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Schedule of Classes -   Winter - Summer - 2018:

Dedicated to promoting excellence in craftsmanship and in developing superior hand and machine woodworking skills. Workshops are designed to satisfy beginner, intermediate and advanced woodworkers in a relaxed, hands-on format.
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Fundamentals of Furniture-Making
with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin

 

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This is a series of hands on furniture making classes that should be taken in succession as each project builds on skills learned in the previous classes.

This series is not a required prerequisite for  any other classes contained in this schedule.

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Woodworking I

Walnut Jewelry Box

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A hands-on course that covers the basic concepts of woodworking and furniture making. This eight-session class is a combination of demonstrations and hands-on practice. General shop safety (with particular concentration on using the tablesaw) is emphasized.  Students will utilize the skills, techniques and tools (both power and hand-tools) being taught in the class in the making of a walnut jewelry box. This project could also be used to store a variety of other personal items. Skills learned will provide a strong foundation for subsequent furniture-making classes. Class size is limited to 12 students.  Tuition: $395.00 plus materials ($59.00)

 

This class will be scheduled again in September 2018

(Note: Tim Spratlin is the instructor for these classes)

(This class is a required prerequisite for other classes in the "Fundamentals of Furniture-making" series (Woodworking II & III) and has always proven worthwhile to beginner and advanced students alike. IT IS NOT A PREREQUISITE FOR ANY OTHER CLASSES ON THE SCHEDULE)

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Woodworking II

Shaker Hall Table

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An eight-session class that is a continuation of the Woodworking I class. This class utilizes a combination of hand tools and power tools in the construction of a valuable piece of furniture. Techniques learned in the previous class are put to extensive use as more advanced techniques and skills are introduced. Mortise and tenon joints, grain matching, and using handplanes are a few of the new skills students will learn while making a cherry hall table as their project. Class size is limited, Woodworking I is a prerequisite. Tuition: $395.00 plus materials ($225.00).

This class will be scheduled again fall 2018, 6:00pm—9:30pm

(Note: Tim Spratlin is the instructor for Woodworking I & II)

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Woodworking III

Woodworking III level classes feature a variety of more complex projects. Students are expected to complete some basic work at home such as scraping, sanding and dry-fitting, thus leaving more actual class time for the more complex operations. Shop time for this handwork only can be arranged if you have no facility to work at home.

Fundamentals of Cabinet Making

Rick Angus small bowl 640One Day Woodturning with Rick Angus

Have you been intrigued with the idea of learning to turn a bowl but are not ready to commit to a 6 week class?. This one day class will get you hooked on turning– Guaranteed! Students will learn some of the basics of woodturning and will come away with a finished shallow cherry bowl and the new found knowledge to turn more. Who knows– you might even jump in head first and find a whole new passion!!

Sharp tools are essential so we will be spending a little time at the grinder learning about sharpening bowl gouges and scrapers. Techniques for sanding and finishing bowls will also be covered. This is a great class –even if you have turned a number of bowls already or have never even thought of turning a bowl. Sign up today. Space is limited to the number of lathes we have!

Tuition: $125.00 plus materials.

Section 051918B, Saturday, May 19, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Beginning Woodturning with Rick Angus

073 turned_round_edge_bowlThis six evening class is designed for the beginning (or frustrated) woodturner and features extensive hands-on practice each night. Woodturning is a skill that requires some basic instruction and lots of practice. Students are turning on their own lathe most of each night of the class. Class starts with basic spindle and includes a few simple projects like a mallet and spinning tops. We then move on to face plate turning which includes some cherry and mahogany bowls and plates. Along the way we spend time learning about tool sharpening and general information about lathes, tools, chucks and various jigs used in woodturning. This is a great way to safely get into woodturning and gives you a good foundation for other more advanced turning classes and projects.  Tuition: $295.00 plus materials ($49.00)

This night time class will be scheduled again in September 2018

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Basic Woodturning Weekend with Rick Angus

 

Rick Angus small bowl 640Many people have asked for a beginning turning class to be offered in a weekend format. This class will cover much of the same material as the six-night class but because of time constraints we will not be able to cover as much material in as much depth. The class will cover spindle turning, bowl turning and basic lathe use, safety and sharpening. Students will have the opportunity to make a number of spindle and faceplate projects during the weekend including a mallet, a bowl and a small plate or platter.  This is a great introduction to the fascinating craft of woodturning. Tuition: $275.00 (plus materials: $32.00)

 

Section 062318B: Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24, 9:30am—5:00pm

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Professional Furniture Finishing Techniques

Finishing - Start to Finish- with Greg Massicotte

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Most woodworkers shy away from finishing or are disappointed in their attempts at finishing the projects they have spent so much time and effort in making. Greg Massicotte has been finishing furniture professionally for over twenty years and has taught countless seminars and classes. Students will learn about bleaching and wood preparation, how to use aniline dyes, pigmented stains and glazes in combination to create the dramatic effects and colors they want. The many different choices for top coats always create a lot of questions. This class will expose students to brushing on varnishes, wiping on oils and spraying lacquers. This experience will help clarify the strengths and weaknesses of each topcoat system. Rubbing out the finish and French Polishing will round out the class. With the huge number of finishing questions that come up daily, you should be sure to fit this valuable class in. Tuition $295.00 (plus materials: $45.00)

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A Woodworker's Guide to Finishing with Mike Pekovich

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Every woodworker knows the joy and stress of putting on that first coat of finish on a project. A finish can bring out the beauty of a piece, but it can also highlight every flaw. Add to that the wide range of dyes, stains and finishing products on the market and the finishing process can get down right scary. In this class, you’ll learn how easy it is to get the silky smooth, low-luster finish that is the hallmark of handcrafted furniture using a simple wipe-on finish. But there’s more to it than following the instructions on the can. Mike Pekovich, art director of Fine Woodworking magazine, will show you a simple step-by-step process that will yield excellent results every time.

The class will cover everything you need to know from preparing the surface to building a finish to final waxing. You'll also learn a simple 30-minute finish that's perfect for small projects and last-minute gifts.

And in the event you need to add a little color to your work, Mike will offer tips for preventing blotching and a strategy for combining dyes and stains in order to dial in the perfect color. Tuition: $125.00 Materials are included.

Section 042818A: Saturday, April 28, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Six Week Furniture Making Intensive

Six Week Intensive Furniture Making with Bob Van Dyke

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Over the years I have done hundreds of classes which feature projects that teach particular skills. The problem with these project classes is that the logistics of the class prevent us from spending sufficient time on any given new skill to really understand and gain any kind of proficiency in it. In this 5 week (4 days per week) class there is no project– Just skills, technique and practice. With no project to distract us we are able to spend days rather than hours to insure learning of basic– and not so basic—furniture making skills and techniques.  I just finished a five week class with this format in November and I really believe it was one of the best classes I have offered in years. Everyone really learned a lot and had a great time!

Plan on spending two to three days on the basic milling process– a strong foundation is essential to more advanced techniques. Instead of learning just enough to get through dovetailing a drawer, plan on spending at least three full days– maybe four, on dovetails. With those new hand skills, cutting a tenon by hand turns out to be a pretty simple affair which you will be able to do!

Machine set ups? I already know how to set up the machine– so in this class I will not set anything up– You will do that– after my demo and explanation of course. You will learn what it takes to flatten a tabletop– by machine and by hand, and glue up a tabletop– using one clamp and a handplane.

We will get into planning a project, basic wood technology, buying lumber, tool sharpening, cutting joints -by machine and by hand, along with basic finishing techniques .

Ornamentation is a big part of fine furniture so plan on spending a few days on working with veneers, inlay and making decorative bandings. It is always good to get a second viewpoint so I have arranged for some guest instructors to spend a day or two with us. Will Neptune will be here to do a day of hands on carving and hopefully Mike Pekovich will be able to stop by to introduce you to some of his design ideas and techniques.

Proficiency in handtools is essential in any high end furniture making and we will spend a lot of our time on just that– plan on spending at least a whole day - probably two-  just on working with handplanes– and another whole day just on sharpening.

We will emphasize the proper and safe use of common woodshop machinery such as the table saw, jointer, thickness planer, router and bandsaw. The school has a full complement of ready to use high end hand tools and power tools which you are welcome to use. These tools also will give you some experience and guidance in picking out your own tools which you will eventually need to acquire.

This class is designed for the serious student who has both the time and the desire to commit to a comprehensive course of study. It is NOT designed for the total beginner but rather someone who has done a bit of woodworking and is now ready to get serious and really learn some skills. If you are a beginner then you should sign up for the Fundamentals of Furniture Making or the Woodworking I class.

This is an opportunity you do not want to miss. Tuition: $2400.00 plus materials number 4_small

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 8:30am - 4:30pm

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Speciality & Weekend Classes

An Introduction to Japanese Tools and Techniques with Andrew Hunter

Andrew Hunter 4Many western woodworkers have discovered the pleasure of using Japanese saws, but Japan’s remarkable culture of woodworking has even more to offer. In this weekend class, professional furniture maker, Andrew Hunter, will go beyond the pull saw and introduce students to a greater perspective of Japanese woodworking. Topics covered will include Japanese saws, chisels, planes, sharpening stones and layout. He will show students how to buy, tune, and use these tools as well as how to incorporate traditional Japanese woodworking techniques into your own shop.

Students are encouraged to bring their own Japanese tools to class. Andrew can offer feedback and assistance on getting them to work more efficiently. If you don’t have your own collection of Japanese tools (yet), no worries. Andrew will have many of his own tools on hand for students to use, as well as a selection of moderately priced tools for sale.Andrew Hunter 6

With over 20 years of experience working with Japanese tools, Andrew has a wealth of knowledge to draw from and as a self taught woodworker, he offers a unique perspective to Americans just discovering Japanese woodworking. His work demonstrates that by understanding the fundamental principles behind the tools, any woodworker can learn to use them efficiently and you don’t have to travel to Japan to do it! Sign up today and expand your woodworking horizons! Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

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Section 060218B: Saturday & Sunday,  June 2 & 3, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Cabinet Wood Identification with Randy Wilkinson- Its not as simple as it seems!

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 Did you ever look at a piece of wood and wonder what wood it is? And why it looks the way it does? Were you ever confused about which wood it is: mahogany or walnut, cherry or poplar, especially if you are looking at an antique that has an aged finish on it? Distinguishing mahogany from walnut may be easy in the unfinished state, but it is not that straight forward when looking at an aged surface.

This two-day hands-on workshop will explore all these topics and more. It is designed specifically for curators, collectors, antique dealers, appraisers, and woodworkers.  The goal of this workshop is to familiarize the student with the physical properties of wood and recognize species specific wood cell structures of nineteen different species. It will also discuss the social, political and economic factors that led to the trade in some of our most cherished woods. Case studies will be introduced to show the importance of identifying wood correctly. Not knowing what species of wood you are looking at is sometimes more important than knowing what it is. 

On Saturday, basic wood anatomy will be introduced, including grain, figure, fundamental differences between softwoods and hardwoods, and more. The student will learn to identify common hardwoods that are used in antique furniture using a 10x loupe.

On Sunday, the class will be held at the Webb Dean Stevens house in Wethersfield (about 10 minutes from CVSW). Sunday’s class will run from 11:00am – 4:00pm. Students will get a rare opportunity not only to see one of the finest collections of American furniture, but also to identify woods used in a selection of great objects in an intensive and hands-on inspection.  

No experience is necessary. Tuition $295.00, plus materials which includes a hardwood sample kit, 10x loupe, The “Wood ID Bible”- Identifying Wood by Bruce Hoadley and admission to WDS. Class size is limited to 15 students. Sign up today!

this class will be scheduled again winter 2018/2019

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The Next Level of Working with Veneer with Darryl Keil-

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 Darryl Keil Demi Lune 640The ability to work with veneers and incorporate them into your woodworking projects offers creative design options not possible with solid wood alone. If you want to expand your woodworking skills and creativity then this class will take you to the next level. In this two day hands on class with nationally known veneer expert, Darryl Keil students will explore the techniques and tools of veneering through creating a 12 way radial matched table top. Darryl is one of this country’s innovators with working with vacuum presses. Because vacuum presses open up a whole level of advanced veneering techniques a portion of this class will be devoted to exploring the possibilities using a vacuum press- not only for veneer work but also as a creative solution to complex clamping problems.

