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, weeklong intensive classes and more.
Our staff of instructors possesses a wide variety of skills and interests, but an intense passion for the subject they teach 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 include a Shaker hall table, a 17th century carved frame and panel, a carved oak box, carving acanthus leaves, Arts & Crafts rocking chair with slip seat, and 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 mahogany into three pieces. For more views of this operation, check our Facebook photo gallery.|
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.
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.