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COVID-19 Updates



In accordance with State of Connecticut Covid-19 guidelines, we have revised our protocols. Students who have received the Covid vaccine are no longer required to wear masks in class. Social distancing requirements will stay in place and we will continue to leave every other bench free whenever possible. Class size will be limited to 10 students.

In fairness to all students, proof of vaccination (CDC card) is required upon entering the shop. If you do not have your CDC card, prefer not to show it, or you remain unvaccinated, you must continue to wear a mask at all times while in the school.

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

Please do not come to class if you are feeling sick and are exhibiting any of the common Covid-19 symptoms

Please email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions. 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 family the best while we continue to deal with this continueing pandemic.

Stay well


Bob Van Dyke, Director, Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking





A couple of years ago I flew out from Las Vegas to attend a weekend class hosted by Steve Latta on inlay bandings.

 The class was so helpful and fun, and I learned techniques that I’ve been recently able to use in the construction of a few furniture pieces. Specifically, I recently built an 1810 George/John Hoff PA tall clock, copied from the original at the Winterthur Museum, and entered it in the San Diego fair. I was notified this weekend that I was awarded the Society of American Period Furniture Makers award for best period piece, as well as first prize in the clock division! Coffey Tall_Clock_Front

I wanted to reach out to Steve and Bob to thank them for their instruction and encouragement. I don’t have access to instruction of your school’s caliber here in the Southwest, and have instead resorted to using my vacation time to travel to the East to participate in classes like yours. Thank you again for all of your help.

I am attaching photos of the clock that I recently built. Made all of the bandings myself, and did all of the inlay using the techniques that Steve taught. Please note the cross-hatch banding at the base of the hood. It took six attempts before I was happy with the end result. Hopefully you can see from the photo that I also inlaid the case’s corners, the hood’s pillars, and the gooseneck molding, all in satinwood. Needless to say it was a very challenging project!

Coffey Tall_Clock_Face Coffey Tall_Clock_Side Coffey and_Tall_Clock


Thanks again guys, and I hope to attend another of your classes soon.

Steven Coffey, CPA

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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. 




All I can say is WOW!  Mike Mascelli is absolutely terrific!  

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