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
Listed below are classes we have run in the past and may (or may not) run again in the future. If you see something of interest please e-mail us. We can let you know if the class is being planned again for the future.
In this unique demonstration Fine Woodworking Magazine Author & Director of the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, Bob Van Dyke will begin with a review of basic techniques and concepts for safe and effective use of this shop workhorse. Bob will go on to concentrate his demonstration on the many uses of a little known tablesaw fixture called an “L” fence. With this simple and ingenious jig, tasks such as cutting any angle at all, flush cutting to a pattern and cutting concentrically larger or smaller shapes become safe, accurate and incredibly easy.
We will examine the many practical applications for these unique techniques and then go on to explore techniques for cutting accurate shoulders on curved furniture parts, simple techniques to cut angled tenons and safe and efficient ways to cut bevels on large panels without getting any burning.
Bob's presentation assumes a working knowledge of the tablesaw and will focus on techniques specific to furniture making. This is not a beginning tablesaw demonstration!
This comprehensive demonstration will leave you wondering -“It is so simple! Why didn't I think of that!”
Section 120619A: Friday, December 6, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Take the plunge and begin to learn about Japanese Joinery- done completely by hand. Japanese furniture joints- and most Oriental joinery, is seemingly complex but under Andrew Hunter’s careful guidance you are assured of getting on the right road to learning some intriguing and fascinating furniture joints. You will begin this series with a Japanese scarf joint. This blind dadoed, rabbeted and keyed scarf joint is a mouthful to say, but with a little guidance even a beginning woodworker is capable of making one. Known as a Kanawa tsugi, it has been used in Japan for centuries to splice together two beams, creating a single, longer beam capable of sustaining multi-directional forces. For this class, the Kanawa tsugi is a great way to develop your skills as a woodworker.
Each student will make their own two-part joint entirely with hand tools. First, you will learn how to layout the joint using a center line as a reference plane, a method that allows irregular shaped members to be seamlessly fit together. Next, you will saw, chop and pare to the lines. Then, assuming the critical first steps are correct, assembly should be a breeze and the tapered pin drives it home.
Andrew will have some of his own Japanese tools for students to try or you can bring your own. The school’s Western style hand tools are also available, and this is a great opportunity to try both Western & Japanese tools to do the same jobs. Whichever tools you choose, Andrew will broaden your understanding of how to use them correctly and efficiently. He has been building furniture by hand for over 20 years and is passionate about encouraging people to strengthen their building skills and cultivate an appreciation for the craft of woodworking. Sign up today for this truly unique and challenging class.
Tuition $295.00 plus materials
Section 121419B: Saturday & Sunday, December 14 & 15, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Shop-sawn veneer offers many design and construction possibilities that the thinner commercial veneer cannot. Learn how to make your own veneer using the bandsaw. Do you have a board with incredible figure- and wish you had enough to build something with it? What about stretching that board by cutting it into consecutive leaves of 1/16th inch veneer?
In this weekend hands-on class students will learn how to set up the bandsaw to cut accurate veneers. As importantly, Tim will introduce participants to the different veneer substrates and edge banding techniques along with the advantages and disadvantages of each. Adhesives play a big part in working with veneers, so this will be covered, along with the different ways of sequencing sheets of veneer to create dramatic effects and design. You can’t learn effectively by just watching a series of demos- so students will practice the techniques by making a tray- or a wall hanging- of their own design. Those of you who took Tim’s earlier class on surface ornamentation could combine effects for an over the top panel!
Tim Coleman works out of his shop in Shelburne, Massachusetts and produces unique and striking custom furniture for clients and exhibition. In this class you will develop the skills- and the ideas for different designs that you can begin applying to your next project.
The sky is the limit so join furniture maker, Tim Coleman for this unique class and learn how to use thick veneer to create decorative effects for furniture, boxes, picture or mirror frames.
Sign up today.
Section 072019A: Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & 21, 9:30 am – 5:00pm
In this exciting new class with nationally known veneer expert, Darryl Keil students will explore the techniques and tools needed to make curved furniture parts that showcase the use of highly figured veneers. A classic demi-lune table is the project that we will use as a vehicle to learn and practice the techniques of:
Making curved aprons using Italian bending plywood
Adding the show veneer and vertical grain cross banding to the curved aprons along with a decorative inlay to separate the two
Creating a “Sunburst” veneer pattern for the Demilune top. The sunburst veneer top will also be surrounded with a contrasting short grain border and a decorative inlay to set off the two veneer patterns. Creating the sunburst on a demilune is actually more complex than it is on a circular panel because the angles of the segments change.
We will go into handling veneers, sources for veneer, adhesives and techniques to create virtually invisible seams.
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 this class will also feature the full range of capabilities of using a vacuum press.
During this unique class you will be making the primary parts for a demilune table- i.e. the curved aprons and the top. It will be up to you to add the legs and back apron on your own.
Here is a class that will give you practical knowledge and experience and will open your eyes to the endless possibilities that working with veneer offers.
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. Darryl will be assisted by his son Peter who has been taking on an increasingly responsible role in the company and expands his knowledge of working with veneers continually. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from a leader in the field. Sign up today.
Tuition: $450.00 plus materials
Section 050319A: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 3 – 5, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Have you ever imagined a figure or seen a design that you wished you could incorporate into a project that you were visualizing? In this unique two-day class, Fine Woodworking Magazine Contributing Editor, Steve Latta pushes the boundaries way beyond any traditional inlay you may have seen or imagined. Stringing has a rich history in both urban and rural forms, especially during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Craftsmen combined arcs and straight lines to create elaborate patterns that adorned all forms of furniture. Those designs, however, were subject to the constraints of symmetry and geometric fundamentals. This is NOT that class!
We will explore techniques developed by Steve to find or create abstract motifs and figures and then transform them into line inlays in wood. The designs are only limited by your own imagination- or what you can find on-line using Google images. The first day, participants will follow a series of guided exercises to gain an understanding of the basic techniques. On Sunday, however, students will have the opportunity to create a unique panel of their own design. Think of this as “drawing on wood”. The possibilities and the applications are endless!
Sign up today. Space is limited.
Tuition: $295.00 plus materials
Section 092119A: Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
With its angled seat frame, curved parts and minimal joinery, building a chair can be an intimidating proposition. In this two-weekend class, Fine Woodworking Magazine’s Creative Director and nationally known furniture maker Mike Pekovich will introduce you to the techniques & skills used in building an Arts & Crafts-inspired side chair. Utilizing the concept of the “master angle”, you will learn how simple it actually is to create accurate angled joinery. Cutting smooth and “fair” curves is easily accomplished with the use of a simple bandsaw jig and accurate well-fitting mortise & tenon joints will be stressed as they are essential to any well-built chair. Along the way you'll also learn how to update a classic style by adding simple details. The slip seat frame will be made in class and arrangements are being made with well-known upholster Mike Mascelli, to have a one-day class to complete the upholstered slip seat.
