Traditional Crafts



Introduction to Cold Process Soap Making

Roberta Devers-Scott

This class is an introduction to the cold process method of soap making. Students will get a lesson in lye safety and will participate in the making of the soap. Students will leave with a loaf of soap that will yield about eight bars. Finally, while this is an introductory class, there will be discussion about ways to acquire further knowledge/skills.

  • Location: 18 Curran Street, Glens Falls, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $15
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $60 (members)         $70 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

This class will take place at 18 Curran Street in Glens Falls, NY - the building located next to the Shirt Factory Gallery. Please wear a long-sleeve shirt and bring a washed out and clean 1/2 gallon paper milk carton.

Sessions:

1271-0119    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri January 19, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1271-0127    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat January 27, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1271-0223    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri February 23, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1271-0224    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat February 24, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1271-0316    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri March 16, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1271-0317    This session has been cancelled
      Sat March 17, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1271-0427    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri April 27, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1271-0428    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat April 28, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1271-0512    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat May 12, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1271-0518    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri May 18, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1271-0622    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri June 22, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1271-0630    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat June 30, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1271-0713    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri July 13, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1271-0721    This session has been cancelled
      Sat July 21, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1271-0817    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri August 17, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1271-0825    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat August 25, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Herbal Electuaries and Truffles

Margo (Nelson) Mullein

Satisfy your sweet tooth with Herbal Electuaries and Truffles! Learn how easy and fun it is to combine simple pantry ingredients with wildcrafted herbs to make candies that are both delicious and nutritious. We'll discuss the health benefits of each of our ingredients and then the aprons will go on! In this course, you will learn how to make a basic Herbal Electuary, and two herbal truffles (yes, chocolate!) This will serve as the inspiration from which you will make & take your own delights.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $35
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $120 (members)         $140 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

We will be using nut products during this course. Bring your own apron recommended. Note: The December 8th offering will take place at 18 Curran Street in Glens Falls, NY

Sessions:

1259-0211    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun February 11, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1259-1208    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat December 8, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Infusions, Tinctures and Salves

Christine Eberhardt

In this class, we will talk about some of the health benefits of herbal infusions, make infusions in class and discuss four methods of making herbal infused oils at home. We will be making tinctures using the Simpler's method, and will make a salve with herbal oils using organic herbs, oil and alcohol. You will be taking home your products.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $55
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $100 (members)         $110 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1147-0218    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun February 18, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm




Traditional Table Runner

Janet Flinchbaugh

In this one-day class each student will learn to cut a stencil and prepare the table runner for stenciling. All students will learn the art of stenciling and come away with a table runner for their spring or summer tables. The teacher will supply all necessary items for the runner. Each participant should supply an apron.

  • Location: 18 Curran St, Glens Falls, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $20
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $105 (members)         $125 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

This class will take place at 18 Curran Street in Glens Falls, NY - the building located next to the Shirt Factory Gallery. Each participant should bring an apron, preferably old.

Sessions:

1215-0310    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat March 10, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Introduction to Traditional Cooking

Roberta Devers-Scott

In this class Roberta will share the teachings of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Dr. Price studied isolated, non-industrialized people and determined what common foods seemed to lend to their perfect physical form, and exquisite health generation after generation. We will discuss those teachings and learn to apply the principles in our own kitchens. We will discuss the importance of proper food preparation by soaking, sprouting and fermenting. We will learn to prepare bone broths and grind our own sprouted flour for bread baking and finally, we will share a surprise food that Roberta will prepare ahead.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $20
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $105 (members)         $125 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

1288-0317    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat March 17, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Basic Cold Process Soap Making

Christine Eberhardt

Just talk to one of the many folks who have taken Chrissey’s soap making class and you will find out why this is one of the most popular classes we offer. It’s a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon, creating soap just like Grandma used, but better! Learn how to make soap that not only smells good, but is all-natural and feels great on your skin. This fun class will teach you how to create soap using the cold-process and natural ingredients. You will learn all about the basic process, oils, herbs and fragrances. You will create soap from a recipe, while learning how to handle lye safely. Finally, you'll take home your hand-made soap. So say good-bye to store-bought soap and start using soap you made yourself! Make sure to wear old clothes and bring an apron.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $15
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $60 (members)         $70 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1164-0318    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun March 18, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

1164-1118    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 18, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm




Greenwood Spoon Carving

Emmet Van Driesche

Move beyond sandpaper! Learn how to carve a spoon using just a saw, hatchet and two knives. This two-day carving class will cover functional spoon design, sharpening skills, safe axe technique and knife grips. A special emphasis will be placed on achieving a smooth faceted knife finish without the use of sandpaper. Understanding how to work with the grain of a piece of wood will allow you to create strong, elegant spoons that will improve with age and use.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $170
         Non-members: $210
  • Course Length: 2 Days

Students are required to wear closed toe shoes. Students may also bring any spoon carving materials they may have.

Sessions:

1256-0324    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat March 24, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun March 25, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1256-0710    Add registration to shopping cart

      Tue July 10, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Wed July 11, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1256-0908    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat September 8, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun September 9, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




American Tinsmithing Basics

Art Thorman

Learn basic 19th Century American tinsmithing from a master tinsmith. This class will introduce you to and teach you about all the tools, forming stakes, swedges and hand-operated machines used in a well-equipped 19th-Century tin shop. You will be shown how to do basic layout work, cutting, forming, assembly and soldering. Complete both a finger candle stick and a wall sconce by the end of class. You will be amazed at what you've accomplished.

  • Location: AFS
  • Tuition:
         Members: $90
         Non-members: $110
  • Materials: $10
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $100 (members)         $120 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Students must be 14 years of age or older.

Sessions:

1152-0407    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat April 7, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1152-1111    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 11, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Introduction to Fermentation

Roberta Devers-Scott

The process of lactic-acid fermentation increases vitamins, enzymes and beneficial bacteria naturally present in all foods. Fermented foods are healing foods and traditional foods. They should be included in all diets. In this class, Roberta will teach us how to make kombucha, kefir, sourdough starter (for bread baking), cultured butter and sauerkraut.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $20
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $105 (members)         $125 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

1289-0415    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun April 15, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Candlemaking 101

Sarah Rodman

This course introduces students (age 8 and older) to the artful tradition of chandlery: the skill of crafting hand-made candles. You will acquire an understanding of the essential elements of "finding and shaping light": Color, heat, molds, scent, wax and wick. Blending a mix of old and new materials, you will create a variety of candles ready to keep or gift. Students will be provided with hot wax, dyes and fragrances to work with. Wear casual work clothes and bring an apron to class as well as used candles, candle stubs, crayons, and an assortment of heat resistant/watertight containers such as mason jars, mugs, sea-shells, teacups and vintage glassware. No experience necessary.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $20
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $65 (members)         $75 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Students will be working with hot wax, dyes and fragrances. Wear casual work clothes.

Sessions:

1157-0420    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri April 20, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

1157-1019    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri October 19, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Candlemaking 102

Sarah Rodman

Once students (age 8 and older) have learned the artful tradition of chandlery - candle making - you will be ready to take it up a notch! After reviewing the basics, students will learn how to make specialty candles using a variety of methods and materials. Included will be chunk, ice cube, and layered candles along with decorative elements such as glitter, napkins, paint, stencils and studs. Students will be provided with hot wax, dyes and fragrances to work with. Wear casual work clothes and bring an apron to class as well as used candles, candle stubs, crayons and an assortment of heat resistant/watertight containers such as mason jars, mugs, sea-shells, teacups and vintage glassware.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $20
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $65 (members)         $75 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Students will be working with hot wax, dyes and fragrances. Wear casual work clothes.

Sessions:

1221-0421    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat April 21, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

1221-1020    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat October 20, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Seasonal Attunement - Walking the Wheel

Margo (Nelson) Mullein

Experience the seasons in a deeper way as we follow nature's journey through spring, summer, fall and winter. Using the sustainable blueprint of the Native American Medicine Wheel as our guide, we will create a Medicine Wheel from natural objects. Then walking the wheel, we'll stop at each segment for an in-depth look at: purpose of season, relationship of direction to season, animal totems, the elements, season to body organ relationship, and the life cycle and energy of plants. Then we'll return to the course room for the hands-on portion of our class where each of us will create our own seasonally attuned herbal preparation: Spring - Plant Infused Oils, Vinegars & Butters; Summer - Best Dressed Salads & You; Fall - Botanical Scrubs for Face and Body; Winter - Breathe Deep Salve. A seasonally inspired lunch is included with your materials fee!

