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 full week-long 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 courses, 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