Interview with Rand
Rand Condell, champion of our blacksmithing program, was interviewed on BlacksmitHer Radio! Please take a moment and listen to this wonderful interview. Facebook iTunes
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”
“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


Adirondack Folk School (AFS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, unique for its dedication to teaching the arts, crafts, and cultural heritage of the Adirondack region. Made up of local artisans, crafts people, and volunteers, we offer non-competitive education focusing on the student. Located in Lake Luzerne, NY, we are situated in the southern Adirondack Park, a State 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.

Our instructors from around the country share their knowledge and skills, 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, ceramic arts, blacksmithing (with some courses conforming to ABANA‘s international curricula), 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 cultural heritage of the Adirondacks through demonstrations, special programs, and our fireside evening gatherings.

AFS is supported by tuition, memberships, donations, and grants. We invite you to experience the joy of hands-on-learning, and take home an heirloom-quality craft or skill to remind you of the Adirondacks  — or enjoy the benefits of becoming a member — and discover why AFS was recently chosen as one of “25 Inspiring Folk Schools Rooted in Community and Traditional Know-How” by Best Choice Schools.

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

Phone: 518-696-2400

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Jim Schreiner Featured in Adirondack Life Magazine

Board member Jim Schreiner, who is also one of our inaugural instructors here at AFS was featured in a recent issue of Adirondack Life magazine. With Jim’s friendly demeanor and quick wit, there’s no question why his rustic furniture making classes are some of our most popular! To read the article check out the link …read more…

Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Saturday, November 10th, we will be at the Barnes & Noble on Route 50 in Saratoga Springs for our annual Book Fair! Pick up a voucher at the AFS table and hand it in when you pay at the register. Every purchase made in the store that day, from 10 am until 4 pm (with …read more…

Make It and Take It Holiday Gift Making

This year the Folk School is participating in the town of Luzerne’s craft walk and tree lighting, on Saturday, December 1st, by presenting our first ever “Make It and Take It” family event. Children (and parents) of all ages will be able to buy a “ticket” allowing them to make from one to six items …read more…

Adirondack Christkindlmarkt

Friday, December 7 – Sunday, December 9, Lake George’s first ever German-style Christkindlmarkt will be held at the end of the lake in the Charles R. Wood Festival Park. Food, music, dancing, craft and gift vendors, and fun will abound! Local hotels and restaurants will be opened and ready to accommodate all guests! Call the …read more…

Patrick Quinn Featured in the ABANA Newsletter

The Adirondack Folk School is honored to have one of our very talented blacksmith instructors, Patrick Quinn, featured in the recent issue of the Artists’ Blacksmiths Association of North America newsletter. Patrick has been teaching at the Adirondack Folk School since 2014. Congratulations Patrick and thank you for being such a big part of our …read more…

Rand Condell, AFS Blacksmithing champion, Blacksmither Radio interview

AFS Blacksmithing champion and volunteer, Rand Condell, was interviewed on BlacksmitHer Radio! Please take a moment and listen to this wonderful interview. Facebook iTunes

Adirondack Folk School on Prime Time

Check out LOOK TV’s profile featuring AFS: