers in Boston were creating a new style of furniture based on neoclassical designs. New specialists known as inlay and paterae makers were showing up to supply cabinetmakers with those specialized decorative items. Decorative bandings were created as craftsmen began to develop intricate patterns made by stacking and cutting these rare woods, cut into veneers, into specific geometric shapes gluing them into logs or “bricks”.They were than cut into thin strips ready to be set and glued into the surfaces of the furniture being made. These skills & patterns were very guarded and unfortunately were lost over time.

This hands on class with Boston restoration specialist, Michael Wheeler, will begin the process of recovering & teaching those long lost techniques and tricks of the trade. The pictured bandings all begin as a simple stack of black & white veneers, glued up to form a log. Depending  on how the log is cut and reglued they create completely different patterns of bandings. Think of this weekend class as the beginning to the fascinating and frequently mind twisting world of decorative bandings. They can be used on any number of your woodworking projects from highly embellished furniture to boxes, trays,and even picture frames. 

Michael Wheeler, Owner of Tomorrow’s Antiques, Boston, MA, NBSS Cabinet/Furniture Making 77, has been repairing and restoring Period Americana for over 40 years, specializing in Federal Furniture. He ’s been collecting & researching New England and Imported bandings & paterae’s for over 25 years. Sign up today. Space is limited. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials 

Section 120217A: Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Sand Shaded Bandings-The Fascinating Art of Making Decorative Bandings with Michael Wheeler

 

The rest of the write up will follow soon, but suffice it to say– the bandings class we did with Michel Wheeler in early December was great! People had a great time and learned

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  a whole lot about this fascinating and seemingly complex collection of techniques. In this next weekend class in what we hope will become a regular series of ornamentation classes we will concentrate on making decorative bandings that incorporate the technique of sand shading. This is a unique technique where parts are singed in hot beach sand to produce a three dimensional appearance. It is great fun and something that can be incorporated into just about any woodworking project. Michael Wheeler, Owner of Tomorrow’s Antiques, Boston, MA, NBSS Cabinet/Furniture Making 77, has been repairing and restoring Period Americana for over 40 years, specializing in Federal Furniture. He ’s been collecting & researching New England and Imported bandings & paterae’s for over 25 years. Sign up today. Space is limited.Tuition: $275.00 plus materials 

Section 060218A: Saturday & Sunday, June 2 & 3, 9:30am – 5:00pmMichael Wheeler sandshaded bandings 640

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Essential Bench Jigs with Mike Pekovich

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A sturdy bench and sharp tools are just the start when working by hand. It's also critical to support the work properly for each task and that's where bench jigs come in. The>good news is that it's fast and easy to make many of the jigs you need for accurate bench work. Join Mike Pekovich for a one-day class and build the tools that will help you with accurate planing, sawing and shooting furniture parts. Start by making an accurate shooting board for squaring ends and truing miters. Then make plane stops to handle a variety tasks. We'll finish off the day with saw hooks for crosscuts, miters and delicate trim. You'll walk away with all the jigs you need to improve your working wood with handtools. Sign up today for this unique and useful class. Tuition $125.00 plus materials

Section 052116A: Saturday May 21, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Cabinet Wood Identification with Randy Wilkinson- Its not as simple as it seems!

Randy Wilkinson Ash sassafras 800 Did you ever look at a piece of wood and wonder what wood it is? And why it looks the way it does? Were you ever confused about which wood it is: mahogany or walnut, cherry or poplar, especially if you are looking at an antique that has an aged finish on it? Distinguishing mahogany from walnut may be easy in the unfinished state, but it is not that straight forward when looking at an aged surface.

This two-day hands-on workshop will explore all these topics and more. It is designed specifically for curators, collectors, antique dealers, appraisers, and woodworkers.  The goal of this workshop is to familiarize the student with the physical properties of wood and recognize species specific wood cell structures of nineteen different species. It will also discuss the social, political and economic factors that led to the trade in some of our most cherished woods. Case studies will be introduced to show the importance of identifying wood correctly. Not knowing what species of wood you are looking at is sometimes more important than knowing what it is. 

On Saturday, basic wood anatomy will be introduced, including grain, figure, fundamental differences between softwoods and hardwoods, and more. The student will learn to identify common hardwoods that are used in antique furniture using a 10x loupe.

On Sunday, the class will be held at the Webb Dean Stevens house in Wethersfield (about 10 minutes from CVSW). Sunday’s class will run from 11:00am – 4:00pm. Students will get a rare opportunity not only to see one of the finest collections of American furniture, but also to identify woods used in a selection of great objects in an intensive and hands-on inspection.  

No experience is necessary. Tuition $365.00, plus materials which includes a hardwood sample kit, 10x loupe, The “Wood ID Bible”- Identifying Wood by Bruce Hoadley and admission to WDS. Class size is limited to 8 students. Sign up today!

Section 022622A: Saturday & Sunday, February 26 & 27, 9:30am-5:00pm

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Carving Regional Styles of Ball & Claw Feet with Will Neptune

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

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

Tuition $375.00 plus materials

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

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Figuring Out Compound Angles with Steve Brown

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

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

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

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

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

Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

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

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Simple and Straightforward Contemporary Inlay with Steve Latta

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

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

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Make a Cutting Gauge with  Bob Van Dyke

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

Why not join Bob Van Dyke in this weekend class to make you own cutting gauge. Based on a design he learned from woodworking expert Will Neptune, this gauge has all the attributes of a great marking tool. It has a large face to register solidly against any surface, a long beam (12”) which lets you use it like a small panel gauge and, most importantly, a single bevel spear point cutter made from a Ron Hock marking knife. In your choice of cherry or walnut. This tool will out perform any cutting gauge on the market today- and- you made it yourself! Sign up today. You will learn some good woodworking techniques, shape your own cutting gauge to fit your hand and learn how to sharpen and use the tool, accurately over and over, meet some new people and have a good time doing it! Tuition $145.00 plus materials ($23.00)

Section 030521A: Friday,        March 5   9:30am - 5:00pm

 

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SketchUp Success for Woodworkers 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  B:  Saturday , ,  9:30am - 5:00pm

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Creating Federal Shell Paterae with Don Williams

Don Williams Conch shell paterae640One of the hallmarks of Federal style furniture is the small oval inlay compositions known as "patera," a term probably derived from Roman oval serving trays.  One of the most popular expressions of this art form is the stylized conch shell patera, and in this one-day hands-on workshop you will be able to execute a completed patera yourself, ready for inlaying into a project once you go home.  The processes of sawing and shading the elements with scorching sand will be demonstrated first by the instructor and then you will get on to making your own.  All tools and materials will be provided by the instructor. Tuition: $149.00 plus materials.

