Beyond the Basic Sand Shaded Fan: A Demonstration by Bob Van Dyke

  • Sat, Feb 11, 2023 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Webb Deane Stevens Museum

    211 Main Street
    Wethersfield, Connecticut 06109
Ticket Price $10.00-$15.00 Register Now

Join Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking Director Bob Van Dyke as he demonstrates for woodworkers new techniques for creating sand shaded fans. 

Shaded fans were a common decorative motif in Federal style furniture. They were often inlaid into the corners of tabletops and drawer fronts and were made in many different styles and sizes. The segments of the fan are shaded using hot sand and then put together to create a three-dimensional effect. After making the basic ¼ fan, Bob will get into variations including creating circles, ½ circles and ovals with all sorts of interesting, curved segments. The process is fascinating, and the inlays can be used in all sorts of projects- from a tabletop, a door panel or a drawer front to a box top or tray.

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

About Bob Van Dyke:                                                                                                                                            

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 Manchester, Connecticut. In seven years of operation, the school gained national exposure and recognition.

In 2000, Bob formed a business partnership to open the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking (CVSW) in Manchester. The school was an instant success, and the demand for classes was so great that a second shop was built to allow two classes to run simultaneously. He continually strives to expand his skills and knowledge and had been studying and building period furniture for over 25 years. He is a Contributing Editor for Fine Woodworking Magazine and has written articles for Woodshop News and American Period Furniture. He has also done many videos for Bob’s school offers a variety of classes taught by himself and by many of today’s top woodworking instructors. This variety of instructors and styles ensures that there will be something for everyone at CVSW. 

Bob's approach to teaching centers on the belief that people learn "by doing rather than by watching". Successful furniture making also depends on utilizing a sensible combination of machine woodworking and handwork. Bob's classes feature hands-on woodworking projects that promote mastery of both hand tool and machine woodworking techniques. Bob teaches classes and gives seminars at several different schools and woodworking guilds around the country. He is an active member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and was the founder and editor of the Society’s quarterly e-magazine Pins & Tales until 2019. Bob resides in a converted Horseshoe nail factory in Hartford, Ct. just three blocks from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. He is especially interested in Federal style furniture and the inlay work that was such a big part of that style.

Date & Time

Sat, Feb 11, 2023 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Venue Details

Webb Deane Stevens Museum

211 Main Street
Wethersfield, Connecticut 06109 Webb Deane Stevens Museum
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