Bob Van Dyke
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, CT. In seven years of operation the school gained national exposure and recognition. In 2000 he formed a business partnership to open the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking in Manchester, CT. He continually strives to expand his skills and knowledge and had been studying and building period furniture for over 25 years. Bob 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. 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 Fine Woodworking. He is especially interested in Federal style furniture and the inlay work that was such a big part of that style.