CT Valley School of Woodworking

Bob Vandyke demonstrating a blemish repair technique to the class.

Bob Vandyke demonstrating a blemish repair technique to the class.

If you live within driving distance of Manchester, CT I recommend you try a class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. This school attracts people from northern New York State to southern New Jersey  and Pennsylvania. Over the years I have attended  several classes there and have always come away with a good knowledge base on the subject of the class and a basic skill set to accomplish the task.

At the end of this month there is a class on beginning hand planes. This class is taught by Bob Vandyke, the founder and director of CVSW. It covers the finding, re-habbing and sharpening of a flea market or ebay find for use in your shop. There may still be an opening. I have sat in on this class several times and it is very thorough and comprehensive. If you are new to hand planes this is a great course.

This school has a large, well-lit, modern shop equipped with the latest tools and machines. And it attracts world-class instructors. In the coming months there will be classes by Chris Schwarz, Glen Huey, Phil Lowe, and Will Neptune just to name a few.

A view of the CVSW shop.

A view of the CVSW shop.

The class sizes are limited so there is plenty of bench space and instructor time for everyone. If you have never been to a woodworking school I highly recommend you try one. It is a lot of fun. You get to hang around with fellow woodworkers while learning some new techniques and skills from some of the best teachers in the industry.

The magazines and TV shows are a good place to learn woodworking, but they never tell you everything, there just isn’t enough space or time. That is not the case at a woodworking school. There, the instructors take the time to tell you everything you need to know and are there to answer any questions and give you one on one instruction when needed.

For more information on the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking check here.

I have no connection with this school.

As always thank you for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment or ask a question.



Professional furniture maker and restorer. Dealer and collector of vintage and antique woodworking tools.
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