Beyond the Basic Sand Shaded Fan with Bob Van Dyke – Hands-on Class


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This weekend class begins with a 1/4 Sand Shaded Fan.A sand shaded fan is a common decorative motif in Federal furniture and often inlaid into the corners of tabletops and drawer fronts. The segments are shaded using hot sand and then put together to create a three-dimensional effect.





Sand Shaded Fans

Building on the basic sand shading technique, Bob Van Dyke (Ct. Valley School of Woodworking Director), introduces a series of other exciting possibilities. He has based the class on the basic ¼ sand shaded fan design, then expands into creating circles, ½ circles, and ovals with all sorts of attractive curved segments. The possibilities are fascinating, and you can use the inlays in all kinds of projects. Include them in everything from a tabletop to a door panel or a drawer front to a box top, a tray, or even a wall hanging. Students have the opportunity to make a few 1/4 fans and then move on to ovals or half fans.

Don’t miss this chance to learn new techniques that you can add to your woodworking projects.

Course Dates:

  • May 2 & 3, 2020 Rescheduled!
  • September 26 & 27 New dates!

Materials are included in the price of this class.

The shop opens at 8:30 am, class begins at 9:00 am.  A delicious lunch, snacks, and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm – the shop remains open until 5:30 pm.

The class is limited to a maximum of 8 students.

Call or email to be placed on the waiting list if this class sells out.

Buy both this class and Bob’s Dovetailed, Veneered & Inlaid Box class and receive a discount on both classes*!

About the Instructor:

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. He continually strives to expand his skills and knowledge by working on a variety of commission furniture pieces and new projects for upcoming classes. Bob is a featured author in Fine Woodworking Magazine and Woodshop News.

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.


*Limited time offer – ends 9/18/20


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