Robert Sorby Product Launch @ Bull Valley Hardwood
May 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

On May 20th, 2017 – 9:00am – 4:00pm. Bull Valley Hardwood will be hosting a product launch for the Robert Sorby line of wood turning (lathe) tools, carving tools, chisels, lathe chucks & sharpening tools! Robert Sorby tools are considered to be the best wood turning tools available. Manufactured in Sheffield, England, they are made of the finest materials and come with the best warranty in the industry.

This will be an open house event, with Robert Sorby tool demonstrations and wood turning techniques demonstrated throughout the day.

SPECIAL PRICING will be offered on May 20th only, on the Robert Sorby line of tools, our extensive assortment of exotic turning blanks, veneers for segmented turning and Laguna Lathes.

Joining us at the product launch, will be two world-class wood turners and experts in the selection and use of Robert Sorby tools – Michael Roper of Golden, Colorado – & Kevin Bedgood of Lancaster, Pennsylvania – Check out their websites to see the impressive accomplishments they have achieved throughout their careers. We’re excited to have these world-class experts participate in this special event!

If you already own some Robert Sorby tools, but have questions on their use, feel free to bring them in and talk to our experts.
Please join us for this exciting addition to our woodworkers’ paradise! Follow us on Facebook for additional details – as they become available. We can also be contacted at:, 815-701-9400, or at 1251 Cobblestone Way, Woodstock, IL.

Thanks to you all for helping to make Bull Valley Hardwood successful!




Hand Tool Selection, Use & Tuning @ Bull Valley Hardwood
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

At this session we will identify a variety of hand tools, their names, and how they are used.  It will include measuring and layout tools, cutting tools, and slicing/smoothing tools.  We will also discuss how to choose the ones that will work best for you.

There is a $25.00 charge for this class.  Please register and pay in advance.

Power Tools – Selection, Use, Safety & Tuning for Accuracy @ Bull Valley Hardwood
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

In this class, we will discuss a variety of power tools used in the art of woodworking.  Covered will be the most common power tools:  Jointer, Planer, Table Saw, Band Saw, Router/Router Bits, Drills/Drill Press and the Orbital Sander.    We will also touch briefly on the various Belt Sanders, the Lathe and the always important – Dust Collector.

We will review the parts of the various machines and their adjustments, safety tips for each machine and the tuning and maintenance of the equipment.

There is a $25.00 charge for this class.  Please register and pay in advance.

3-Day Woodturning Workshop with Greg Gallegos @ Bull Valley Hardwood - Mill/Shop Location
Jan 17 @ 9:00 am – Jan 19 @ 5:00 pm
3-Day Woodturning Workshop with Greg Gallegos @ Bull Valley Hardwood - Mill/Shop Location
Greg’s Biography:
Greg Gallegos has been artistically inclined since he was very young. He was heavily into wood shop in high school and first fell in love with the lathe there. It took him another ten years after high school to be able to purchase a lathe.
After years of properly learning the craft and practicing the skills, Greg felt he was ready to start selling. He started with the local craft and art markets, which lead to several large national shows.
These days, Greg has settled into a fairly normal routine of being spontaneously creative at times and then prodigiously productive at other times. Trying to find a happy medium…not likely to happen but…Greg loves wood with a passion which keeps him wondering what the next piece of wood he cuts into will show him. He tries not to limit himself to a particular set of skills. He has turned just about everything there is to turn and loves them all. Hollow forms, natural edge bowls, functional tableware bowls in production runs, whimsical pieces, and decorative carving as well. Greg gravitates towards working with green wood to completion, as he really feels that it gives the wood its most simplistic forms and keeps the organic quality of the wood intact.
Class Description:
Although the class is setup as follows, adjustments to the curriculum can be made, based on the student feedback at the beginning of the workshop!
  • In this workshop Greg will go over the basics of turning green wood to completion from start to finish.
  • Projects we will cover are Podlets(wooden flowers), wooden pots and an intro into hollow vessel turning.
Topics covered for all three projects will be:
  • Wood selection
  • Grain alignment
  • Proper tool approach
  • Microwave drying
  • Texture-surface decoration
  • Finishing
You will learn how Greg approaches each of these projects from picking the wood, to how to use attractive figure in the wood to your benefit. You’ll also learn how to get the maximum amount of movement out of your green wood, for those projects that are enhanced by the wood movement. Greg will also talk about turning green wood and how you can take a different look at turning through this lens, to create unique and one of a kind pieces.
This class will be held Friday, Saturday & Sunday – January 17th, 18th & 19th, 2020!
Everything you will need for this class will be provided, although you are welcome to bring your own tools if you wish to.
Lunch & Snacks will be provided.
Call: 815.701.9400 and press “1” to speak with one of our staff members to reserve your seat.
Class Fees: One class – $525.00
Material Fees: $55.00
This is a non-refundable, “pre-paid” class to hold your position for the event.
This three day class will be held at the new Bull Valley Hardwood woodturning education facility – January 17th, 18th & 19th, 2020
Facility Location: 18014 Collins Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098