Creating curved panels, veneering curves, shaped part as well as other options will be discussed and demonstrated. We will be using the vacuum bag-not only with a platen but for free forming curved work without a platen! Darryl Keil began making furniture in 1976 after attending the Portland School of Art, and was a pioneer in the application of vacuum pressing technology to the woodworking industry. As a leading expert on veneer work he serves as a technical consultant to furniture manufacturing facilities across the country. His company, Vacuum Pressing Systems, operates out of Brunswick, ME. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from a leader in the field. Sign up today. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials

Section 051918A: Saturday & Sunday, May 12 & 13 , 9:30am - 5:00pm

originally scheduled for: May 19 & 20

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Sand Shaded Bandings-The Fascinating Art of Making Decorative Bandings with Michael Wheeler

 

The rest of the write up will follow soon, but suffice it to say– the bandings class we did with Michel Wheeler in early December was great! People had a great time and learned

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  a whole lot about this fascinating and seemingly complex collection of techniques. In this next weekend class in what we hope will become a regular series of ornamentation classes we will concentrate on making decorative bandings that incorporate the technique of sand shading. This is a unique technique where parts are singed in hot beach sand to produce a three dimensional appearance. It is great fun and something that can be incorporated into just about any woodworking project. Michael Wheeler, Owner of Tomorrow’s Antiques, Boston, MA, NBSS Cabinet/Furniture Making 77, has been repairing and restoring Period Americana for over 40 years, specializing in Federal Furniture. He ’s been collecting & researching New England and Imported bandings & paterae’s for over 25 years. Sign up today. Space is limited.Tuition: $275.00 plus materials 

Section 060218A: Saturday & Sunday, June 2 & 3, 9:30am – 5:00pmMichael Wheeler sandshaded bandings 640

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The Basics of Using Handplanes with Bob Van Dyke

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Handplanes can be one of the most useful and rewarding tools in the workshop – or they can be one of the most frustrating! Learn how to effectively use handplanes in your work with Ct. Valley School of Woodworking director, Bob Van Dyke. Which handplane is right for a particular job? What should you look for when buying a new or a flea market plane? How are they “tuned up”? And most importantly- how are they sharpened? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered in this exciting two-day class. We will also go thru many of the basic (and not so basic) types of handplanes- starting with the Stanley bench-planes and going on to compass planes, shoulder planes and combination planes like the Stanley #45 & #55. Because sharpening is such a basic part of using a handplane we will also make sharpening "projection jigs" for each person during class. This is a simple device that ensures the same sharpening angle each time you sharpen. The second day will be spent getting your planes sharpened and tuned up so you can start practicing using it. Techniques such as smoothing a surface, beveling a table edge, planing a curved surface, shooting edge joints, using shooting boards, fitting mortise and tenons and planing end grain will all be included. Don’t miss this unique and informative class. Space is limited. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials

Section 063018A: Saturday & Sunday, June 30 & July 1, 9:30am – 5:00pm

 

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Make a Cutting Gauge with  Bob Van Dyke

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One of the foundations of superior furniture making is good layout. Good layout is based on the ability to cut a single accurate layout line. This is accomplished with a good layout knife and a good cutting gauge. Surprisingly good cutting gauges seem to be a thing of the past. Sure- there are some out there with really pretty rosewood and brass- but if you look a little closer you see how badly they are made, how poor the cutter is (it is ground incorrectly and it is usually installed backwards!) and they are really expensive!

Why not join Bob Van Dyke in this weekend class to make you own cutting gauge. Based on a design he learned from woodworking expert Will Neptune, this gauge has all the attributes of a great marking tool. It has a large face to register solidly against any surface, a long beam (12”) which lets you use it like a small panel gauge and, most importantly, a single bevel spear point cutter made from a Ron Hock marking knife. In your choice of cherry or walnut. This tool will out perform any cutting gauge on the market today- and- you made it yourself! Sign up today. You will learn some good woodworking techniques, shape your own cutting gauge to fit your hand and learn how to sharpen and use the tool, accurately over and over, meet some new people and have a good time doing it! Tuition $125.00 plus materials

Section 021718A: Saturday,June 23,   9:30am - 5:00pm

originally scheduled for February 17

Note: cutting gauge photo by Fine Woodworking Magazine staff

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Pekovich Tea Chest 1 640Build a Tansu Style Tea Chest with Mike Pekovich

Lots of fun surprises in a small package. This tea chest sits on a live-edge base and features a sliding door and four drawers. You’ll get to try your hand at dovetailed case construction, mitered partitions and a kumiko door panel in a two-weekend class. Mike Pekovich will lead you through this fun project start to finish and you’re bound to come away with some new skills and a new appreciation for the challenges and beauty of white oak. 

