Traditional Crafts



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:

1109-0818    This session has been cancelled

      Fri August 18, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat August 19, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun August 20, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Making Hammer and Axe Handles

David Salvetti

The Adirondacks were built with simple tools such as traditional hammers and axes. The hammerhead and axe head were the trade of the local blacksmith but they needed handles to be useful. Our early ancestors created all their tool handles themselves since there were no hardware stores - they just hiked into the woods and found their materials! So come fashion handles just like the early settlers did.

  • Location: Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, 717 Lakeport Road, Chittenango, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $20
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $105 (members)         $125 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

This class will take place at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, located at 717 Lakeport Road, Chittenango, NY. Ages 16 and up.

Sessions:

1134-0819    This session has been cancelled
      Sat August 19, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Cold Process Soap - Design and Layering

Roberta Devers-Scott

Come spend a fun and informative day learning basic layering, swirl technique and pencil lines in cold process soap making. This class will use a traditional soap recipe using rendered tallow as an ingredient. The process of rendering tallow will also be addressed. Some basic understanding of cold process soap making is helpful.

  • 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 will need to bring 2 cardboard milk cartons.

Sessions:

1067-0603 This offering has already met      Sat June 3, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1067-0603 This offering has already met      Sat June 3, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1067-0820    This session has been cancelled
      Sun August 20, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Nature's Picture Frames

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:

1114-0909    This session has been cancelled
      Sat September 9, 2017 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

1114-1112    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 12, 2017 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Iroquois Games and Dancing

David Cornelius

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

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

Sessions:

1116-0916    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat September 16, 2017 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Make a Tin Pail

Jacques Gallant

This project is open to all people 14 years of age and older and we will tailor each step to the ability level of the participant. Students interested in local manufacturing of the 1800's will get to use tinsmithing machine tools from the era. Students interested in self-reliance can try out producing the same techniques with a hammer and some wood for more rustic results. Soldering (for water-tight joints) will be optional where time allows. Put this on your bucket list!

  • 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

Appropriate for adults and children 14 years and older.

Sessions:

1016-0326 This offering has already met      Sun March 26, 2017 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

1016-0930    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat September 30, 2017 9:30 am - 4:30 pm




Sew a Blanket Shirt

Brian Manning

Through the ages the blanket has been a source of warmth and comfort. In this relaxed class students will design and learn how to utilize that blanket to create a garment that can be worn when the cold winds blow. Topics will include learning hand stitching, the design of your shirt, the use of wool in regulating the body's core temperature, the simple match coat and how to wear one and the history of blanket shirts, coats and cloaks. Some knowledge of sewing is helpful but not required. Needles, thread and scissors will be provided.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $14
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $99 (members)         $119 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

You may bring your own blankets. They should measure at least 65" x 80". One blanket will work well for small to large sizes. Two or more blankets may be needed for XL or greater. Blankets can be provided at a cost of $28 each. Please call AFS at 518-696-2400 if you want to purchase a blanket from the instructor.

Sessions:

1029-0114 This offering has already met      Sat January 14, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1029-1007    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat October 7, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Infusions, Tinctures and Salves

Christine Eberhardt

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

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

Sessions:

1035-0423 This offering has already met      Sun April 23, 2017 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

1035-1008    This session has been cancelled
      Sun October 8, 2017 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Adirondack Floral Art: Corn Husk and Flower Wreath

Roberta Games

Spend a relaxing fall afternoon creating your own handcrafted corn husk wreath. Corn husks have been a traditional embellishment for centuries, most popularly as corn husk dolls. In this class we will use corn husks to create "dried flowers". We will then design a corn husk wreath, using natural materials, seasonal foliage and the flowers - a perfect harvest decoration for 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:

1122-1015    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun October 15, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1122-1015    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun October 15, 2017 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Finding the Light: Candlemaking 101

Sarah Rodman

Regardless of new technology, everyone loves the light, warmth, and beauty of handmade candles. This course will introduce students to the ancient traditions of "chandlery". Students will learn about different waxes, wicks, scents, colors, and molds - and will make a variety of candles using old and new materials. Students should bring candle stubs, used up candles, and an assortment of favorite containers such as teacups, mason jars, sea-shells, and vintage glassware. You can expect to bring home an assortment of hand-made gifts in time for the holidays! No experience necessary.

  • 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

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

Sessions:

1014-0325 This offering has already met      Sat March 25, 2017 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

1014-1021    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat October 21, 2017 9:00 am - 1:00 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:

1036-1022    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun October 22, 2017 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Magical Broom

Karen Koch

Come spend a fall afternoon creating a simple, rustic willow 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: 2 hours

Sessions:

1125-1022    This session has been cancelled
      Sun October 22, 2017 1:00 pm - 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 “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: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $170
         Non-members: $210
  • Materials: $45
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $215 (members)         $255 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

Sessions:

1127-1104    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat November 4, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun November 5, 2017 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:

1018-0401 This offering has already met      Sat April 1, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1018-1118    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat November 18, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Goat Milk Soap

Christine Eberhardt

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

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

Sessions:

1033-0219 This offering has already met      Sun February 19, 2017 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

1033-1119    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 19, 2017 12:00 pm - 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:

1128-1119    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 19, 2017 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm