Beyond the 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 is 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. Beyond the Shaded Fan goes beyond the basic inlay class.





Shaded Fan

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:

  • April 20 & 21, 2024

Previous Dates:

  • September 26 & 27, 2020



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.

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 commissioned 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.




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