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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




Review from

Professional, Well-Planned and Fun!

I have taken 4 classes at CVSW. Bob Van Dyke is a walking repository for woodworking information. And, owing to his professional skill and the quality of his school, he attracts some of the most talented and well-known teachers in the woodworking community.

All of the classes take place in the schools dedicated space. You are not sharing the space with a woodworking club or trying to hear an instructor over the sound of machines being used for projects not related to your class.

The equipment in the school is top quality and expertly maintained. The chisels are sharp, the table saws are aligned to the miter slots, etc. etc.

Most importantly, all of the classes are well planned. Each day has a set of objectives, and the instructors do a good job of keeping you on track. I have seen several classes in which a few slower, less experienced students, were more than able to keep up with the class without dragging down the pace for the more experienced.

David M


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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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