Finishing is not a part of the class, but it will certainly be discussed and demonstrated. Sign up today. Space is limited. Tuition: $595.00 plus materials
Section 111619A: Saturday & Sunday, November 16, 17 & December 14 & 15. 9:30 am – 5:00pm
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When considering how to move your skills down the road, the projects you choose should offer challenges that make you pause. In this class, we will look at several traditional forms of joinery that take more than a look or two to sort but, nonetheless, should be a part or your arsenal. We’ll tackle rule and knuckle joints, breadboard ends and their specific applications, draw-boring and some carcass specific joints such as dovetail and dado joints and how to easily incorporate dust panels. You will end the weekend with a handful of mock-ups and the knowledge to do them again. This is a great course that will broaden your work possibilities. Steve Latta is one of the premier furniture makers and instructors in the country. He is a Contributing Editor for Fine Woodworking Magazine and has taught many successful classes here at CVSW. Sign up today! Space is limited. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials
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This two-day intensive class covers both basic and advanced techniques for this powerful, versatile 3D design program. With SketchUp, you “build” furniture in the computer piece by piece. So, when it’s time to build in the shop, you can work faster and smarter, with fewer costly mistakes. The Saturday session gives you hands-on experience with the basics: How the SketchUp tools work and good practices to follow to work quickly and accurately. The Sunday class covers techniques and tools for creating period details like cabriole legs and turned, reeded legs. You’ll also learn how to create measured drawings, full-size templates, and a cutlist.
Bring a laptop computer (Mac or Windows) loaded with the free version of SketchUp. To get it, go to sketchup.com/download/all and download the version called SketchUp Make 2017. Tuition $275.00 materials are included
Section 110219B: Saturday & Sunday, November 2 & 3, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Inlay is a technique missing from many folks’ arsenals of skillsets. A little bit of inlay can go a long way in taking a casual piece to something far more formal and sophisticated- or it can just make it more interesting and fun. In this hands on class, nationally recognized furniture maker and inlay expert, Steve Latta, will present an overview of both traditional and contemporary inlay techniques, using both hand and power tools. This is a hands on class so you will have plenty of opportunity to practice with both techniques. You’ll walk away with an understanding of traditional stringing and inlay and be ready to experiment with adding rich accents to your work, be it a table top, drawer front or a simple decorative panel. This is a great class if you have never done any inlay but even if you have been working and experimenting on your own you owe it to yourself to study with one of the best instructors in the country. Sign up today- You do not want to miss this opportunity. Some specific tools are suggested or required. Please check the PDF below. Sign up today! Tuition: $295.00 plus materials
Section 031420A: Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15, 9:30am—5:00pm
Carved moldings are an important of traditional furniture and can be a fun and unique embellishment for contemporary furniture and any number of woodworking projects. Learn from the best as Mary teaches you how to carve miles of moldings in a fun weekend class. Nationally known carver Mary May will teach you effective methods of how to lay out a design along a length of shaped molding, and how to carve bead, rope, egg and dart, gadroon, and leaf moldings. She will share tips and tricks of how to get into "production mode" where you can carve these architectural features quickly and efficiently. Opened to beginning and experienced carvers. During this class, Mary will also show how to get your tools razor sharp, techniques of carving in the correct grain direction, carving safety, and as many carving tips and tricks as she can jam into two days of hands on carving practice and instruction. It's going to be a lot of fun, so don't miss out! Mary is one of the premier carvers in this country and her classes are always great! Sign up today.! Tuition: $345.00 plus materials
Section 030720A: Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8, 9:00am—5:00pm
The router is one of the most versatile power tools in the shop but many people utilize only a fraction of its actual capabilities. Most beginners think of the router for rounding over or chamfering edges of a board but with some understanding of how things work and a little imagination the router can be used for accurate mortises, tenons, dadoes, raised panel doors and more! In this daylong class of demonstrations, Fine Woodworking Magazine Contributing Editor Bob Van Dyke will explore the capabilities of routers, the many different kinds of routers, what features are important and what are not. We will get into the many different types of router bits available and what to look for. Router tables are a big part of router work and we will explore the many different options, including Bob’s “$15.00 router lift”! Don’t miss this opportunity to really understand how this important tool works. Tuition $125.00
Section 012520A: Saturday, January 25, 9:30 am—5:00pm
Building a Windsor chair can be daunting to those new to the craft, but with a bit of exposure, inspiration can replace hesitation and get you on your way to building comfortable, durable and beautiful chairs.
This two day seminar will focus on many of the varied skills that go into producing a classic Windsor chair. From splitting the log, shaving the parts, steambending, turning, joinery, carving and finishing, you’ll watch as well-known Connecticut chair builder David Douyard constructs a classic Sack-back Windsor chair. David will explain the process as he goes and answer the many questions that always come up. Come with an open mind, a notebook and a camera to catch all the action. We are scheduling a weeklong Windsor class summer 2020 where each participant will make their own Sackback Windsor chair. This demo weekend is a great introduction to that weeklong class. Either way– Don’t miss it! Sign up today! Tuition $275.00– Materials are included
Section 022920A: Saturday & Sunday, February 29 & March 1, 9:30am—5:00pm
The use of hide glue and hammer veneering goes back thousands of years. The walls of ancient Egyptian tombs portray craftsmen sawing veneers, mixing glue in a pot and laying those veneers down with the same hammer techniques which are just as effective today as it was back then. This ancient technique offers a no-nonsense, streamlined approach to veneering which allows for complex patterns and quick repairs or “do-over’s” as the need arises. Join nationally known furniture maker, & Sapfm Cartouche award recipient Al Breed for this information packed two day workshop where we will take a hard look at hide glue and its characteristics, toothing & sizing the substrate and the veneers, their preparation and usage, and the hammer veneering technique for laying them down. We will practice these techniques by working on a panel with a surrounding crossbanding of a contrasting wood such as would be used for a drawer front.
The skills you will learn could be applied to any project incorporating veneers. The limit is only your imagination! Sign up today- this is a class you will not want to miss!
Tuition: $345.00 plus materials
Section 053020A: Saturday & Sunday, May 30 & 31, 9:30am—5:00pm
Tool list: artists palette knife, 1 1/2” bench chisel, scraper blade, cutting gauge and veneer hammer.
This advanced workshop features a handsome frame and panel book shelf made in mahogany The design is loosely based on those made famous by Gustav Stickley and Harvey Ellis in the early twentieth century. Glass paneled doors, wedged through mortise and tenon joints and traditional Arts & Crafts style hardware are only a few of the distinctive features of this new project. This class will be a great learning experience because it is a new project and participants will see and be a part of all the problem solving that goes into any furniture-making project. The prototype bookshelf is in the works now and can be seen at the school. As with any new project, we can only estimate the number of nights the class will require. Woodworking II or Fundamentals of Furniture Making is required. Tuition: $575.00 (plus materials)
Section 091508: Monday evenings, September 15 – December 22,
6:00pm – 9:30pm
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This is our newest Woodworking III project in the Fundamentals of Furniture making series and is unique because its design was a group effort by a special class last spring. Charles & Henry Greene were influential designers during the Arts & Crafts Furniture movement of the early 20th century and utilized some distinctly unique designs. Their style has become very popular in the last few years. Drawing heavily on Greene & Greene design features, Asian influences and a couple of our own, the project features the traditional cloud lift shape on the front and back aprons, curved end aprons, an Oriental looking lower shelf and raised ebony plugs. One of the more unique features is the ebony "keys" that are used on the edges of the breadboard top. The table can be made in either cherry or the more traditional mahogany. Sign up soon as class size is limited. Tuition: $325.00 Plus materials
This elegant little table will fit just about anywhere in your home and is a lot of fun to build.
