Interview with Rand
Our Board of Director President, Rand Condell, was recently 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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Newsletter & announcement archive

Gifting the Adirondacks Sat. Dec. 3rd!

Join the fun in Lake Luzerne, New York this Saturday, December 3rd from 9am to 3pm. The Adirondack Folk School is hosting the Gifting the Adirondack Open House! Our gift shop has expanded for this special weekend and the holidays! Come by and check out the hundreds of items handmade by our gifted instructors and …read more…

Saratoga Arts Center to Host AFS Benefit Concert

AFS Benefit Concert Poster Saratoga Arts Center will host a Benefit Concert for Adirondack Folk School, Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m (doors open at 6:15), at 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York. Dan Berggren and Alex Smith will perform at the concert which will benefit the not-for-profit organization located in Lake Luzerne. Dan Berggren …read more…

Summer Craft Festival and Annual Membership Meeting

A banner for the Summer Craft Festival, beneath AFS’s sign Adirondack Folk School will host our Summer Craft Festival on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will take place on the school grounds overlooking the Hudson, which is located at 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, New York 12846. Dozens …read more…

New Executive Director Announced in Post-Star

AFS Executive Director Scott Hayden We at Adirondack Folk School are pleased to announce our new executive director, Scott Hayden. Hayden gave a speech during our annual dinner and silent auction, Hearts for the Arts, June 4 in Lake George, outlining his goals for AFS. You may read an article by The Post-Star about Hayden …read more…

2016 Open Forge Nights

Get an introduction to the art of blacksmithing by visiting Adirondack Folk School on any of our OPEN FORGE nights for an amazing demonstration by Expert smith Steve Gurzler. Observing the demonstration is free and open to the public. For those who want to try their hand at blacksmithing and forge an item at open …read more…

Rand Condell and Dan Green, AFS Board Members, interviewed on ACCESS TV

Click below to watch the video of AFS board members Rand Condell and Dan Green being interviewed for “Getting to Know You, With Joe Nash” on ACCESS TV:    

Board of Director President, Rand Condell, Blacksmither Radio interview

Our Board of Director President, Rand Condell, was recently 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: