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249 Spencer Street
Manchester, CT 6040

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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

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Build A Belden Tea Table with: Bob Van Dyke
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Part 1: Monday, August 27, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, August 28, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, August 29, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, August 30, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, August 31, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: The Hartford area has some of the best examples of that which is considered "Connecticut" furniture. Many people think of Con-necticut 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 ele-gant and unique. This pro-ject is based on exact meas-urements 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 oppor-tunity 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.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
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Woodworking I: Walnut Jewelry Box with: Tim Spratlin
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Part 1: Wednesday, September 12, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 2: Monday, September 17, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 3: Monday, September 24, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 4: Wednesday, September 26, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 5: Monday, October 1, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 6: Wednesday, October 3, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 7: Wednesday, October 10, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 8: Monday, October 15, 6 PM - 9:30 PM

Description: 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
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($195.00)

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Introduction To Cabinet Making with: Tim Spratlin
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Part 1: Saturday, September 15, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, September 16, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: This class concentrates on the techniques used in cabinet making rather than those usedin furniture making. Tim Spratlin is a professional cabinetmaker who brings with himyears of labor saving tricks and techniques which students will find invaluable whencompleting their own projects at home. A medium sized painted plywood bookshelf isthe project for this class and features techniques such ascutting plywood panels to size, using solid wood edging,making and applying a molding, making a mitered base,using a Kreg jig and working with a router. The design ofthe bookcase features a plinth base, adjustable shelvesand decorative moldings. This class is designed for beginnerand intermediate woodworkers who are interested inlearning techniques they can use in numerous home improvementprojects. The bookcase utilizes common portablepower tools that most homeowners would have ormight be considering purchasing. This class will provideyou with the foundation skills needed for more advancedprojects such as kitchen cabinets, storage cabinets, entertainmentcenters, counter tops and more. Sign up today.Space is limited.
Tuition: $325
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Woodturning with: Rick Angus
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Part 1: Wednesday, September 26, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 2: Wednesday, October 3, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, October 10, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 4: Wednesday, October 17, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 5: Wednesday, October 24, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 6: Wednesday, October 31, 6 PM - 9:30 PM

Description: This six evening class is designed for the beginning (or frustrated) woodturner and featuresextensive hands-on practice each night. Woodturning is a skill that requires somebasic instruction and lots of practice. Students are turning on their own lathe most ofeach night of the class. Class starts with basic spindle and includes a few simple projectslike a mallet and spinning tops. Wethen move on to face plate turning whichincludes some cherry and mahoganybowls and plates. Along the way wespend time learning about tool sharpeningand general information about lathes,tools, chucks and various jigs used inwoodturning. This is a great way to safelyget into woodturning and gives you agood foundation for other more advancedturning classes and projects.
Tuition: $295
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($49.00)

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Yes Folks- There Are More Than 10 Ways To Cut Dovetails! with: Bob Van Dyke
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Part 1: Saturday, September 29, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, September 30, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: The great thing about running a national woodworking school is that I get to see the techniques of every different instructor who comes here to teach- and there have been alot of them over the last 12 years!In woodworking- like a lot of things- there is no one "right" way- there are bunches ofdifferent ways to accomplish the same thing and that is what this class is all about. Iwill not be telling you what I think is the "best" way- that is for you to decide- and youwill have the opportunity to learn a number of different methods.Cutting dovetails entirely by hand can beintimidating to a lot of people. Whencutting dovetails I see students typicallymaking the same mistakes and hitting thesame stumbling blocks each time- so thatis what we address to start; using a cuttinggauge, paring to (and not beyond!) aline, cutting straight lines with a handsaw-and using a sharp chisel! These areall skills that you will practice (andhopefully master) in this class. But thisclass is much more than just cuttingdovetails by hand. This class will showyou a number of ways to make"handcut" dovetails that will only requirea little bit of paring with a chisel to makethem fit perfectly. We will be trying outtechniques that use the tablesaw, a trimrouter, bandsaw, scroll saw and copingsaw along with the traditional handsawand chisels. The goal is to get you cuttinggreat looking dovetails using a combinationof machines and handtools untilyou are comfortable enough with theprocess that you realize doing it all byhand is not that big a deal!This class is a combination of demonstrationsand hands-on practice. There isno project for the class- you will beworking on a series of practice boards. Itis great to see the difference between thefirst dovetail you make on Saturday andthe last dovetail you make Sunday afternoon!Router dovetail jigs like the Porter Cable or Leigh jig will NOT be a part of this class- Ihave no idea how to use those tools…Sign up today and lose your fear of cutting dovetails once and for all.
Tuition: $275
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($16.00)

