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

Season’s First Blacksmith Demo is THIS WEEK!

by Eve Wenger

Get an introduction to the ancient art of blacksmithing by visiting Adirondack Folk School on any of our famous OPEN FORGE nights for an amazing demonstration by Expert smith Steve Gurzler. 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

Tuesday
19
May 2015
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2015 Hearts for the Arts Gala

by Eve Wenger

The AFS annual fund raising Hearts for the Arts dinner party is on June 19th at the Lake George Holiday Inn Resort, with SILENT AUCTION, the STONY CREEK BAND, and guest of honor SILDA WALL SPITZER. To learn more & reserve tickets, click on 2015 HEARTS FOR THE ARTS GALA or call (518) 696-2400.

Monday
27
April 2015
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Announcing Spring Blacksmith Meet in NH and Hammer-In New York

by Eve Wenger

Our friends at Northeast Blacksmiths Association are holding their Spring Hammer-In April 24-26 at Ashokan Field Center in Olivebridge, N.Y. For details, visit https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eaosf8zrfce7ef12&oseq=&c=&ch=. And our fellow smiths with New England Blacksmiths are holding their Spring Meet May 15-17 in Brentwood, N.H. at the Brentwood Recreational Facility. For details, visit http://www.newenglandblacksmiths.org/spring_&_fall_meets.htm!

Wednesday
1
April 2015

Attention Blacksmiths!

by Eve Wenger

This July, our artisan neighbors of the North from Cape Breton Blacksmiths Association are convening Canada’s premier blacksmith conference, dubbed CanIron X. Check out all the action at http://canironx.ca/

 

Wednesday
18
March 2015

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.

Wednesday
18
February 2015

Adirondack Folk School on Prime Time

by Eve Wenger

Check out LOOK TV’s profile featuring AFS:

http://www.looktvonline.com/adirondack-folk-school-interview/

Friday
13
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.

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