Traditional Crafts



Liquid Soap & Shower Gel

Christine Eberhardt

Learn how to use your old ceramic crock pot to make your own homemade liquid soap & shower gel. This gel lathers nicely on a wash cloth, just a little bit and you're good to go. This gel also works well for any skin type and is good for those with sensitive skin! Chrissy will guide you with step by step instructions, including customizing your gel with use of aromathereputic essential oils for a fantastic finish!

  • 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

Students must bring their own old ceramic crock pot, 6 quarts minimum, which cannot be used for making food after making soap in this class.

Sessions:

1368-0724    Add registration to shopping cart
      Wed July 24, 2019 9:00 am - 4:30 pm




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: 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

Please wear a long-sleeve shirt and bring a washed out and clean 1/2-gallon paper milk carton.

Sessions:

1382-0118 This offering has already met      Fri January 18, 2019 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1382-0216 This offering has already met      Sat February 16, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1382-0406 This offering has already met      Sat April 6, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1382-0517 This offering has already met      Fri May 17, 2019 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1382-0726    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri July 26, 2019 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1382-0817    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat August 17, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1382-1018    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri October 18, 2019 6:00 pm - 9:00 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:

1512-0707    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat July 27, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Dyeing with Plants and Food Scraps

Krystina Konanec

Using plants and other natural materials to dye is a way to connect with nature and also use what resources we have. Making artistic and beautiful creations with what is available to us is both rewarding and empowering. Participants will leave this class having learned about preparing fibers for dyeing for best results, the tools needed to start plant dyeing and an overview of plants and other materials to use for dyeing. They will also leave with fiber dyed in class to keep as samples of the start of their natural dyeing journey.

  • 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:

1530-0728    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun July 28, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Creating Carousel/Star Books

Elaine Katz

Come learn how to create a beautiful 3D Carousel book. Carousel books are also known as star books because when they are opened all the way, they resemble stars. Each page is its own 3D scene. In this class, students will learn how to construct the basic pages of a Carousel book and experiment with creating different scenes.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $130
         Non-members: $160
  • Materials: $10
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $140 (members)         $170 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 ½ Days

Sessions:

1492-0803    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat August 3, 2019 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
      Sun August 4, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Introduction to Soldering and Brazing

Jacques Gallant

We will start out our day at 400 deg F and finish the day at 2000 deg F, touching all the common solders, silver and spelters along the way. Students will get hands-on experience doing simple joints with each process using electric heat and different gas torches. This is an introduction to how to join metals for anyone interested in working steel, brass, copper or stainless steel. We will talk about safety, setting up equipment and where to buy supplies and tools on any budget, for any project.

  • 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:

1414-0810    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat August 10, 2019 9:30 am - 4:30 pm




Restoring and Repairing Old Tools

Jacques Gallant

Learn how to get that family heirloom or that flea market find back in working order! Bring the worst piece of rusty metal you have to stump the teacher or come for the fun and work on restoring something from the darkest corner of the school's basement. We will work on rust removal, sharpening and fixing blades, broken cast iron, seized pivots and bolts, handle replacement or whatever else you need to make good on "I'm gonna use that someday's." All hand tools for all trades welcome.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $10
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $95 (members)         $115 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

1413-0811    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun August 11, 2019 9:30 am - 4:30 pm




The Ins and Outs of Herbal Infused Vinegars

Margo Mullein

Herbal infused vinegars are easy to make and wonderful to take! Using just a few simple ingredients from the great outdoors, we will create vinegar infusions that can be used in a variety of ways for internal and/or external applications. As we chop, we'll discuss the many benefits of apple cider vinegar and the added value in combining its restorative properties with wild plants, cultivated herbs and veggies! During our time together, you will have the opportunity to make an herbal infused vinegar of your choice, and my "must have" curative formula for cold weather imbalances.

  • Location: AFS 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $35
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $80 (members)         $90 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1353-0815    Add registration to shopping cart
      Thu August 15, 2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm




Knife Sheath

David Cornelius

Learn how to custom make a leather sheath for a knife of your choosing. You bring your knife and Dave will walk you through the steps of measuring and cutting the leather as well as stitching the sheath together. It can be a belt sheath or a hanging sheath. Students can also imprint a design into it choosing from the several that Dave will provide.

  • 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:

1511-0817    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat August 17, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Spinning on a Drop Spindle

Krystina Konanec

Spinning is an ancient craft and a way to reflect on and connect with materials we wear and use on a more basic level. Come learn how to transform raw wool into beautifully spun yarn. You will learn to make your own drop spindle and how to spin on it to make your own mini skein of yarn.

  • 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:

1531-0818    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun August 18, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 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: $20
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $65 (members)         $75 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1362-0324 This offering has already met      Sun March 24, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

1362-0821    Add registration to shopping cart
      Wed August 21, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm




Glycerin Soap

Christine Eberhardt

Wondering what to do with that old ceramic crock pot now that you have a new instant pot? The answer is, make glycerin soap! Come spend a day learning how with Chrissey! You must have patience, as it is a long process, but the end result is worth the time!

  • 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

Please bring a 4-6 gallon ceramic crock pot and an apron. The crock pot cannot be used for making food after making soap in this class.

Sessions:

1366-0517 This offering has already met      Fri May 17, 2019 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

1366-0825    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun August 25, 2019 9:00 am - 4:30 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: $65
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $235 (members)         $275 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

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

Sessions:

1513-0905    Add registration to shopping cart

      Thu September 5, 2019 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
      Fri September 6, 2019 9:00 am - 3:00 pm




Wooden Step-Stool

Bart Pisha

Ever since the invention of high shelves, toilets too high for children's access and bookshelves, step-stools have been a useful part of people's lives. Participants in this course will have the opportunity to create a traditional wooden step-stool of one of several available designs out of found materials, easily worked soft wood or basswood suitable for decorative carving. Students may choose between a traditional stool made from planks or a version of the traditional stool made of basswood; both of which are great for beginners. Participants with intermediate woodworking skills and experience can choose the more challenging "rustic" stool created out of wood found in a forest. Stools made of basswood will not be assembled and wood finish will not be applied so they can be decorated in Dennis Wilson's "Chip Carving: The Next Step - Gothic Hearth Stool" course on April 6 & 7.

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

Materials Fee will be based on the type of wood chosen for your project and can vary from $22 - $43. If you are planning on Chip Carving your stool during our "Chip Carving: The Next Step - Gothic Hearth Stool" course, please notify AFS.

Sessions:

1503-0405 This offering has already met      Fri April 5, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1503-0907    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat September 7, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Natural Dye Bath

Christine Eberhardt

Throw away the RIT! Natural colors are beautiful and blend well with other colors. Why? Because they are from nature herself. In this class students will be dying yarn and silk scarves. Students will learn how to mordant using Alum, and other mordant alternatives will be discussed. This class may be conducted outside, so dress accordingly.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $30
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $115 (members)         $135 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Students should wear old clothes and bring an apron.

Sessions:

1369-1006    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun September 8, 2019 9:00 am - 4:30 pm




Soak, Sprout, Sour

Roberta Devers-Scott

The process of lactic-acid fermentation increases vitamins, enzymes and beneficial bacteria naturally present in good whole, fermented and culturally traditional foods. All of which Roberta is hoping to inspire you to include in all diets as a way to introduce healthier options for optimal digestive functioning. In this good for your gut class, you will learn 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:

1381-0921    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat September 21, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Woodland Fairy Houses

Bart Pisha

Legend has it that Fairies still dwell in mountains and forests everywhere, and the Adirondacks are no exception to this. While I've not yet seen any of them, it's clear that the chilly winters of our region pose a special challenge to these elusive beings. Particularly during the colder months, but also year-round, they need shelter from prying eyes and from the elements as well. Participants in this course will help meet this need by constructing imaginative Fairy houses and furniture of materials found in the forest or from home. Using twine and hot-melt glue these structures will be built on cardboard sheets allowing them to be readily transported to one's home or any glade where Fairies congregate.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $$6 - $32
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $85 (members)         $105 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Materials Fee Options: 1) $6.00 if you bring your own glue gun. 2) $16.00 includes a mini 110v glue gun with glue sticks. 3) $32 includes a full-size 110v glue gun with glue sticks. Please contact AFS for materials pricing and to state your choice.

Sessions:

1527-0608 This offering has already met      Sat June 8, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1527-0922    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun September 22, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Harvest Wreath

Roberta Games

In this class students will create one fall inspired wreath using many natural materials - feathers, corn husks, pine cones and other dried materials. There will also be a demonstration of a technique used for creating a balsam wreath for the upcoming holiday season. Students will also learn to make a bow to complement their wreaths.

  • 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:

1423-0922    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun September 22, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Repurposed Candlemaking

Sarah Rodman

Give old candles new life while learning the art of repurposed candle making. Working with a variety of containers, dyes, scents and hot wax, students will learn how to hand craft candles and fire starters to keep or share as holiday gifts. Supplies are provided, but students are encouraged to bring in used candles and heat resistant/water tight containers, such as mason jars, mugs, sea-shells, teacups and vintage glassware to up-cycle. No experience necessary.

  • Location: 18 Curran Lane, Glens Falls, 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

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

Sessions:

1487-0928    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat September 28, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 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 oil 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: AFS 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $170
         Non-members: $210
  • Materials: $50
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $220 (members)         $260 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

Each participant should bring an apron, preferably old.

Sessions:

1370-1005    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat October 5, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 6, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 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:

1330-1018    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri October 18, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat October 19, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 20, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Cobweb Chaser Broom

Karen Koch

Come make a cobweb chaser broom in the traditional Appalachian style. Choose a wooden handle, fresh broomcorn and colorful twine to complete your totally functional and long-lasting broom to chase the "lace". You'll hear history, legends and fun facts while making your broom. A great class for beginners.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $5
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $50 (members)         $60 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1454-0629 This offering has already met      Sat June 29, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

1454-1019    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat October 19, 2019 9:00 am - 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:

1390-0817    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun October 20, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Herbal Homemade House Cleaners

Amy Cason

With so many options when it comes to cleaning products, it can be hard to find a healthy, earth friendly option for our homes. In this class, learn how to make your own plant-based house cleaners. This will include all-purpose cleaner, disinfectant spray, laundry soap and dust mite spray, as well as others. Students will also learn what herbs and plants to use for aromatics and air fresheners.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $45
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $130 (members)         $150 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

1393-0414 This offering has already met      Sun April 14, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1393-1020    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun October 20, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Gourd Design: Bird Houses

Tim Sauter

This course will teach students how to make a natural Gourd Bird House. During the introduction, numerous examples of raw and finished gourds will be shown. The first part of the class will be devoted to preparation and planning, and the cleaning and preparation of both interior and exterior surface of the gourd will be covered in detail. Various tools and materials will be used, including scouring pads, steel wool, power drills, scrapers, sanding materials and more. Students will cut out and sand down a round opening in their gourd for the birds. The size of this opening will vary depending on the species of bird desired to use the house. A chart will be provided which shows the sizes of holes for different local birds. Two small holes will be drilled at the top for hanging purposes. After a rigorous interior scraping preparation of the gourd, numerous painting and drawing techniques will be discussed and demonstrated, including wet and dry brush, sponge, stencil and others. After the base is dry, students will decorate their own gourds. Once complete, the gourds will be coated with polyurethane and made ready to hang.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $50
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $135 (members)         $155 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Students should bring with them a pail or basin to clean their gourd, and smock or old clothes.

Sessions:

1458-0203 This offering has already met      Sun February 3, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1458-1025    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri October 25, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Seasonal Attunement - Walking the Wheel

Margo Mullein

Experience the seasons from mother nature's perspective, as we follow her journey through spring, summer, fall and winter. This course is a blend of observations, teachings and hands on experiences which can guide us to live sustainably while incorporating a practice of attuning to the season. We'll begin on our River Trail to collect natural material which will then be used to create a Medicine Wheel, based on Native principals. Walking the wheel we'll stop at each segment for an in-depth look at what it has to offer us, discussing the 4 seasons, their corresponding compass direction, animal totems, elements, body organ relationship and the life cycle / energy of plants. Working with plants at their peak, we'll harvest plants from the wild and return to the course room for the hands-on portion of our day, where each of us will make and take our own seasonally attuned herbal preparation: SPRING (4/28): Plant Infused Oils; SUMMER (7/21): Balms for Bites, Stings, Rashes; FALL: (10/27): Botanical Scrubs for Face and Body; WINTER (12/8): Breathe Deep Salve. A seasonally inspired lunch is included in each class!

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $45
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $130 (members)         $150 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

The herbal preparation made during the first class (spring), will be the base ingredient throughout the other seasons. While each class stands on its own, the work is accumulative. A seasonally inspired lunch is included, so please let us know of any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Sessions:

1354-0428 This offering has already met      Sun April 28, 2019 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

1354-0721 This offering has already met      Sun July 21, 2019 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

1354-1027    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun October 27, 2019 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

1354-1208    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun December 8, 2019 10:00 am - 4:30 pm




Stenciled Seasonal Place Mats

Janet Flinchbaugh

Students will be measuring and cutting primed canvas for place mats. Of the four place mats students will be taking home, three will be pre-measured, cut and pressed, and the student will be able to measure, cut and press the fourth to understand the process. Students will then sand all their mats before learning to cut their stencils and practicing on scrap material before moving on to painting their seasonally inspired place mats. This class is open to all students ages 12 and up.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $40
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $125 (members)         $145 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

1372-1102    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat November 2, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Introduction to Soap Making with a Vegan Twist

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 a soap with an emphasis on a cruelty free, no animal product recipe for Vegans. 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: 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:

1377-1102    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat November 2, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Gourd Design: Bird Feeders

Tim Sauter

This course teaches participants how to make a natural Gourd Bird Feeder. During the introduction, numerous examples of raw and finished gourds will be shown. The first part of the class will be devoted to preparation and planning, and the cleaning and preparation of both interior and exterior surface of the gourd will be covered in detail. Various tools and materials will be used, including scouring pads, steel wool, power drills and saws, Dremel tools, scrapers, sanding materials and more. Students will cut out and sand down one to four large openings in the upper half of their gourd. After a rigorous interior scraping preparation of the gourd, numerous painting and drawing techniques will be discussed and demonstrated, including wet and dry brush, sponge, stencil and others. After the base is dry, students will decorate their own gourds. Once complete, the gourds will be coated with polyurethane and made ready to hang.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $50
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $135 (members)         $155 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Students should bring with them a pail or basin to clean their gourd, and smock or old clothes.

Sessions:

1457-0127 This offering has already met      Sun January 27, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1457-1108    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri November 8, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Soap Swirl and Design

Roberta Devers-Scott

Do you love the different designs you see in handmade soap? Then come to this advanced workshop and learn various swirling techniques that will take your plain bar of soap to the next level. We will learn the hanger swirl, drop swirl and the "in the pot" swirl. We may even do a layering technique if time permits! You will go home with a minimum of 10 bars of soap and after the 4-week curing process they will be ready for use or gifting.

  • 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

A basic knowledge of soap making is needed for this class.

Sessions:

1378-0608 This offering has already met      Sat June 8, 2019 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

1378-1109    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat November 9, 2019 10:00 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, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • 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:

1328-1110    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 10, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Seasonal Gifts from the Heart

Susan Arehart

Do you need a holiday gift or grab bag item? This class will focus on learning a few basic bead stringing and wire beading techniques to create one or two personalized pieces of jewelry, perfect for this time of year. Give one, and keep one: make a bracelet, wine charms, choker, key chain, ankle bracelet and more. Holiday themed beads and materials will be available. As well as gift boxes you can personalize.

  • 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

Materials will be provided with a wide variety of stone, crystal, glass and metal beads and findings. Sterling Silver materials will be available for an additional cost.

Sessions:

1480-1111    Add registration to shopping cart
      Mon November 11, 2019 9:00 am - 1:00 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: $7
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $52 (members)         $62 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1329-1117    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 17, 2019 12:00 pm - 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: $20
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $65 (members)         $75 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1361-1117    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 17, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm




Wooden Children's Toys

Bart Pisha

Historically many children, particularly in impoverished or rural areas, did not have access to commercially produced toys, either because they were not sold locally or because their families could not afford to purchase them. Nonetheless, these children often did have wonderful toys to play with because someone in their family or immediate social circle was able to make toys for them. Participants in this course will have the opportunity to create one or two (depending on the complexity) children's toys from wood and finish with a safe food-grade preservative. The instructor will provide several different templates to make animal or vehicle designs. Students can also bring their own ideas for designs.

  • 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

Students should wear clothing that is suitable for working with paints. Students are also welcome to bring their own tools for their project.

Sessions:

1504-0216 This offering has already met      Sat February 16, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1504-1122    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri November 22, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Bath Bombs and Shower Steamers

Roberta Devers-Scott

Bath bombs and shower steamers are all the rage these days! Learn how to make both using a healthy recipe which Roberta has mastered. In addition, we will discuss variations on the bath bombs and shower steamers using embeds, glitter and micas as well as various ways to scent them. Finally, we will discuss tips, tricks and troubleshooting of the creation process. These are easy and fun to make and are great gifts!

  • 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:

1374-1214    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat December 14, 2019 9:00 am - 1:00 pm




Soap Dough

Roberta Devers-Scott

Soap dough is a moldable soap that you can use just as you would clay. It can be used to form little embeds and figures for adding to your handmade soaps. It can also be used rolled and pressed just like dough. In this way, you can make "soap cookies" which can then be stamped or painted. While you will make your own batch of soap dough in this class, Roberta will bring the already prepared (set) dough for you to play with!

  • 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

This class requires that you have already taken a basic soap making class.

Sessions:

1375-1215    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun December 15, 2019 10:00 am - 4:00 pm