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Learn To Tune And Use A Japanese Hand Plane with: Andrew Hunter
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Part 1: Saturday, October 6, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, October 7, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: At the end of this weekend courseeach student will take home a fullyoperational Japanese hand plane andhave the know how to keep is workingright. What seems like a simple tool,a blade and a block of wood, the Japaneseplane (Kanna) is actually a verycomplex instrument with many subtlequalities. The first challenge mostwesterners face when learning to useone is that they don't come ready touse out of the box. You are only supplied with great ingredients, but it isup to the user to get the fit between the blade and the block just right. Inthis course we will work together through each step of the process to bringyour new plane into working order. We will cover sharpening and shapingthe blade, fitting the blade to the block and profiling it's sole for optimalperformance. Of coarse, we will also spend time using your new plane,learning to work with your whole body, not just your arms. The weekendwill wrap up by putting our new planes to the test in a friendly planing con-test (kezurou-kai). So, sign up today to unlock the mystery of the Japanesehand plane and add one more tool to your woodworking arsenal.
Tuition: $275
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials (approximately $180)

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Build A Hanging Bookcase with: Mike Pekovich
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Part 1: Saturday, October 6, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, October 7, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Monday, October 8, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Saturday, November 3, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Sunday, November 4, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Did you hear? Books are actuallycool again, and here's anice way to show off yourcollection. This compactbookshelf can sit on yourdesk or hang from a wall andturn any space into your personallibrary. Rustic whiteoak and exposed joinery giveit an Arts & Crafts feel withstorybook charm. We'll evenadd some simple chip carvingto finish off the project andadd a new skill to yourtoolbox. This 5-day class, ledby well known furniture maker Mike Pekovich, will take place over two weekends.In the class you'll learn efficient ways to cut dovetails and through tenons,as well as how to construct and fit traditional dovetailed drawers. It's alot of fun in a small package and it will definitely brighten your home. Mike isthe Executive Art Director for Fine Woodworking Magazine and the author ofthe soon to be released book: The Why & How of Woodworking: A Simple Approachto Making Meaningful Work. Sign up today!
Tuition: $695
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Six Week Intensive Furniture Making with: Bob Van Dyke
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Part 1: Tuesday, October 9, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Part 2: Wednesday, October 10, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Part 3: Thursday, October 11, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Part 4: Monday, October 15, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Part 5: Tuesday, October 16, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Part 6: Wednesday, October 17, 8 AM - 4 PM
Part 7: Thursday, October 18, 8 AM - 4 PM
Part 8: Monday, October 22, 8 AM - 4 PM
Part 9: Tuesday, October 23, 8 AM - 4 PM
Part 10: Wednesday, October 24, 8 AM - 4 PM
Part 11: Thursday, October 25, 8 AM - 4 PM
Part 12: Monday, October 29, 8 AM - 4 PM
Part 13: Tuesday, October 30, 8 AM - 4 PM
Part 14: Wednesday, October 31, 8 AM - 4 PM
Part 15: Thursday, November 1, 8 AM - 4 PM
Part 16: Monday, November 5, 8 AM - 4 PM
Part 17: Tuesday, November 6, 8 AM - 4 PM
Part 18: Wednesday, November 7, 8 AM - 4 PM
Part 19: Thursday, November 8, 8 AM - 4 PM
Part 20: Monday, November 12, 8 AM - 4 PM
Part 21: Tuesday, November 13, 8 AM - 4 PM
Part 22: Wednesday, November 14, 8 AM - 4 PM
Part 23: Thursday, November 15, 8 AM - 4 PM

