Our Instructors

Allen, Linda

Linda has been weaving baskets since 1987. Linda works with a variety of materials, including reed, bark and most recently waxed linen and beads. She is known for her intricate patterns and for incorporating various materials into her designs. Linda has won first place and best of show at the Lewis County Fair, as well as several awards at the New York State Fair. Her miniature basket won best at show at the Stowe Basketry Festival.

Aspery, Mark

Mark is a certified journeyman smith with the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, (a UK guild started in London in 1324). His training as a smith started in the United Kingdom in 1976, working for a small fabrication and engineering firm. One of our nation’s most skilled smiths, Mark will not only share his insights into the world of blacksmithing, but also demonstrate his skills as he shares with you the fun of blacksmithing. Mark owns and operates the ‘Mark Aspery School of Blacksmithing’, traveling the USA teaching classes for ABANA affiliates and giving blacksmith demonstrations. Mark is currently writing the third volume to his ‘How to’ blacksmith book series, The Skills of a Blacksmith Volume III – Joinery and Related Tooling.

Avery, Lucian

Lucian began blacksmithing in 1992 and became captivated by the idea of making his own tools for gardening, woodworking, and later on, blacksmithing. He soon developed a broader interest in smithing and stated taking on commissions. He has worked with designers, builders and homeowners from across the country. Lucian chooses to continue to emphasize old-fashioned craftsmanship and handwork, allowing for flexibility in design and imparting human warmth in his ironwork.

Barr, Nicholas

Nicholas has played the Mandolin and other instruments with a number of different bands and continues to be a freelance musician. He has made presentations at the International Bluegrass Music Association and other organizations, and played at countless number of concerts, festivals, etc. Nicholas hosts a radio show “WAMS Bluegrass Time” on Northeast Public Radio.

Benjamin, Larry

After 22 years of developing a business in the crafts industry and kayaking and canoeing in the Bering Sea off the Aleutian Island, and all over the lower 48, Larry has finally been able to turn his woodworking and furniture-making skill to his real passion. Building boats from wood, taking a board and fashioning it into a thing of beauty and function, has captured his interest, spare time, and even some of his not so spare time. Most fortunate of all, he is joined in this passion by his children.

Bergen, Dan

Dan’s roots are firmly in the Adirondacks where he was raised but his music has branched out across many borders. The award-winning musician and educator grew up on the land farmed by his mother’s family for generations and has worked in the woods with forest ranger and survey crews. Hearing stories and songs from local friends and neighbors, Dan has developed a style that captures the spirit of the mountains.

Dan has entertained audiences throughout New York State, from Vermont to Kentucky and Texas, and overseas in the British Isles, Eastern Europe and Central Africa. Some of his songs have been symphonically arranged, giving Dan the opportunity to perform with orchestras in Fredonia, Ithaca, Syracuse, West Virginia and Indiana.

His original music has been featured nationally on public radio and television. A tradition-based songsmith, Dan Berggren writes with honesty, humor and a strong sense of place. His songs explore the many dimensions of home, hard-working folks, taking care of our planet and each other.

Blakney-Carlson, Robin

Robin is a felting instructor and fiber artist at Luckystone Feltworks Studio in the historic Shirt Factory in Glens Falls, NY. She studied at California College of the Arts and Crafts, Munson Williams Proctor School of Art, and with many master feltmakers. Her work has been represented in exhibitions and galleries in New York and New England. Robin began felting in the mid ’90s under the tutelage of her sister, Polly Stirling, well known in the fiber arts world for developing the technique she named nuno felt.  Robin writes, “Our mother was an artist and an expert seamstress. She taught me to respect the need to create something uncommon, with a requisite technical skill. Making wearables is second nature to me, but the medium of felt expands the potential for exploration in every direction. When I am felting, I find my sense of balance; it’s a very tactile, meditative process.”

Boggs, Gerald 

Gerald has been a professional blacksmith for 15 years. His introduction to the craft began with the “serendipitous” event of walking into a small blacksmith gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia. The hand-forged iron instantly enthralled him. The very next day Gerald was forging tools! After studying blacksmithing in England, he opened his very own “Wayfarer Forge” in Virginia. He continues his learning by taking classes, working with other smiths, and training under the guidance of Mark Asprey.

Boughton, Barbara

Barbara studied art at the University of New Hampshire and photography at the University of CA, San Francisco. Upon moving back to Taborton Mountain, Sand Lake, NY, Barbara took up residence on her great-great grandparents’ homestead, and became interested in doing things the old way. Now a basket weaver and fiber artist, she teaches and shows her work as Meyers Forge Heritage Arts. Barbara’s work focuses on the relationship between form and function, combining the graceful lines of the Shakers with the complexity and fluidity of twill patterns. Weaving with reed, wood splint, bark, and other found objects, Barbara creates original designs, hand-shaping each basket, revealing its unique dimensionality. Along with doing things the old way, Barbara is also a blacksmithing student at the Adirondack Folk School.

Breuer, Teresa

Theresa has been creating botanical lampshades for more than 12 years. She first practiced and learned the craft at Lean-2 Studio in Adirondack where she worked for over 10 years. She is now the owner and head designer at Northeast Living Lights where her works of art include wall sconces, hanging pendants, and even chandeliers. All of her shades are made by hand using botanicals she finds here in the Adirondacks. Teresa’s wall sconces and hanging pendants are crafted using the same technique and feature birch bark and driftwood accents. 

Caldwell, Sam

Sam grew up in Bolton Landing, NY, and then went off to college outside of the area and got his degree in history. In some ways this might have prepared him for his career which is deeply rooted in historical and traditional building methods. He moved back east and started working on a carpentry crew building a post and beam house. This led to Sam becoming more interested in timber framing and after reading everything he could get his hands on, he started on his own building more and more unique timber frame structures. He did his first frame building with minimal tools and his books spread out in front of him. The frame was 12×16 and he lived in that structure for several years. Since that time, Sam has build the same frame structure four more times gaining more and more skill. With his brother Ruben, a licensed architect, they started Blue Line Barn several years ago. They are focused on traditional as well unique and challenging frame structures, anything from outhouses and woodsheds to cathedral-like massive barns. The Toad Hill Maple Farm sugarhouse in Thurman, NY, is their most public frame.

Collins, Sandy

Sandy Collins is an accomplished self-taught quilter having designed and completed more than 50 quilts in the past 20 years. Her skill and willingness to share her knowledge led to teaching friends and neighbors, eventually conducting classes in her home. She is accomplished in both hand and machine quilting and always enjoys learning new techniques from other accomplished quilters. Students can expect a thoroughly enjoyable learning environment from a master quilter with love for the art and concern for her student’s experience.

Cornelius, Beverly

Beverly began weaving in 1996. Her hobby quickly became a serious study of decorative as well as utilitarian baskets. Her weaving has a strong foundation in hand shaping and she draws inspiration from Shaker and Native American designs. Beverly weaves in both Reed and Ash. She has taught at the Adirondack Folk School since it opened and derives great pleasure and inspiration from her students.

Cornelius, David 

David is a scholar of local Indian genealogy. He is of Mohawk, Wappinger, Mohegan, and Mohican descent. David is an engaging storyteller who has abundant knowledge of Native American history.

Date, Jorden Mauro

A self taught blacksmith who turned his hobby into a self-sustaining business while restoring an Adirondack farm, Jordan has a passion for historic preservation. He hopes to bring back the principles of small freehold sustainable industry through his teaching.

Davis, Caleb

Born in Cape Cod and brought up in Montreal, Canada, Caleb’s educational background includes a graduate degree in Leisure and Environmental Resources Administration. He started his business TREMOLO in 1990 to make and sell traditionally-shaped wooden canoe paddles and canoes. He also teaches the traditional flat-water canoeing style. Caleb is a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and has conducted many one-day paddle making classes and canoeing skills classes, as well as strip canoe making classes. He is Co-founder and Instructor at the Traditional Flat-water Canoeing Association. He is a demonstrator at major museums including the Adirondack Museum.

Davis, Paige Hamilton

Paige is a seasoned and well-travelled instructor of blacksmithing. She has taught in North Carolina, and has shown her own work at the Philadelphia Crafts Show, the Smithsonian Craft Show, and the Baltimore ACE Show. She is believed to be the first woman involved in the revival of blacksmithing in the United States.

Dvorak, Caroline

Caroline has been weaving rag rugs for five years, after taking classes from Hilary Cooper-Kenny. A significant portion of her “day job” is training new and existing staff on computer software. Weaving appeals to her linear, technical side – you have to be exacting in setting up the loom. But once you are weaving, you can be incredibly creative. Caroline chooses to make rag-rugs because recycling materials that would otherwise be thrown away fits with her practical nature.

Eberhardt, Chrissey

Chrissey believes in the priceless value of traditional skills and the need to pass them along to others. Her aunt taught her the art of soap making more than 30 years ago. Today, she has a small soap making business and is frequently featured at local farmers’ markets. In addition to soap making, Chrissey is an avid spinner, weaver, flax-processor, and does pot-dyeing using materials gathered from the woods.

Fleming, Walter

Walt is a well-known 19th Century Tinsmith from Saratoga County who learned his trade as an apprentice with Master tinsmith Charles Hartwell in 1985. He has lectured and demonstrated his trade for museums and historical societies in New York, New England, and Virginia, including the American Folk Art Museum in New York City and the Rushlight Society. On several occasions he has been judged best early tradesman in the United States by Early American Life magazine. He has produced pieces for collections ranging from the Farmers Museum at Cooperstown, NY, Sacket Harbor Historical site, and Abraham Lincoln’s home, to the White House. Walt is a consultant on a permanent exhibit of early American Tinsmithing at the Farmers Museum and also teaches for the New York State Historical Association and many other historical sites.

Flinchbaugh, Janet

Janet received her degree from Ball State University and was a speech therapist for several years. During that time, she took classes in needlework at the Elsa Williams School of Needlework in MA. She taught needlework for several years and was a member of the Adirondack Artisans (a group of artists from the Adirondack area). More than 25 years ago, she studied floor cloth stenciling with a member of the Society of Early American Decorators. Janet and her art have been featured in several publications, including Early American Life Magazine’s Directory of the 200 best craftspeople in the country. She has rugs in several state and federal historic sites, including the John Jay House in Westchester, NY.

Games, Roberta

Roberta, an Adirondack resident, spends countless hours in the outdoors observing and gathering the natural elements she incorporates into her designs. She was the owner of Fern Mountain Designs,  well known for their distinctive floral arrangements. A Biology and Art major in college, she loves to create with an emphasis on the natural surroundings found in the Adirondacks, blending her two majors. She also brings her knowledge of the flora and fauna of the area to her classes. As a multiple award-winning designer, Roberta has many years of experience teaching and sharing her “Floral Art”.

Goldberg, Patricia

Patricia is a former computer programming consultant and owner of her own consulting company. Her interest in gardening stems from her early years in the Adirondacks, watching her parents work with their rock garden, vegetable garden, and houseplants. She brings to the garden her love of growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers, and the excitement generated while watching a seed turn into a dinner dish. Patricia has been gardening in one form or another for as long as she can remember. She was introduced  to the square foot method about 20 years ago and has used it ever since. Patricia has been a member of the Lake Luzerne community since childhood and as an active resident of our town. She hopes teaching at the Adirondack Folk School will be one more way she can give back to the area she loves.

Green, Dan

Dan taught Industrial Arts at Queensbury High School for over 30 years. His skills and teaching covered everything from graphics, mechanical drawing, print production, and woodworking, to plastic technology. Dan grew up in the Catskills and earned his BS and MS from the State University College in Buffalo. Early on Dan was “hooked” on the Adirondacks. A life-long outdoorsman, he searches for the endless adventures and possibilities offered in the Adirondacks. As far as Dan is concerned, there is no better place to live. His interests include hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing, kayaking, photography, whitewater rafting, gardening ,and others. He has been a member of the Gooley Club for 15 years.

Gurzler, Steve

Steve is a knowledgeable and skilled blacksmith with many years of experience. He volunteers as smith-in-residence at the Fort Klock Historic Site in St. Johnsville, NY and demonstrates blacksmithing for the Adirondack Folk School and other non-profit groups. He enjoys reproducing historic cooking implements and tools.

Heidemann, Derek

Derek began a blacksmith apprenticeship at the young age of 14 at the Moses Wilder Blacksmith Shop at Old Sturbridge Village. He studied historic ironwork and has a traditional blacksmithing practice. He founded Resurrection Iron Works in 2011, where he forges traditional iron pieces for the public, museums and other institutions. Examples of his work can be found at Old Sturbridge Village, Coggeshall Farm Museum, The USS Constitution Museum, Fort Ticonderoga, and Genesee Country Village & Museum. All items are completely forged, filed and fitted by hand in order to achieve the highest quality reproductions possible.

Heilman II, Carl

Carl Heilman II has been photographing the wild Adirondack landscape since 1975, working to capture on film both the grandeur of this special region, and the emotional connection he has felt as well. As a full-time professional photographer, his work has been published in many regional and national publications including: books, magazines, calendars, posters, and prints. Carl has also produced several multi-image programs on the region that have been shown all around NY State, as well as on PBS. His most recent show, ‘Wild Visions’, available on video, is a program about our relationship with the wilderness and our spiritual connection with the Earth. His program ‘Adirondacks: A Wilderness of Waterways’ is shown daily at the Adirondack Park Visitors’ Interpretive Centers. Carl Heilman’s photography was recently published in a book by Rizzoli. This celebrated panoramic format book, ‘Adirondacks: Views of An American Wilderness’, includes panoramas and standard format images from all over the Adirondack Park. His latest books include ‘Contemporary Landscape Photography’, ‘The Landscape Photography Field Guide’, and ‘The Adirondacks’. More information about his work can be found on his website, www.carlheilman.com. 

Holzman, Gerry

Gerry has been a professional wood carver since 1970, a carousel restorer since 1976, and a collector of New York State folklore since seventh grade. He learned his woodcarving trade by studying in England with the late Gino Masero, one of England’s 32 master carvers. During his career, he has restored over 100 pieces of antique carousel art and has created approximately 250 pieces or original carousel art. The scope and diversity of his work is demonstrated by his private client list that includes Disney, Cunard, and the South Street Seaport.

Since 1984, Gerry has been the head carver and chief consultant for the Empire State Carousel. This project, which features the work of over 1,000 craftspeople throughout New York State, culminated in the creation of a full-size operating merry-go-round—a truly unique machine that is entirely based on the theme of New York’s history and culture. Aptly described as a “museum you can ride on,” the carousel is on permanent display at the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York.

Hubbard, Christine Ferris

Seat weaving has been a part of Christine’s life for over 25 years. Her repertoire includes the traditional 7-step caning pattern, pressed can, and splint weaving-including flat reed, hickory bark, and binder caning, Shaker tape, rush, and sea grass. Christine has demonstrated these techniques for a long time, working at the Great Sagamore Camp since 1999, doing chair caning for the public through the New York State Council of the Arts every year since, also at the 18th Century Day at the Philip Schuyler House in Schuylerville, NY, the Harvest Festival held in Shushan, NY, and at the Washington County Fair in Easton, NY.

Christine has also enjoyed and taught letterboxing for over 12 years, finding delightful nature trails, fascinating and unique sites as she searched for hidden treasures.

Ingram, Carol

Carol’s formal background in painting, printmaking, and graphics led her to a career as an art instructor and then  a graphic designer. She has studied feltmaking with internationally known US and European feltmakers, and has now found a love in making felt and teaching this ancient craft. Carol is a member of the Northeast Felters Guild, and her work appears in publications such as 1000 Artisan Textiles and 500 Felt Objects. 

Kalajian, Gary 

A resident of New Hampshire, Gary has taught blacksmithing for more than 15 years both in the United States and internationally. Gary is an award winning author on the subject of blacksmithing and has been the artist-in-residence at both the Bow Memorial School and the Holderness School.

Keegan, Barry

Barry Keegan has been a professional primitive technologist exclusively since 1993. This includes the making of educational museum replicas, movie set props, replica bark and grass thatched historic as well as prehistoric, full sized living structures, demonstrations and teaching workshops in early technologies and crafts, children’s hands-on workshops, and many publications, including lab quality illustrations. These have been performed mostly in New York, for many nature centers and schools -especially in Westchester County, museums such as Ellis Island, the New York State Museum, and the Museum of Natural History, and film companies, including the History Channel.

Kingsley, John

John has over 30 years of hands on experience in woodworking, from furniture making and restoration, to functional and ornamental turnings. John has been a turning instructor for the Capital Region Arts Center for several years. He is a member of the Northeastern Woodworking Association and holds a leadership role and is a board member for the Adirondack Woodturners Association. John is also a member of the International Association of Penturners and the American Association of Woodturners. His work is featured in private collections throughout the region.

