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249 Spencer Street
Manchester, CT 06040

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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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Woodworking I: Walnut Jewelry Box with: Tim Spratlin
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Part 1: Wednesday, April 25, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 2: Wednesday, May 2, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, May 9, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 4: Wednesday, May 16, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 5: Wednesday, May 23, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 6: Wednesday, May 30, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 7: Wednesday, June 6, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 8: Wednesday, June 13, 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 alsobe used to store a variety of other personal items. Skills learned will provide a strongfoundation for subsequent furniture-making classes. Class size is limited to 12 students.
Tuition: $395
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($59.00)

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An Introduction To Japanese Tools And Techniques with: Andrew Hunter
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Part 1: Saturday, June 2, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, June 3, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Many western woodworkers have discoveredthe pleasure of using Japanesesaws, but Japan's remarkable cultureof woodworking has even more tooffer. In this weekend class, professionalfurniture maker, Andrew Hunter,will go beyond the pull saw and introducestudents to a greater perspectiveof Japanese woodworking. Topicscovered will include Japanese saws, chisels, planes, sharpening stones andlayout. He will show students how to buy, tune, and use these tools aswell as how to incorporate traditional Japanese woodworking techniquesinto 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 experience working with Japanese tools,Andrew has a wealth of knowledge to draw from and as a self taughtwoodworker, he offers a unique perspective to Americans just discoveringJapanese woodworking. His work demonstrates that by understandingthe fundamental principles behindthe tools, any woodworkercan learn to use them efficientlyand you don't have to travel toJapan to do it! Sign up today andexpand your woodworking horizons!
Tuition: $275
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Sand Shaded Bandings - The Fascinating Art Of Making Decorative Bandings with: Michael Wheeler
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Part 1: Saturday, June 2, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, June 3, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: The rest of the write up will follow soon, but sufficeit to say– the bandings class we did with MichelWheeler in early December was great! Peoplehad a great time and learned a whole lot aboutthis fascinating and seemingly complex collectionof techniques. In this next weekend class in whatwe hope will become a regular series of ornamentationclasses we will concentrate on makingdecorative bandings that incorporate the techniqueof sand shading. This is a unique techniquewhere parts are singed in hot beach sand to producea three dimensional appearance. It is greatfun and something that can be incorporated intojust about any woodworking project.Michael Wheeler, Owner of Tomorrow'sAntiques, Boston, MA, NBSS Cabinet/FurnitureMaking 77, has been repairing and restoring PeriodAmericana for over 40 years, specializing inFederal Furniture. He 's been collecting & researchingNew England and Imported bandings & paterae's for over 25years. Sign up today. Space is limited.
Tuition: $275
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Build A Portable Tool Chest with: Mike Pekovich
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Part 1: Monday, June 4, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, June 5, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, June 6, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, June 7, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, June 8, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 6: Saturday, June 9, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: Are you starting to gather a hand tool collection but have no place to put it? Here's a great tool chest that's big enough for an essential tool set, but small enough to take along with you to your next woodworking class. Recently featured in Fine Woodworking magazine, the chest has a tool well at the top where you can store hand planes and backsaws. Below it are two drawers that can be outfitted for chisels and layout tools and anything else you can think of. Join Mike Pekovich in this unique week-long class and build not only the tool chest, but a rolling stand as well. We'll assemble the case with dovetails and tenons, and top it off with a frame-and-panel lid. Finally, we'll build dovetailed drawers and outfit the interior with dividers custom-fit for your tools. Your collection of tools need a safe place to be and what better way to bring them to your next class at CVSW! Sign up today. Space is limited.