Mike’s elegant design has an Oriental, Arts & Crafts and rustic feel to it and can fit just about anywhere and will make a welcome addition to any room. Mike Pekovich is the Executive Art Director at Fine Woodworking Magazine and is an accomplished furniture maker and instructor. His original designs are both inspiring and elegant in their simplicity. Sign up today. Space is limited. (the Tea Pot is not included….)     Pekovich Tea Chest silo 640

Tuition: $495.00 plus materials

Section 031718A: Saturday & Sunday,

March 17 & 18 and April 7 & 8,  9:30 – 5:00pm       Pekovich Tea chest 3 640

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Saw Sharpening 101 with Matt Cianci

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This class is an introduction for woodworkers interested in learning how to sharpen their own handsaws and backsaws. The curriculum will cover jointing, filing teeth to uniform size and gullet depth, setting, and final sharpening. Topics discussed in depth will include the geometric and functional distinction between rip and crosscut teeth and how fleam and rake are combined to maximize the function of cutting along or across wood fibers. Proper file selection, filing technique, and saw vise requirements will also be discussed. No prior knowledge of saw sharpening is required. The class will be hands on with each student learning to sharpen a rip and crosscut saw.  Students are encouraged to bring one or two saws only. These saws must be in decent shape. This is a sharpening class- not a saw rehab class!  

Matt Cianci is a professional saw doctor. His website and blog are at  http://thesawwright.com  Sign up today- This is always a fun class! Tuition: $125.00 plus materials ($20 paid directly to instructor)

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Week-long Classes

Take some time for yourself!

Spend a week with some of this country's best woodworking instructors.

Lunch break is approximately one hour. A refrigerator is available as well as local restaurants and convenience stores. Lodging assistance is available should you need it.

 

Build a Table from a Single Board with Mike Pekovich

table board webThis small table is a simple project that lets you focus on using wood successfully and efficiently. In this class, we'll build the entire table from a single board. The focus, though, is not just on economy. By getting all of the parts from one board, we can ensure a great color match throughout the piece. And by cutting parts from strategic locations in the board, you’ll end up with pleasing grain patterns in all the right places. Mike will make you aware of the different grain patterns that contribute, in a subtle way, to the overall success of the piece. By working with just one piece of wood you are forced to become acutely aware of these patterns and how they affect the overall look of a piece of furniture.  Along the way, you’ll get great lessons in resawing and rough-milling stock. You'll also learn to build and fit a traditional dovetailed drawer. The shaped legs are a departure for many of you and the possibilities are really endless. Don’t miss this great class with Fine Woodworking Magazines, Art Director, Mike Pekovich.

Sign up today. Space is limited. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

 

Section 081318A: Monday - Friday, August 13 - 17, 9:00am - 5:00pm

(Note) This class replaces the previously scheduled " Build an Arts & Crafts Style Tall Dresser with Mike Pekovich" for th esame time period

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Fundamentals of Furniture-Making with Bob Van Dyke and Steve Kain

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This popular six-day intensive hands-on class is an opportunity to concentrate on the basics of woodworking and furniture making. Each student will make a Shaker style cherry hall table, which is a perfect vehicle to practice the machine and hand-tool techniques that we teach in the class. Subjects covered include basic shop safety, machine use (with particular emphasis on the tablesaw, jointer and planer), using handplanes, card scrapers and chisels effectively to surface and hand-fit the mortice and tenon joints, handtool sharpening, making tapered legs and grain matching and gluing up a top.  This class takes the place of Woodworking I & Woodworking II and provides a strong foundation for more advanced furniture projects. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

Section 061118A, Monday - Saturday, June 11 - 16, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Build a Portable Tool Chest with Mike Pekovich

toolchestAre you starting to gather a hand tool collection but have no place to put it? Here's a great tool chest that's big enough for an essential tool set, but small enough to take along with you to your next woodworking class. Recently featured in Fine Woodworking magazine, the chest has a tool well at the top where you can store hand planes and backsaws. Below it are two drawers that can be outfitted for chisels and layout tools and anything else you can think of. Join Mike Pekovich in this unique week-long class and build not only the tool chest, but a rolling stand as well. We'll assemble the case with dovetails and tenons, and top it off with a frame-and-panel lid. Finally, we'll build dovetailed drawers and outfit the interior with dividers custom-fit for your tools. Your collection of tools need a safe place to be and what better way to bring them to your next class at CVSW! Sign up today. Space is limited.

