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”
Fire
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.
Cobble
“The mirror smooth reflection of Lake Luzerne is like the palette of our soul”
blacksmith – http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/4317053415/
“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 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/esagor/482600169/
“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso

Gifting the Adirondacks Holiday Fair

by Eve Wenger

AFS expert instructors will set up at the school to offer their Adirondack wares and to demonstrate their crafts. On the evening of Friday, December 5th, from 6:00 until 8:00, and all day Saturday, December 6th, from 9:00 until 5:00, join us any time to warm up, enjoy some tasty food, see inspiring demonstrations of artists in action, and find the perfect holiday gift – something hand-crafted and truly unique. Saturday we’ll also raffle off several amazing pieces created by our skilled artists and crafts people. AFS members will receive a locally-made gift of appreciation.

Monday
17
November 2014

Barnes & Noble Book Fair to Benefit AFS

by Eve Wenger

On Saturday, November 22nd, the Saratoga Springs Barnes & Noble at 3029 New York Route 50 will host a book fair to benefit Adirondack Folk School. You can enjoy in-store demonstrations by AFS artisans. All Barnes and Noble purchases made in-store on November 22nd or made online between November 22nd and November 27th will benefit AFS – but remember to use the charitable ID code for AFS or the school will not receive its portion of proceeds. The ID is 11322286. Think holiday gifts!

Monday
17
November 2014

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

by Dave Hollinger

Giving AFS gift certificates to the people on your holiday shopping list really gives them the gift of discovering their inner artist! 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 6th.

Friday
7
November 2014
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December 5-6: Gifting the Adirondacks Holiday Fair

by Eve Wenger

AFS expert instructors will set up at the school to offer their Adirondack wares and to demonstrate their crafts. On the evening of Friday, December 5th, from 6:00 until 8:00, and all day Saturday, December 6th, from 9:00 until 5:00, join us any time to warm up, enjoy some tasty food, see inspiring demonstrations of artists in action, and find the perfect holiday gift – something hand-crafted and truly unique. Saturday we’ll also raffle off several amazing pieces created by our skilled artists and crafts people. AFS members will receive a locally-made gift of appreciation.

Friday
7
November 2014

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.

Friday
7
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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday
27
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!

 

Monday
27
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!

Friday
24
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!

Monday
20
August 2012

Clue # 2

by Lauren Whitton

…Here is your second clue: It’s a class we’re holding this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look through our course offerings to find the answer! Take a guess and check back later to see if you were right!

Saturday
18
August 2012