Tuition: $795
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Fundamentals Of Furnituremaking with: Bob Van Dyke & Steve Kain
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Part 1: Monday, June 11, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, June 12, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, June 13, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, June 14, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, June 15, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 6: Saturday, June 16, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: This popular six-day intensive hands-on class is an opportunity to concentrate on the basics of woodworking and furniture making. Each student will make a Shaker style cherry hall table, which is a perfect vehicle to practice the machine and hand-tool techniques that we teach in the class. Subjects covered include basic shop safety, machine use (with particular emphasis on the tablesaw, jointer and planer), using handplanes, card scrapers and chisels effectively to surface and hand-fit the mortice and tenon joints, handtool sharpening, making tapered legs and grain matching and gluing up a top. This class takes the place of Woodworking I & Woodworking II and provides a strong foundation for more advanced furniture projects.
Tuition: $725
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Carving For The Furnituremaker with: Mary May
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Part 1: Monday, June 18, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, June 19, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, June 20, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, June 21, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, June 22, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: Have you ever wanted to add carved decoration to your furniture? Professional woodcarver, Mary May, wants to help you get there. She will begin by teaching some of the basics like reading the grain and carving in the correct grain direction, how to make efficient carving cuts, how to work through a complex carving project, and how to sharpen gouges to a razor edge. During this 5-day carving class, Mary will walk you through a variety of different projects such as floral relief carving, fan carving, traditional acanthus leaf carving, various types of molding and even how to carve a ball and claw foot. Whether you have never touched wood in your life, are a hobby woodworker, or a career furniture maker, this class will help you get to the next step of making beautiful shapes in wood. And besides that, it's a lot of fun! Don't miss this great class with Mary– It will add a whole new level to your woodworking. Sign up today!
Tuition: $795
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Basic Woodturning with: Rick Angus
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Part 1: Saturday, June 23, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, June 24, 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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Build Two "Rafter Tail" Tables With Darrell Peart with: Darrell Peart
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Part 1: Monday, June 25, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, June 26, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, June 27, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, June 28, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, June 29, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: Join nationally known furniture maker and designer, Darrell Peart as we journey into the world of the Greene & Greene brothers.Daryl's "Rafter Tail" Tables combine classic Greene & Greene features along with an extra measure of Asian influences. They would be well placed in a contemporary setting just as well as in an Arts & Crafts environment.In this unique five-day class, students will build two mahogany (or sapelle) rafter tail tables. You can choose top build one end table and one coffee table, or both can be coffee tables or both can be end tables. Wooden tops will be made in class but the design lends itself nicely to tops of other materials such as glass or slate. Check Daryl's website http://furnituremaker.com/portfolio-item/rafter-tail-table/ for some of the variations he has made on the basic design. (Note- only wood tops will be provided in the class.) Although the parts for the 2nd table should be cut out and ready to assemble – it is likely to not be finished in class.This is a truly unique project and Darrell Peart is one of this county's leading furniture designers and is an authority on Greene & Greene furniture styles. Sign up today– space is limited and this class will sell out soon.
Tuition: $795
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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The Basics Of Using Handplanes with: Bob Van Dyke
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Part 1: Saturday, June 30, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, July 1, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Handplanes can be one of the most useful and rewarding tools in the workshop – or they can be one of the most frustrating! Learn how to effectively use handplanes in your work with Ct. Valley School of Woodworking director, Bob Van Dyke. Which handplane is right for a particular job? What should you look for when buying a new or a flea market plane? How are they "tuned up"? And most importantly- how are they sharpened? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered in this exciting two-day class. We will also go thru many of the basic (and not so basic) types of handplanes- starting with the Stanley bench-planes and going on to compass planes, shoulder planes and combination planes like the Stanley #45 & #55. Because sharpening is such a basic part of using a handplane we will also make sharpening "projection jigs" for each person during class. This is a simple device that ensures the same sharpening angle each time you sharpen. The second day will be spent getting your planes sharpened and tuned up so you can start practicing using it. Techniques such as smoothing a surface, beveling a table edge, planing a curved surface, shooting edge joints, using shooting boards, fitting mortise and tenons and planing end grain will all be included. Don't miss this unique and informative class. Space is limited.
Tuition: $275
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Creative Box Making with: Doug Stowe
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Part 1: Monday, July 9, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, July 10, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, July 11, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, July 12, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, July 13, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: Well-known box maker and writer, Doug Stowe will host this unique weeklong hands-on class. Take a week off and learn from one of the best as we look into the creative process that is always a big part of building unique and beautiful boxes. Most of us have been inspired by the many box makers exhibiting quality workmanship in creative and unique designs. As a beginning or intermediate box maker, you may wonder, "How do I get there from here?" There is a common misperception that inspiration comes from out of the blue, but our own lives and interests may provide the opening of a doorway into personal expression and meaningful work. Doug Stowe's classes are always flexible and he makes every effort to personalize instruction and meet individual needs. As Doug does in his own shop, in this exciting weeklong class we will start with the wood. The beauty of wood is what will provide the inspiration. Unlike other classes, you are welcome and encouraged to bring wood from your own supplies, as it expresses something very personal about each of us and carries part of our character and interests into the creative environment of the shop. Of course you can always pick the wood from the school stock also. An understanding of wood and its nature as a creative material is ground zero in the understanding of design. We begin Monday morning with a discussion of the material and its characteristics, with a particular focus on how our understanding of its properties can lead us to excellence in the final product. We will then discuss the other elements of design, and types of joints. We will quickly make necessary jigs to begin crafting boxes using a variety of joints, each personalized to the taste of the maker. Each student should be able to complete between one and three unique boxes during the week. Sign up soon. Don't miss this opportunity to work with one of this country's leading craftsmen.
Tuition: $795
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials Used

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Upholster An Historic Side Chair with: Mike Mascelli
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Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Wednesday, July 25, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Thursday, July 26, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Friday, July 27, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: This special 4-day class, scheduled to immediately follow the 2018 SAPFM Mid-Year Conference in Old Sturbridge Village, Mass is a great opportunity to see and learn the basic traditional upholstery process- start to finish. The class will be a combination lecture, demonstration and hands-on in which Mike will provide an overview of the history, tools, techniques and materials of upholstery. Mike Mascelli has been an upholsterer and teacher of upholstery for many years and brings a lifetime of experience to this hands-on class.Mike will set up a complete working shop including a collection of historic and modern tools, and focus the lecture and demonstration on the differences between traditional materials and techniques and modern ones, as well as discussing a number of "hybrid" options available for creating historically accurate upholstery treatments from simple slip seats to elaborate wing chairs.Students will complete a fully upholstered side chair (frames will be provided) by completing all the of the required steps including stretching and tacking webbing, cutting and fitting the foundation, lofting, and show cover materials, and installing a proper dust cover. Students will be able to choose from rubberized horsehair, modern foam and Dacron stuffing materials in various combinations. To complete the project, students will learn basic blind stitching and can choose to customize their chair with the addition of welting, decorative trim and/or decorative nails. Students with no prior upholstery experience should be able to complete this piece during the 4-day class session.Unfinished chair frames, and all necessary materials including a selection of show cover materials, will be provided as part of the materials fee. Students are encouraged to bring their own show cover material (2 yds of 54" material) and their own basic hand tools (tool list will be provided), however loaner hand tools, including pneumatic staple guns will be available for those who choose not to bring their own.Students will receive a companion CD with containing, copies of all the slideshows, excerpts, illustrations, yardage charts, and sources of supply. This class is tailored to those students particularly interested in period furniture styles but is appropriate for anyone with an interest in the tools, terminology and techniques of the upholstery. Sign up Today!
