Woodworking



Build the Westport Chair

Larry Benjamin

We all ponder which came first...the chicken or the egg. But have you ever wondered which came first...the Adirondack chair or the Westport chair? Learn the answer to this and the history of friendship and perhaps betrayal, all while building your own Westport chair. Your chair will be a family heirloom. It will last for many, many years and in building it you will learn many valuable skills, like how to cut angles and edges and using hand tools from a past era. No woodworking experience is required. Come join the fun and learn something new.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $340
         Non-members: $390
  • Materials: $270
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $610 (members)         $660 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 4 Days

Sessions:

1136-0714    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list
      Fri July 14, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat July 15, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun July 16, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon July 17, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1136-0929    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri September 29, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat September 30, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 1, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon October 2, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 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:

1030-0714    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list
      Fri July 14, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat July 15, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 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: 1 ½ Days

Sessions:

1092-0718    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list
      Tue July 18, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      Wed July 19, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 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:

1097-0719    Add registration to shopping cart

      Wed July 19, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      Thu July 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




Build the Sagamore Chair

Larry Benjamin

Over 100 years ago, the famous Sagamore Hotel was built as an exclusive resort on Lake George in the Adirondacks. Its luxurious and spacious accommodations attracted the millionaires of the day and the hotel continues to bring people from around the world to its spectacular spot on the lake. Come create a bit of history as you build a Sagamore chair using patterns struck from one of the original chairs; all the forms and patterns necessary are provided. Learn how to steam bend local Adirondack Red Oak into the graceful forms of this one-of-a-kind chair that is both beautiful and comfortable. Working with a variety of hand tools, you will bend and fasten the slats, laminate frame elements, join everything together, and sand, finish and complete a beautiful chair ready for a prominent spot in your camp or home. Some prior woodworking experience is helpful, but beginners are welcome too.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $340
         Non-members: $390
  • Materials: $320
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $660 (members)         $710 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 4 Days

Sessions:

1037-0602 This offering has already met
      Fri June 2, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat June 3, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun June 4, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon June 5, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1037-0825    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list
      Fri August 25, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat August 26, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun August 27, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon August 28, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Autumn's Window

Pat Murphy

In this class students will construct a beautiful Adirondack wall hanging that combines multiple species of local trees and other items found in nature. Using pine wood, birch twigs and oak and maple leaves you will complete a multi-dimensional hanging that will look like the view through your window during autumn.

  • 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:

1117-0916    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat September 16, 2017 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

1117-1007    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat October 7, 2017 9:00 am - 1:00 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, door knobs, 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

Sessions:

1015-0325 This offering has already met      Sat March 25, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1015-0923    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat September 23, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Introduction to Wheelwrighting

David Salvetti

In this introductory class, students will spend two days making a wooden wheelbarrow wheel 16" in diameter. This is a simple style of wooden wheel, so no experience is necessary, just careful attention to detail. Using red oak and binding the hub and wheel rim with metal bands, this project is primarily woodwork with a smaller amount of metalwork. Conventional wheel making theory and practice will be examined in detail. The wheel each student will make is not dished, but the process we will follow will closely resemble most steps practiced in the making of larger wooden wheels. The frame for a wheelbarrow body to match this wheel is shown as well. This can be constructed by the student on his own, after the class is completed. Additional information regarding this will be provided on the days of the class.

  • Location: Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, 717 Lakeport Road, Chittenango, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $170
         Non-members: $210
  • Materials: $60
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $230 (members)         $270 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

This class will take place at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, located at 717 Lakeport Road, Chittenango, NY. Ages 16 and up.

Sessions:

1135-1006    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri October 6, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat October 7, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Scroll Saw Christmas Ornaments

Walt Ulrich

There's nothing like the beauty of the winter season in the Adirondacks! Make a holiday ornament for yourself or your loved ones. Over the course of this day students will progress from making a simple wooden Christmas ornament to one requiring the skills you will have achieved during the day. The course will include instruction on the safe use of the power scroll saw, pattern transfer, the cutting of multiple ornaments using the stacking process, and the process of making interior cuts in a piece of wood using a scroll saw. Appropriate for beginning woodworkers and those with some experience.

  • 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:

1126-1028    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat October 28, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Carved Stool

David Salvetti

In this class, students will learn the skills involved in making a cherry stool, which range from learning how to shape the seat to fitting the legs and crosspieces. This project is a blend of precision woodworking and working by eye, but by breaking each operation down into simple steps and using jigs, the work becomes easy. Fastening the legs in place with wedges of a contrasting wood is a hallmark of good craftsmanship and results in a strong joint. This class is an introduction to simple carving and shaping, as well as skills that can be used in many types of chair making. You will take home a finished product to be proud of.

  • Location: Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, 717 Lakeport Road, Chittenango, 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 class will take place at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, located at 717 Lakeport Road in Chittenango, NY. Ages 16 and up.

Sessions:

1131-1117    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri November 17, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat November 18, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm