Traditional Crafts



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:

1802-0228    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun February 28, 2021 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

1802-1205    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun December 5, 2021 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Children's Wooden Roller Coaster Toy

Frank Lagace

Interested in building an heirloom toy for family or friends? This solid wood roller coaster with wooden cars, which you will also build, is sure to bring a smile to their faces! No previous woodworking skills required.

  • 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

Sessions:

1776-0313    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat March 13, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1776-0717    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat July 17, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1776-1204    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat December 4, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




DIY Backyard Maple Sugaring

Sue and Ernie Wilder

The Adirondacks produces some of the finest maple sap for making the sweetest tasting maple syrup poured over pancakes, ice cream or oatmeal. In this class you will learn to make your own maple syrup using the maple trees in your own backyard. Sue and Ernie will walk you through the process from identifying and tapping the trees to collecting and boiling the sap to produce nature's healthful sweetener in the old-fashioned way!

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $50
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $95 (members)         $105 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

This class is suitable for students ages 14 and up. Students should dress for the weather, as a portion of the class will be spent outside.

Sessions:

1819-0314    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun March 14, 2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Pysanky Eggs

Christina Boyd

Celebrate Spring by learning the traditional Ukrainian folk art of Pysanky Eggs. Christina will provide everything needed to introduce you to this ancient method of using a batik (wax resist) technique to create folk motifs and designs on hollowed out eggs. This is a beginning class meant to teach you the foundational skills upon which you can build a newfound passion.

  • 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:

1754-0320    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat March 20, 2021 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Canvas Tote Bags

Janet Flinchbaugh

Get a jump start on farmer's market season with your own tote bag. Use stencils to create a unique bag that will be sure to make a statement when you go to the market. Students will make 1 or 2 bags and will learn to cut stencils for use during the class. Finishing techniques will also be taught.

  • 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:

1788-0327    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat March 27, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 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:

1871-0328    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun March 28, 2021 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

1871-0410    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat April 10, 2021 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. Are you a purist at heart? Do you love beautifully colored soap, but want to avoid any additives that are not natural? Come learn how to create all organic, naturally scented and colored bars of soap using herbs, flowers, roots and essential oils at the July 25th offering of this class, which will focus on the use of Natural Botanicals.

  • 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 July 25th class will focus on the use of Natural Botanicals.

Sessions:

1872-0411    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun April 11, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1872-0725    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun July 25, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Sacred Union of Plant & Water

Margo Mullein

Take a "trip in a cup" as we explore cultures from around the world and their tea rituals where a Sacred Union is made between plant and water. We'll start this touch, smell, feel and taste workshop with a walk outdoors to identify and harvest plants. Then we'll come into the classroom 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, their differences and the benefits of inviting them into your life. This class is a delightful journey for the senses and also includes a hands-on component where we will make, and enjoy, an herbal chai tea!

  • 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 let us know if you have any food related allergies we need to accommodate for this class.

Sessions:

1798-0422    Add registration to shopping cart
      Thu April 22, 2021 5:30 pm - 8:30 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:

1772-0424    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat April 24, 2021 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:

1787-0508    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat May 8, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Traditional Soap Making

Christine Eberhardt and Patricia Goldberg

Create soap just like Grandma, but better! Join Chrissey and Patricia for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon as you 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/organic ingredients. You will learn all about the basic process, oils, and the difference between fragrances and essential oils. 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!

  • 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

Make sure to wear old clothes and bring an apron. Chrissey will be teaching virtually with Patricia assisting on site.

Sessions:

1804-0613    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun June 13, 2021 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

1804-0815    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun August 15, 2021 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

1804-1003    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun October 3, 2021 1:00 pm - 4:30 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: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $15
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $100 (members)         $120 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Students will need to bring a strong whittling knife.

Sessions:

1845-0626    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat June 26, 2021 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:

1847-0627    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun June 27, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 pm




Native American 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:

1848-0627    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun June 27, 2021 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm




Make a Native American Feather Fan

David Cornelius

Feather fans are quite significant to Native Americans and have a long history of being used in Pow Wows and in the Native American Church. They are also used in spiritual "smudging" ceremonies with sage or cedar. Our instructor will share Native American legends and stories with you as you make your own feather fan using a piece of corrugated cardboard covered in leather with feathers added and shaped to fit your hand. 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:

1846-0717    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat July 17, 2021 10:00 am - 2:00 pm




Block Planer or Spokeshave

Eric Pintar

Open a new chapter in your wood working journey by making your own hand tool. Shape the wood body, harden and temper steel for the blade and make your first shavings all in one day! Choose either the block plane or spoke shave depending on your aspirations. Both are well used when making chairs!

  • 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:

1780-0722    Add registration to shopping cart
      Thu July 22, 2021 9:00 am - 5:00 pm




Gameboard Floorcloth

Janet Flinchbaugh

This floorcloth is multi-functional, it can be used as a rug or for checkers! Each floorcloth will feature a checkerboard in the center and will be decorated around the edge with designs chosen by the student. 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. Students will learn to stencil and tips for finishing will be given.

  • 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:

1839-0807    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat August 7, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun August 8, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Herbal Infused Vinegar

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 Margo's tried and true "must make" Fire Cider Vinegar formula for Immune system support, and increasing circulation and 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:

1801-0823    Add registration to shopping cart
      Mon August 23, 2021 1:00 pm - 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 their 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:

1818-0916    Add registration to shopping cart

      Thu September 16, 2021 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
      Fri September 17, 2021 9:00 am - 3:00 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:

1758-1113    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat November 13, 2021 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:

1759-1120    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat November 20, 2021 12:00 pm - 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:

1755-1204    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat December 4, 2021 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm