It 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
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.
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.
Bob Van Dyke
Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking
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.
Our 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.
Projects and classes range from the Shaker hall table, 17th century carved frame and panel, carved oak box, carving acanthus leaves, Arts and Crafts rocking chair with slip seat, to a portable tool chest.
|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.|