Traditional Crafts



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 of making 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:

1147-0218    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun February 18, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm




Traditional Table Runner

Janet Flinchbaugh

In this one-day class each student will learn to cut a stencil and prepare the table runner for stenciling. Each participant will learn the art of stenciling and come away with a table runner for their spring or summer table. The teacher will supply all necessary items for the runner. Each participant should supply an apron.

  • Location: 18 Curran St, Glens Falls, 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 18 Curran Street in Glens Falls, NY - the building located next to the Shirt Factory Gallery. Each participant should bring an apron, preferably old.

Sessions:

1215-0310    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat March 10, 2018 9:00 am - 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    Add registration to shopping cart
      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




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    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat March 24, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun March 25, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1256-0710    Add registration to shopping cart

      Tue July 10, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Wed July 11, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1256-0908    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat September 8, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun September 9, 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    Add registration to shopping cart
      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




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    Add registration to shopping cart
      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    Add registration to shopping cart
      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




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: $50
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $135 (members)         $155 (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.

Sessions:

1249-0422    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun April 22, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1249-0722    Add registration to shopping cart
      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




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:

1162-0422    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun April 22, 2018 1:00 pm - 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:

1168-0428    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat April 28, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1168-0429    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun April 29, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Introduction to Scything

Emmet Van Driesche

Learn how to use a scythe! A little knowledge is crucial for successful mowing with a scythe. Come learn how to adjust your handle, repair, peen and sharpen your blade, and sage honing and mowing habits. A variety of blades will be available to try so you can determine the right size and maker for your needs.

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

Students are required to wear closed toe shoes, and to bring a notebook and writing utensil. Students may also bring any scythe or scything equipment they may have.

Sessions:

1257-0609    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat June 9, 2018 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:

1184-0622    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri June 22, 2018 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
      Sat June 23, 2018 9:00 am - 3:00 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:

1220-0706    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri July 6, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat July 7, 2018 9:00 am - 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:

1191-0728    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat July 28, 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    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat August 18, 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




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    Add registration to shopping cart
      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 St, 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 Street in Glens Falls, NY - the building located next to 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




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