The table features a graceful turned center column (the turning will be done prior to class- so don’t worry if you do not know woodturning) with three gracefully curved legs. The 18” diameter top is thin and has a nice curved under bevel around the edge.
You will have your choice of cherry or walnut- both look great!
The legs are joined to the center column with hand-fitted sliding dovetails. Get your handplanes sharpened up because you will need them to flatten the top and to taper the legs. Lots of fun and very rewarding! One of the best parts of this class is that the table is small so the materials charge won’t break the bank! This class is over two weekends so there will be plenty of time to work on any surfacing and sanding that you might not get done in class.
Tuition: $445.00 (plus materials)
Section 050711A: Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8 and June 4 & 5, 9:30 - 5:00pm
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If you made the Morris Chair with Joe in one of his classes during the past few years, if you have a chair that needs an ottoman- or you just want to continue building your skills then this is the class for you. You will build an ottoman to match the style of the Morris chair in cherry or walnut. The project features through, wedged mortise and tenons, distinctive side spindles and your choice of leather or cloth cushion. Make sure you are a part of this new class. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials
This 10-session (approximately) class continues the Fundamentals of Furniture-making series and concentrates on carcase construction while allowing you to refine your woodworking skills. Building the Shaker style wall clock (in cherry or walnut) emphasizes the use of handtools in fitting joints, creating a glass like surface on the wood and beveling the bookmatched back. Students will learn more advanced techniques including resawing, bookmatching, handfitting hinges and precise joinery techniques. You will have your choice of standard quartz movement or the more traditional (but more expensive!) mechanical movemnet. Tuition: $445.00 plus materials.
Section 011320A: Monday evenings, January 13 - March 30, 6:00pm - 9:30
This advanced workshop features a handsome frame and panel blanket chest with tiger maple panels and a cherry frame. It is based on a design by John McAlevey, a well-known custom furniture maker and author living in Maine. The chest was featured on the cover of Fine Woodworking Magazine a number of years ago. The project entails extensive through mortise and tenons, raised panels, chamfered legs, a number of curved parts and frame and panel construction. The techniques used in its construction are basic to many larger furniture pieces. Participants need to have taken at least the Woodworking I class or its equivalent.
Tuition: $595.00 (plus materials).
Section 020314A: Monday Evenings, February 3 - April 21. 6:00pm- 9:30pm
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This exciting new class features a small plant stand table as the basic project. Inspired by the accent tables made by Bill Huston of Kennebunkport, Maine, the table has gracefully curved legs, a sculpted top and the top can actually raised up above the table base if you like! This class is a little different than our usual classes in that it allows and encourages some variation in the basic design of the project. The class will begin with examining the basic table design and then each participant will be able to vary elements of that design to make it their own if they desire. The size and shape of the top, the shape of the aprons and the choice of wood species allow for plenty of imagination. We will go through the “mock-up” process and learn some basic drawing techniques in addition to learning the techniques for making the curved “Krenov” style legs. The table can be made in tiger maple, cherry or walnut (or a combination of species). This is a class you should not miss so sign up today. Space is limited. Tuition: $345.00 plus materials.
Section 010808A: Tuesday evenings, January 8 – March 4, 6:00pm – 9:30pm (no class Jan. 15)
The Morris chair is the epitome of Craftsman style furniture and the design we have selected offers many of the typical design features of this well-known chair. Through mortice & tenon joints, a reclining back and angled arm rests are only a few of the highlights of this unique (and comfortable!) piece of furniture. This challenging project will be done in your choice of cherry or walnut and will definitely exercise all the woodworking skills you have learned up till now. We are estimating approximately 12 sessions for this class, however; it is difficult to forecast exactly how long any advanced class will take. As with all Level III classes, some work at home (or in “off” time in the school) will be required. Participants need to have taken at least the Woodworking I and II or equivalent classes. The upholstery work for the chair is not part of the class. We can recommend upholsterers who have done nice work in the past. $495.00 (plus materials).
Section 011210A: Tuesday evenings, January 12 - April 20, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
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This intermediate level class will encourage students to go beyond the "straight and square". Techniques used for creating curves, designing angled joinery and making handcut dovetailed drawers will be explored in this innovative class. The desk will incorporate a curved-front drawer, tapered legs, glue laminated curved aprons and walnut cockbeading around the drawer. This project incorporates challenging woodworking problems such as cutting the tenons on the end of a curved piece, fitting the drawer to the exact drawer opening, flattening the 22 inch wide top (by hand) and more. We solve these problems in a simple and unique way which you will be able to apply to other projects in the future. Some hand work at home will be expected. Woodworking 1 & II are required prerequisites. Don't wait too long to sign up for this class as space is limited. Some work at home will be required. Tuition: $695.00.00 plus materials
Section 032409A: Tuesday evenings, March 24 - June 16, 6:00pm - 9:30pm (This class was originally scheduled to begin on March 3)
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This new project in the “Fundamentals” series features a small cherry table with a tiger maple “butcher block” top. The table, originally designed for a kitchen, would work well as an occasional table just about anywhere in the house. The design is loosely based on some Arts & Crafts styles with an Oriental influence. The legs feature a curved reverse taper common to that style of furniture and the top is raised up off the legs to give the table a feeling of “lightness” . Another interesting (and challenging!) feature of the table is the lower shelf which is a series of slats inlaid with a walnut geometric design. This new class has just enough complexity to make it a logical choice after having taken the Shaker hall Table class. Sign up soon- space is limited. Tuition: $345.00 plus materials
Section 010609A: Tuesday evenings, January 6 – February 24, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
This new Woodworking III class features a graceful side table which was derived from the design of the tiger maple butcher block table we made in class last winter. The design is loosely based on some Arts & Crafts styles with an Asian influence. The legs feature a curved reverse taper common to that style of furniture and the top is raised up off the legs to give the table a feeling of "lightness". The base will be built in cherry and the top will be your choice of cherry or tiger maple. This piece is the first in a series of pieces we are developing which utilize this unique design. You have the option of building a second table as long as you are able to do the handwork that will be needed at home as we won't have time to do all the handwork in class. Don't miss this opportunity to make a great looking piece of furniture for your home- and learn some great woodworking techniques in the process. Tuition: $395.00 plus materialsSection 090809A: Tuesday evenings, September 8 - November 17, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
NEW START DATE: Class will begin Tuesday, September 22
The side table we will be making is based on the design of the butcher block table pictured
A dining chair is one of the more challenging woodworking projects you can take on. The balance between making the chair as strong as possible and still maintain a lightweight and attractive design, the angles involved to make the backrest comfortable, creating the curved parts and the sheer number of mortise and tenons will exercise all the woodworking skills you have learned up till now. The chair features tapered legs and a tapered backrest. The Craftsman style utilized in the design assures that it will complement the furnishings in most rooms. As with all Level III classes, some work at home (or in "off" time in the school) will be required. The "one weekend per month" format allows us to take on this more ambitious project and allows you plenty of time in between sessions to get all of the handwork done to your satisfaction. Participants need to have taken at least the Woodworking I and II or equivalent. The upholstery work for the chair is not part of the class and will be up to you. Tuition: $595.00 (plus materials). (Note: Payment can be stretched out over the course of the class if you prefer)
Section 092609A: Saturday & Sunday, September 26 & 27, October 31 & Nov. 1, November 21 & 22, 9:30am - 5:00pm
If you made the Morris Chair in one of our past classes, if you have a chair that needs an ottoman- or if you just want to continue building your woodworking skills then this is the class for you. This class features an Arts & Crafts style ottoman to match your Morris chair in either cherry or walnut. While the design is fairly simple, you will find some challenges in making the through, wedged mortise and tenons. This is a nice project to practice your skills with a handplane, card scarper and chisel. Put your feet up and give your Morris chair that extra bit of comfort! Sign up today. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials
Section 092210A: Wednesday evenings, October 6 - November 10, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
NOTE NEW START DATE
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This exciting new class features a small Federal or Hepplewhite style side table with a whole lot of challenges and a boatload of new skills to be learned. The focus of this class will be efficiency – in joinery, in ornamentation and in design. Efficiency in joinery means doing as much joinery as possible all at once and making joints that fit right off the machines. This project also features many techniques that may be new to a number of you. Working with veneer for the drawer front, dovetailing and cockbeading a drawer and adding cuff inlay and stringing to the legs, all turn a basically simple table into an heirloom piece you can be proud of. We will also be making some of the tools you will need to do the inlay work. This is a simple traditional Federal table which will fit with just about any home décor (and is small enough, 23” wide X 17” inches deep, or you can opt to do a small square table, 17” X 17”) to fit just about anywhere. Sign up soon – these are some skills you will be able to use over and over. There will be certain handwork that you may be required to complete outside of class. Please make sure you are willing to do that before signing up. This is going to be a fun class!
Tuition $595.00 plus materials
Section 012615A: Monday evenings, January 26 - April 20, 6:00pm- 9:30pm
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This new Woodworking III class is going to be a lot of fun (and a lot of work)! Arts & Crafts Style furniture has been immensely popular. It is attractive, relatively straightforward to build and fits well in just about any house. The display cabinet we will be building was featured on the cover of Fine Woodworking Magazine Issue # 211. The cabinet, which could also be used as a sideboard, was designed by Michael Pekovich, FWW Magazine’s Art Director, and is approximately 48” wide, 38” high and 13” deep. It features leaded glass doors, through tenons and three dovetailed drawers. The preferred species for this would be quartersawn white oak, but it could also be done in in cherry or walnut if you prefer. As with any new project class the anticipated duration of the class is unsure and it may run a little longer than scheduled. There will be homework required which will consist of surfacing and dryfitting joints. If you do not have facility at home then some time in the class shop can be arranged with the director. If you are unable to commit to this homework or will be missing more than a couple of the classes then this is not the class for you. Sign up soon as I expect this class to fill quickly. Tuition $595.00 plus materials
Section 101910A: Tuesday evenings, October 19— January 25, 2011, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
This class has received such a strong response that I am creating a second section of the class which will meet on
Wednesday nights starting October 27 - January 19, 6:00pm - 9:30pm.
Creating two sections will make for smaller classes which will be more enjoyable and make it easier to complete the project in the allotted time. You can get signed up by calling 860.647.0303
Hope you can make it
(photo by Michael Pekovich: courtesy- Fine Woodworking Magazine)
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This new class gives you the opportunity to incorporate your own design ideas into a small table built in the Arts & Crafts Style. Instead of everyone making exactly the same piece, each student will work on variations of a basic theme. Appropriate tables would be a coffee table, a side table, a hall table or sofa table. This is a great opportunity to learn what goes into designing a piece of furniture. We will start the class with discussion of everyone’s ideas and then get into drawing the piece in a full size format. After the design is settled a stock list can be generated and then it will be time to get some wood cut. The deign should follow some basic Arts & Crafts design elements- you should plan on some through tenons, probably square legs and perhaps some Greene & Greene inspired details, ie. Ebony plugs, breadboard ends and maybe even a “cloud lift” detail on the aprons. All in all this should be a fun class making your own piece of furniture. Note: if you would prefer to follow a design then I will be designing a Greene & Greene inspired coffee table which you are welcome to duplicate.
Tuition: $425.00 plus materials
Section 021511A: Tuesday evenings, February 15 - May 3, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
(note: this class was previously scheduled to begin January 26)
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Greene & Greene style furniture has an appeal because, among other things, it is utterly unique. Seattle furniture maker Darrell Peart, who is a regular instructor at CVSW, wrote: “The houses and furniture designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene demanded skills well beyond those of the average craftsman. While machines were used, many of the Greenes’ designs also required of its makers a high level of hand work.” This side table project features signature Greene & Greene design elements such as "cloud lifts" on the bottom edge of the aprons, bread board ends on the top accented with ebony splines and square pegs, shaped aprons and legs. In your choice of mahogany or cherry, this table will stretch your woodworking skills and will look great in your home. Plan on doing some of the handwork at home (or in the shop by arrangement) as there will not be time to finish the project if you leave all the work for class-time only. Don’t miss this new class. Tuition: $495.00 plus materials.
Section 102214A: Wednesday evenings, October 22 - February 11, (2015), 6:00pm - 9:30pm
No class on the following dates: November 27, December 24, January 7/21.
(Image used by permission of Darrell Peart - pictured table is similar to the one we will make in class)
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When I saw this bookcase on the cover of Fine Woodworking a number of years ago I knew that I would be doing it as a class- I just had to wait for the right time to put it on the schedule. This coming winter is that time!
Rhode Island furniture maker Pete Zuerner built this handsome bookcase in cherry and vertical grain Douglas Fir but we will be doing it a little differently in class- cherry frame and tiger maple panels- to match the Arts & Crafts Cherry & Tiger Maple blanket chest we do in class periodically.
The class will begin with milling the cherry framework and gluing up the tiger maple panels. Careful selection of stock is important to make the most of the maple’s natural figure. We will have plenty of mortice & tenon joints to cut and fit along with sizing and surfacing the tiger maple panels. Once the panels are ready we will apply finish to them before going ahead with the assembly of the case. The moldings on the front edges of the shelves and the top will be done a little differently than pictured. Adding the adjustable shelves and installing the top will make this project ready to bring home and finish. The bookcase will be approximately 65” high, 40 1/2” wide and 14” deep- big enough to store plenty of your favorite books but not so big that it will take over the room. Sign up today for this great class. Tuition $545.00 plus materials
Section 011118A: Thursday evenings, January 11—April 5, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
(image used with the permission of Pete Zuerner)
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This advanced workshop features a handsome frame and panel blanket chest with tiger maple panels and a cherry frame. It is based on a design by John McAlevey, a well-known custom furniture maker and author living in Maine. The chest was featured on the cover of Fine Woodworking Magazine a number of years ago. The project entails extensive through mortise and tenons, raised panels, chamfered legs, a number of curved parts and frame and panel construction. The techniques used in its construction are basic to many larger furniture pieces. Participants need to have taken at least the Woodworking I class or its equivalent. Tuition: $595.00 (plus materials).
Section 092817A: Thursday evenings, September 28 - January 4, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
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The raised panel door is a basic part of most furniture carcase construction, but is also used extensively in cabinet making. Tim will guide students thru the finer points of making raised panel doors. Proper sizing of the door to fit into an opening along with sizing the floating panel to allow for seasonal expansion and contraction are an essential part of the class. Students will use the router table and a set of “cope & stick” bits to make the stiles and rails. Students will use vertical & horizontal raised panel bits to form the panel. Each student will make a door they can then use as a model in their own workshops. Tuition: $125.00 plus materials
Section 011820B: Saturday, January 18, 9:30am—4:30pm
No special tools are required for this class
Handcut dovetails are great- but lots of people don't have the patience or the desire to learn how to do them. If you have a dovetail jig- or have been considering buying one then you owe it to yourself to get some answers and some practice on a few different kinds of jigs. The Leigh jig is generally considered the best and most versatile of all the dovetail jigs but the Akeeda and the Porter Cable certainly have their place. Mitch will demonstrate the use of all three and hopefully clarify the pros and cons of each one. Through and half blind dovetails will be covered. Students will make a small box during the class which will give them the opportunity to get the feel of the jig and the routers while making a useful project. Tuition: $120.00 plus materials ($18.00)
Section 011008B: Thursday evenings, January 10 & 17, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Crown molding is a classic finish to almost every aspect of cabinetry and traditional furniture. It is available in a variety of styles and sizes and with the right tools and a bit of skill you can make just about any style you can imagine. But it is not so simple to make and install. In this unique demonstration class you will learn about the variety of crown molding styles and shapes and learn some of the "tricks of the trade" that will let you install crown moldings successfully in your own work or home.
Tuition $120.00 materials are included.
Section 110709B: Saturday, November 7, 9:30pm - 5:00pm
This is a class designed for the beginning or intermediate woodturning student. f you are looking to learn new skills or improve your existing skills this class is for you. The projects featured in this new class are practical and useful items for the kitchen. The projects all utilize spindle turning techniques that would also be used in furniture making projects. The items you will make are a Rolling Pin, a Spurtle (Traditional Scottish Porridge stirring utensil), a Scoop, Napkin Rings, and possibly a French Style Spoon. This class not only will improve your turning skills but you will have beautiful, useful, practical items that just may improve your cooking skills or making wonderful gifts for the cook in your life. Sign up today- Space is limited. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials
Section 111216B: Saturday and Sunday, November 12 & 13, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Many students have asked for a class that offers the opportunity to turn bowls and only bowls. Students will have the opportunity to turn a shallow bowl, a deeper bowl, and time permitting- a third bowl or a plate (think very shallow bowl…). Participants will learn to make jigs and fixtures that will be useful in finishing the bottom of any bowl. We will get into the use of a four jaw chuck as well as alternative ways to hold the work on the lathe without using a commercially made chuck. Sharp tools are essential so we will be spending 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 whether 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: $275.00 plus materials.
Section 022920B: Saturday & Sunday, February 29 & March 1, 9:30am—5:00pm
This hands on class is an opportunity to concentrate solely on turning bowls. Students will learn basic and advanced bowl turning techniques, tool grinding and various methods for holding the work- including simple home-made jigs and commercial four jaw chucks. Projects will include a variety of bowls and platters made from cherry, mahogany and either tiger maple or walnut. Decorative edges and finishes will also be covered in this unique and exciting class. Some turning experience is required for this class. Fee: $255.00 (plus materials: $40.00)
Section 120713B: Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8, 9:30am –5:00pm
If you have taken other woodturning classes and want to have more supervised "practice" time, or you have a specific project in mind that requires a lot of woodturning and you need some help then this is the class for you! Let Al Czellecz and his assistant help you hone your woodturning skills and work on a turning project at the same time. Maybe you have a table in mind with turned legs, a set of bowls to make (Christmas is right around the corner!) or you just want more practice- the sky is the limit. Sign up for this new class soon- space is limited. Tuition: $175.00 (plus materials used)
Turning one table leg or one stair baluster takes some basic spindle turning skills but it is really not that hard to do. Turning four table legs that all look alike- now that's a little trickier! Join architectural wood-turner and instructor, Beth Ireland for this great hands-on class as she shows you some of the tricks of the trade. Duplicating parts, learning to turn from a square section to round (like the top of a table leg), and turning some architectural parts such as rosettes are all important parts of this unique one day class. Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition $225.00 (plus materials)
One of the best ways to learn some really creative techniques for solving any number of woodturning "challenges" is to learn from someone who turns for a living every day and who is constantly faced with solving all sorts of problems. This class features professional wood-turner, Beth Ireland who will show you a number of techniques for making various jigs to hold irregular shaped work, how to turn your lathe into an effective sander and how to make a few different drive chucks. One of the goals of the class is to get you thinking on a creative level to allow you to solve problems on your own rather than relying on store-bought tools that might only solve part of the problem at hand. Don't miss this truly unique class. Space is limited. Tuition $115.00 (plus materials)
(note: Take both of Beth's classes this weekend and pay only $100 per class)
Take your woodturning skills and imagination to the next level and join Al for this two-day hands-on class that is guaranteed to expand your creativity. You will learn how to “dress up” your turnings and make them truly unique. Al will teach you techniques ranging from how to add a simple bead to the edge of a bowl to how to add carvings and “piercings” to your projects. So many bowls are just a boring natural finish- what about using some color? Various techniques for adding color and metallic looks along with texturing with power carvers and gunpowder (yes- that’s right!) will also be utilized. Don't miss this chance to open up new creative horizons. Tuition: $245.00 (plus materials).
Turning "green" wood offers turners a lot more opportunities that don't exist when using kiln-dried lumber. You are not limited by stock lumber sizes or species. The wood is actually easier to turn and it is usually free!! BUT- there are some special techniques that must be used to prepare it for turning and to preserve the piece as it dries. Come spend the weekend with Rick Angus and bring your woodturning skills to a new level. Students will turn a series of bowls and platters during this exciting hands-on class. Some turning experience is required (a prior class is sufficient). Students are encouraged to bring in some examples of their previous work. Tuition: $275.00 (plus materials)
Section 112418B: Saturday & Sunday, November 24 & 25, 9:30am - 5:00pm
If you have taken other woodturning classes and want to have more supervised "practice" time, or you have a specific project in mind that requires a lot of woodturning and you need some help then this is the class for you! Let Al Czellecz and his assistant help you hone your woodturning skills and work on a turning project at the same time. Maybe you have a table in mind with turned legs, a set of bowls to make or you just want more practice- the sky is the limit. Sign up for this new class soon- space is limited. Tuition: $195.00 (plus materials used)
Section 030106BB: Wednesday evenings, March 1 - 22, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Turned wooden boxes are attractive, practical and make great gifts. They combine the skills from spindle, bowl and hollow turning. You can complete a turned box quickly and easily from inexpensive lumber and they are great projects that can really show off your creativity and imagination.
The class will cover wood selection, grain orientation and design considerations. Students will learn secure wood mounting, tool use and the importance of project planning and design. Corey will demonstrate various box styles and students will complete two or more boxes. Finishing techniques, decorative possibilities and variations on some basic designs will be an important part of this fun and unique class.
Don’t miss this exciting class, as you will be sure to have a great time. Tuition: $255.00 (plus materials)
Section 110213B: Saturday & Sunday, November 2 & 3, 9:30am - 5:00pm
(Pictured boxes were turned by John Lorch)
Turned pens and pencils are increasingly popular, easy to make (sometimes!), and they make great gifts (Christmas is right around the corner!!). Bud turns truly unique and beautiful pens and will teach students his techniques in this rewarding hands-on class. Students will have an opportunity to make one or two pens in a wood of their choice. Tuition: $75.00 (includes material for 2 pens)
Section 120917B: Saturday, December 9, 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Turning furniture parts should be simple- right? Most of the time the part is a combination of different sized coves and beads with a straight or a tapered section and maybe an urn or some other device. The problem for furniture makers is that you rarely have just one of these parts. Most table have four legs- and it would be nice if they all looked the same! Al Czellecz will guide you through the basics of making the different shapes used in spindle turning and then teach you simple methods for duplicating those shapes and maintaining complete control over the final piece. Whether it is a table leg starting from a square section going to round or something as simple as making knobs for a series of cabinet drawers, sharp tools, basic spindle turning techniques and simple layout techniques are essential for success. In this class each student will make a simple three-legged stool as a project. The turnings can be as simple or as complex as you like- as long as they all look the same! Don't miss this opportunity to add turned parts to your furniture making skills. Tuition: $150.00 (plus materials)
Section 103006B: Monday evenings, October 30, November 6 & 13, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Sharp tools are essential to woodturning. When the tools are sharp you have total control over the cutting action and you don't have to "work" at cutting the wood. This one-night class with Al Czellecz is designed to give those students who have been frustrated with learning how to sharpen their woodturning tools a chance for some concentrated hands-on tool sharpening. Al will guide students through basic tool grinds and also demonstrate more advanced and specialized grinding methods.
Using sharpening jigs, freehand grinding, when to hone by hand and what to look for in a grinder are just a few of the points that Al will cover in this unique class. Sign up today as space is limited due to the number of grinders available. Tuition $60.00
Section 102306B: Monday evening, October 23, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
The Barley twist is a sculptural form that has been used in architecture, furniture and sculpture from the beginning of recorded history. In this unique new class participants will learn the fundamentals of Architectural wood-turning as a base to layout and hand carve a traditional barley twist. Students will be free to take this project in their own personal direction. Furniture maker or artist, the Barley twist will be an unendingly fun puzzle for you to unravel. Students do not need any prior experience.
Tuition: $195.00 plus materials.
The holidays are approaching and what better way to decorate your tree- or your house- than with hanging ornaments that you have turned yourself. Casey Coyne turns pens, pencils, beautiful bowls and great holiday ornaments. This fun class will give you the chance to use your imagination and make some truly unique tree decorations while learning about some basic woodturning techniques. Some turning experience is helpful but not essential. Sign up today. Tuition: $65.00 (includes materials for one ornament)
Section 120408B: Thursday evening, December 4, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Section 122008B: Saturday afternoon, December 20, 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Turned wooden boxes are attractive, practical and make great gifts. They combine the skills from spindle, bowl and hollow turning. You can complete a turned box quickly and easily from inexpensive lumber and they are great projects that can really show off your creativity and imagination. This one day “taste of” class allows the beginner or intermediate turner the opportunity to try out some different techniques and some different tools while making a creative and nice looking lidded container in either mahogany, walnut or cherry. Students will learn secure wood mounting, tool use and the importance of project planning and design. John will demonstrate various box styles and students will be able to complete one box with a lid. John is an accomplished woodturner and teacher whose work is exhibited in galleries and gift shops throughout New England. Don’t miss this exciting new class, as you will be sure to have a great time. Tuition: $95.00 (plus materials)
Hollow vessels, i.e. vases, bottles and jars (or any shape whose top is narrower than the bottom) can be some of the most beautiful and graceful shapes possible- but, they can also be one of the most challenging designs to master. This unique class allows students who have some prior turning experience to expand their turning repertoire and master the specialized techniques and tools used in this distinctive style of woodturning. Participants will learn about different ways of holding the work, the many different types of hollowing tools on the market, ways of making your own tools and methods for making extremely narrow necks in the same or in contrasting woods. This is not a beginner class but don’t worry if you might think you don’t have enough experience (this is how you gain the experience!!) Sign up today for this fun and rewarding class. Tuition: $195.00 plus materials
For those who want to increase their turning knowledge of pens, spend the day learning how to turn those great-looking European Style pens, ones that are as unique as those available in fine gift shops. Learn the tips and techniques that produce excellent results every time. Learn the fundamentals of creating these different style pens from wood selection, tool selection, and proper lathe techniques to finishing. At the end of the class you will not only leave with the knowledge to make these great pens, but you will also have a pen of your very own. These also make great gifts. Fundamental pen turning knowledge recommended. Tuition: $100.00 (includes material for one pen)
Section 033112: Saturday, March 31, 10:00am – 5:00pm
What better way to sharpen and practice your turning skills than with this unique project that will look great just about anywhere. The project combines spindle turning for the stem, faceplate turning for the base, drilling out the long hole for the wires (how do you do that??), finishing and assembly. We will include everything for the lamp except the lampshade. Your choice of Rosewood, cherry, tiger maple- or whatever we have that will suit your tastes. Don’t miss this opportunity to further your turning skills and make a useful project at the same time. Tuition: $145.00 (plus materials)
Lidded containers offer all sorts of opportunities for technical and creative exploration that can utilize all of your woodturning skills and creativity. This intensive two-day workshop is intended for students who already have some experience, but want to go beyond simple turning. After a short review of basic skills, students will begin working on their own unique turned boxes with an emphasis on practical and pleasing design. We will have some “step by step” boxes for those who might be unsure about their first “solo” design. The class will focus on forms for boxes, mounting, hollowing, lid fitting, finials and surface preparation on and off the lathe. Students are invited to bring wood and tools for individualized help. Tuition $195.00 (plus materials used)
Section 051907B: Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20, 9:30am - 5:00pm
If you have been intrigued by woodturning but are not sure if you want to make the commitment to a full class, both in time and in money, then this is the class for you. This new class features our regular woodturning instructors who will be demonstrating a variety of spindle turning and bowl turning techniques. After some basic demonstrations we will get you going on the lathe to turn your first simple project - in either mahogany or walnut. Basic machine safety will be covered along with answers to questions about tools and lathes in general. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the fascinating and rewarding craft of woodturning. Tuition $65.00 (materials are included)
Section 092907B: Saturday, September 29, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Turning one table leg or one stair baluster takes some basic spindle turning skills but it is really not that hard to do. Turning four table legs that all look alike- that’s a little trickier! Join Al Czellecz for this great hands-on class as he shows you some of the tricks of the trade. Turning the pad foot on a cabriole leg, learning to turn from a square section to round (like the top of a table leg), special techniques for successful duplicating of parts, and turning some architectural parts such as rosettes are all important parts of this unique class. Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition $245.00 (plus materials)
Section 0030409B: Wednesday evenings, March 4 - 25, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Wood turned plates and platters are attractive and practical additions to any party or barbeque and serving on one you made yourself affords very special bragging rights. In this class students will produce at least two plates that can be scaled up to serving platters. The class will cover wood selection, orientation and mounting, tool technique and sharpening, and decorating and finishing considerations. The importance of design and planning will be emphasized and students will learn valuable woodturning techniques and concepts that can be applied to more complex projects. Tuition $195.00 plus materials.
Section: 050410B: Tuesday evenings, May 4 - June 1, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
(no class May 25)
Spend a day working on improving your spindle turning technique while making a couple of attractive bud vases. The great thing about these bud vases is that they are actually lined with a glass sleeve that nearly disappears from sight and allows for safe containment of liquid. The completed vases are perfect for a flower stem in water, fragrant oil and diffuser reeds or dried flowers. Materials for two vases are included in this one-day class.
While relatively simple in concept, we will use a process that allows completion of the piece on the lathe, including a friction varnish, polish and wax. Choose from an assortment of pieces of wood with interesting character and pick the shape the you desire. We will turn the shape between centers, mount in a chuck to drill a hole sized to accept a glass sleeve. You will use a spindle roughing gouge to form the initial shape, refine the form with a detail gouge or skew chisel and sand dustlessly with water or oil to a smooth finish.
The finishing touch will be a smooth glossy finish on the entire exterior, including the bottom. Just sigh the bottom and enjoy. Turners of all skill levels are welcome.
Section: 100210B: Saturday, October 2, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Learn the techniques used to create complex and intricate turnings on the lathe.
The focus of the class will be traditional furniture parts, but the skills
learned can be applied to any turnings done between centers. Students will be
free to decide how to use their time over the course of the weekend.
Samples of several different legs will be available. Pick one and make all the
legs for a table, or try them all to get lots of practice in different shapes
and sizes. Lots of demonstrations, plenty of hands on lathe time, as well as
one on one instruction. Sharpening methods, copying, and repetitive turning will be
covered in detail.
David is a nationally known woodturner who has written articles for Fine Woodworking magazine along with being a main presenter at the Society of American Period Furniture Makers Mid Year Conference. He has over two decades of experience on the lathe as well as an extensive background in traditional furniture design and construction. Tuition: $255.00 plus materials
Section 110511B: Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6, 9:30am - 5:00pm
This new weekend class is an opportunity to concentrate solely on making turned bowls- but with a twist! Take your woodturning skills and imagination to the next level and join Al for this two-day hands-on class that is guaranteed to expand your creativity. You will learn how to “dress up” your turnings and make them truly unique. Al will teach you techniques ranging from how to add a simple bead to the edge of a bowl to how to add carvings and “piercings” to your projects. So many bowls are just a boring natural finish- what about using some color? Various techniques for adding color and metallic looks along with texturing with power carvers and gunpowder (yes- that’s right!) will also be utilized. Don't miss this chance to open up new turning horizons.
Tuition: $255.00 (plus materials: $40.00)
Section 022512B: Saturday & Sunday, February 25 & 26, 9:30am – 5:00pm
The main focus of this 4 night class is to design a functioning 8" peppermill utilizing the lathe for all aspects of the turning and drilling process. We will work on form and design to learn the limitations as well as the unlimited variations you have available to create a beautiful functional piece. This class will take you step by step from mounting and roughing a piece to utilizing a talon chuck to drilling and finishing your project in the time allowed. Finishing techniques and enhancements will be discussed to put the final touches on your piece. The beginning of the class will be used to practice and brush up on basic tool use before jumping in to the project. Lathe safety and the use of jamb chucks will be discussed to make your project a safe, fun and successful one. Clete is a member of the Central Ct Woodturners as well as the American Association of Woodturners and he works with Corey Anderson in many of our other woodturning classes. Sign up today and spice up your life!!
Tuition: $195.00 (plus materials)
The projects are a Garden Dibbler (whatever that is!...), a Tool Handle for a Reversible Screwdriver or a Toy Top, a Lidded Box and Honey Dipper, A Pepper Mill and a Plate. There will also be a review of tools used in turning, tool sharpening, sanding and finishing on the lathe. Safety is always important and will be emphasized throughout the course. Students will gain valuable experience and make some great projects which will help build confidence to continue the quest to master the art of woodturning. Sigh up today. Space is limited. Tuition: $ 295.00 plus materials.
Section 042316B: Saturday and Sunday, April 23 - April 24, 9:30am- 5:00pm
This weekend class is designed to give beginning and intermediate woodturners a great opportunity to make a number of small projects while learning, polishing and perfecting their turning skills. We start with a review of tools used in turning, tool sharpening, sanding and finishing on the lathe. During the first morning, the projects will be chosen from a list including:
Bud Vase, Spinning Toy Top, Tool Handle for a Reversible Screwdriver, Spoon (with some light carving), Whistle, Rolling Pin, Mushroom and other ideas from students.
Safety is always important and will be emphasized throughout the course. Students will gain valuable experience and make some great projects which will help build confidence to continue the quest to master the art of woodturning. Sigh up today. Space is limited. Tuition: $ 275.00 plus materials ($55.00)
Section 042818B: Saturday & Sunday,
April 28 & 29, 9:30am—5:00pm
Now that you have made a few bowls on a glue block, join us to learn the next level of cross-grain bowl turning techniques. We will use the fundamental cutting technique taught in the Basic Woodturning class and begin class with a refresher exercise. We add additional wood mounting techniques including four-jaw chucks, single screw mounting and very accurate rim jam chucking. Workflow will be a three-step process, each step using a different mounting technique. These methods add versatility to your repertoire and assure accurate mounting on the same axis each time. The result will be a consistent efficient process.
Sharp tools are crucial to good woodturning. Following a demonstration, try your hand at sharpening tools. Bring your own tools and learn to sharpen them (keep in mind that badly profiled tool may require too much work to complete in class, but we will get you started.) Efficient sanding and finishing techniques will be covered as well.
Class is limited to those who have completed the Night time Beginning Woodturning or the weekend Basic Woodturning so that we all begin with a consistent experience. Bring your design ideas, tools and questions and prepare to jump to the next level of cross-grain turning. Sign up today. Space is limited.
Tuition: $295.00 plus materials
Section 102619B: Saturday & Sunday, October 26 & 27, 9:30am – 5:00pm
If you are serious about your finishing work and want to jump to the next level then you owe it to yourself to get into spray finishing. Greg will teach students the basic concepts of spray finishing including using the spray gun to lay down and layer colors, apply sanding sealers and top coats and the mechanics of the spray guns. Greg will be demonstrating using the Turbinaire HVLP system but will certainly answer any questions students may have regarding the use of traditional high pressure spray systems. This class will be both demonstration and hands-on. Tuition: $125.00 Including materials
Section 060714B: Saturday, June 7, 9:30am – 5:00pm
(previously scheduled for April 19)
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)
Section 010620B: Monday evenings, , 6:00pm—9:00pm
This class specifically designed for furniture makers who are frustrated finishers. We will cover the most common wood coloring and finishing tasks, using readily available “off the shelf” materials and equipment. Scope will include finishing new and antique wood, using brush, pad, and aerosol techniques. We will not cover the use of spray equipment.
Topics will include:
Students will do hands on activities to create a number of well-known finishes including Pumpkin Pine, Aged Oak, Perfect Cherry, and Classic Mahogany, on various woods, as well as techniques for “popping the grain” adding shadow lines, rubbing out, and creating custom appearances. Students are encouraged to bring small projects, or samples of their choice. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials Sign up today- Space is limited.
Section 100816B: Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9, 9:30am – 5:00pm
The warmth of an oil finish is appreciated by all and is particularly suited to many of the furniture pieces we make in our classes. This is a three night hands-on class concentrating on the many misunderstood types of oil and wax finishes. Students will each work on a project that they either made during a class or a project from home. Working on a sample board during class instead of a project is frequently a good alternative. Some work during the week is suggested in order for students to go on to the next steps in the class. If you keep up on the steps, your project should be ready for Christmas! Tuition: $150.00 (materials for work at home are not included)
Section 120809A: Tuesday evenings, December 8, 15 & 22, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
French Polish has a mystique about it intimidates many people- even experienced finishers- but, like anything, it is understanding the techniques and the materials which will give you the success you are looking for. Noted furniture conservator and expert Nickolas Kotula will open the doors to a highly rewarding look into the world of French Polishing and traditional finishing techniques. In this four night hands on class, students will learn the techniques and develop the hand skills necessary to produce this traditional fine finish. Nick will cover applying color to the wood, understanding the color wheel, the various types of shellacs and their uses, building the base coats of finish and then the techniques of French Polishing. We will also cover rubbing out the finish which will allow you to control the final sheen of the finish. Do not miss this opportunity to add new (or traditional!) aesthetic beauty to your furniture projects. Sign up today. Class size is limited. Tuition: $ 255.00.00 plus materials
Section 110711B: Monday evenings, November 7 - 28, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
As furniture conservator, I often rely on shellac as my go-to finish, for its tremendous versatility and proven long-term stability. Shellac is a beautiful and durable finish for a wide range of applications. It is also re-treatable; as a solvent release finish it is continuously soluble in its carrier, denatured alcohol. This important distinction allows a shellac finish to be easily repaired, both on-site and in the studio. Shellac is also ideal for touch-ups, using pigments and dyes with prepared shellac as a binder.
In this two day workshop, we will explore the various varieties of shellac, learning to recognize the subtle differences between the types that can be utilized according to the needs of the project. French Polishing will be discussed and demonstrated, along with a “modified” padding technique where oil is not used. Both brushing and padding methods and materials will be reviewed and discussed. The repair and touch up of a previously finished piece will also be discussed and demonstrated, and will incorporate pigments, dyes, brushes, and matting agents. Professional touch-up kits will be available for optional purchase.
Tad Fallon is the co-owner of Fallon & Wilkinson - a small furniture conservation shop that specializes in restoring 18th & 19th century high end furniture. Tad has written numerous papers for the trade and has taught many workshops for professional furniture conservators. Sign up today! Tuition $275.00 plus materials.
New 2016 weekend dates coming soon.
A Woodworker's Guide to Finishing with Mike Pekovich
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.
This class will be scheduled again fall 2018
Zen of French Polish with John Coffey
French polish is a technique for putting shellac on wood as a finish. Shellac is perhaps the most versatile finish that can be used to finish furniture–it is hard and durable, it is restorable without having to remove it, and best of all it may be the most beautiful finish you could put on a piece of furniture!
One main benefit of French polish is it can be applied in less than ideal finishing conditions. Dust is not an issue as the polish dries almost as soon as it is rubbed on. The polisher can stop at any time in the process and pick it up at a later date. Best of all, the technique puts very little material on a surface, even irregular ones.
As an antique restorer, I am often required to put on a finish that preserves the color and texture of their surface–I cannot sand the surface. French polishing is uniquely suited for this task. The technique follows the undulating character of old surfaces, or handplaned surfaces, filling the grain until the surface is lustrous and polished.
In a two-day class I will show my technique for French polishing by assisting the student in their own project. The student can expect to be well on his way to finishing a small table or chest but, more importantly, will learn the skill of applying shellac using a pad in such a way that only the thinnest of coatings will be between the observer and the object, allowing the natural beauty of the wood to show through.
The woodworker spends so much time selecting just the right board, perfecting his or her technique on cutting dovetails and tenons, why not make sure the work receives what it deserves–the best finish possible. The old saw is never truer: while a good finish might be able to hide poor woodworking, a bad finish will take away from even the best work.
John Coffey is an antique restorer in Locust Valley, NY. John has taken conservation classes at the Smithsonian Institute and at Dakota County Technical College (MN) with senior conservator at the Smithsonian, Donald C. Williams. He has assisted with the "Ten Thousand Springs Pavilion" exhibit for the Smithsonian Institute in both Washington, D.C. and when it was in Flushing, Queens, N.Y. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Hobart College (NY). Sign up today!
Tuition: $295.00 plus materials
Section 020820B: Saturday & Sunday, February 8 & 9, 9:30am - 5:00pm
This two day class is tailored especially for woodworkers who are uneasy about the finishing process and wish to master the basic knowledge and techniques that will enable professional finishing results using easily available materials. The class is a mixture of lecture, demonstration, and has an emphasis on hands on activities that all students will complete using both sample panels and actual small project pieces.
In the color world, students will learn the critical differences between pigment colors and dye colors and gain an understanding of how to decode the often confusing information found on the many cans and bottles of colorants. With this knowledge we will use both dyes and pigments in a classic finishing schedule including glazing and toning, and practice some simple steps to achieve rich colors, vibrant grain popping, and also to match existing colors. Students will also complete some basic furniture repair techniques using epoxy, colored waxes and both oil and acrylic colors to match missing or damaged grain.
In the world of topcoats, students will learn how to categorize virtually all finishes into one of five basic families, and how to successfully use products from each family by brush, pad and spray. Students will practice using the proper brushes for each type of finish, including shellac, oil based and water based, and also learn some basic spray techniques using commonly available aerosol products to achieve professional quality results.
In addition Mike will demonstrate the basics of rubbing out a finish to a perfect sheen and feel, and also show some basic special effect techniques such as creating “age” with common asphaltum, otherwise known as roofing tar !
Mike Mascelli is a professional upholsterer in Latham, NY with over 40 years of experience in working and teaching, and is also Director of the Professional Refinisher’s Group, a national organization founded in 1998 to connect professionals in the restoration, refinishing and conservation trades . In his upholstery work he divides his time between classic furniture and classic cars, while his finishing expertise is based on years of shop experience and the counsel and mentoring of some of the most experienced wood finishers in the industry. He has contributed to the Roubo on Furniture by Don Williams (Lost Art Press) and With Saw, Plane & Chisel by Zach Dillinger (Popular Woodworking, 2016). He also writes for the American Period Furniture journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and has completed several instructional videos on upholstery techniques. Sign up today– space is limited.
Tuition $275.00 plus materials
Section 110919B: Saturday & Sunday, November 9 & 10, 9:30am – 5:00pm
This class is essentially the same as the Shaker Hall Table class but features a different project. The class further develops the skills begun in Woodworking I and adds new ones such as using a handplane to surface furniture parts, matching grain to achieve a harmonious looking piece, hand-fitting mortice and tenons joints, gluing up a table top and more. This class also features wedged thru mortise & tenons which look great and are a good challenge to your woodworking skills. The project is a cherry coffee table which is approximately 22" X 46", has a lower shelf for books or magazines and will look great in just about any room. Because of the difference in styles you might want to do this class even if you have already done the Hall Table. Tuition: $295.00 (plus materials).
An eight-session (or four - day) class that is a continuation of the Woodworking I class. This new project features a handsome Arts & Crafts style hall or sofa table which fits in just about any home . The project is a perfect vehicle to learn new skills with handtools and powertools while making a valuable piece of furniture that will become a family heirloom. Techniques learned in the woodworking I are reinforced as new techniques and skills are introduced. Laying out, cutting and handfitting mortice and tenon joints, a dovetailed drawer, grain matching a table top, tricks for gluing up a whole piece of furniture, and using effectively using handplanes, card scrapers and chisels are just a few of the skills students will learn while making a cherry hall table as their project. Woodworking I is a prerequisite. Tuition: $355.00 plus materials .
Section 040912A: Monday evenings, April 9 - June 4, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
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