Traditional Crafts



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:

1052-0429    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat April 29, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1052-0430    This session has been cancelled
      Sun April 30, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Traditional Cheesemaking

Roberta Devers-Scott

Standard methods of cheesemaking are often reliant on pasteurization, freeze-dried starters and synthetic rennents. This cheesemaking course will teach a more traditional method of cheese making, one whose cultures derive naturally from milk and whose rennet is homemade. We will most likely make yogurt, chevre and mozzarella. The course assumes a basic knowledge of cheese making but it is not absolutely necessary.

  • 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:

1028-0513    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat May 13, 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    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat June 3, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1067-0603    This session has been cancelled
      Sat June 3, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Build A Shaving Horse

David Salvetti

The shaving horse is the ideal "workbench" for traditional woodworking, such as making tool handles, walking sticks, rustic furniture and more. This foot operated clamp holds stock securely when shaping with the drawknife and spokeshave. This is a fun and easy project, yet abounding in usefulness. Use a shaving horse and you will not want to be without one!

  • Location: Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, 717 Lakeport Road, Chittenango, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $85
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $170 (members)         $190 (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:

1133-0617    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat June 17, 2017 9:00 am - 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: $25
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $70 (members)         $80 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1034-0625    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun June 25, 2017 12:00 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 his own home.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $170
         Non-members: $210
  • Materials: $15
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $185 (members)         $225 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

Students must bring eye protection, ear plugs, gloves, and wear sturdy shoes for their safety.

Sessions:

1084-0630    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri June 30, 2017 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
      Sat July 1, 2017 9:00 am - 3:00 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:

1086-0701    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat July 1, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm




Fancy Turkey Wing Broom

Karen Koch

Come spend a fun afternoon learning how to make a fancy Turkey Wing broom which is suitable for all kinds of sweeping and makes an excellent whisk broom or hearth broom. The handle will be made with colorful basket reed. Twine will be wound into a striped pattern on the body of the broom. Learn a colonial craft that was both practical and artistic!

  • 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:

1087-0702    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun July 2, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm




Introduction to Coopering: Make Your Own Wooden Bucket

David Salvetti

In this class, students will learn to make a wooden bucket using traditional hand tools and authentic techniques. Beginning with boards, you will finish with a functional bucket to take home. This is an introduction to the historic trade of coopering: the making of containers made from staves held together by hoops. No glue is used; a watertight seal is created by the perfect fit of the staves and bottom. Other items made by the cooper include butter churns, washtubs and barrels. Hand tool experience is helpful, but not required. This class is for students 18 years and older.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $190
         Non-members: $230
  • Materials: $30
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $220 (members)         $260 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

Sessions:

1030-0714    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri July 14, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat July 15, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Pine Needle Rim Gourd

Carol Maher

This unusual gourd project, both elegant and useful, makes a great centerpiece for your table filled with apples, or an extra special hand-made gift. The instructor provides top-quality gourds in a variety of sizes and shapes, tools to cut and clean them, and a wide array of art supplies for you to finish the exterior. To complete the bowl you will lace on a continuous bundle of long-leaf pine needles. Perfect!

  • 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:

1091-0722    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat July 22, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 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:

1103-0729    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat July 29, 2017 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:

1109-0818    Add registration to shopping cart

      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    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat August 19, 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    Add registration to shopping cart
      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




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 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    Add registration to shopping cart
      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




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




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