Tuition: $595
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials $75

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Build A Traditional Cabinetmaker’s Workbench with: Bob Van Dyke And Tim Spratlin
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Part 1: Sunday, July 29, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Monday, July 30, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Tuesday, July 31, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Wednesday, August 1, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Thursday, August 2, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 6: Friday, August 3, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 7: Saturday, August 4, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: In this fast paced class students will have the opportunity to build the traditional cabinetmaker's workbench they have dreamed about! Let's face it- the benches we build in the school during the year are great (especially for the price!) but nothing beats working on a traditional workbench constructed entirely of 8/4 and 12/4 rock maple. A flat top, wide enough to accommodate most work, wooden bench dogs to hold the work in conjunction with the end vise, a sturdy shoulder vise, a tool tray to keep the smaller tools you are working with in one place and about 300 pounds of dead weight all make this bench a pleasure to work on. The massive trestle base joined with wedged mortice and tenons knocks down for easier (relatively!) moving (We have fit these into mini vans easily). We use the Lie Nielsen tail vise and Chain drive shoulder vise hardware. It is hands down the best we have ever seen. The bench is 7' long and 26" wide and weighs about 300 pounds. This is a great project to further your woodworking skills and is a bench you will treasure for years and pass on to future generations. Sign up today- space is limited- and be ready to work hard- you will go home with a finished workbench (minus an actual finish if you decide to add that)!
Tuition: $795
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials (materials Are Approximately $1495.00- Includes All Lie Nielsen Vise Hardware And Our Own Wooden Benchdogs)

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Build An Eliphalet Chapin "School" Desk On Frame with: Will Neptune
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Part 1: Monday, August 6, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, August 7, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, August 8, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, August 9, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, August 10, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: We are pleased to announce a new series of projects in our continuing relationship with the Windsor Historical Society and their re-interpretation of the Strong -Howard House and now the office of 18th century physi-cian Doctor Chaffee. Over the next two years we will be build-ing three pieces of furniture for the re-interpretation of the Doc-tor Chaffee office. The three pieces include an apothecary chest, a "kitchen" table and this desk on frame which will be based on an original cherry desk which is considered part of the "Chapin school"- which means that based on design and construction characteristics, it is attributed to a cabinetmaker who would have worked for East Windsor cabi-netmaker, Eliphalet Chapin. The original, part of the Garvin Furniture collection at Yale, will be measured precisely and used as the model for our project. Unlike other classes we have done, we will be taking some liberties with the design. The original features pad foot cabriole legs but we are offering the option of doing ball & claw feet on the legs if you would prefer. We will also change the drawer layout to more closely mimic the usual Chapin drawer/ apron configuration. The interior gallery is simpler than most which is in keeping with the Chapin aesthetic and building the slant front lid offers unique technical challenges in the correct installation of the hinge hardware.This class will begin as a week-long class but we are estimating another three, possibly four fall/ winter weekends will be necessary in order to complete the project. Because we are uncertain of the actual time needed the tuition price may have to be increased if we do need to add more class meetings. Sign up today. This is a unique class which offers the opportunity to learn from one of the best instructors and furniture makers in the country.
Tuition: $1595
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Build An Arts & Crafts Style Tall Dresser with: Mike Pekovich
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Part 1: Monday, August 13, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, August 14, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, August 15, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, August 16, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, August 17, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 6: Saturday, August 18, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: Have you been think of making a dresser? Did you make the low style dresser that we made with Mike in 2015? Here's a great Arts and Crafts-inspired piece with a light and lively look that still packs in a lot of storage and it complements the dresser we made in 2015. The case features tapered legs and an arched overhanging top. The frame-and-panel design simplifies the construction so the project comes together quickly. In this weeklong class with Fine Woodworking's Mike Pekovich, you'll learn how to make a lightweight, rock-solid case using double mortise-and-tenon joinery. We'll also take advantage of efficient building strategies that you can put to use on other projects as well. Finally, we'll fill out the case with traditional dovetailed drawers that will provide a great lesson in fast, accurate dovetail joinery. Given the limitations of a 6-day class you should not expect to fully complete the dresser in class. The dovetailed drawers alone are a day's work for an experienced furniture maker. You should expect to have the dresser far enough along that you can comfortably finish it up in your own shop. Don't miss this opportunity to build a family heirloom under the guidance of a great instructor. Sign up today.
Tuition: $795
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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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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