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



A charitable not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Adirondack Folk School (AFS) offers more than 200 classes every year, year-round, drawing thousands of students of all ages from throughout the Northeast and beyond. The sense of wonder that student-artisans and craftspeople experience at the school is palpable, and no less valuable than their extraordinary work, hand-made to last for generations and passed down as heirlooms that remind us there’s more to life than “the next big thing.”

The work of AFS preserves the distinctive cultural heritage of the region, instills self-reliance, and promotes community as well as ecological sustainability. At AFS, everything is made in America – by the artist’s own hand.

In Fact, AFS is the only school in the country dedicated to teaching the arts, crafts, and culture of the Adirondack region. Situated in the Southern Adirondack Park along the banks of the Hudson River in the village of Lake Luzerne, New York, AFS enjoys the natural abundance of an ancient environment that has for centuries influenced skilled craftspeople whose talent defined the classic “Adirondack style.”

Our year-round classes range from half-day sessions to multi-week courses. AFS offers a menu of rare and transformative learning opportunities in woodworking, caning, carving, furniture making, canoe building, fiber arts, blacksmithing, jewelry making, basketry, wood turning, weaving, letterboxing, soap making, photography, nature studies, music and many, many more. The school also features a charming gift shop on campus that’s overflowing with locally made arts and crafts, created by some of the most gifted artists in the Northeast.

AFS expert instructors are passionate about their work and committed to passing on their skills to new and veteran artisans alike. Our teachers come from all over the United States to share their wisdom and partake of a supportive community thriving on the leading edge of hands-on learning. You can be a part of that special community. Register online for a class, call or stop by any time. Welcome to AFS, gateway to artistic exploration and cultural discovery.




Opening Day for Blacksmithing Season

The first of many 2015 AFS blacksmithing classes kicks off this weekend (April 10 – 12, Friday – Sunday) with master instructor Jonathan Nedbor’s MAKING TONGS: GET A HANDLE ON YOUR WORK, followed the next weekend by the popular course GET A GRIP: DOOR HANDLES. There’s still room for more students so register right away! …read more…

Announcing Spring Blacksmith Meet in NH and Hammer-In New York

Our friends at Northeast Blacksmiths Association are holding their Spring Hammer-In April 24-26 at Ashokan Field Center in Olivebridge, N.Y. For details, visit And our fellow smiths with New England Blacksmiths are holding their Spring Meet May 15-17 in Brentwood, N.H. at the Brentwood Recreational Facility. For details, visit!

Attention Blacksmiths!

This July, our artisan neighbors of the North from Cape Breton Blacksmiths Association are convening Canada’s premier blacksmith conference, dubbed CanIron X. Check out all the action at  

Immerse Yourself in Nature, History and Craft

Great Camp Sagamore and Adirondack Folk School are partnering to offer special classes at the Adirondack Park’s most prestigious Great Camp. In this majestic, serene, rich setting, you can make something incredible! To learn more, click on COURSES and then CLASSES AT GREAT CAMP SAGAMORE.

Adirondack Folk School on Prime Time

Check out LOOK TV’s profile featuring AFS:

Announcing Quilt Block Challenge

The Adirondack Folk School (AFS) invites area quilters to participate in our second quilt block challenge. The challenge is to design and create a quilt block to represent this year’s theme, Life in the Adirondacks. Following clear guidelines for fun, fairness, and artistic continuity, quilters will use fabric provided by the school. Once you’ve finished …read more…