A Message from the Founder

I remember working with so many wonderful volunteers in early 2010 painting, building, and repairing the building in preparation for our first classes that June. One day we looked around at what had been transformed from a vacant building into a real school – benches, tools, chairs, bookcases, looms, and more. And then we realized while it looked great, there was something missing – STUDENTS! The “folk” in our name is YOU. Without your support, spreading the word, and most importantly taking classes, it would have remained just an empty building.

YOU MATTER! If you say you’re too busy to take a class, how about supporting the school financially with a donation, becoming a member, or telling others about the school? Spreading the word by being one of the ambassadors for AFS is critical too. Take a stack of brochures next time you visit and hand them out to friends and at the places you visit. Remember this school is here for YOU and to continue to grow and prosper we need your help.

And finally, don’t wait too long to sign up for the great classes. Besides having one of the best-equipped blacksmithing programs in the entire country, you will now find even more weaving classes, more basketry classes, boat building, woodworking and woodturning studio ready for just YOU!

Jim Mandle

Founder