Woodworking



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

1535-0417    Add registration to shopping cart
      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




Create Your Own Hardwood Cutting Board

Frank Lagace

Come create a beautiful 12-18" hardwood cutting board during two, half-day sessions. The class will discuss the types of wood being used, such as sapele, purple heart, African cherry and hard maple. The wood will be cut to size on a table saw. Then, using a joiner, students will make sure all pieces are the same size before gluing the various pieces together and allowing them to dry overnight. On the second day, the class will use planers to ensure that all boards are level and the same thickness. Students will then use a router to create a well and handles. Finally, the boards will be sanded.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $75
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $160 (members)         $180 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Half Days

Sessions:

1562-0306    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri March 6, 2020 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      Sat March 7, 2020 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

1562-0502    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat May 2, 2020 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
      Sun May 3, 2020 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

1562-1010    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat October 10, 2020 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
      Sun October 11, 2020 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

1562-1205    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat December 5, 2020 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
      Sun December 6, 2020 9:00 am - 1:00 pm




Hand and Power Tool Safety

Frank Lagace and Jim Schreiner

Interested in woodworking? Unsure of how to begin? Find tools intimidating? Well then, spend the day with Jim and Frank and let them guide you through the world of using power and hand tools - safely. This dynamic woodworking duo will cover all the basics: Jim will give the drill on hand tools and Frank will take charge on the power tools. Each will give group instruction and one-on-one coaching on use of tools and the building blocks of working with wood: planning, measuring, cutting, joining, assembly and finish. This is a great class for beginners but is equally valuable for those wanting to take their woodworking skills and dreams to the next level.

  • 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

Sessions:

1563-0328    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat March 28, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1563-0923    Add registration to shopping cart

      Wed September 23, 2020 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      Thu September 24, 2020 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm




Scroll Saw Puzzle Making

Walt Ulrich

Wooden puzzles are a great project whether you are a beginner or experienced woodworker. In this class students will learn the basics of the safe operation of a scroll saw, proper blade selection and installation, pattern transfer, proper cutting techniques and proper body positioning at the saw table. Each student will progress from learning to make moderate curves to tight curves using the scroll saw by producing, first, a wood maple leaf and progressing through more difficult patterns to a final puzzle which will require attention to detail and care in cutting. Come learn the secret tricks to ensure your puzzle is a success. It can make the perfect gift, too.

  • 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

Sessions:

1620-0410    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri April 10, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1620-1017    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat October 17, 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    Add registration to shopping cart
      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




Make Your Own Adirondack Chair

Ben Cerveny

In 1903, the first Adirondack chair was built in the town of Westport, NY and has since taken the world by storm. Its contoured seat and back, along with its wide arms make it the perfect chair for lounging in after a hard day's work. Students will start with surfaced cedar, cut the pieces, shape them on a router table, sand them, and then assemble their own Adirondack chair. No prior woodworking experience is necessary, but students should be prepared to use power tools.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $170
         Non-members: $210
  • Materials: $200
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $370 (members)         $410 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

Sessions:

1629-0425    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat April 25, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun April 26, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1629-0709    Add registration to shopping cart

      Thu July 9, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri July 10, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Sharpening Woodworking Tools

David Salvetti

Have you been frustrated in your quest to make woodworking tools truly sharp? Come experience the pleasure of putting a razor-sharp edge on any tool while expending only minimal time and effort. In this half day class students will learn the principal of sharpening hand tools using simple and economical equipment. The class will be tailored to students interests, and students' can expect to cover chisels, plane irons, turning tools and more. Students are encouraged, but not required, to bring dull tools on which they would like to restore a premium quality edge.

  • 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:

1650-0529    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri May 29, 2020 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Scroll Saw Ornamental Trivets

Walt Ulrich

This class is designed for both the beginning and experienced scroll saw user with patterns of increasing difficulty to be used during the day. The first pattern to be completed by the student will have all exterior cuts of varying tightness of curvature. The second pattern will have both interior and exterior cuts requiring the student to become accustomed to frequently resetting the scroll saw blade. The final pattern will require the student to make numerous intricate interior cuts to complete. The patterns shown in the photo are only representative of possible trivet patterns to be used. The owl is the most difficult and should only be attempted by a daring student.

  • 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:

1621-0111 This offering has already met      Sat January 11, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1621-0707    Add registration to shopping cart
      Tue July 7, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Build a Rustic Birdhouse

Don Polunci

Anyone can learn to make a rustic birdhouse in just a few hours. A birdhouse is a simple structure with seven basic parts: two sides, a front and back, a bottom, and two pieces for the top. Power tools are not necessary to cut the wood; it can be done with a handsaw. Using rough-cut lumber, you will construct a rustic birdhouse that can be functional and/or decorative. Choose from several birdhouse designs. There will be a short discussion about nesting birds, feeding birds, and suitable houses for area birds. Participants are encouraged to bring objects (such as old drawer pulls, doorknobs, hardware, etc.) from home. Adults and teens welcome; children ages 10-14 must be accompanied by an adult.

  • 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

Students should wear older clothing and/or bring an apron to class.

Sessions:

1547-0711    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat July 11, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1547-0822    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat August 22, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Shaker Oval Boxes (Basic)

Eric Pintar

These boxes are simply beautiful, and you'll leave this class with a set you created yourself! Enjoy learning the process by which the Shakers made these simple yet elegant wooden vessels more than 150 years ago. In this class you will make a nest of five boxes from cherry wood. Using carefully prepared thin strips of wood, you will carve the 'fingers' on one end before soaking them in a hot water bath. Copper tacks are applied to hold the band together and the cherry tops and bottoms are fitted and held in place by wooden pegs. This project entails simple construction and elegant design - anyone who has admired these boxes can join. No woodworking experience necessary.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $130
         Non-members: $160
  • Materials: $40
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $170 (members)         $200 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

Sessions:

1548-0713    Add registration to shopping cart

      Mon July 13, 2020 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
      Tue July 14, 2020 9:00 am - 2:00 pm




Advanced Shaker Oval Boxes

Eric Pintar

In this advanced shaker oval boxes class, experienced students may choose a project to work on. Having previously made boxes # 0-4 in the introductory course, you may choose to make boxes # 5-8, a #8 tall, or a #8 fixed handle carrier. You will receive guidance and assistance to ensure that you leave the class with an advanced project you can be proud of!

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $130
         Non-members: $160
  • Materials: $To be determined based on project
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $130 (members)         $160 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 ½ Days

Sessions:

1549-0714    Add registration to shopping cart

      Tue July 14, 2020 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      Wed July 15, 2020 9:00 am - 5:00 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:

1550-0716    Add registration to shopping cart
      Thu July 16, 2020 9:00 am - 5:00 pm




Windsor Fine Furniture: Windsor Comb Back Arm Chair, Rocking Chair, or Settee

David Abeel

Choose from a menu of 3 great projects: The Windsor Comb Back Arm Chair is an heirloom where comfort is top priority. Ready to serve you in any room, its graceful lines will fit with any modern or traditional decor. The Windsor Comb Back Rocking Chair copies the comfort and lines of the Arm Chair but adds the delightful convenience of rockers for your sitting enjoyment. The Windsor Comb Back Settee is 42 inches long with 38 tall spindles, serpentine arms and a surprising flex for comfort. Let this settee grace your front hall, living room or foot of the bed for dressing each day. Immerse yourself in the tools and techniques of traditional furniture making. Unlock the secrets of mortice and tenon chair design, layout and methodologies. Your project will be well engineered, very comfortable and styled to fit any decor. Native hardwoods like cherry, oak, walnut and pine will be used. On Day 1, students will explore sighting lines and drilling angles, fit legs and drill for stretchers, shape, boil and bend a comb, and start excavating their seat. They will shape parts using travishers, compass plane, scorp, draw knife and spoke shaves. Parts requiring turning on a lathe will be provided. On Day 2, students will continue excavating their seat. Combs will be marked and drilled. Spindles will be shaved and sanded and arms fitted. On Day 3, students will finish their seat, and wedges will be prepared for final assembly. By the end of class all will be assembled, leveled, glued up and ready for paint or clear finish.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $255
         Non-members: $305
  • Materials: $varies
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $255 (members)         $305 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 3 Days

Age limit for students: Over 18 but younger teens are welcome if accompanied by a parent or grandparent. Please call AFS at the time of registration to declare which piece of furniture you have chosen to make. The materials fee will vary based on your choice of furniture - from $345 for the Comb Back Arm Chair to $395 for the Comb Back Rocker or $495 for the Comb Back Settee.

Sessions:

1619-0726    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sun July 26, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon July 27, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Tue July 28, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Adirondack Dulcimer Making

Martin Macica

Drawing from over 30 years of fine instrument making, Martin Macica will share his knowledge of the principles and practice of dulcimer making, leading participants through the process of making their own dulcimer from scratch using hand tools. This intensive course will cover every aspect of dulcimer making, including the carving of the scroll. Participants will leave with a working knowledge of dulcimer making, and a handcrafted instrument ready for a lifetime of making music.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $300
         Non-members: $360
  • Materials: $150
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $450 (members)         $510 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 3 ½ Days

Sessions:

1693-0805    Add registration to shopping cart

      Wed August 5, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu August 6, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri August 7, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat August 8, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Adirondack Rustic Bookcase

Jim Schreiner

There have been so many requests for a rustic bookcase class, that our "one-of-a-kind" instructor Jim Schreiner developed this special class. Jim's easy-going style will have you humming along happily while long curls emerge from the hand planes that you will learn to use. In this class you will learn the basics of furniture construction from selecting your materials, measuring, cutting, fastening and much more. This class is suggested for those with some woodworking experience as you will be working on a larger project than the end tables or coffee tables.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $340
         Non-members: $390
  • Materials: $185
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $525 (members)         $575 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 4 Days

Sessions:

1542-0810    Add registration to shopping cart

      Mon August 10, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Tue August 11, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Wed August 12, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu August 13, 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




Wooden Cross-Country Skis

Jim Schreiner

Learn how to build old time traditional cross-country skis and preserve a piece of North Country history! In this course you will cut, plane, bend and use a variety of woodworking techniques to complete your own set of wooden skis. Imagine the fulfillment of skiing the beautiful Adirondack trails and woods in your very own hand made skis. Uncle Sven would be proud!

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $170
         Non-members: $210
  • Materials: $75
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $245 (members)         $285 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

Sessions:

1541-1212    Add registration to shopping cart

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