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Welcome to
The Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking
Bob Van Dyke - Founder & Director
Based on the idea of “learning by doing”, we provide a wide range of hands-on woodworking classes for men and women of all skill levels.

Classes are conducted in a variety of formats to suit the unique needs of our students. They include one or two day weekend classes, series classes that meet one or two nights per week for 4 to 12 weeks, week-long intensive classes and more.

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BVD Aug 2009 ResizedOur staff of instructors possess a wide variety of skills and interests but an intense passion for the subject they are teaching is common to them all. Whether it is a woodcarving class with Will Neptune, a furniture making class with the school’s director, Bob Van Dyke, or a class on inlay and bandings with Steve Latta, students are assured of thoroughly learning the skills in a relaxed hands-on atmosphere.

classes 009Projects and classes range from the Shaker Hall table, portable tool chest, Charles P. Limbert coffee table, hay rake table, electric guitars, to the Japanese art of Kumiko. 

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The school teaches the effective use of hand tools and gives an equal measure of attention to machine tools. Here Bob is using the Laguna bandsaw to resaw a 12/4 slab of mahogony into three pieces. For more views of this operation, check our Facebook photo gallery.Laguna Bandsaw

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9/2/2015

Review from TripAdvisor.com

Professional, Well-Planned and Fun!

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7/2/2015

Hi Bob,

Fantastic class last week!

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Speciality & Weekend Classes

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  Making Sand Shaded Federal Style Fans with Bob Van Dyke   Shaded...
Build- and Carve- this Frame & Panel with Peter Follansbee   In...
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Beginning Guitars - Build a Telecaster or Stratocaster with Mike South In...
Basic Upholstery with Mike Mascelli This class will be a combination lecture, demonstration...
Three Legs and Two Instructors- Will Neptune & Steve Brown Many...
Furniture Restoration: Weekend Clinic with Mike Mascelli     Bring in your poor,...
Installing Furniture Hardware with Will Neptune If I could make this...
  The Basics of Using Veneers and Inlays—Build two veneered boxes...
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the-joy-of-woodcarving-spend-a-week-with-mary-mayThe Joy of Woodcarving – Spend a Week with Mary...
build-a-charles-limbert-style-coffee-table-with-kevin-rodelBuild a Charles P. Limbert style Coffee Table with Kevin...
furniture-restoration-with-mike-mascelliFurniture Restoration with Mike Mascelli Bring in your poor, tired and...
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