Description: Over the years I have done hundreds of classes whichfeature projects that teach particular skills. The problemwith these project classes is that the logistics of the classprevent us from spending sufficient time on any givennew skill to really understand and gain any kind of proficiencyin it. In this 5 week (4 days per week) class there isno project– Just skills, technique and practice. With noproject to distract us we are able to spend days rather thanhours to insure learning of basic– and not so basic—furniture making skills and techniques. I just finished afive week class with this format in November and I reallybelieve it was one of the best classes I have offered inyears. Everyone really learned a lot and had a great time!Plan on spending two to three days on the basic millingprocess– a strong foundation is essential to more advanced techniques. Instead of learningjust enough to get through dovetailing a drawer, plan on spending at least three fulldays– maybe four, on dovetails. With those new hand skills, cutting a tenon by handturns 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 notset anything up– You will do that– after my demo and explanation of course. You willlearn 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 workingwith veneers, inlay and making decorative bandings. It is always good to get a secondviewpoint 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 MikePekovich 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 willspend a lot of our time on just that– plan on spending at least a whole day just on workingwith handplanes– and another whole day just on sharpening.We will emphasize the proper and safe use of common woodshop machinery such asthe table saw, jointer, thickness planer, router and bandsaw. The school has a full complementof ready to use high end hand tools and power tools which you are welcome touse. These tools also will give you some experience and guidance in picking out yourown tools which you will eventually need to acquire.This class is designed for the serious student who has both the time and the desire tocommit to a comprehensive course of study. It is NOT designed for the total beginnerbut rather someone who has done a bit of woodworking and is now ready to get seriousand really learn some skills. If you are a beginnerthen you should sign up for the Fundamentalsof Furniture Making or the Woodworking Iclass.This is an opportunity you do not want to miss.
Tuition: $2400
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials $100

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Spoon Carving with: Peter Follansbee
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Part 1: Saturday, October 13, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, October 14, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: "Green" Woodworking has gained a whole newpopularity in the last few years and Peter Follansbee-who has been a "green" for woodworkerfor over 25 years, has quietly been inthe forefront of the movement.In this 2-day class, we'll learn the techniquesfor carving spoons from green wood, using ahatchet, a straight knife and a hook tool. Thiswork is some of the most exciting green woodworkinghappening today. Using freshly-cutbirch, apple, cherry and other woods, we willhew the rough shape, then learn safe and efficientknife technique for refining the spoon'sdesign. Hollowing the bowl is done with a toolcalled a hook knife, or spoon knife. Shaped likea question mark, this tool easily removes woodfor the spoon's bowl. We'll focus on techniques,but tied to the spoon's success is spoondesign.Not the decoration, but the form - we'lllearn what makes a good spoon, and how toachieve that. Each student will need to bring asmall, double-bevel hatchet, and a "sloyd"knife. The easiest one of these is the Morakniv/Frost 106. Other maker's knives are fine. Toolsshould be sharp. Follansbee will have some hook knives for students to use, but if youhave some, be sure to bring them. He will demonstrate the chip carving on his spoonhandles; but there won't be time to work on this in class. Sharpening the tools will alsobe covered. Some tool recommendations: https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/some-spoon-carving-hatchets/http://nicwestermann.co.uk/product-category/greenwood-carving-blades/
Tuition: $295
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Finishing Start To Finish with: Greg Massicotte
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Part 1: Monday, October 15, 6 PM - 9 PM
Part 2: Monday, October 22, 6 PM - 9 PM
Part 3: Monday, October 29, 6 PM - 9 PM
Part 4: Monday, November 5, 6 PM - 9 PM
Part 5: Monday, November 12, 6 PM - 9 PM
Part 6: Monday, November 19, 6 PM - 9 PM

Description: Most woodworkers are disappointed in their attempts at finishing their projects, or avoid finishing all together. Greg Massicotte has been finishing furniture professionally for over twenty years and has taught numerous seminars and classes. Students will learn about bleaching, wood preparation and using aniline dyes and pigmented stains. They will use this combination to create the effects and colors they desire. Each type of topcoat has its strong points. This class will help participants learn the differences in topcoats, so they can use the best product in any given circumstance. With the huge number of finishing questions that arise daily, you should be sure to fit this six-session class into your schedule.
Tuition: $295
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials: $45

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Woodworking II: Shaker Hall Table with: Tim Spratlin
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Part 1: Monday, October 15, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 2: Monday, October 22, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 3: Monday, October 29, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 4: Monday, November 5, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 5: Monday, November 12, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 6: Monday, November 19, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 7: Monday, November 26, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 8: Monday, December 3, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 9: Monday, December 10, 6 PM - 9:30 PM

Prerequisite: Woodworking I
Description: 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
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($195.00)

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Basic Woodturning with: Rick Angus
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Part 1: Saturday, October 20, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, October 21, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Basic WoodturningMany 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 becauseof time constraints we will not be able to cover as much material in as much depth. Theclass 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 projectsduring the weekend including a mallet, a bowl and a small plate or platter. This isa great introduction to the fascinating craft of woodturning.
Tuition: $275
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials $32.00

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SketchUp Success For Woodworkers with: David Heim
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Saturday, October 20, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: This class is for people who are serious about woodworking and wantto learn how to use the SketchUp 3D design program to save time andmoney in the shop. With SketchUp, you preview the actual construction ofa piece and generate absolutely accurate plans, patterns, and templates. Theclass is built around four rules for success for using the program to itsbest advantage. You will need to bring a Windows or Mac laptop loadedwith the full-featured free version of SketchUp. We spend the morning onexercises that introduce the important SketchUp tools and get you accustomedto working in a 3D space on the computer. In the afternoon, you seehow the rules for success work by designing a piece of furniture. You'llalso learn how to create measured drawings and a cutlist. Go to https://www.sketchup.com/download/all to download the full-featured free version,called SketchUp Make 2017.
Tuition: $125
Tuition Notes: Materials Are Included

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Make A Dovetailed And Inlaid Box with: Steve Latta
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Part 1: Saturday, October 27, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, October 28, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: In this new class students will get the chance to learn a lot of new skills allpacked into one weekend. The small mahogany box we will be making willfeature dovetails, and floating raised panel top, some string inlay decorationand setting hinges. This is a great chance to learn a unique (and quick!) wayof cutting dovetails- 1/2 on the tablesaw and 1/2 by hand. They come outgreat every time. Maybe you have been unsure how to go about adding araised panel to a smallbox lid like this or havebeen intrigued with theidea of adding a simple"stinging" decoration toyour work. Here is yourchance. If you havemade some inlays in thepast, a shaded fan or amarquetry paterae, thenthis would be a perfectplace to use it. Don'tmiss this opportunity tolearn from one of thecountry's leadingcraftsmen. Sign up today- space is limited.
Tuition: $295
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Wood Finishing Weekend - The Basics Of Color And Topcoats with: Mike Mascelli
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Part 1: Saturday, November 3, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, November 4, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: This two day class is tailored especially for woodworkers who are uneasy about thefinishing process and wish to master the basic knowledge and techniques that will enableprofessional finishing results using easily available materials. The class is a mixtureof lecture, demonstration, and has an emphasis on hands on activities that all studentswill complete using both sample panels and actual small project pieces.In the color world, students will learn the critical differences between pigment colorsand dye colors and gain an understanding of how to decode the often confusing informationfound on the many cans and bottles of colorants. With this knowledge we willuse 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 tomatch existing colors. Students will also complete some basic furniture repair techniquesusing epoxy, colored waxes and both oil and acrylic colors to match missing ordamaged grain.In the world of topcoats, students will learn how to categorize virtually all finishes intoone of five basic families, and how to successfully use products from each family bybrush, pad and spray. Students will practice using the proper brushes for each type offinish, including shellac, oil based and water based, and also learn some basic spraytechniques using commonly available aerosol products to achieve professional qualityresults.In addition Mike will demonstrate the basics of rubbing out a finish to a perfect sheenand feel, and also show some basic special effect techniques such as creating "age" withcommon asphaltum, otherwise known as roofing tar !Mike Mascelli is a professional upholsterer in Latham, NY with over 40 years of experiencein working and teaching, and is also Director of the Professional Refinisher'sGroup, a national organization founded in 1998 to connect professionals in the restoration,refinishing and conservation trades . In his upholstery work he divides his timebetween classic furniture and classic cars, while his finishing expertise is based on yearsof shop experience and the counsel and mentoring of some of the most experiencedwood finishers in the industry. He has contributed to the Roubo on Furniture by DonWilliams (Lost Art Press) and With Saw, Plane & Chisel by Zach Dillinger (PopularWoodworking, 2016). He also writes for the American Period Furniture journal of theSociety of American Period Furniture Makers and has completed several instructionalvideos on upholstery techniques. Sign up today– space is limited.
Tuition: $275
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Sharpen Your SketchUp Skills with: David Heim
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Saturday, November 10, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: This hands-on class covers three ways to enhance your SketchUp skills:One, creating accurate details and parts, such as stopped chamfers withlambs-ear ends, egg-and-dart molding, cabriole legs, curved and taperedlegs, ball-and-claw feet, and ogee bracket feet. You'll also learn how to useone pin to create a full dovetail joint in a jiffy.Two, how to install and use plugins—separate apps that make SketchUpmore powerful. Plugins let you easily generate a cutlist; create shapes thatthe basic tools can't handle; find and fix problems in a model; round overcorners; create complex joinery; bend parts such as back splats for a chair;and much more This class covers the 12 best plugins for woodworking.Three, how to use digital images to add realistic woodgrain textures to thesurfaces of a model; how to import an image of a part such as a cabrioleleg, scale it, and trace over it; and how to import a photo of a finished pieceand trace over it to create a model.Prerequisite: Introductory SketchUp class.
Tuition: $125
Tuition Notes: Materials Are Included

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Saw Sharpening 101 With Matt Cianci with: Matt Cianci
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Sunday, November 11, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: This class is an introduction for woodworkers interested in learning howto sharpen their own handsaws and backsaws. The curriculum will coverjointing, filing teeth to uniform size and gullet depth, setting, and finalsharpening. Topics discussed in depth will include the geometric andfunctional distinction between rip and crosscut teeth and how fleam andrake are combined to maximize the function of cutting along or acrosswood fibers. Proper file selection, filing technique, and saw vise requirementswill also be discussed. No prior knowledge of saw sharpening isrequired. The class will be hands on with each student learning to sharpena rip and crosscut saw. Students are encouraged to bring one or two sawsonly. These saws must be in decent shape. This is a sharpening class- nota saw rehab class!Matt Cianci is a professional saw doctor. His website and blog areat http://thesawwright.com Sign up today- This is always a fun class!
Tuition: $125
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($20 Paid Directly To Instructor)

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Unique & Creative Decorative Surfaces with: Tim Coleman
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Part 1: Saturday, November 17, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, November 18, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Join nationally known furniture maker, Tim Coleman for this fascinating look into various techniques to create visually exciting textures and patterns to furniture surfaces. In this class with Tim students will explore two primary techniques to embellish surfaces with patterns and texture using a few simple tools and a scroll saw.Steel stamps are commonly used to emboss leather, but they can also be used on wood. In this two day class you will learn how to use a V carving tool to make pattern outlines, and steel stamps to create texture. Try out traditional letter and number stamps and also learn to make your own shapes and symbols from steel rod stock. Stamping is easy to learn and allows you to work quickly and spontaneously. You will also learn techniques to add color to the patterns to make them really stand out.In the second part of the class you will learn how to cut shapes and patterns piercing through thick veneer pieces and then prepare them to laminate onto a contrasting layer of wood or veneer. You will get practice on the scroll saw and, most important, you will learn techniques for gluing down the cut pieces to achieve a clean result with very little glue squeeze out. It's surprising how much depth can be achieved with material as thin as 1/16th inch, and effects can range from subtle to wild depending on wood and pattern selection. Tim Coleman works out of his shop in Shelbourne, Massachusetts and produces some truly unique and striking custom furniture for clients. In this class you can come with your own pattern ideas or look into Tim's catalogue of ideas for inspiration. Whatever you do you will be sure to bring away some new skills and ideas that you can apply to your next projects. Sign up today- Space is limited.
Tuition: $295
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Beyond Basic Inlay -Working With Shell, Mother Of Pearl And Metals with: Mike South
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Part 1: Saturday, November 17, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, November 18, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Mike South will introduce students to the basics of cutting and inlaying various types ofshell products and other materials into musical instruments and other flat surfaces. Thetechniques are applicable to many different materials such as veneers,brass, silver and gold sheet stock and some of the softer naturaland reconstituted stones. Topics will include the choice of neededtools and supplies, types of materials, techniques for reproducingartwork for use as templates and techniques for cutting the materialsand inlaying them into surfaces for decoration and embellishment.Although Mike's current specialty is stringed instruments, he hasyears of experience in wood turning as well as furniture design andconstruction so the techniques can be used in decorating these typesof projects as well. Studentswill be introduced to the basics of how to position themselves so thatthe time spent cutting is used to best advantage. Layout and routingof the channels for the inlays will be explained so as to make for thecleanest outcomes. Traditional patterns and motifs will be suppliedby the instructor, but if students have designs or artwork that they'd like to try, they'reencouraged to bring it to class. Specialized tools and various types of shell will be availablefrom the instructor. Other basic supplies can be purchased locally. A list of supplierswill be included so students can acquire materials and tools for future projects. Inlaywork can be very challenging but also a lot of fun. Proper instruction goes a long wayand the rewards for patience and persistence are very satisfying. Sign up Today!
Tuition: $275
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Pattern Inlay, Tapered Stringing & Decorative Borders with: Steve Latta
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Part 1: Saturday, December 1, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, December 2, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: When mostfolks think ofinlay, whatcomes to mindis periodAmerican orEnglish furniturewith astandard catalog of equally traditional designs. In this exciting new classwith nationally know inlay expert, Steve Latta, this age old form of ornamentationwill gain firm footing in the twenty-first century. Pattern inlayinvolves creating designs executed with modern tooling combined withtraditional materials. Through the use of simple and sometimes complexpatterns, contemporary line work designs can be set into the wood. Floralpatterns, animal forms, geometric or random designs are a few of the applicationswe'll look at. Inlaid borders, also made with a pattern, will be coveredas well. We'll spend time gaining an understanding of the basic materialsand techniques and then see where our imaginations take us. Topicswe will cover in this class include:The fundamentals of modern inlay including tooling and materials, Workingup designs and learning how to set them as inlay, Making patterns forboth simple and complex shapes, & Ornamental inlaid borders. Don't missthis opportunity to let your creativity get the best of you! Sign up today.
Tuition: $295
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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An Introduction To Japanese Tools And Techniques with: Andrew Hunter
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Part 1: Saturday, December 15, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, December 16, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Japanesesaws, but Japan's remarkable culture of woodworking has even moreto offer. In this weekend class professional furniture maker AndrewHunter will go beyond the pull saw and introduce students to a greater perspectiveof Japanese woodworking. Topics covered will include Japanesesaws, chisels, planes, sharpening stones and layout. He will show studentshow to buy, tune, and use these tools as well as how to incorporate traditionalJapanese woodworking techniques into your own shop.Students are encouraged to bring their own Japanese tools toclass. Andrew can offer feedback and assistance on getting them to workmore 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 forstudents to use, as well as a selection of moderately priced tools for sale.With over 20 years of experienceworking with Japanese tools Andrewhas a wealth of knowledge todraw from and as a self taughtwoodworker he offers a uniqueperspective to Americans just discoveringJapanese woodworking.His work demonstrates that byunderstanding the fundamentalprinciples behind the tools anywoodworker can learn to use them efficiently and you don't have to travelto Japan to do it! Sign up today and expand your woodworking horizons!
Tuition: $275
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Fundamentals Of Furniture-Making with: Bob Van Dyke & Steve Kain
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Part 1: Monday, January 7, 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, January 8, 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, January 9, 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, January 10, 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, January 11, 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 6: Saturday, January 12, 8:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: This popular five-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
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Build A High Performance Sea Kayak with: Nick Schade
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Part 1: Saturday, January 19, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, January 20, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Monday, January 21, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Tuesday, January 22, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Wednesday, January 23, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 6: Thursday, January 24, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: Sea kayaking is the sport of taking a small boat out on to the big ocean. You could buy an ordinary plastic kayak, or you could build your own which will be lighter, faster, better looking and more fun than any you can buy. This fast-paced class will take students through the major phases of building a kayak. Students may choose between a 14 foot long recreational kayak (the Petrel "Play") or a 17 foot sea kayak (the Petrel) Using the "Stitch-and-glue" construction method, each student will go home with his or her own kayak. Some finish work will be required when they get home. Students will learn some basic woodworking skill as well as how to work with fiberglass and epoxy. The logistics of working with fiberglass and epoxy will require some later nights (8 or 9pm) as some operations have to be completed by the end of a day in order to allow sufficient dry time before going on to the next operations.
Tuition: $795
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials (approximately $1350.00)

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