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

2015 Bountiful Bowl Festival and Craft Fair

by Eve Wenger

We will host our sixth annual Bountiful Bowl Festival and Craft Fair from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. August 1st at our main campus, 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne, NY 12846. The festival celebrates Adirondack culture and tradition and includes artisan vendors, craft demonstrations, live music, festival foods, raffles, a students’ exhibition, and a “Kidz Zone.” Participants may also purchase a hand-made ceramic bowl at AFS (before or during the event; $20 member / $25 not-yet-member) for sampling locally-made soups and salads. The festival combines prior annual events, the Adirondack Folk Festival and the Bountiful Bowl Benefit. Proceeds will benefit Maxfield Community Food Bank and programs at the school.

AFS is gratefully accepting bowls donated by ceramic artists for the Bountiful Bowl Festival and Craft Fair. Artist names (or studio names) will be included on our “With Heartfelt Thanks” poster displayed with the bowls.

July 2015
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2015 Fireside Chat Summer Series

by Eve Wenger

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 Oliver Nealy
Saturday, July 25: HISTORY OF LAKE LUZERNE AND HADLEY with Sue Wilder and Hadley Historical Troupe
Saturday, August 1: (no Fireside Chat, due to the Bountiful Bowl Festival and Craft Fair happening earlier this day)
Saturday, August 8: NATIVE AMERICAN STORY TELLING with Joe Bruchac
Saturday, August 29: ADIRONDACK ARCHEOLOGY with Dr. David Starbuck

July 2015
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2015 Seasonal Blacksmith Demos

by Eve Wenger

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 forge, there is a $20 fee to cover the cost of materials, and safety precautions must be followed – including hard shoes with no open toes, long pants, goggles (supplied) and gloves (supplied). Demos begin at 6:30 PM on the following dates:

Wednesday, May 20
Wednesday, June 17
Wednesday, July 15
Wednesday, August 19
Wednesday, September 16
Wednesday, October 21

May 2015
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Immerse Yourself in Nature, History and Craft

by Eve Wenger

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.

February 2015

Adirondack Folk School on Prime Time

by Eve Wenger

Check out LOOK TV’s profile featuring AFS:

February 2015

Purchase 3 AFS Gift Certificates, Get 1 of Equal Value FREE

by Eve Wenger

Giving AFS gift certificates to the people on your holiday shopping list really gives them the gift of discovering their inner artist as they create something powerful in a beautiful setting supported by new friends and first-rate instruction. Stop by the school or call AFS to order your gift certificates! This special THREE-PLUS-ONE-FREE offer is only available from Thursday, November 22nd until Saturday, December 5th.

November 2014

What “wood” you like to carve?

by Lauren Whitton

We have some really great woodcarving classes here at the Adirondack Folk School…

What kind of woodcarving classes would you like to see offered in 2013?


























September 2012

With 100lbs of clay…

by Lauren Whitton







There is nothing more important than giving back. Here at the Adirondack Folk School we have important goals, not only to inspire learning & to carry on the traditions of the Adirondacks, but also to be a good community member. One way we do this is through our Bountiful Bowl Benefit.

On Sunday, September 2nd from 1-5 PM, we will be holding our third annual Bountiful Bowl Benefit. To join us, come buy a hand-thrown bowl, which we will fill with soup, salad & dessert. There will be a display of student work to admire & great live music. Proceeds from the benefit will go to the school & the Maxfield Community Food Pantry.

Please join us for what is sure to be a great event!


August 2012

A little piece of history…

by Lauren Whitton

You’re in luck! Our class building the Sagamore chair has been rescheduled! This classic chair, as comfortable as it is attractive, will be great for lounging in the sun and reading a good book. Come build your own September 13-15th.

Over one hundred years ago, the famous Sagamore hotel was built as an exclusive resort on Lake George in the Adirondacks.  Its luxurious and spacious accommodations attracted the millionaires of the day and continues to bring clientele from around the world to this spectacular spot today.

In this class you will create a bit of history, as you build using patterns struck from one of the original Sagamore chairs. Instructors Larry & Dave have carefully taken the original chair apart and made all the forms and patterns necessary for you to learn how to steam bend local Adirondack Red Oak to create this one of a kind chair. Working with a variety of hand tools, you will bend and fasten the slats, laminate frame elements, join everything together, sand, finish and complete a beautiful chair ready for a prominent spot in your camp or home.  Some prior woodworking experience is helpful, but beginners are welcome too!

August 2012

The Timber Framed Play House…

by Lauren Whitton

This beautiful structure is your ticket to being the coolest parent, grandparent, aunt uncle or neighbor. Winning the admiration of adults and children alike, your new timber framing skills will make you the talk of the town. Your “little person” will love that you made them their very own playhouse in this three-day class held on September 7th-9th.

In addition to leaving with a gift sure to put a smile on everyone’s face, you will gain basic timber framing skills. In this class you will learn layout techniques, how to transfer the measurements from drawing to timbers, and how to cut your own mortise and tenon joints. Whether you’re seasoned at timber framing or just someone who loves their kids a lot, come give this class a try!

August 2012