Kingsley, Renee

Renee has been making glass beads since 2005. Her journey into art glass began with an introduction class at Pain in the Glass Studio in Saratoga, NY. In 2009, Renee was able to combine her love of both glass and teaching when she became a faculty member at the Art Center in Troy. Renee attended a series of instructor/teaching seminars offered by the International Society of Glass Bead Makers and loves introducing others to her craft. She has done many live demonstrations for the art center and a local bead store and one of her beads was featured in the December 2011 issues of The Flow magazine as part of the 2011 Gallery of Women in Glass. Renee has a Masters Degree in Special Education and teaches preschoolers with special needs.

Koch, Karen

Karen is a respected artist known for her homemade traditional Appalachian brooms. Karen  has studied at Augusta Heritage Center at Davis and Elkins College. She has shared her skills and taught in workshops in Bridgton, ME, Ludlow, VT, and Marilla, NY, to name just a few. Karen’s workshops have been part of the Fiber Festival at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora, NY.

Lambertson, Kerry 

A resident of Minnesota, Kerry is learned in splint weaving as well as the harvest and processing of the materials used in ash splint weaving. She has experience with forestry and woodworking and enjoys teaching crafts and skills that incorporate the two.

Maher, Carol

Carol Maher is an experienced teacher, as well as an accomplished artist. She holds a degree in Art and has taught classes in calligraphy, oil painting, and many outdoor traditional crafts and activities. She has a love of local history and shares her knowledge of gourd crafting in order to deepen her student’s appreciation of the original interdependence of native and pioneer cultures in the Adirondacks. Carol was a founding member of the Kentucky Gourd Society and the winner of numerous ribbons at state and county fairs.  She is currently president of the New York State Gourd Society.

Manning, Brian

An avid outdoorsman, Brian, who is from the Northeast, naturally found interest in primitive cultures and survival skills. He is an adept Atlatl competitor who has travelled around the world to participate in Atlatl competitions and events. Brian had a long career in law enforcement where he was a Tactical Operator for seven years. At present, he teaches self-reliance and survival skills at David Canterbury’s Pathfinder School in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Menard, Robert

Bob has been blacksmithing for 41 years and currently operates a professional blacksmith shop in Portland, Maine. He is the Vice President of New England Blacksmiths and the chair of the Brentwood Committee which administers and oversees the Teaching Center, a four forge facility that runs an average of 12 programs for NEB members. He also creates and edits the New England Blacksmith’s newsletter.

Miller, Nancy

Nancy Miller has been creating versatile yet uncommon jewelry since 1993. She takes full advantage of the unique characteristics of pure silver metal clay that accepts textures readily, forms fluid curves, and invites spontaneity during the design and construction processes. Nancy has received awards for her jewelry at Colorscape Chenango and Art on the Mountain shows. She developed and continues to coordinate a jewelry program for seriously ill children at the Double H Hole-in-the-Woods Ranch, a camp founded by Paul Newman and Charles R. Wood. The program has the full support of the Precious Metal Clay (PMC) Guild and Rio Grande. Nancy was an invited presenter at the 2006 PMC Conference.

O’Brien, Betty

Betty O’Brien is an artist regionally known  primarily for her landscapes in the “expressive realism” style. Throughout her career she has taught her students how to create works using multiple media and techniques while allowing the subject to dictate the medium. She has exhibited throughout the Northeast and received numerous awards in many regional competitions such as the Hyde Collection’s Adirondack Show, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, and the LARAC Centennial Exhibition.

Orsini, Ernest

Ernest’s career spans 32 years. At 14, he helped his father build a dry laid retaining wall that still stands today. Ernest was an apprentice through high school and college. Upon graduating, he started his own business, Ernston Land Co. He has been involved in hundreds of residential and commercial masonry projects from walls to patios, fireplaces and chimneys to constructing solid stone arches. Ernest has used all types of stone and has been associated with many challenging stone constructions. Ernest also enjoys skiing and snowmobiling and spending time with his wife and two-year-old son.

Parkinson, Matthew

From an early age, Matthew was fascinated by blacksmithing, knives and swords. As a young teen he made his first knife from an old file under the direction of his grandfather. Using his early exposure to knifemaking and his training in machining, Matthew began teaching himself the basics of blacksmithing and bladesmithing. In 1998, he formed MP Metalworks and began selling his work at Renaissance Fairs throughout the northeast. In 2005,  Matthew formed Falling Hammer Productions along with Jamie Lundell and Peter Swarz-Burt. Falling Hammer Productions designs, manufacturers and installs interior and exterior ironwork for homes in CT, NY, NJ and MA.  In 2007 they formed Dragons Breath Forge, a subsidiary of FHP to produce and market swords, knives and armor.  Since 2007, Matthew has been teaching blacksmithing and bladesmithing at the Brookfield Craft Center, the Guilford Arts Center, Peters Valley School of Craft, and New England School of Metalwork, along with private lessons in his own shop.

Petrequin, Mac

Mac has been playing Bluegrass Banjo for about 35 years. A full-time math teacher by day, Mac not only enjoys playing but teaching others as well. He has been giving private lessons in the area for years. Mac also plays Dobro guitar and upright bass. 

Pintar, Eric

Eric has taught box making workshops for 12 years. He is a partner at the Home Shop in Charlotte, MI, which supplies woodworkers worldwide with instruction and materials for making Shaker oval boxes. Coming on board as a junior in high school 16 years ago, Eric has made a career serving the needs of craftsmen near and far. He has taught at the Nantucket Historical Association’s 1800 House, Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts, the Northwest Indiana Woodworkers Association, the Porcupine Mountains Folk School, and the Anderson Center for the Arts.

Polunci, Don

Don is a retired art and photography teacher from Glens Falls High School and acted as the Art Department Coordinator there for three years. Don has also served as vice president of the Adirondack Camera Club and president of the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society. He is a published photographer and was a finalist in an ADK Life photo contest in 2010. Don has participated in a number of juried art shows and is very active in the local arts community.

Quinn, Patrick

Patrick is a graduate student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the blacksmithing program. Along with sculpture, he focuses heavily on hammer making and tool building. Patrick is a smith and a metalworker who builds intricate kinetic sculpture with mechanical connections and handmade hardware. He approaches hammer making with that same attention to detail, which has brought him recognition in his field. At Carbondale, he has taught individual and group workshops and participates in toolmaking programs for visiting artists.

Rodman, Sarah J.

Sarah has had life long artistic inspiration by Lake George and the Adirondack region. She leads “Plein Air” workshops at The Lake George Club, and has a Masters in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Museum Studies from Harvard University. Sarah is dedicated to the role of celebrating art in community life.

Ross, Peter

Peter had his first experience forging iron in 1970. He studies and replicates many kinds of 18th century English ironwork including house hardware, tools, cooking and fireplace equipment and lighting. For 25 years, he served as Master of the Blacksmith Shop in Williamsburg, Virginia. Peter has trained apprentices and taught at numerous nationwide blacksmithing conferences.

Salvetti, David

David Salvetti began coopering at age 16 after visiting Genesee Country Village and Museum. He returned to study coopering at Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford, NY, under their resident cooper, and has demonstrated coopering at many venues including the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock, VT, Fort Ontario in Oswego, NY, as well as at the Agricultural Museum at the New York State Fair. He specializes in white coopering; the making of watertight containers such as buckets, wash tubs, and churns. His coopered items are used by museums and individuals in 11 states. He enjoys coopering because it allows the use of traditional hand tools and involves shaping materials by eye, using skills developed thorough practice.

Sargent, Dick

Dick Sargent, a master Blacksmith, has demonstrated and taught workshops nationally throughout his career. He has been a professional blacksmith for 40 years and has owned and operated his own forge since 1973. His focus is on high-end architectural work and reproduction hardware. Starting in a small shop in Vermont, he worked with Frank Grapes, and in 1974 partnered with Tony Millham who founded Star Forge in Newport, Rhode Island. For two years they produced a prodigious amount of reproduction hardware for period homes sponsored by the Newport Restoration Foundation. Dick then established his own shop in Vermont where he sold reproduction hardware through his own catalog. In the early 1990’s he also began producing forged elements for other shops. Recently, Dick was the Blacksmithing Studio Department Head at Peters Valley School of Craft where he oversaw the studio and organized the blacksmithing educational program.

Schreiner, Jim

Jim, of Great Sacandaga Designs, has been building rustic and traditional furniture professionally since the early 90′s. His designs are outstanding works of arts, as well as functional treasures. Jim lives and works in one of the three octagonal log cabins that he built with his family in the 70′s and 80′s on the South Shore of the Sacandaga Lake in Day, NY. Jim’s furniture is seen regularly at the Rustic Furniture Fair held at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY. If there is an unusual or large custom piece of Adirondack rustic furniture to be created, more times than not, people will seek Jim out for these one of a kind pieces . . . and they won’t be disappointed.  Earlier in Jim’s life, he was an alternate on the US Olympic Kayak Team. While missing the final cut by a tenth of a second, Jim was recently inducted into the Canoe, Kayak, and Cycling Hall of Fame in Utica, NY. 

Sinicki, Paul

Paul has been a fly fisher for over 15 years and is the president of the Capital District Fly Fishers. He has taught fly tying and casting for the Capital District Fly Fishers for a number of year and was a featured tyer at the Goldstocks Annual Cabin Fever Days and The American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, VT, and can often be seen at the fly fishing booth at the Saratoga County Fair. In addition, Paul teaches rod repair, as well as tying flies for earrings and pins. 

Szilaski, Joseph

Joe’s experience in metal work begins as a teenager in Europe. He is now a full-time knifemaker living in upstate New York. Joe is a voting member of the Knife Makers Guild and an American BladeSmith Society “Master Smith”. His work has won several awards over the past years and has been featured in “Blade Magazine”. One of his pieces was featured on the cover of the “Knives ’99 Annual” and the cover of the Dec 2000 issue of “Blade”.  He serves as BLADE Magazine field editor and to co-author of their monthly “Question & Answer” column with ABS master smith Wayne Goddard.

Thorman, Art

Art has been teaching and demonstrating tinsmithing for over 12 years. Drawing on his experience as an American history teacher for over 35 years, he is able to combine teaching and craftsmanship in a way that makes learning fun. Art specializes in 17th and 18th Century reproductions. He can often be found at French and Indian War and Revolutionary War reenactments peddling his wares to soldiers and their wives. Art’s work can be found in the gift shops at Fort William Henry, the Old Stone Fort, and the Mabee Farm, as well as gift shops throughout the Capital District. He also has extensive experience cooking over open fires with a variety of cast iron ware and tin roasters. He claims he can cook anything over an open fire that can be cooked in a modern kitchen.

Ulrich, Walter K.

Walter has been an instructor at the Adirondack Folk School since its inception, and is a resident of Hadley. With a background in Math, Chemistry and Physics for the Department of Defense, Walter is an avid woodworker.

Walp, Robert

Bob received his MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama, which included coursework in letterpress printing, printmaking, hand bookbinding, and papermaking. Bob makes his living as a full time book artist working under the imprint of Chester Creek Press in Chestertown, NY. Most of Bob’s work consists of entirely handmade, illustrated books of contemporary poetry and prose. Besides teaching at his studio, Bob has taught the art of papermaking at the Great River Arts Institute in Bellow Falls, VT, and the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC. 

Dennis Wilson

More than 10 years ago, Dennis pursued an interest in wood and chip carving. He has studied his craft with master carver Wayne Barton. He has “chipped” more than 200 pieces that include plaques, Christmas ornaments, jewelry boxes, tea boxes, hearth stools, rocking chairs and candle holders. Dennis serves on the Board of Directors of North Country Arts, which sponsors three galleries in Glens Falls, New York and Chestertown, New York. He has exhibited his work in various galleries in the Adirondack region.

David Woodward

Raised at White Pine Camp in the Adirondack Mountains, David’s family has roots in the Adirondacks that go back five generations. David has owned and operated Trainbrook Forge since 1986, and is widely praised for his master craftsmanship and artistic abilities. He produces top-quality Adirondack Revival, Arts and Crafts, English Baroque, 18th Century and other reproduction period pieces, and specializes in one-of-a kind custom creations. In addition to teaching at the Folk School and operating Trainbrook, David is the resident blacksmith at Great Camp Sagamore, and he owns and operates North Wind Fine Arts in Saranac Lake, NY.

Yacobellis, Dan

Living on a Lakota Indian reservation when he was young, Dan learned much about the traditional ways of life that have directed his career path. He has been teaching outdoor skills and awareness for 15 years, working with the Bennington, VT Department of Corrections, public and private schools in the Capital District, at nature centers in both New York and Massachusetts and with various outdoor groups. Since 2006, he has managed an intensive Homeschooler program for children ages 5-12 and a Teen Rites of Passage Program. This winter he will also be teaching a course on Animal Tracking at Williams College.

Vladimir Yarish

Vladimir is an internationally known expert on traditional Russian birch bark basketry. He is a certified Master Craftsman in his native Russia, where he works and teaches. Vladimir published Plaited Basketry with Birch Bark, which is a comprehensive book about traditional Russian birch bark work, and has lectured in the United States, Europe and Taiwan.