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”
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

Welcome

Adirondack Folk School (AFS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, unique for its dedication to teaching the arts, crafts, and cultural heritage of the Adirondack region. Made up of local artisans, crafts people, and volunteers, we offer non-competitive education focusing on the student. Located in Lake Luzerne, NY, we are situated in the southern Adirondack Park, a State park of over six-million acres of “forever wild” protected land. The beauty and natural abundance of this environment influenced the skilled artisans that created the pack basket, twig furniture, birch bark containers, the Adirondack chair, the guide boat, and the Adirondack lean-to. These are the home furnishings, boats, and decor still found in cabins, lodges, and homes today throughout the region which have helped create the unique “Adirondack Style”.  Today, our region hosts these and numerous other creative forms of expression.

Our instructors from around the country share their knowledge and skills, and inspire you with their enthusiasm. Our year-round classes range from half-day sessions to multi-week courses. We offer subjects as diverse as Adirondack chair building, twig and rustic furniture, caning, paddle making, birch bark basketry, fly tying, weaving, connecting people with nature, organic gardening, fiber arts, soap making, boat building, ceramic arts, blacksmithing (with some courses conforming to ABANA‘s international curricula), and more. During these classes you will explore your creativity through hands-on learning. In addition to our hands-on classes, Adirondack storytellers and musicians share the cultural heritage of the Adirondacks through demonstrations, special programs, and our fireside evening gatherings.

AFS is supported by tuition, memberships, donations, and grants. We invite you to experience the joy of hands-on-learning, and take home an heirloom-quality craft or skill to remind you of the Adirondacks  — or enjoy the benefits of becoming a member — and discover why AFS was recently chosen as one of “25 Inspiring Folk Schools Rooted in Community and Traditional Know-How” by Best Choice Schools.

Adirondack Folk School
P. O. Box 2
51 Main Street
Lake Luzerne, NY 12846

Phone: 518-696-2400

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Newsletter & announcement archive


Holiday Shopping Days

AFS is holding a holiday shopping event Saturday, November 14, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, and Sunday, November 15, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. The event will be held at the school, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846. Shop from a selection of ornaments, icicles, cards, soaps, advent calendars, wooden boxes, scarves, …read more…


Online Hearts for the Arts Sale

Even though we had to cancel our in person Annual Fundraiser, we still wanted to celebrate our tenth anniversary with an online version of Hearts for the Arts! We have some lovely pieces of art, framed photographs, woven goods, wreaths, carvings, folk art, baskets, home goods, accessories and even a few adventures. Sadly, most of …read more…


AFS Reopens!

We are excited to let you know that as of July 6, AFS is back open and running! We are working hard to reconfirm and reschedule as many classes impacted by the closure as possible, so please keep an eye out for updates! To ensure the safety of all of our students and staff, we …read more…


Albany Airport Display

We are very excited to announce our participation in Albany Airport’s Exhibition Case Program! The Exhibition Case Program is a facet of the Airport’s Art & Culture Program, which showcases the artists and cultural institutions that reside in New York’s Capital Region. So, if you’re traveling through Albany Airport this year, be sure to stop …read more…


Jim Schreiner Featured in Adirondack Life Magazine

Board member Jim Schreiner, who is also one of our inaugural instructors here at AFS was featured in a recent issue of Adirondack Life magazine. With Jim’s friendly demeanor and quick wit, there’s no question why his rustic furniture making classes are some of our most popular! To read the article check out the link …read more…


Adirondack Folk School on Prime Time

Check out LOOK TV’s profile featuring AFS: http://www.looktvonline.com/adirondack-folk-school-interview/