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Woodcraft of Woodcraft of Hartford / Manchester


Woodcraft of Hartford / Manchester

249 Spencer Street
Manchester, CT 06040
Call Us: (860) 647-0303
Fax Us: (860) 647-0019
  • Sunday: 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Monday: 9 AM - 7 PM
  • Tuesday: 9 AM - 7 PM
  • Wednesday: 9 AM - 7 PM
  • Thursday: 9 AM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 9 AM - 7 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 6 PM

Bob Van Dyke
Founder and Director of The Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking: After 18 years as an award-winning chef in French restaurants Bob left the business to begin a career in woodworking and teaching. Furniture making had provided an outlet to the pressures of the restaurant business until 1993 when he started the Harris Enterprise School of Fine Woodworking. In seven years of operation the school gained national exposure and recognition. In 2000 he formed a business partnership to open the Manchester, CT Woodcraft store and the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. The school was an instant success and the demand for classes was so great that a second shop was built to allow two classes to run simultaneously. He continually strives to expand his skills and knowledge by working on a variety of commission furniture pieces and new projects for upcoming classes. He has been featured in Fine Woodworking Magazine and Woodshop News and is currently featured in the "Ask the Experts" forum for Fine Woodworkng Magazine at Bob's approach to teaching centers on the belief that people learn "by doing rather than by watching". Successful contemporary furniture making also depends on utilizing a sensible combination of machine woodworking and handwork. Bob's classes feature hands-on woodworking projects that require mastery of a combination of handtools and machines.
Teri Masaschi
Teri's career in antique restoration, furniture building and furniture finishing began as a fourteen year old apprentice to a Fine Arts Dealer in Amherst, New Hampshire. There she learned the traditional methods for conserving and restoring valuable antiques along with learning to build furniture in the Queen Anne, Federal and Chippendale styles. Teri was Product Manager for Woodworker's Supply Inc. where she was responsible for testing, acquiring and maintaining all of the finishing products in the national mail order catalog. Her responsibilities also included trouble-shooting problems for national customers and teaching store employees about the finishing products in the stores. She left Woodworker's Supply after six years to work at a high end finishing shop in Santa Fe, New Mexico in addition to doing her own custom work. She writes for Fine Woodworking Magazine and has taught finishing at The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine and at The Santa Fe Community
Philip C. Lowe
Phil Lowe has been involved with woodworking since 1968 and is the author of many articles in "Fine Woodworking Magazine". He is featured in the "Time Life" series on woodworking and in videos with The Taunton Press on " Carve a Ball and Claw Foot", "Making a Sheraton Bed" and most recently, "Measuring Furniture for Reproduction". His teaching experience includes ten years (1975 -1985) as an instructor at Boston's North Bennett Street School, where he was positioned as department head for the latter five. Since 1985 Phil has operated a furniture making and restoration shop in Beverly, MA, producing work for the private sector and museums throughout North America. In 1997 Phil started The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts which offers hands-on classes in all facets of traditional furniture making. Phil has been a visiting instructor and demonstrator at various schools and woodworking organizations throughout the United States and Canada. For more information about Phil or about the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts please visit his web site at:
Peter Gedrys
Pete Gedrys, owner and founder of Architectural Finishes LLC of East Haddam, CT, has been teaching classes in a variety of finishing disciplines for over 5 years. His enthusiastic and logical approach to teaching simplifies and "de-mystifies" a subject that many woodworkers find both confusing and intimidating. He specializes in high-end restoration work which requires a comprehensive understanding of color, color matching and manipulation of finishes. His professional work includes work on eighteenth and nineteenth century American and Continental furniture along with large scale commercial finishing projects including numerous libraries, raised-panel rooms and mantles. He has also done extensive work with gold leaf and his gilding projects include ceiling ornaments, weathervanes and both antique and new picture frames. Peter has been featured in Woodshop News and Fine Woodworking magazine and is considered to be one of the leading finishers and restoration experts in the Northeast.
Al Czellecz
Al has taken woodturning way beyond the everyday "round and brown". His incorporation of carving, texturing and imaginative coloring techniques are truly unique and inspire a high level of creativity in all his students. He has been the president of the Central Connecticut Woodturners for over three years and is a frequent demonstrator at numerous northeastern woodworking furniture shows. His work is also featured in a number of galleries in Connecticut and Massachusetts.