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $35
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $120 (members)         $140 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Dress for the outdoors, as we will be spending time with nature. What we make during the first class, will be weaved into the herbal preparations for additional offerings.

Sessions:

1249-0422    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun April 22, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1249-0722    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun July 22, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1249-0923    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun September 23, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1249-1216    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun December 16, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Yogurt Soap

Christine Eberhardt

In this class we will be making a cold processed soap with yogurt. Yogurt is as healthy on your skin as it is in your stomach. Adding it to soap will help smooth and quench dry skin and keep it glowing and nourished. Yogurt soaps are made with full fat yogurt to reap those benefits. Yogurt also has antibacterial properties. We will discuss natural dyes and additives which you may wish to incorporate in your soap. You will be making a pound of soap to take home.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $25
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $70 (members)         $80 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1162-0422    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun April 22, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm




Sharpening and Honing Blades

Howard Schechter

Sharpening and honing of blades is a mystery to most people these days although our ancestors knew the skill intimately. Technology of honing has definitely improved over the past 100 years and there are many technologies to choose from. Howard will demystify the sharpening process and you will leave the workshop with the skills to sharpen your own blades. Students should bring one or two blades to hone for the class.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $105
         Non-members: $125
  • Materials: $10
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $115 (members)         $135 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Come prepared to work in a dirty process so wear work or old clothes. Closed toe shoes required.

Sessions:

1168-0428    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat April 28, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1168-0429    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun April 29, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Shoemaking with the Cordwainer Shop

Molly Grant

Learn shoemaking with original Cordwainer Shop 1920s antique tin patterns. Students will walk away from this class in their new handmade leather shoes knowing how to place patterns, construct uppers and soles and put shoes together using a unique method of hand-lacing. Custom leather soles are made for each student to his or her exact foot measurements. Students will choose up to 3 colors of leather for the Candace style oxford, designed in the 1920s by Edward Mathews, Cordwainer Shop founder. Finishing tasks include lasting, burnishing, buffing, insole making and other details that make a signature Cordwainer shoe.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $425
         Non-members: $475
  • Materials: $250
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $675 (members)         $725 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 5 Days

Students are required to bring sharp scissors and a notebook.

Sessions:

1268-0514    Add registration to shopping cart

      Mon May 14, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Tue May 15, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Wed May 16, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu May 17, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri May 18, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Make a Native American Feather Fan

David Cornelius

Feather fans are quite significant to Native Americans and have a long history of being used in Pow Wows and in the Native American Church. They are also used in spiritual "smudging" ceremonies with sage or cedar. Our instructor will share Native American legends and stories with you as you make your own feather fan using a piece of corrugated cardboard covered in leather with feathers added and shaped to fit your hand. Children who are 10 years of age and older are welcome.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $10
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $55 (members)         $65 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1244-0519    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat May 19, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Leather Bag Design and Sewing

Molly Grant

Molly began sewing when she was 12 years old and it wasn't long before she was working and experimenting with leather, creating handbags, travel bags, tote bags and zippered pouches. In this class the student will learn the basics of pattern making along with creative ways to make knots and straps. Cell phone purses, iPad and computer covers are a few of the designs offered. Learning the beginning steps of sewing with leather on a portable industrial sewing machine, students will make three bags: a small zippered bag, a Molly bag and a one-of-a-kind bag of their own design.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $340
         Non-members: $390
  • Materials: $200
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $540 (members)         $590 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 4 Days

Some sewing machine experience is helpful but not necessary; students may bring sharp scissors and a sketch book if they wish.

Sessions:

1269-0521    Add registration to shopping cart

      Mon May 21, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Tue May 22, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Wed May 23, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu May 24, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Introduction to Cheesemaking 1

Roberta Devers-Scott

A student of cheesemaker David Asher's, Roberta will teach us cheesemaking in the traditional way. We will learn to use our own cultures rather than store bought and will even discuss how to make homemade rennet. This class will focus on Camemberts, Bries, Cheddar, Whey Ricotta, Cultured Butter and Yogurt. We will conclude by discussing proper aging techniques.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $20
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $105 (members)         $125 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

1290-0526    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat May 26, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Introduction to Cheesemaking 2

Roberta Devers-Scott

A student of cheesemaker David Asher's, Roberta will teach us cheesemaking in the traditional way. We will learn to use our own cultures rather than store bought, and will even discuss how to make homemade rennet. This class will focus on Mozzarella, Cheddar, Whey Ricotta, Cultured Butter and yogurt. We will conclude by discussing proper aging techniques.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $20
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $105 (members)         $125 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

1291-0603    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun June 3, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Introduction to Scything

Emmet Van Driesche

Learn how to use a scythe! A little knowledge is crucial for successful mowing with a scythe. Come learn how to adjust your handle, repair, peen and sharpen your blade, and sage honing and mowing habits. A variety of blades will be available to try so you can determine the right size and make for your needs.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Students are required to wear closed toe shoes, and to bring a notebook and writing utensil. Students may also bring any scythe or scything equipment they may have.

Sessions:

1257-0609    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat June 9, 2018 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Learn How to Create Dry-Laid Stone Walls

Ernest Orsini

If you've ever admired the beautiful stone walls you've seen in the countryside and wondered how they were made, this class is for you! In this two-day class you will learn the basic techniques for creating dry-laid stone walls from an accomplished stone mason. Both retaining and freestanding walls will be covered, along with preparing the base and sub-base, stone selection, and other topics. This hands-on workshop is a must for anyone who wants to build or repair stone walls for his own home.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $170
         Non-members: $210
  • Materials: $15
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $185 (members)         $225 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

Students must bring eye protection, ear plugs, gloves, and wear sturdy shoes for their safety.

Sessions:

1184-0622    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri June 22, 2018 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
      Sat June 23, 2018 9:00 am - 3:00 pm




Introduction to Coopering: Make Your Own Wooden Bucket

David Salvetti

In this class, students will learn to make a wooden bucket using traditional hand tools and authentic techniques. Beginning with boards, you will finish with a functional bucket to take home. This is an introduction to the historic trade of coopering: the making of containers made from staves held together by hoops. No glue is used; a watertight seal is created by the perfect fit of the staves and bottom. Other items made by the cooper include butter churns, washtubs and barrels. Hand tool experience is helpful, but not required. This class is for students 18 years and older.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $190
         Non-members: $230
  • Materials: $30
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $220 (members)         $260 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

Sessions:

1220-0706    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri July 6, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat July 7, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Iroquois Games and Dancing

David Cornelius

Come enjoy activities based on Native American culture and traditions. The life of our Native Americans included a great deal of communal time. Much of this time was spent playing games and dancing. In this class students will have a chance to learn and play several of these games. Some are familiar like Lacrosse and others such as Double Ball are less known. Dancing was enjoyed by all members of the family from toddlers to elders. Some dances were just for women and some just for men, while others were for everyone. Students will learn some of the basics of all three. Learn about the relationship between Native Americans and nature while dancing and playing.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1191-0728    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat July 28, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Make a Sapling Bow and Arrow

David Cornelius

Learn the ancient craft of creating a sapling bow and arrow with sinew, feathers and flaked stone points. Saplings, dogwood arrow shafts, imitation sinew and feathers will be provided. Children can come enjoy a few hours on a summer day learning about our Native American ancestors. This is also a perfect class for your family to experience together, or for a scout troop.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $15
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $60 (members)         $70 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Students will need to bring a strong whittling knife.