 

Section 061117A: Sunday, June 11, 9:00am—5:00pm

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Repairing Damaged and Missing Veneers with Don Williams

Don Williams veneer replacement 640If the historical evidence (i.e. inept repair) is any indication the problem of repairing and replacing missing veneers is one that has flummoxed furniture craftsmen for generations.  The main issues for successful veneer restoration are 1) getting the grain pattern right, 2) making the new piece to fit the void of the loss perfectly, and 3) understanding and exploiting the properties of the adhesives, especially hide glue.  These topics, and more, will be covered in this one-day hands-on workshop.  The tools for this are simple, and nothing is more useful than to have a good inventory of veneer scraps in-hand.  Tools and materials will be provided by the instructor, but if you have a small veneer repair project to work on, bring it along. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to work with one of the leading experts in this field. Don recently retired from the Smithsonian Institution where he was a senior conservator for over 3 decades.  Don is also the editor and translator of the Andre Roubo books published by Lost Arts Press and the Author of Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley.

Tuition: $149.00 plus materials.  Don Williams Veneer replacement 2 640

Section 061017A: Saturday, June 10, 9:00am—5:00pm

 

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Mission Rocker Drop In Seat with Mike Mascelli

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

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

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

Section 063019A, Sunday, June 30,  9:00am—5:00pm

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

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Beyond the basic dovetail with Will Neptune

candlestand dovetails 640Dovetails are one of the basic joints in any fine furniture. They hold the parts together mechanically and do not rely on glue or mechanical fasteners and thus they outlast any other form of joinery. Basic through and lapped (half blind) dovetails are common place and have been covered in many other classes. This unique class with Will Neptune will concentrate on the factors necessary to cut any precise joinery, i.e.. sharpening, accurate layout and precise saw and chisel control. We will then go on to explore the techniques to cut other types of dovetails by hand- The sliding dovetail joining the legs to the turned base of a tripod table, the dovetails joining the drawer dividers in a chest of drawers and the housed tapered dovetail- frequently called a sliding dovetail, are just a few of the joints we will concentrate in this hands on class. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about joinery from one of this country’s best craftsmen and instructor.

Sign up today- class size is limited.

Tuition: $295.00 plus materials

Section 101417A: Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Make a Cabriole Leg with Phil Lowe

phil lowe cabriole legThe cabriole leg is a graceful and essential form in most Queen Anne style furniture and we are fortunate to have Phil Lowe, an expert in this furniture style, hosting this unique two-day hands-on class. Phil is a nationally known craftsman and author whose work and articles have appeared in Fine Woodworking Magazine for many years. Phil, who also runs his own furniture-making school and custom furniture business in Beverly, Mass. will begin by teaching students the basics of design and layout for a graceful cabriole leg that could be used in a Queen Anne style “tea table”. Students will go on to layout their own leg, bandsaw it to shape and spend time refining the shape with rasps, spokeshaves and scrapers. The class also features demonstrations of the layout and carving of a shell on the knee or a “C” scroll decorative element as well as turning a foot and pad on the leg. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the leaders in the field. Some specific tools will be required and are listed on the school web site. Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition: $325.00 plus materials

Section 012018A: Saturday & Sunday, January 20 & 21, 9:30am – 5:00pmBeldenTeaTable640

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Learn to Carve a Concave Newport Shell and a Block Front Drawer Front with Al Breed

al breed concave newport shellSome of the most iconic furniture made in the colonies was done in Newport, Rhode Island. Major elements of these pieces are the blocking and convex and concave shells on the doors and draws. In this class we’ll do the concave shell and blocking of a Newport  draw front. This will involve the layout and carving of the concave center shell as well as the process involved in doing a blocked section of the front.

The work will be sized so that you may use it as part of a chest, should you decide to make one.

Tuition: $325.00 plus materials

Section 030318A: Saturday & Sunday, March 3 & 4, 9:00am—5:00pm 

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Pekovich Tea Chest 1 640Build a Tansu Style Tea Chest with Mike Pekovich

Lots of fun surprises in a small package. This tea chest sits on a live-edge base and features a sliding door and four drawers. You’ll get to try your hand at dovetailed case construction, mitered partitions and a kumiko door panel in a two-weekend class. Mike Pekovich will lead you through this fun project start to finish and you’re bound to come away with some new skills and a new appreciation for the challenges and beauty of white oak. 

  

Mike’s elegant 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 Editor and 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. (The pottery Tea Pot is not included….)

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Tuition: $695.00 plus materials

Section 103021A: Saturday & Sunday, October 30 & 31 & December 11 & 12.  9:30 – 5:00pm

Previously scheduled for September 25, 26 & October 30 & 31

 

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Build a Dovetailed Bookcase with Mike Pekovich

pekovich hanging bookcase 2018 640Did you hear? Books are actually cool again, and here's a nice way to show off your collection A qautersawn white oak case featuring proud dovetails and through tenons is outfitted with a pair of drawers for added storage. Wrapped cord handles give it a modern look but hammered copper pulls would look right at home on this arts and crafts-inspired piece as well. This 5-day class, led by well-known furniture maker Mike Pekovich, will take place over two weekends. In the class you'll learn efficient ways to cut dovetails and through-tenons, as well as how to construct and fit traditional dovetailed drawers. It's a lot of fun in a small package and it will definitely brighten your home. Mike is the Executive Art Director for Fine Woodworking Magazine and the author of the recently released book: The Why & How of Woodworking: A Simple Approach to Making Meaningful Work. Sign up today! Tuition: $695.00 Plus materials

Section 100618A: Saturday, Sunday & Monday, October 6—8 and Saturday & Sunday November 3 & 4, 9:30am—5:00pm

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Unique & Creative Surfaces with Tim Coleman

 

Coleman Carved Table 640Join nationally known furniture maker, Tim Coleman for this fascinating look into various techniques to create visually exciting textures and patterns to furniture surfaces. In this class with Tim students will explore two primary techniques to embellish surfaces with patterns and texture using a few simple tools and a scroll saw. 

Steel stamps are commonly used to emboss leather, but they can also be used on wood.  In this two day class you will learn how to use a V carving tool to make pattern outlines, and steel stamps to create texture. Try out traditional letter and number stamps and also learn to make your own shapes and symbols from steel rod stock. Stamping is easy to learn and allows you to work quickly and spontaneously. You will also learn techniques to add color to the patterns to make them really stand out. Coleman Starbox detail 640

In the second part of the class you will learn how to cut shapes and patterns piercing through thick veneer pieces and then prepare them to laminate onto a contrasting layer of wood or veneer. You will get practice on the scroll saw and, most important, you will learn techniques for gluing down the cut pieces to achieve a clean result with very little glue squeeze out. It’s surprising how much depth can be achieved with material as thin as 1/16th inch, and effects can range from subtle to wild depending on wood and pattern selection. Tim Coleman works out of his shop in Shelbourne, Massachusetts and produces some truly unique and striking custom furniture for clients. In this class you can come with your own pattern ideas or look into Tim’s catalogue of ideas for inspiration. Whatever you do you will be sure to bring away some new skills and ideas that you can apply to your next projects. Sign up today- Space is limited.Coleman Possibilities640

Tuition $365.00 plus materials ($31.00 tax $1.97)

Section 012222A: Saturday & Sunday, January 22 & 23, 9:30am—5:00pm

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Build this Small Wall Cabinet– with Kumiko Panels– with Mike Pekovich

Pekovich kumiko cabinet no drawerSHORT 640Join Mike Pekovich and make a great little wall cabinet in this 2-weekend class. Dovetails offer a lot of strength and some nice visual interest to the case, and Mike has some great tips for cutting accurate, stress-free joinery. The frame-and-panel door gives the cabinet it's personality and offers some solid lessons in cabinet making. You'll learn how to make, fit and hang a traditional door. In addition, you'll finish it off with a kumiko panel. This traditional Japanese latticework technique is a lot of fun and can brighten up just about any project. Mike, a long-time woodworker and instructor, is the creative director at Fine Woodworking magazine and the author of The Why and How of Woodworking, Taunton Press, 2018.

Sign up today– Mike’s classes always sell out quickly!

Tuition $545.00 plus materials

Section 022319A: Saturday & Sunday, February 23 & 24 and March 30 & 31

Carve a Newport Ball & Claw Foot with Al Breed

Al Breed newport B C 640There are innumerable styles of ball and claw feet found in early furniture. The most distinctive styles are generally associated with New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Newport. They were all based on a stylized Chinese dragon’s foot and the most lifelike and distinctive of all is the ball & claw that originated in Newport, Rhode Island. Among the Rhode Island examples, the carvings from John Townsend are the most dynamic and expressive in their execution and design. In this two-day hands on class we will carve a Townsend example from an early high chest that once belonged to an early governor of Connecticut.

Al Breed is a leading expert on the history and construction of Newport Style furniture and works very closely with such distinguished institutions as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Yale Art Gallery. He has written numerous articles for Fine Woodworking Magazine. Al is also a recipient of the SAPFMM Cartouche award and runs his own school in Southern Maine.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from one of our country’s leading experts. There are a number of carving tools that you will need to bring with you. That list is on the school website www.schoolofwodworking.com.

Sign up today, space is limited. Tuition: $345.00 plus materials

Section 030219A: Saturday & Sunday, March 2 & 3, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Build a Gerstner Style Tool Chest with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin

gerstner box oak 640The longer you are a woodworker the more tools you accumulate- That is just one of those little-known laws of nature! They are usually not large tools – How many small tools have you acquired in the past 5 years? Lots- right? These are the hardest tools to store and keep track of. The Gerstner machinist tool chest meets this need with lots of small drawers to safely store those frequently used essential tools. The Gerstner tool chests- built in America since 1906, are the classic box for machinist and woodworkers alike. We thought it would be fun to offer this chest as a class. The construction is surprisingly simple- all tablesaw joinery with finger joints and locked rabbets for both the case and the drawers. To maximize drawer space the original tools chests featured felt covered steel drawer bottoms. This is a truly practical tool chest designed for the maximum storage space and strength.

We will build the pictured chest in your choice of ¼ sawn white oak or mahogany- the two most common species of original Gerstner boxes.

Join Tim Spratlin and Bob Van Dyke for this new night time class and build this welcome addition to your shop. Face it – it won’t solve your tools storage problems unless you stop buying tools (don’t be ridiculous!!) but it will be a fun project. Sign up today. Your species choice- white oak or mahogany- must be specified when enrolling in the class. Tuition: $345.00 plus materials

Section 020619A: Wednesday evenings, February 6 – March 20, 6:00pm – 9:30pm

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No– Your tablesaw is NOT trying to kill you! Getting More from your Tablesaw Than you ever Thought was Possible– with Bob Van Dyke

VanDyke L fenceThe tablesaw is one of the most basic and common shop machines in use– but it is it is frequently misunderstood and it is rarely used to its fullest potential.

In this unique demonstration Fine Woodworking Magazine Author & Director of the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, Bob Van Dyke will begin with a review of basic techniques and concepts for safe and effective use of this shop workhorse.  Bob will go on to concentrate his demonstration on the many uses of a little known tablesaw fixture called an “L” fence. With this simple and ingenious jig, tasks such as cutting any angle at all, flush cutting to a pattern and cutting concentrically larger or smaller shapes become safe, accurate and incredibly easy.

We will examine the many practical applications for these unique techniques and then go on to explore techniques for cutting accurate shoulders on curved furniture parts, simple techniques to cut angled tenons and safe and efficient ways to cut bevels on large panels without getting any burning.

Bob's presentation assumes a working knowledge of the tablesaw and will focus on techniques specific to furniture making. This is not a beginning tablesaw demonstration!

This comprehensive demonstration will leave you wondering -“It is so simple! Why didn't I think of that!”

Tuition: $85.00

Section 120619A: Friday, December 6, 9:30am - 12:30pm

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Cutting Japanese Joinery by Hand with Andrew Hunter

Andrew Hunter Scarf joint 800Take the plunge and begin to learn about Japanese Joinery- done completely by hand. Japanese furniture joints- and most Oriental joinery, is seemingly complex but under Andrew Hunter’s careful guidance you are assured of getting on the right road to learning some intriguing and fascinating furniture joints. You will begin this series with a Japanese scarf joint. This blind dadoed, rabbeted and keyed scarf joint is a mouthful to say, but with a little guidance even a beginning woodworker is capable of making one. Known as a Kanawa tsugi, it has been used in Japan for centuries to splice together two beams, creating a single, longer beam capable of sustaining multi-directional forces. For this class, the Kanawa tsugi is a great way to develop your skills as a woodworker.

Each student will make their own two-part joint entirely with hand tools. First, you will learn how to layout the joint using a center line as a reference plane, a method that allows irregular shaped members to be seamlessly fit together. Next, you will saw, chop and pare to the lines. Then, assuming the critical first steps are correct, assembly should be a breeze and the tapered pin drives it home.

Andrew will have some of his own Japanese tools for students to try or you can bring your own. The school’s Western style hand tools are also available, and this is a great opportunity to try both Western & Japanese tools to do the same jobs. Whichever tools you choose, Andrew will broaden your understanding of how to use them correctly and efficiently. He has been building furniture by hand for over 20 years and is passionate about encouraging people to strengthen their building skills and cultivate an appreciation for the craft of woodworking.  Sign up today for this truly unique and challenging class.

Tuition $295.00 plus materials

Section 121419B: Saturday & Sunday, December 14 & 15, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Cutting & Working with Your Own Veneers with Tim Coleman

Tim Coleman Sawn Veneer 640Join nationally known furniture maker, Tim Coleman for this fascinating look into the techniques used to create visually exciting textures and patterns by using veneers that you have cut yourself.

Shop-sawn veneer offers many design and construction possibilities that the thinner commercial veneer cannot. Learn how to make your own veneer using the bandsaw. Do you have a board with incredible figure- and wish you had enough to build something with it? What about stretching that board by cutting it into consecutive leaves of 1/16th inch veneer?

In this weekend hands-on class students will learn how to set up the bandsaw to cut accurate veneers. As importantly, Tim will introduce participants to the different veneer substrates and edge banding techniques along with the advantages and disadvantages of each. Adhesives play a big part in working with veneers, so this will be covered, along with the different ways of sequencing sheets of veneer to create dramatic effects and design. You can’t learn effectively by just watching a series of demos- so students will practice the techniques by making a tray- or a wall hanging- of their own design. Those of you who took Tim’s earlier class on surface ornamentation could combine effects for an over the top panel!

Tim Coleman works out of his shop in Shelburne, Massachusetts and produces unique and striking custom furniture for clients and exhibition. In this class you will develop the skills- and the ideas for different designs that you can begin applying to your next project.

The sky is the limit so join furniture maker, Tim Coleman for this unique class and learn how to use thick veneer to create decorative effects for furniture, boxes, picture or mirror frames.

Sign up today.

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Section 072019A: Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & 21, 9:30 am – 5:00pm

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Veneering on Curved Parts with Darryl Keil

Darryl Keil Demi Lune 640In this exciting new class with nationally known veneer expert, Darryl Keil students will explore the techniques and tools needed to make curved furniture parts that showcase the use of highly figured veneers. A classic demi-lune table is the project that we will use as a vehicle to learn and practice the techniques of:

Making curved aprons using Italian bending plywood

Adding the show veneer and vertical grain cross banding to the curved aprons along with a decorative inlay to separate the two

Creating a “Sunburst” veneer pattern for the Demilune top. The sunburst veneer top will also be surrounded with a contrasting short grain border and a decorative inlay to set off the two veneer patterns. Creating the sunburst on a demilune is actually more complex than it is on a circular panel because the angles of the segments change.

We will go into handling veneers, sources for veneer, adhesives and techniques to create virtually invisible seams.

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 this class will also feature the full range of capabilities of using a vacuum press.

During this unique class you will be making the primary parts for a demilune table- i.e. the curved aprons and the top. It will be up to you to add the legs and back apron on your own.

Here is a class that will give you practical knowledge and experience and will open your eyes to the endless possibilities that working with veneer offers.

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. Darryl will be assisted by his son Peter who has been taking on an increasingly responsible role in the company and expands his knowledge of working with veneers continually. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from a leader in the field. Sign up today.

Tuition: $450.00 plus materials

Section 050319A: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 3 – 5, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Mastering those “Oddball” Furniture Joints with Steve Latta

latta knuckle joint top 640When considering how to move your skills down the road, the projects you choose should offer challenges that make you pause.  In this class, we will look at several traditional forms of joinery that take more than a look or two to sort but, nonetheless, should be a part or your arsenal.   We’ll tackle rule and knuckle joints, breadboard ends and their specific applications, draw-boring and some carcass specific joints such as dovetail and dado joints and how to easily incorporate dust panels.  You will end the weekend with a handful of mock-ups and the knowledge to do them again.  This is a great course that will broaden your work possibilities. Steve Latta is one of the premier furniture makers and instructors in the country. He is a Contributing Editor for Fine Woodworking Magazine and has taught many successful classes here at CVSW. Sign up today! Space  is limited. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials

Section  112319A: Saturday & Sunday, November 23 & 24, 9:30am - 5:00pm Latta rule joint 640Latta Knuckle Joint 640

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An Introduction to Inlay with Steve Latta

pembroke leg steve latta thumbInlay is a technique missing from many folks’ arsenals of skillsets.  A little bit of inlay can go a long way in taking a casual piece to something far more formal and sophisticated- or it can just make it more interesting and fun.  In this hands on class, nationally recognized furniture maker and inlay expert, Steve Latta, will present an overview of both traditional and contemporary inlay techniques, using both hand and power tools. This is a hands on class so you will have plenty of opportunity to practice with both techniques.  You’ll walk away with an understanding of traditional stringing and inlay and be ready to experiment with adding rich accents to your work, be it a table top, drawer front or a simple decorative panel. This is a great class if you have never done any inlay but even if you have been working and experimenting on your own you owe it to yourself to study with one of the best instructors in the country. Sign up today- You do not want to miss this opportunity. Some specific tools are suggested or required. Please check the PDF below. Sign up today! Tuition: $295.00 plus materials

Section 031420A: Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15, 9:30am—5:00pm

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Learn to Carve  Moldings with Mary May         

Mary May gadrooning 640Carved moldings are an important of traditional furniture and can be a fun and unique embellishment for contemporary furniture and any number of woodworking projects. Learn from the best as Mary teaches you how to carve miles of moldings in a fun weekend class. Nationally known  carver Mary May will teach you effective methods of how to lay out a design along a length of shaped molding, and how to carve bead, rope, egg and dart, gadroon, and leaf moldings. She will share tips and tricks of how to get into "production mode" where you can carve these architectural features quickly and efficiently. Opened to beginning 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

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Section 030720A: Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8, 9:00am—5:00pm

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Router Madness with Bob Van Dyke

CVSW brandThe router is one of the most versatile power tools in the shop but many people utilize only a fraction of its actual capabilities. Most beginners think of the router for rounding over or chamfering edges of a board but with some understanding of how things work and a little imagination the router can be used for accurate mortises, tenons, dadoes, raised panel doors and more!  In this daylong class of demonstrations, Fine Woodworking Magazine Contributing Editor Bob Van Dyke will explore the capabilities of routers, the many different kinds of routers, what features are important and what are not. We will get into the many different types of router bits available and what to look for. Router tables are a big part of router work and we will explore the many different options, including Bob’s “$15.00 router lift”!  Don’t miss this opportunity to really understand how this important tool works. Tuition $125.00

Section 012520A: Saturday, January 25, 9:30 am—5:00pm

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Building a Windsor Chair : A Comprehensive demo by David Douyard

Dave Douyard Sack Back 800Building a Windsor chair can be daunting to those new to the craft, but with a bit of exposure, inspiration can replace hesitation and get you on your way to building comfortable, durable and beautiful chairs.
This two day seminar will focus on many of the varied skills that go into producing a classic Windsor chair. From splitting the log, shaving the parts, steambending, turning, joinery, carving and finishing, you’ll watch as well-known Connecticut chair builder David Douyard constructs a classic Sack-back Windsor chair. David will explain the process as he goes and answer the many questions that always come up. Come with an open mind, a notebook and a camera to catch all the action. We are scheduling a weeklong Windsor class summer 2020 where each participant will make their own Sackback Windsor chair. This demo weekend is a great introduction to that weeklong class. Either way– Don’t miss it! Sign up today! Tuition $275.00– Materials are included


Section 022920A: Saturday & Sunday, February 29 & March 1, 9:30am—5:00pm

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All-in-one Dovetail Station with Mike Pekovich

Mike Pekovich Dovetail station three 800Come for the weekend and build a small version of what is affectionately known as a "bat house" at CVSW (where did that name come from???). If you have cut dovetails at the school you've probably used one to rout the waste between the pins on the dovetails. While that task alone makes it worthwhile to make one, it can also handle just about every other work holding dovetail task you can think of. From holding the stock upright for sawing to securely holding the stock for chopping, this fixture will help make the job easier. If you're lacking a work bench you can just clamp it to a table and you're ready to go. From marking and sawing, to routing and chopping, the dovetail station has you covered. We'll spend the first day making it and the second day learning how to put it to use to cut dovetails better than any you have ever thought you could do. Sign up today. Space is limited.

Tuition: $365.00 plus materials

Section 042322A: Saturday & Sunday, April 23 & 24, 9:30am – 5:00pm 

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Introduction to Hammer Veneering with Al Breed

Al Breed federal veneered chest detail 800x620The 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 techniques which are just as effective today as it was back then.  This ancient technique offers a no-nonsense, streamlined approach to veneering which allows for complex patterns and quick repairs or “do-over’s” as the need arises. Join nationally known furniture maker & Sapfm Cartouche award recipient, Al Breed for this information packed two day workshop where we will take a hard look at hide glue and its characteristics, toothing & sizing the substrate and the veneers, their preparation and usage, and the hammer veneering technique for laying them down.  We will practice these techniques  by working on a panel with a  surrounding crossbanding of a contrasting wood such as would be used for a drawer front.

The skills you will learn could be applied to any project incorporating veneers. The limit is only your imagination! Sign up today- this is a class you will not want to miss!

Tuition: $345.00 plus materials

Section 112120A: Saturday & Sunday, November 21 & 22, 9:30am—5:00pm

 

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Build an Arts & Crafts Style Side Table with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin

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This six day (3 weekends) intensive hands-on class is an opportunity to concentrate on good solid furniture making techniques. Maybe you have been working in the shop for years but never really knew if you were doing things efficiently or correctly- or- maybe you are fairly new to woodworking and want to get a good solid foundation in the basics of furniture making. During the three weekends each participant will make a quartersawn white oak Arts & Crafts Style side table. This is a great vehicle to learn and practice solid joinery techniques along with surfacing stock with a handplane & card scraper. Grain matching is essential to any table and we will concentrate on that when we glue up our tops. We will make a fit a drawer and start building a shellac finish that will impart a lasting beauty to your project.

This is not a class for complete beginners. Woodworking I & II– or the equivalent is required. This class assumes some experience with tablesaws, routers and some handtools. This class provides a strong foundation for more advanced furniture projects while making a great side table that will compliment any home. Sign up today- space is limited to 8 students.

Tuition: $945.00 plus materials

Section 040722A: , 9:30am—5:00pm

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Making Shaker Oval Boxes with Doug Smith

Doug Smith Shaker oval box fingers 800Shaker 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: $365.00 plus materials.

Section 012321B: Saturday & Sunday, January 23 & 24, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Learn the Craft of Windsor Chairmaking– Build this Perch Stool with David Douyard     

Dave Douyard perch stool 800This 3- day class will take you through the process of building a "Perch Stool", a variation of a Windsor style chair. Utilizing hand tools, this project introduces you to many of the techniques used to make a more complicated Windsor style stool, beginning with lumber selection, hand shaping, working with compound angles and all the way through to final assembly.

This class will introduce you to the basic handtools used in any green woodworking project including drawknife, spokeshave, reamer, adze, scorp and scrapers. We will be laying out and drilling compound angles along with utilizing moisture content and grain orientation to make strong, long lasting chair joints. We will also be using traditional hide glue for assembly. Join us in this unique class and get a taste of green woodworking and Windsor chair making. Due to the logistics of the class all turned parts will be provided but the turning of those parts will be demonstrated by Dave. You should expect to go home with a completed (or nearly completed!) great looking stool.  Sign up today. Space is limited to 8 students. Tuition: $425.00 plus materials ($95.00)

Section 032522B: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, March 25 - 27, 9:30am—5:00PM

 

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Carve the “Green Man” with Mary May

Mary May Green Man 800Have you ever seen those faces with the leaves flowing from them?  Pretty cool- aren’t they?? Join professional woodcarver, Mary May, in carving the traditional Greenman. You don't need any carving experience for this class, as Mary will walk you through every step from start to finish. She will show you how to carve challenging facial features and curling, overlapping oak leaves. Bring a mirror so you can carve a self-portrait greenman!

Sign up soon- space is limited to 8 students. Tuition: $495.00 plus materials

Section 043021A: Friday—Sunday, April 30—May 2, 9:00am—5:00pm

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Build an Arts & Crafts Inspired Bookshelf with Mike Pekovich

Mike Pekovich wall hung bookshelf 800Did you hear? Books are actually cool again, and here's a nice way to show off a small part of your collection. This compact bookshelf can sit on your desk or hang from a wall and it turns any space into your personal library.  Rustic white oak and exposed joinery give it an Arts & Crafts feel with storybook charm. We'll even add some simple chip carving to finish off the project and add a new skill to your toolbox. In this two-weekend class led by Mike Pekovich, you'll learn efficient ways to cut dovetails and through-tenons, as well as how to construct and fit drawers. It's a lot of fun in a small package and it will definitely brighten your home. Sign up today- Class is limited to 8 participants. Don’t miss it!

Tuition $695.00 plus materials

Section 051521A: Saturday & Sunday, May 15 & 16 & June 5 & 6, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Introduction to the Art of Kumiko with Mike Pekovich

Mike Pekovich twin Kumiko boxes 2 2021 800Are you looking to spice up your work in a novel 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 is making its way into contemporary furniture and boxes. The elegant geometric patterns of kumiko begin with a simple half-lap grid. From there each square is filled out with small, precisely beveled parts until the pattern emerges.

In this 3-day weekend class you'll start by building a pair of mitered boxes, where you'll learn how to work safely and accurately with small parts at the tablesaw. After that, you'll learn to make two different traditional kumiko patterns that you can use to top off the boxes. Most students come away with two completed boxes at the end of class (just in case you still need to check off some holiday gifts!).

Sign up today! Space is limited

Tuition: $495.00 Plus materials ($80.00)

Section 121721A: Friday – Sunday, December 17 – 19, 9:30am – 5:00pm  

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Figuring Out Moldings with Chuck Bender

Chuck Bender Chapin pediment molding 800Sometimes you look at a molding on a piece of furniture and you wonder– How could I possibly make that with the tools I have? You would be surprised how many different complex molding profiles are within your grasp using just a router table, stock router bits and a table saw.

Moldings make an otherwise ordinary piece of furniture special.  With a little creativity, you can make the exact shape and size molding you need and want.

In this two-day class, Chuck Bender walks you through a series of progressively more elaborate moldings using stock router bits and standard woodworking power tools. This is a hands on class. You will be making some molding profiles that you can then bring home to duplicate in your own shops. Don’t miss this unique and informative class. Chuck Bender is a superb furniture maker, runs his own furniture making school in PA and is the 2022 SAPFM cartouche award recipient. Sign up today.

Tuition: $365.00 plus materials

Section 030522A: Saturday & Sunday, March 5 & 6, 9:30am—5:00pm

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The next step in Basic Upholstery with Mike Mascelli

A Fully Upholstered Side Chair

Mike Mascelli Upholstered chair weeklong 640This class has been specially created for students who want to learn the basics of upholstery while taking home a rewarding and challenging project.  If you are new to upholstery or have taken some of Mike's classes before- you will get more out of this class than you thought possible The class will present and build on skills including the installation of webbing and edge roll and the layering of upholstery foam and Dacron.  In addition, students will utilize zig zag springs ("ziggers") to create a very comfortable seat, and then complete a fully hand sewn outside back using blind stitches, for a finished professional look.

Each class day will feature a short Powerpoint presentation highlighting aspects of the upholstery trade, and demonstrations of all the key skills, including springing, webbing, hand sewing, cutting and installing foam, and a one on one lesson with each student, in the proper techniques for measuring and cutting show cover material.

Each student will be provided with a bare side chair frame (in cherry), and all the necessary materials to completely upholster it, other than the show cover.  Students will be required to bring at least 2 yds (standard 54” material) of their own show cover material to complete the project.  Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any specific questions about this. Leather show covers are NOT appropriate for this class. Students are encouraged to bring their own tools, but loaner tools will be available for all students who may need them.

For those of you who have taken Mike’s beginning class- you know how complete, organized, knowledgeable and passionate he is. You are guaranteed to learn more than you ever expected- and have a great time in the process! Don’t wait around- this class will fill up and it is strictly limited to 8 students.

Tuition: $365.00 plus materials

Section 062522A: Saturday & Sunday, June 25 & 26, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Classical Chinese Furniture– The Roots of Western Furniture– with Andrew Hunter

Andrew Hunter Chinese Furniture 1The Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) was a bright point in China's long history, where arts and culture reached a pinnacle of taste and style.   The furniture that came out of this era is some of the finest the world has ever known. Yet, to many, in the West traditional Chinese furniture is relatively unknown. Graceful designs, superlative material and fine craftsmanship are defining elements of this style. 

 Professional Furniture maker and educator, Andrew Hunter will spend the day discussing the history of furniture making in China with an emphasis on what made Ming style or Classical Chinese furniture so special.   This lecture-based class will begin with an introduction to furniture making in China and the history that led to it's refinement. We will also investigate the influence classical Chinese furniture has had on modern furniture designs from Queen Anne to Mid-century modern.  And of course, we will examine the intricate joinery that held it together for all these years!  So join us for this unique opportunity to learn something new. Tuition: $145.00 Materials are included

Section 043022A, Saturday, April 30, 9:30am - 5:00pm     

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

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

 

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

                        6:00pm – 9:30pm  

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Woodworking III

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

Make a Shaker Candle Stand Table with Bob Van Dyke

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

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

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

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

Tuition: $445.00 (plus materials)

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

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Shaker Wall Clock with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin

046_shaker_clock.jpgThis 10-session (approximately) class continues the Fundamentals of Furniture-making series and concentrates on carcase construction while allowing you to refine your woodworking skills. Building the Shaker style wall clock (in cherry or walnut) emphasizes the use of handtools in fitting joints, creating a glass like surface on the wood and beveling the bookmatched back. Students will learn more advanced techniques including resawing, bookmatching, handfitting hinges and precise joinery techniques. You will have your choice of standard quartz movement or the more traditional (but more expensive!) mechanical movemnet. Tuition: $445.00 plus materials.

 

Section 011320A: Monday evenings, January 13 - March 30,  6:00pm - 9:30 

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

 

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

 Tuition: $595.00 (plus materials).

 

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

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Make a Craftsman Style Morris Chair with Bob Van Dyke

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

 

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

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Bow Front Writing Desk with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Build a Federal Style Side Table with Bob Van Dyke

walnut hepplewhite table resized 2This exciting new class features a small Federal or Hepplewhite style side table with a whole lot of  challenges and a boatload of new skills to be learned. The focus of this class will be efficiency – in joinery, in ornamentation and in design. Efficiency in joinery means doing as much joinery as possible all at once and making joints that fit right off the machines. This project also features many techniques that may be new to a number of you. Working with veneer for the drawer front, dovetailing and cockbeading a drawer and adding cuff inlay and stringing to the legs, all turn a basically simple table into an heirloom piece you can be proud of. We will also be making some of the tools you will need to do the inlay work. This is a simple traditional Federal table which will fit with just about any home décor (and is small enough, 23” wide X 17” inches deep, or you can opt to do a small square table, 17” X 17”) to fit just about anywhere. Sign up soon – these are some skills you will be able to use over and over. There will be certain handwork that you may be required to complete outside of class. Please make sure you are willing to do that before signing up. This is going to be a fun class!

Tuition $595.00 plus materials

Section 012615A: Monday evenings, January 26 - April 20, 6:00pm- 9:30pm

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Make an Arts & Crafts Style Display Case with Bob Van Dyke

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

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

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

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

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

Hope you can make it

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

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Design & Build an Arts & Crafts Style  Table

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

Tuition: $425.00 plus materials

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

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

 

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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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Building Kitchen Cabinets with Tim Spratlin

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The pinnacle of home cabinetmaking is the kitchen cabinet. This is also a subject that many people have asked for over the years. Tim Spratlin is a professional cabinet maker and is able to show you loads of time saving techniques to help you on your way to building your own kitchen cabinets. You may just be interested in a simpler project like a bathroom vanity– but the techniques and principles are all the same! Tim will review the standards involved in modern kitchen design; ie. the height of counters, depths of cabinets, etc., and demonstrate the installation process. The cabinet you will make in class is a small (about 28” wide) free standing unit that utilizes all the challenges you will face in building a full set of cabinets. The project will incorporate a face frame, a raised panel door, a drawer, a laminated top and European hardware.  Options for different types of countertops will be discussed. The cabinet you make in class could then be used at home as a free standing vanity, a storage cabinet or even a sharpening station in a workshop- but more importantly, it will give you the knowledge and confidence to tackle that larger kitchen project that you have been putting off!  If you’ve been waiting for the right time to rebuild your kitchen, then this class will get you started on the right track.  Please note: This is a 4 day class spread out over two weekends.

Tuition $495.00 plus materials ($267.00).

Section 101720A:    Saturday & Sunday, October 17, 18 & November 7 & 8, 9:30m—5:00pm

This class was originally scheduled for April 25 & 26 and May 2& 3

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Turn a Bud Vase with Rick Angus

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

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

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Small Woodturning Projects with Rick Angus

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This weekend class is designed to give beginning and intermediate woodturners a great opportunity to make a number of small projects while learning, polishing and perfecting their turning skills. We start with a review of tools used in turning, tool sharpening, sanding and finishing on the lathe. During the first morning, the projects will be chosen from a list including:

Bud Vase, Spinning Toy Top, Tool Handle for a Reversible Screwdriver, Spoon (with some light carving), Whistle, Rolling Pin, Mushroom and other ideas from students.

Safety is always important and will be emphasized throughout the course. Students will gain valuable experience and make some great projects which will help build confidence to continue the quest to master the art of woodturning. Sigh up today. Space is limited. Tuition: $ 275.00 plus materials ($55.00)

Section 042818B: Saturday & Sunday,

April 28 & 29, 9:30am—5:00pm

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Woodturning II with Rick Angus

Rick Angus Bowl 640Now that you have made a few bowls on a glue block, join us to learn the next level of cross-grain bowl turning techniques.  We will use the fundamental cutting technique taught in the Basic Woodturning class and begin class with a refresher exercise.  We add additional wood mounting techniques including four-jaw chucks, single screw mounting and very accurate rim jam chucking.  Workflow will be a three-step process, each step using a different mounting technique.   These methods add versatility to your repertoire and assure accurate mounting on the same axis each time.  The result will be a consistent efficient process.  

Sharp tools are crucial to good woodturning.  Following a demonstration, try your hand at sharpening tools.  Bring your own tools and learn to sharpen them (keep in mind that badly profiled tool may require too much work to complete in class, but we will get you started.)  Efficient sanding and finishing techniques will be covered as well.

Class is limited to those who have completed the Night time Beginning Woodturning or the weekend Basic Woodturning so that we all begin with a consistent experience.  Bring your design ideas, tools and questions and prepare to jump to the next level of cross-grain turning.   Sign up today. Space is limited.

Tuition: $295.00 plus materials

Section 102619B: Saturday & Sunday, October 26 & 27, 9:30am – 5:00pm

 

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The Taming of the Skew with Rick Angus

Rick Angus Skew 800Become one with your skew! it’s the only one used during this class. 

Chisels likely were the original turning tools and they are today’s go-to tools for leaving a super smooth finish on spindle work.  Their versatility includes not only a planing or chamfer cut leaving baby-skin-smooth surfaces but rolling beads in tight places, making shallow coves, end-grain facing, marking distances between features with great accuracy and making notches for starting tight coves with a detail gouge.  Its also a great roughing gouge!

Spend a day understanding the variety of chisel profiles available to the modern turner and the benefits of each shape.  One will do most spindle tasks but three or four will do nearly everything spindle—yes even coves! 

We start with a finely sharpened double beveled, curved, skewed woodturning chisel (The Skew!) provided by the school.  With it we will prepare totem poles demonstrating the following cutting techniques:

Rough a billet to a cylinder using two cut types: planing and peeling,

Plane the cylinder to a smooth, uniform diameter round,

Face the endgrain square to the axis,

Cut a chamfer,

Mark features,

Cut notches for beginning beads and coves,

Roll beads and cut shallow coves (small coves best are made with a detail gouge),

Use an angled parting tool (also a chisel) for nearly flawless cut-offs.

If we make good progress, we can make a spinning top from a billet. 

Please bring any chisels that you own for evaluation and sharpening.  Fortunately, chisel sharpening is straight-forward using a platform and a wheel grinder.  Sharpening strategies will be discussed and the grinder, honing (1200 grit) and possibly stropping methods will be used.  Students can expect to sharpen one or more of their chisels and use it during the class.  Students will be able to balance the amount of turning/sharpening to their individual needs. Sign up today– space is limited.

Tuition: $125.00 plus materials (TBD)

Section 102520B: Sunday, October 25, 9:00am—5:00pm

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Spindle Turning for Furniture making with Rick Angus

rick angus spindle turning 800How do the masters make duplicate spindle pieces for furniture—and do it in a profitable manner?  The answer? Practice, some special techniques and utilizing a template system which allows easy, quickly and accurate marking of turning blanks. The cutting of the marked piece is done in many small steps, always in the same order,  to maintain a consistency in workflow.  This gave consistency of finished appearance. 

To make a replacement spindle or to make a set of identical pieces, a template is made which has all the features of the piece: coves, beads, cylinders, faces and chamfers.  Next, critical diameters and the lengths of features are measured and added to the template.  All the information is now at hand to begin producing multiple parts.

Practice & repetition is critical to success in spindle turning– especially if you want all the components to be the same! We will be practicing spindle turning techniques with gouges and with the skew chisel throughout the class.

Rick will be guiding participants in some basic duplicating techniques and then students will move on to making a template and executing  their own (withing reason!) project.

 

 The school will provide all materials and tools required but please bring any of your own tools  that you would like to use and some designs or design ideas.  You should go home with a set of duplicate spindles and the templates that allow you to make even more at home—and the knowledge of how to make more. Sign up today. Space is limited. Tuition: $365.00 plus materials

 

Section 031321B: Saturday & Sunday, March 13 & 14, 9:30 AM—5:00PM

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Introduction to Segmented Turning with David Heim

David Heim Segmented Vase 800In this style of turning, small wedge-shaped pieces of wood are glued into rings which are then glued to larger pieces of a different color or texture to form a blank ready for turning a bowl or other vessel. The size and shape of these parts can be just about anything your imagination comes up with. Likewise, any number of different woods can be used for contrast or to form a complex, multicolored pattern.

In this class students will learn the process of forming the turning blank and will cut and glue the segments precisely, with a minimum of sanding and trimming. We will explore strategies for clamping the rings during glue-up and investigate how variations in the glued-up blank affect the final pattern in the finished vessel.David Heim Segmented woodturnig assembly 800

This is sure to be a fun and rewarding class. Participants should have some turning experience.

Tuition $365.00 plus materials

Section 031922B: Saturday & Sunday, March 19 & 20, 2022, 9:30am – 5:00pm

Note: This class was previously scheduled for Novemebr 6 & 7, 2021

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Turn a Solid Wood Goblet with Rick Angus

Rick Angus Goblet 2021 800A goblet can be an elegant project to advance your skills.  The outside is shaped using classic spindle turning technique but the inside of the bowl requires hollowing that utilizes an end-grain scraping technique which leaves a remarkably smooth surface.  Thin walls of the bowl are created by shaping the outside after completing the inside. 

We begin with a refresher on spindle turning technique and will use this to create a cylinder with a tenon.  Rough shaping of the bowl is spindle turning but the bowl of the goblet is done with a variety of scraping techniques.  The bowl shape is finalized with the spindle gouge and we then shape the stem and add small decorative beads and coves.  An undercutting parting cut finishes all but a very small stub on the bottom of the foot which is carved or danded off later. 

Join Rick for this exciting new class which will fire up your turning skills and have a great time in the process! Space is limited.

Tuition: $365.00 plus materials

Section 040222B: Saturday & Sunday, April 2 & 3, 9:30am—5:00pm

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Turning Plates & Platters with Rick Angus

Rick Angus Platters 2021 800Wooden plates & platters are great projects to expand your bowl making skills and are a great way to use up off cuts from other projects that are not using thick stock. The design opportunities for plates focuses on creating an attractive rim that looks elegant yet holds food on the plate and allows an easy grip for removing the plate from a table with one hand. 

As thin as they are we will analyze how the shallow “bowl” portion in the center accommodates the relationship between the rim (that you see mostly from the top) and a wide foot (seen mostly from the bottom).  The key to this analysis is the side view and we use some examples of plates cut through the middle to expose the profile of the plate. 

Students review all bowl-making techniques using deep gouges and scrapers within this thin-bowl design constraint. 

The class focuses on designing and creating details on the rim and foot of the plate– and– having a good time of course!! Sign up today– space is limited. Tuition: $ 345.00 plus materials

Section 030222B: Wednesday evenings, March 2—April 6, 6:00pm—9:30pm

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The Taming of the Skew with Rick Angus

Rick Angus Skew 800Become one with your skew! It’s the only tool we will use during this class.

Chisels likely were the original turning tools and they are today’s go-to tools for leaving a super smooth finish on spindle work. Their versatility includes not only a planing cuts that leave a super smooth surfaces but rolling beads in tight places, making shallow coves, end-grain cuts and making notches for starting tight coves with a detail gouge. Its also a great roughing gouge!

Spend a day understanding the variety of chisel profiles available to the modern turner and the benefits of each shape.

Sign up today– space is limited.

Tuition: $145.00 plus materials (TBD).

Section 050122B: Sunday, May 1, 9:30am—5:00pm

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Basic "Brown and Shiny" with Mike Mascelli

This class specifically designed for furniture makers who are frustrated finishers. We will cover the most common wood coloring and finishing tasks, using readily available “off the shelf” materials and equipment. Scope will include finishing new and antique wood, using brush, pad, and aerosol techniques. We will not cover the use of spray equipment.

Topics will include:

  • How surface preparation affects the look
  • The basic chemistry of dyes and pigments
  • The irreplaceable organics: Shellac, asphaltum and linseed oil
  • A primer on lacquer, poly, and waterbase finishes
  • Getting a professional look with glazing, toning and shading
  • Matching an existing finish
  • Simple spot repair techniques – Faux finishing
  • How to figure out what is in the can
  • Rubbing out a finish

Students will do hands on activities to create a number of well-known finishes including Pumpkin Pine, Aged Oak, Perfect Cherry, and Classic Mahogany, on various woods, as well as techniques for “popping the grain” adding shadow lines, rubbing out, and creating custom appearances. Students are encouraged to bring small projects, or samples of their choice. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials Sign up today- Space is limited.  MIke Mascelli_HeadShot_web

Section 100816B: Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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The Case for Using Shellac in Fine Finishing with Tad Fallon

garnet shellacAs furniture conservator, I often rely on shellac as my go-to finish, for its tremendous versatility and proven long-term stability. Shellac is a beautiful and durable finish for a wide range of applications. It is also re-treatable; as a solvent release finish it is continuously soluble in its carrier, denatured alcohol. This important distinction allows a shellac finish to be easily repaired, both on-site and in the studio. Shellac is also ideal for touch-ups, using pigments and dyes with prepared shellac as a binder.
In this two day workshop, we will explore the various varieties of shellac, learning to recognize the subtle differences between the types that can be utilized according to the needs of the project. French Polishing will be discussed and demonstrated, along with a “modified” padding technique where oil is not used. Both brushing and padding methods and materials will be reviewed and discussed. The repair and touch up of a previously finished piece will also be discussed and demonstrated, and will incorporate pigments, dyes, brushes, and matting agents. Professional touch-up kits will be available for optional purchase.
Tad Fallon is the co-owner of Fallon & Wilkinson - a small furniture conservation shop that specializes in restoring 18th & 19th century high end furniture. Tad has written numerous papers for the trade and has taught many workshops for professional furniture conservators. Sign up today! Tuition $275.00 plus materials.

 

New 2016 weekend dates coming soon.

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A Woodworker's Guide to Finishing with Mike Pekovich

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

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

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

This class will be scheduled again fall 2018

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Arts & Crafts Style Coffee Table

This class is essentially the same as the Shaker Hall Table class but features a different project. The class further develops the skills begun in Woodworking I and adds new ones such as using a handplane to surface furniture parts, matching grain to achieve a harmonious looking piece, hand-fitting mortice and tenons joints, gluing up a table top and more. This class also features wedged thru mortise & tenons which look great and are a good challenge to your woodworking skills. The project is a cherry coffee table which is approximately 22" X 46", has a lower shelf for books or magazines and will look great in just about any room. Because of the difference in styles you might want to do this class even if you have already done the Hall Table. Tuition: $295.00 (plus materials).

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Woodworking II

Arts & Crafts Style Hall Table

An eight-session (or four - day) class that is a continuation of the Woodworking I class. This new project features a handsome Arts & Crafts style hall or sofa table which fits in just about any home . The project is a perfect vehicle to learn new skills with handtools and powertools while making a valuable piece of furniture that will become a family heirloom. Techniques learned in the woodworking I are reinforced as new techniques and skills are introduced. Laying out, cutting and handfitting mortice and tenon joints, a dovetailed drawer, grain matching a table top, tricks for gluing up a whole piece of furniture, and using effectively using handplanes, card scrapers and chisels are just a few of the skills students will learn while making a cherry hall table as their project. Woodworking I is a prerequisite. Tuition: $355.00 plus materials .

Section 040912A: Monday evenings, April 9 - June 4, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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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