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In Memory of Richard Bergen

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

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

He will be sorely missed.

Bob Van Dyke

COVID-19 Updates


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking is closed.  I am rescheduling all classes that are on the schedule through the end of May, 2020. I am hoping that the June classes will be able to run- but we will have to wait and see.

The newly re-scheduled classes as well as the beginning of the fall schedule, are on the schedule page now.

Each of you so affected have received- or will shortly receive an email with more rescheduling infomation and options. Please email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions at all. You can also call or text me directly at 860.729.3186- Please leave a voice mail if I do not pick up.

This is a fluid situation and I will keep you updated here as it becomes necessary.

I wish you and your families all the best during this difficult situation and I look forward to seeing you all here again soon.

Stay well.



Bob Van Dyke


Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking


NOTE: During this COVID-19 Shutdown the main telephone number is unattended.

To register for a class Please call or text me directly at


Leave a message if I do not pick up.


Alternatively- you can text me at that # or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and

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