Traditional Crafts



The Ins and Outs of Herbal Infused Vinegars

Margo Mullein

Herbal infused vinegar is easy to make and wonderful to take! Learn how adding just a few simple, fresh ingredients can enhance the scientifically proven curative power of apple cider vinegar. As we chop, we'll discuss the variety of internal and external applications, the many benefits of apple cider vinegar itself and the added value of combining it with wild plants, cultivated herbs and veggies. During this class you will have the opportunity to make an herbal infused vinegar of your choice based on the plants in season, as well as the instructor's tried and true formula for increasing circulation & heat during 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:

1595-0820    Add registration to shopping cart
      Thu August 20, 2020 9:00 am - 12:30 pm




Natural Dye Bath

Christine Eberhardt

Throw away the commercially made dye and get back to the basics! 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: $40
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $125 (members)         $145 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Students should wear old clothes and bring an apron.

Sessions:

1600-0823    This session has been cancelled
      Sun August 23, 2020 9:00 am - 4:30 pm




Introduction to Cold Process Soap Making

Roberta Devers

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 basic 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 or bring an old long-sleeve shirt.

Sessions:

1644-0503 This offering has already met      Sun May 3, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

1644-0913    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list      Sun September 13, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Soap Swirl and Design

Roberta Devers

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. NOTE: The February 2nd class will be with a "Vegan" Twist using a cruelty free, no animal product recipe and natural colorants.

  • 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. Students should wear or bring an old long sleeved shirt. NOTE: The February 2nd class will be with a "Vegan" Twist using a cruelty free, no animal product recipe and natural colorants.

Sessions:

1643-0202 This offering has already met      Sun February 2, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1643-0504 This offering has already met      Mon May 4, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1643-0914    Add registration to shopping cart
      Mon September 14, 2020 9:00 am - 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: $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:

1552-0917    Add registration to shopping cart

      Thu September 17, 2020 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
      Fri September 18, 2020 9:00 am - 3:00 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:

1573-0919    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat September 19, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun September 20, 2020 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:

1634-0606 This offering has already met      Sat June 6, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1634-0919    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat September 19, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 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:

1633-0223 This offering has already met      Sun February 23, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1633-0920    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun September 20, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Nature Inspired Decorative Deer

Kathy Reed

Spend an afternoon and discover how to craft a decorative deer from natural materials that can be found in most any Adirondack back yard. Kathy will provide the materials needed for you to fabricate your deer, including those collected from the wild, and then guide you through the process of putting it all together.

  • 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 should bring to class: a hot glue gun and glue sticks.

Sessions:

1719-0922    Add registration to shopping cart
      Tue September 22, 2020 1:00 pm - 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:

1686-1004    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun October 4, 2020 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm




Make a Whisk Broom

Karen Koch

Join us to construct a functional and fancy whisk broom from raw broomcorn and your choice of colorful reed. The handle will be plaited in the Appalachian tradition. We will add a leather hanger to display your broom for all to admire. Learn some 'broom lore' while you tie your whisk.

  • 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:

1676-1017    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat October 17, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Witchy Besom Broom

Karen Koch

Come spend a fall afternoon creating a simple, rustic birch broom and dress it up to become a Blessing Besom. We will consecrate it in class and it will keep positive energy flowing in your home.

  • 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:

1712-1018    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun October 18, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Gourd Design: Bird Feeders, Bird Houses, & Butterfly Houses

Tim Sauter

Delight your feathered friends and learn how to make a natural Gourd Bird Feeder and a 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 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:

1706-0327 This offering has already met      Fri March 27, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1706-1023    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri October 23, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Box Loom Weaving

Christine Eberhardt

Handwoven tape was originally used in the 1800's as an everyday necessity. The tape was used as apron ties, to lace up stays (corsets in today's world) and as garters. Today you could use the tapes to wrap gifts, tape wrist bands or for shoelaces. The box loom is period correct for demonstrations for reenactments too! In this class you will learn how to warp and weave on a box loom.

  • 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:

1671-0329 This offering has already met      Sun March 29, 2020 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

1671-1018    This session has been cancelled
      Sat October 24, 2020 9:00 am - 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:

1534-0418 This offering has already met      Sat April 18, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1534-1024    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat October 24, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Traditional Table Runner

Janet Flinchbaugh

Students will learn to cut and prepare a canvas 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: AFS 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $25
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $110 (members)         $130 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Each participant should bring an apron, preferably old.

Sessions:

1572-0530 This offering has already met      Sat May 30, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1572-1025    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun October 25, 2020 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. During this class, we will discuss natural dyes and additives which you may wish to incorporate in your hand made soap. Each student will be making a pound of soap to use at home or give as gifts.

  • 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:

1599-0322 This offering has already met      Sun March 22, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

1599-0517 This offering has already met      Sun May 17, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

1599-1101    This session has been cancelled
      Sun November 1, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:30 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 fewer 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:

1537-1106    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri November 6, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat November 7, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun November 8, 2020 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, 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:

1556-1108    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 8, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Etched Egg Ornaments

Christina Boyd

Eggs aren't only for Easter! Using traditional pysanky folk art techniques, modern tools and designs and the natural beauty of real eggshells from a variety of birds, students will create sophisticated dimensional holiday ornaments which can be hung or displayed.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $12
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $57 (members)         $67 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1649-1115    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 15, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 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:

1557-1115    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 15, 2020 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Introduction to Beading

Susan Arehart

This class will focus on single strand beading techniques for a necklace, bracelet or ankle bracelet. Students will learn about the various types of wire, metal findings, glass, crystal and gemstone beads. Students will be able to incorporate local gems and minerals, including garnet, Herkimer diamonds and quartz. Sue will also address proper care and storage of beaded items made in this class.

  • 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

Students may bring any drilled stones or charms they wish to incorporate into their creations.

Sessions:

1608-0215 This offering has already met      Sat February 15, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1608-0722 This offering has already met      Wed July 22, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1608-1205    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat December 5, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Herbal Electuaries and Truffles

Margo Mullein

Satisfy your sweet tooth while nourishing your body with Herbal Electuaries and Truffles! People have been getting nourishment from plants since the beginning of time. Discover the delight of combining simple pantry ingredients with wild crafted herbs to make candies that are both delicious and nutritious. We'll discuss the health benefits of each of our ingredients, including chocolate, and then the aprons will go on! Participants will go home with a lovely batch of Herbal Electuaries and two types herbal truffles, each decorated with your choice of toppings.

  • 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

We will be using nut products during this course. Bring your own apron.

Sessions:

1593-1212    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat December 12, 2020 9:00 am - 12:30 pm




Pine Wreath & Arrangement

Roberta Games

Get ready for the holidays! Join us as you spend a relaxing afternoon creating your own pine wreath, bow and arrangement. Learn techniques which you will use over and over for many seasons to come. A terrific class, you'll surprise yourself with the beauty of your creation and hang it in your home with pride.

  • 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:

1685-1213    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun December 13, 2020 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm