Woodcarving



Wooden Step-Stool

Bart Pisha

Ever since the invention of high shelves, toilets too high for children's access and bookshelves, step-stools have been a useful part of people's lives. Participants in this course will have the opportunity to create a traditional wooden step-stool of one of several available designs out of found materials, easily worked soft wood or basswood suitable for decorative carving. Students may choose between a traditional stool made from planks or a version of the traditional stool made of basswood; both of which are great for beginners. Participants with intermediate woodworking skills and experience can choose the more challenging "rustic" stool created out of wood found in a forest. Stools made of basswood will not be assembled and wood finish will not be applied so they can be decorated in Dennis Wilson's "Chip Carving: The Next Step - Gothic Hearth Stool" course on April 6 & 7.

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

Materials Fee will be based on the type of wood chosen for your project and can vary from $22 - $43. If you are planning on Chip Carving your stool during our "Chip Carving: The Next Step - Gothic Hearth Stool" course, please notify AFS.

Sessions:

1503-0405    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri April 5, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1503-0907    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat September 7, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Chip Carving: The Next Step - Gothic Hearth Stool

Dennis Wilson

Experienced chip carvers - take the next step and advance your skills and techniques! In this class you will create an old world, one-of-a-kind Gothic Hearth stool. Students will begin with sketching either their own design or using one supplied by the instructor. They will apply the design to the pre-made basswood stool and then put their carving skills to work. Upon completion of the class students will have an heirloom piece, sure to be handed down through generations. Dimensions for stool are: 10”w x 17”l x 18”high. Note: Students who have made a basswood step-stool in Bart Pisha's "Wooden Step-Stool" class are welcomed to bring it to this class to chip carve a design into their hand made stool.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $170
         Non-members: $210
  • Materials: $110
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $280 (members)         $320 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

This is an advanced class. Basic chip carving experience is required. Consider Dennis's Intro to Chip Carving offered in both January and June. IF you are bringing your own Step-Stool as made in Bart Pisha's "Wooden Step-Stool" course on April 5th please call AFS to register for this class so that your materials fees can be adjusted accordingly.

Sessions:

1494-0406    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat April 6, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun April 7, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Introduction to Pyrography

Bret Collier

In this class you will be introduced to the wonderful art of pyrography (wood burning). You will learn all the basics of wood burning; from the different tips of your wood burning tool, to how to transfer your design onto the wood.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $30
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $115 (members)         $135 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

1320-0125 This offering has already met      Fri January 25, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1320-0412    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri April 12, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1320-0719    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri July 19, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1320-1018    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri October 18, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Woodcarving a Chickadee

Rick and Ellen Butz

Learn to carve and paint a realistic, life-sized carving of one of our favorite Adirondack birds. The woods around the Adirondack Folk School are full of Chickadees, so you will have plenty of inspiration. Topics covered will include tool selection, sharpening and safe carving techniques. All tools and materials are provided, but if the students have their own carving tools they may bring them if they wish. This class is recommended for beginning and intermediate woodcarvers age 16 and up.

  • 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

Students may bring their own woodcarving tools if they have them, but it is not required.

Sessions:

1421-0609    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun June 9, 2019 10:00 am - 4:00 pm




Introduction to Chip Carving

Dennis Wilson

This course will introduce students to the traditional craft of chip carving - a type of woodcarving in which a small knife is used to incise decorative floral and geometric designs into basswood or butternut. The design is created by the removal of small pieces (chips) of the wood. Chip carving is an ancient, traditional craft. Chip carved plates, jewelry and keepsake boxes, trays, breadboards, furniture and other items can make wonderful gifts and also decorate the home with traditional motifs. Some previous carving experience is helpful, but not necessary.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $170
         Non-members: $210
  • Materials: $21
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $191 (members)         $231 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

Chip carving knives will be supplied by the school. Students wishing to purchase a chip carving knife should do so from either mychipcarving.com or chipcarving.com. An Introductory Chip Carving book may be helpful, as well.

Sessions:

1456-0112 This offering has already met
      Sat January 12, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun January 13, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1456-0629    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat June 29, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun June 30, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Chip Carving: The Next Step - Jewelry Box

Dennis Wilson

Experienced chip carvers - take the next step and advance your skills and techniques! In this class you will create a one-of-a-kind jewelry box. Students will begin with sketching either their own design or using one supplied by the instructor. They will apply the design to the pre-made box and then put their carving skills to work. Upon completion of the class students will have an heirloom piece, sure to be handed down through generations! Dimension of jewelry box is: 6 x 12 x 4 inches.

  • 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

This is an advanced class. Basic chip carving experience is required. Consider Dennis's Intro to Chip Carving offered in both January and June.

Sessions:

1486-0907    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat September 7, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun September 8, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Axe and Hammer Handles

Jacques Gallant

Learn to make tool handles carved by hand as our ancestors did. We have prepared and seasoned some beautiful cleft stock American hickory especially for this purpose. The main focus will be design and production of axe or hammer handles, but other carved handle projects are also welcome. Additional material will be available for students to purchase and take home.

  • 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

Sessions:

1446-0915    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun September 15, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Woodcarving Old World St. Nick

Rick and Ellen Butz

Just in time for Christmas learn to carve and paint a Bavarian St. Nicklaus in a style learned from the instructor's father. Topics covered will include carving faces, tool selection, sharpening and safe carving techniques. All tools and materials are provided, but if the student has their own carving tools and small paintbrushes, they may bring them if they wish. This class is recommended for beginning and intermediate woodcarvers, ages 16 and up.

  • 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

Students may bring their own woodcarving tools if they have them, but it is not required.

Sessions:

1422-1103    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 3, 2019 10:00 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:

1504-0216 This offering has already met      Sat February 16, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1504-1122    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri November 22, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Chip Carved Ornaments

Dennis Wilson

Using traditional chip carving with small knives, students will carve attractive, intricate patterns into 4" basswood disks that can be used as either Christmas tree ornaments or coasters. All students will receive and carve a basswood board with practice designs and then use the same designs to carve into the ornaments or coasters. Decorate your own tree, or give as a holiday gift!

  • 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

Sessions:

1467-1124    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 24, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1467-1208    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun December 8, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm