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
Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking Instructors:
Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking (CVSW) attracts some of the best instructors in the country.
Weekend and specialty classes include everything from a one night sharpening class with Bob Van Dyke to a 5 weekend class with Will Neptune making an Eliphalet Chapin CT valley lowboy in cherry.
CVSW is proud to host frequent, regular classes with nationally known craftsmen and instructors such as Phil Lowe, Steve Latta, Will Neptune and more. These offer a mixture of single weekend skill building classes and multi-weekend project classes.
Classes with Phil Lowe have included carving a cabriole leg, using traditional hand tool skills, while project classes have featured a Queen Anne style tea table or lowboy, to a serpentine front chest of drawers.
Will Neptune’s classes include the best table saw joinery class you can imagine, cutting dovetails every which way but normal, to advanced projects like a Chippendale piecrust table, a Chapin side chair or a veneered Seymour work table.
Steve Latta brings his own unique approach to techniques such as veneering and inlays in the Federal style, along with teaching a quick, practical way of cutting dovetails on the table saw and doing string inlay using his own design for an extremely effective scratch stock.
Director: Bob Van Dyke
Matt is a professional hand saw sharpener, hand tool woodworker and saw enthusiast who has been using and sharpening hand saws since 2002.
Glen Huey was born and raised in Ohio. After graduating from the University of Cincinatti...
Teri's career in antique restoration, furniture building and furniture finishing began as a fourteen year old apprentice to a Fine Arts Dealer in Amherst, New Hampshire.
Will Neptune is a furniture maker and master-carver working in the Boston area.
Darrell Peart resides in Seattle Washington and started his career making and selling small wooden items at Seattle's Pike Place Market.
Kevin Rodel has over 30 years experience building and designing fine custom furniture.
Guillemot Kayaks was created by Nick Schade in 1993 to share the kayak designs he created for his own use.
Christopher Schwarz is a long-time woodworker and writer who has spent the last 15 years encouraging woodworkers to embrace more handwork in their shops.