Tuition: $795.00 Plus materials

Section 060418A, Monday - Saturday, June 4 - 9,    9:00am-5:00pm

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The Joy of Woodcarving – Spend a Week with Mary May

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What better way to spend a week than to put a woodcarving gouge in your hand, create something beautiful- and have fun! Mary May, a well-known professional woodcarver and instructor from South Carolina, will walk you through the carving process using a variety of relief carving projects. Starting the week with a floral relief design and then moving onto a classic shell, the class will cap off the week with that wonderful and traditional acanthus leaf that is seen on so many period furniture pieces. Throughout the week Mary will also demonstrate a variety of tricks and techniques on how to efficiently use the gouges, how to make tricky cuts, how to sharpen tools to a razor sharp edge, and how to make the carving appear deeper than it actually is. Students will work on a variety of projects of their own choosing along with projects that Mary has selected for their suitability in teaching the skills being demonstrated.

This is a perfect class for both beginners and experienced carvers. Beginning carvers can learn the basics from Mary- but will also pick up tricks- or clarification- from some of the more experienced carvers in the class while experienced carvers will have a whole week to pick Mary’s brain, clarify the questions they may have been struggling with over the years and practice the skills she will be showing you. This is a great opportunity to learn both the basics and the advanced techniques under the guidance of one of our country’s best carvers and instructors. Sign up today- This is a week that you will not want to miss! Tuition: $795.00 plus materials.

Section 061818A, Monday - Friday, June 18 - 22,  9:00am—5:00pmMary May Acanthus 640

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Build Two “Rafter Tail” Tables with Darrell Peart

Darrell Peart Rafter Tail coffee table 640Join nationally known furniture maker and designer, Darrell Peart as we journey into the world of the Greene & Greene brothers.

Daryl’s “Rafter Tail” Tables combine classic Greene & Greene features along with an extra measure of Asian influences. They would be well placed in a contemporary setting just as well as in an Arts & Crafts environment.

In this unique five-day class, students will build two mahogany (or sapelle) rafter tail tables. You can choose top build one end table and one coffee table, or both can be coffee tables or both can be end tables. Wooden tops will be made in class but the design lends itself nicely to tops of other materials such as glass or slate. Check Daryl’s website http://furnituremaker.com/portfolio-item/rafter-tail-table/ for some of the variations he has made on the basic design. (Note- only wood tops will be provided in the class.)   Darrell Peart Rafter Tail detail 640

Although the parts for the 2nd table should be cut out and ready to assemble – it is likely to not be finished in class.

This is a truly unique project and Darrell Peart is one of this county’s leading furniture designers and is an authority on Greene & Greene furniture styles. Sign up today– space is limited and this class will sell out soon.

Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

Section 062518A: Monday—Friday, June 25—29, 9:00am—5:00pm

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Creative Box Making with Doug Stowe

Doug Stowe box 1 lightened 640Well-known box maker and writer, Doug Stowe will host this unique weeklong hands-on class. Take a week off and learn from one of the best  as we look into the creative process that is always a big part of building unique and beautiful boxes. Most of us have been inspired by the many box makers exhibiting quality workmanship in creative and unique designs. As a beginning or intermediate box maker, you may wonder, “How do I get there from here?” There is a common misperception that inspiration comes from out of the blue, but our own lives and interests may provide the opening of a doorway into personal expression and meaningful work. Doug Stowe’s classes are always flexible and he makes every effort to personalize instruction and meet individual needs.    As Doug does in his own shop, in this exciting weeklong class we will start with the wood. The beauty of wood is what will provide the inspiration. Unlike other classes, you are welcome and encouraged to bring wood from your own supplies, as it expresses something very personal about each of us and carries part of our character and interests into the creative environment of the shop. Of course you can always pick the wood from the school stock also. An understanding of wood and its nature as a creative material is ground zero in the understanding of design. We begin Monday morning with a discussion of the material and its characteristics, with a particular focus on how our understanding of its properties can lead us to excellence in the final product. We will then discuss the other elements of design, and types of joints. We will quickly make necessary jigs to begin crafting boxes using a variety of joints, each personalized to the taste of the maker. Each student should be able to complete between one and three unique boxes during the week. Sign up soon. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with one of this country’s leading craftsmen. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials used.

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Section070918A: Monday - Friday, July 9 - 13,  9:00am—5:00pm

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Build a Traditional Cabinetmaker's Workbench with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin

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In this fast paced class students will have the opportunity to build the traditional cabinetmaker’s workbench they have dreamed about! Let’s face it- the benches we build in the school during the year are great (especially for the price!) but nothing beats working on a traditional workbench constructed entirely of 8/4 and 12/4 rock maple. A flat top, wide enough to accommodate most work, wooden bench dogs to hold the work in conjunction with the end vise, a sturdy shoulder vise, a tool tray to keep the smaller tools you are working with in one place and about 300 pounds of dead weight all make this bench a pleasure to work on. The massive trestle base joined with wedged mortice and tenons knocks down for easier (relatively!) moving (We have fit these into mini vans easily). We use the Lie Nielsen tail vise and Chain drive shoulder vise hardware. It is hands down the best we have ever seen. The bench is 7' long and 26" wide and weighs about 300 pounds.   This is a great project to further your woodworking skills and is a bench you will treasure for years and pass on to future generations.  Sign up today- space is limited- and be ready to work hard- you will go home with a finished workbench (minus an actual finish if you decide to add that)! Tuition: $795.00.00 plus materials (materials are approximately $1495.00- includes all Lie Nielsen Vise hardware and our own wooden benchdogs)

Section 072918A: Sunday - Saturday, July 29 - August 4,  9:00am - 5:00pm

(Note: The bench we make in class does not include the drawers pictured here)

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Build an Eliphalet Chapin “School” Desk on Frame with Will Neptune

chapin desk on frame 640We are pleased to announce a new series of projects in our continuing relationship with the Windsor Historical Society and their re-interpretation of the Strong -Howard House and now the office of 18th century physician Doctor Chaffee. Over the next two years we will be building three pieces of furniture for the re-interpretation of the Doctor Chaffee office. The three pieces include an apothecary chest, a “kitchen” table and this desk on frame which will be based on an original cherry desk which is considered part of the “Chapin school”- which means that based on design and construction characteristics it is attributed to a cabinetmaker who would have worked for East Windsor cabinetmaker, Eliphalet Chapin. The original, part of the Garvin Furniture collection at Yale, will be measured precisely and used as the model for our project. Unlike other classes we have done, we will be taking some liberties with the design. The original features pad foot cabriole legs but we are offering the option of doing ball & claw feet on the legs if you would prefer. We will also change the drawer layout to more closely mimic the usual Chapin drawer/ apron configuration. The interior gallery is simpler than most which is in keeping with the Chapin aesthetic and building the slant front lid offers unique technical challenges in the correct installation of the hinge hardware.

This class will begin as a week-long class but we are estimating another three, possibly four fall/ winter weekends will be necessary in order to complete the project. Because we are uncertain of the actual time needed the tuition price may have to be increased if we do need to add more class meetings. Sign up today. This is a unique class which offers the opportunity to learn from one of the best instructors and furniture makers in the country. Tuition: $1595.00 (based on three fall weekends in addition to the 5 day class listed here) plus materials

Section: 080618A: Monday—Friday, August 06—10, 9:00am—5:00   ChapinDesk1 inside640

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Build the Belden Tea Table with Bob Van Dyke & Gil Tyler

Bob Van Dyke BeldenTeaTable640The Hartford area has some of the best examples of that which is considered “Connecticut” furniture. Many people think of Connecticut furniture as being “country” or even just “different”. That may be the case with some pieces but this Wethersfield table is really the quintessential Connecticut tea table. With its deeply and distinctly shaped top and long slender cabriole legs it is both elegant and unique. This project is based on exact measurements that we have taken of the original which participants will be able to visit and inspect on the first day of our class. If you have never made a cabriole leg this is a great opportunity to try your hand at that along with shaping the aprons of the table and cutting and shaping the wide cherry top.

While the project has some definite challenges it is really a simple piece so do not let the project intimidate you. This class would be appropriate for woodworkers of even moderate experience who are ready to take the next step in their furniture making education and experience. Bob Van Dyke Belden Tea Table leg 640Belden Tea Table inside 640

CVSW director Bob Van Dyke has been studying & making period furniture, is an associate of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and writes extensively for Fine Woodworking Magazine. Gil Tyler is a maker, collector and antiques dealer who brings years of Connecticut furniture knowledge to this unique class. Sign up today– This will certainly be a fun class. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

Section: 082718A, Monday—Friday, August 27—31, 9:00am—5:00pm

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

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