Sessions:

1198-0818    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat August 18, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Sacred Union of Plant & Water

Margo (Nelson) Mullein

Herbalist Margo Mullein will prepare for you a delightful journey for the senses! Explore the differences between a "polite cup of tea" and an infusion of plants made with the purpose of increasing and aligning wholeness and balance. This is a touch and taste workshop! We'll take a walk outdoors for a simple harvest. Then we'll come into the class room for a hands-on infusion making experience. As we sip the prepared infusions, we'll discuss the many roles which tea, and plant infusions have played throughout history and the benefits of inviting them into your life.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $15
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $60 (members)         $70 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1286-0826    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun August 26, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Make a Native American Medicine Pouch

David Cornelius

A Native American medicine pouch is a container for items believed to protect or give spiritual powers to its owner. The medicine bag is considered a very precious possession which represents a person's spiritual life and its contents are generally considered holy by the tribal community. The bags might be very plain or richly decorated and are meant to give guidance, good luck, good health, protection, abundance and even love to the individuals who carry them. Students will cut leather and shape their pouch as desired, then stitch with imitation sinew. A rawhide cord will be used to hang the pouch and can be attached using one of two different methods. It can then be decorated with beads, antler or feathers. Children who are 12 years of age and older are welcome.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $10
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $55 (members)         $65 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1246-0930    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun September 30, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Make a Basic Native American Kustowah (Headdress)

David Cornelius

Native American Kustowahs or Headdresses are feathered headgear traditionally worn by male leaders of the various Native American nations who have earned a place of great respect in their tribe. They are primarily used for ceremonial occasions. Students will use wide reed to create their own Kustowah. Feathers will be attached using sinew and traditional techniques. Children who are 10 years of age and older are welcome.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $10
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $55 (members)         $65 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1245-1013    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat October 13, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Traditional Chair Caning

Christine Ferris-Hubbard

Spend a few days learning how to cane your own chair. You will learn how to weave the traditional 7-step caning pattern. Bring along a chair in need of a new caned seat. Preferably, the chair will be rectangular in shape, have less than 85 holes drilled into the seat frame and be in good condition. Any refinishing should be completed before the class.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $255
         Non-members: $305
  • Materials: $60
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $315 (members)         $365 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 3 Days

Bring a water bucket, scissors and your chair.

Sessions:

1212-1019    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri October 19, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat October 20, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 21, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Goat Milk Soap

Christine Eberhardt

Goat milk soap is excellent for people with dry, irritated or sensitive skin. It is loaded with nutrients, proteins, fat, calcium and vitamins. It is an excellent natural moisturizer that helps hydrate, nourish and revitalize skin. We will discuss natural dyes and additives which you may wish to incorporate in your soap. You will be making a pound of soap to take home.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $25
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $70 (members)         $80 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1185-1021    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun October 21, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm




Traditional or Arts & Crafts Era Floorcloth

Janet Flinchbaugh

Create your own floorcloth in either a traditional pattern or Arts & Crafts style using environmentally-safe, water-based paints and finishes. The use of painted canvas floor coverings, also known as “oyl cloths”, dates as far back as the 14th century in Europe. People coming to this country were looking for ways to reproduce some of the furnishings they were used to back home. Since resources were limited, worn sails from ships provided them with a base to paint and cover their floors. Over time floorcloths proved themselves to be one of the most durable forms of floor covering used. Centuries old pieces still remain intact with the pattern clearly visible. Come create your own artful and durable floorcloth that will last for generations.

  • Location: 18 Curran St, Glens Falls, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $170
         Non-members: $210
  • Materials: $45
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $215 (members)         $255 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

This class will take place at 18 Curran Street in Glens Falls, NY - the building located next to the Shirt Factory Gallery. Each participant should bring an apron, preferably old.

Sessions:

1214-1027    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat October 27, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 28, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Tin Ornaments

Art Thorman

Christmas time in the Adirondacks is a magical time of year. In this tinsmithing class you will make multiple festive holiday ornaments in a variety of designs, including icicles, spirals, snowflakes and angels, in addition to your own unique designs! No previous tinsmithing experience is necessary in this class. Perfect for students 12 and older, this is a great class for the whole family!

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $6
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $51 (members)         $61 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1217-1118    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 18, 2018 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Gifts From Nature

Roberta Games

Get an early start on holiday gift giving! In this class we will make pine cone flowers and using natural mosses and twigs, we will decorate two frames and a moss votive holder. Just add your own art or photographs for a special gift or family keepsake.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $15
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $60 (members)         $70 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1224-1118    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 18, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm