thumb Pekovich Tea Chest 1 640Summer - Fall 2020 Class Schedule available. More fall classes coming soon. Click here for more information.

COVID-19 Updates


I am happy to announce that classes successfully re-commenced on July 6, 2020.

The following new protocols have been put in place and we are following them carefully.

Face masks are required at all times.

Hands washed each time you return to the shop- regardless of where you went. The bathrooms were completely renovated during the shut down!

Every other bench is left free- Minimum 6 feet between occupied benches

 A forehead reading thermometer will be used at the beginning of each class meeting.

8 students limit for each class

All tools you use stay on your bench throughout the class. If any tools are returned to the school tool cabinet they are sanitiezed first

Common machines/ tools sanitized end of day

Lunch- either at your bench, in your car or outside- picnic benches- 2 people per picnic bench max- I have some folding tables/ chairs that can also be used. The local fast food places (Wendy’s, Subway, etc- are open for takeout).

It would be a good idea if you each brought sanitizing wipes & hand sanitizer- please use them often-  Use them before using communal equipment.

The state of Connecticut has restricted travel from a number of states (22 as of July 14). If you are coming from one of the states on the list then I am sorry but you must withdraw from the class

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If at any time during the class you feel that you are showing signs of COVID- 19 infection (cough, temperature, fatigue, muscle aches, shortness of breath, etc), please drop out of the class immediately. Thanks for your understanding.


We are taking this pandemic VERY seriously. If you feel that you cannot follow the above protocols then I request that you wait until they are lifted before coming to CVSW


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.


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

Stay well.



Bob Van Dyke


Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking




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 FWW smallOur 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, 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.

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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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