Shaving Horse
“It would be lovely to see a learning center where affection and beauty were everywhere – in the objects within the space – in the space itself – in the people invited to take part – with the beauty of discovery pervading the whole. William Coperthwaite, in his book “A Handmade Life”
Hands carving sign
“I want to live in a society where people are intoxicated with the joy of making things.” from William Coperthwaite, in his book “A Handmade Life”
Saturday evening throughout the summer are fireside programs.  Some start in the afternoon with demonstrations, some are sing-a-longs with music.  But at dusk we start roasting our marshmallows – come and join us! For a list of demonstrations see our Program section.
“The mirror smooth reflection of Lake Luzerne is like the palette of our soul”
blacksmith –
“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
Basket weaver –
“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso


The Adirondack Folk School (AFS) is the only school of its kind in the country dedicated to teaching the arts, crafts, and culture of this unique Adirondack region. Located in Lake Luzerne, we are situated in the southern Adirondack Park, a park of over six million acres of “forever wild” protected land. The beauty and natural abundance of this environment influenced the skilled artisans that created the pack basket, twig furniture, birch bark containers, the Adirondack chair, the guide boat, and the Adirondack lean-to. These are the home furnishings, boats, and decor still found in cabins, lodges, and homes today throughout the region which have helped create the unique “Adirondack Style”.  Today, our region hosts these and numerous other creative forms of expression.

AFS teaches the joy of learning through hands-on experiences. We’re a non-profit 501 (c)( 3) school made up of local artisans, crafts people, and volunteers interested in promoting and teaching these skills in a non-competitive environment focused on the student.

Our instructors share their knowledge of their crafts and inspire you with their enthusiasm. Our year-round classes range from half-day sessions to multi-week courses. We offer subjects as diverse as Adirondack chair building, twig and rustic furniture, caning, paddle making, birch bark basketry, fly tying, weaving, connecting people with nature, organic gardening, fiber arts, soap making, boat building, pottery, blacksmithing, and more. During these classes you will explore your creativity through hands-on learning. In addition to our hands-on classes, Adirondack storytellers and musicians share the culture of the Adirondacks through demonstrations, special programs, and our fireside evening gatherings.

Come take a class, attend a special evening fireside program, or just stop by and visit.

Thanks for visiting and please stop back often as we continue to grow.

Adirondack Folk School
P. O. Box 2
51 Main Street
Lake Luzerne, NY  12846

Gifting the Adirondacks Holiday Fair

AFS expert instructors will set up at the school to offer their Adirondack wares and to demonstrate their crafts. On the evening of Friday, December 5th, from 6:00 until 8:00, and all day Saturday, December 6th, from 9:00 until 5:00, join us any time to warm up, enjoy some tasty food, see inspiring demonstrations of …read more…

Barnes & Noble Book Fair to Benefit AFS

On Saturday, November 22nd, the Saratoga Springs Barnes & Noble at 3029 New York Route 50 will host a book fair to benefit Adirondack Folk School. You can enjoy in-store demonstrations by AFS artisans. All Barnes and Noble purchases made in-store on November 22nd or made online between November 22nd and November 27th will benefit …read more…

Purchase 3 AFS Gift Certificates, Get 1 of Equal Value FREE

Giving AFS gift certificates to the people on your holiday shopping list really gives them the gift of discovering their inner artist! Stop by the school or call AFS to order your gift certificates! This special THREE-PLUS-ONE-FREE offer is only available from Thursday, November 22nd until Saturday, December 6th.