Woodcarving



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:

1622-0111 This offering has already met
      Sat January 11, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun January 12, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1622-0215 This offering has already met
      Sat February 15, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun February 16, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1622-0404    This session has been cancelled

      Sat April 4, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun April 5, 2020 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:

1535-0124 This offering has already met      Fri January 24, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1535-0417    This session has been cancelled
      Fri April 17, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1535-0724    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri July 24, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1535-1016    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri October 16, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1535-1204    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri December 4, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Walking Stick with Inlaid Compass

Frank Lagace

Take your next hike or walk around the corner with a unique hand-crafted walking stick. Frank will guide you through the process of taking a piece of ironwood and transforming it into a walking stick that will last a lifetime. The inlaid compass will help ensure you don’t lose your way on the trail! Makes a wonderful gift for the hikers in your life!

  • 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

Taking the April offering? Then consider taking your walking stick on our "Hike the Adirondacks" course April 25th.

Sessions:

1672-0424    This session has been cancelled
      Fri April 24, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1672-0717    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri July 17, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 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:

1705-0511    This session has been cancelled
      Mon May 11, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Chip Carved Coasters

Dennis Wilson

Enjoy your morning coffee or tea on a coaster you chip carved yourself! Using traditional chip carving with small knives, students will carve attractive, intricate patterns into 4" basswood disks or squares that can be used as a functional and decorative coaster. All students will receive and carve a basswood board with practice designs and then use the same designs to carve into the coasters. This class is as much for the beginner as it is for the advanced chip carver.

  • 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:

1625-0516    This session has been cancelled
      Sat May 16, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Woodcarving a Miniature Loon

Rick and Ellen Butz

Learn to carve and paint a realistic miniature loon, symbol of the Adirondack wilderness. 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 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: $155
         Non-members: $175
  • Materials: $10
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $165 (members)         $185 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

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

Sessions:

1616-0606    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat June 6, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




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.

  • 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.

Sessions:

1632-0222 This offering has already met      Sat February 22, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1632-0607    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun June 7, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Hiking Stick

Don Polunci

Learn how to make your very own personal hiking stick. Begin by selecting the perfect stick collected by the instructor. Then you will learn how to shave and carve your hiking stick. Once you are happy with your creation, the sticks will be completed by drilling a hole in them and adding a lanyard. Once finished, put your stick to good use on the trail running right by our school!

  • 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:

1677-0823    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun August 23, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 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 January, February and April.

Sessions:

1623-0912    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat September 12, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun September 13, 2020 9:00 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:

1633-0223 This offering has already met      Sun February 23, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1633-0920    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun September 20, 2020 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 students have 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: $155
         Non-members: $175
  • Materials: $10
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $165 (members)         $185 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

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

Sessions:

1615-1003    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat October 3, 2020 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! This class is as much for the beginner as it is for the advanced chip carver.

  • 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:

1624-1206    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun December 6, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm