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


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, pottery, 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

2015 Fireside Chat Summer Series

Join us this summer around the AFS fire-pit, for adventures in fun and learning for the whole family! Lively lectures in local history, culture, crafts, and wildlife, will start rain-or-shine at 7:00 p.m., most-Saturdays this summer: Saturday, July 11: BIRDS OF PREY with Richelle Ford Saturday, July 18: THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD & ABOLITION with Chris …read more…

2015 Seasonal Blacksmith Demos

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…

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: