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 Lane in 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 Lane in Glens Falls, NY - and while part of the Shirt Factory complex, 18 Curran Lane is located around the corner from the front entrance of 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 This offering has already met      Fri January 19, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1271-0127 This offering has already met      Sat January 27, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1271-0223 This offering has already met      Fri February 23, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1271-0224 This offering has already met      Sat February 24, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1271-0316 This offering has already met      Fri March 16, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1271-0317 This offering has already met      Sat March 17, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1271-0427 This offering has already met      Fri April 27, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1271-0428 This offering has already met      Sat April 28, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1271-0512 This offering has already met      Sat May 12, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1271-0518 This offering has already met      Fri May 18, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1271-0622 This offering has already met      Fri June 22, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1271-0630 This offering has already met      Sat June 30, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1271-0713 This offering has already met      Fri July 13, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1271-0721 This offering has already met      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




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    This session has been cancelled
      Sat August 18, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Make a Tin Pail

Jacques Gallant

Make a tin pail using original tinsmith tools from the 1800's. Students interested in local manufacture and trades can get a taste of how household metal objects come to life. We will also talk about skills you can take home for other projects and ways to make work without all the fancy tools. Soldering for water-tight joints will be optional where time allows. A great all-around introduction to some light metalwork.

  • 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

Appropriate for adults and children 14 years and older.

Sessions:

1301-0826    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun August 26, 2018 9:30 am - 4:30 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




Turkish Style Paper Marbling

John C. Bielik

Come learn a truly historical craft from renowned instructor and historic trades interpreter, John C. Bielik, whose paper and products are featured in the shops at Colonial Williamsburg. This workshop is intended to be an introduction to the Turkish style of paper marbling. This variety of marbling is different from most marbling done in the world today. Historically appropriate materials and techniques of the paper marbler will be the foundation of this class. While students will learn several Turkish inspired patterns, the term "Turkish" applies mainly to the materials used in the Turkish style of paper marbling. Instruction will include a discussion and application of basic tools, materials and techniques. There will be plenty of time to create a variety of patterns. It is important to wear clothing and shoes that can become stained with paint. Children ages 8-13 are welcome to take the class accompanied by a parent. Children over the age of thirteen are welcome on their own.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $9
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $94 (members)         $114 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Students are encouraged to bring an apron and/or wear old clothes and shoes that they won't mind getting stained.

Sessions:

1305-0827    Add registration to shopping cart
      Mon August 27, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 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 This offering has already met
      Sat March 24, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun March 25, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1256-0710 This offering has already met
      Tue July 10, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Wed July 11, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1256-0908    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list
      Sat September 8, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun September 9, 2018 9:00 am - 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: $45
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $130 (members)         $150 (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. A seasonally inspired lunch will be prepared for you, so please let us know of any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Sessions:

1249-0422 This offering has already met      Sun May 6, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1249-0722 This offering has already met      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




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




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 This offering has already met      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 This offering has already met      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




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    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list      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 Lane, 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 Lane in Glens Falls, NY - and while part of the Shirt Factory complex, 18 Curran Lane is located around the corner from the front entrance of 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




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 This offering has already met      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




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




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 This offering has already met      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




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




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: See Special Notes
  • 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. Location Note: February 11th will take place at our main school building located at 15 Main Street, Lake Luzerne NY. The December 8th offering will take place at This class will take place at 18 Curran Lane in Glens Falls, NY - and while part of the Shirt Factory complex, 18 Curran Lane is located around the corner from the front entrance of the Shirt Factory Gallery.

Sessions:

1259-0211 This offering has already met      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