Traditional Crafts



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    This session has been cancelled
      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




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 This offering has already met      Fri July 26, 2019 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1382-0817 This offering has already met      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




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 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:

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




Squire Boot Making with the Cordwainer Shop

Molly Grant

Make your own Squire Boot in this fun and fast paced class taught by Molly Grant of the Cordwainer Shop. Students will choose from an array of colors to create their own individual boot. All will learn how to skive, fold and glue their uppers together creating a fully leather lined boot upper that is hand sewn to each student's leather soles. Lasting and burnishing the sole edges before finishing their boots with a self-inscribed sock lining completes this timeless and interesting shoe making experience. Students will learn the basics of pattern making, laying the leather properly on a leather skin, hand sewing as well as instruction on antique leather equipment, lasting and all finishing details that make the Squire Boot a true Cordwainer shoe!

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $420
         Non-members: $470
  • Materials: $250
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $670 (members)         $720 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 4 Days

Instructor will provide all materials and tools required for Boot Making.

Sessions:

1533-1115    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri November 15, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat November 16, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun November 17, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon November 18, 2019 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: $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