Woodworking



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:

1820-0804    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list
      Wed August 4, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu August 5, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri August 6, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat August 7, 2021 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:

1785-0809    Add registration to shopping cart

      Mon August 9, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Tue August 10, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Wed August 11, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu August 12, 2021 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:

1824-0821    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat August 21, 2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1824-0918    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat September 18, 2021 9:00 am - 12:00 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:

1825-0822    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun August 22, 2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1825-0919    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun September 19, 2021 9:00 am - 12:00 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:

1878-0228 This offering has already met      Sun February 28, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1878-0828    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat August 28, 2021 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:

1773-0206 This offering has already met
      Sat February 6, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
      Sun February 7, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

1773-0430 This offering has already met
      Fri April 30, 2021 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      Sat May 1, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

1773-1015    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list
      Fri October 15, 2021 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      Sat October 16, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 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:

1879-0605 This offering has already met      Sat June 5, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1879-1017    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun October 17, 2021 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:

1840-0122 This offering has already met      Fri January 22, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1840-0416 This offering has already met      Fri April 16, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1840-0723 This offering has already met      Fri July 23, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1840-1022    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri October 22, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1840-1203    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri December 3, 2021 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:

1880-1121    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 21, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Children's Wooden Roller Coaster Toy

Frank Lagace

Interested in building an heirloom toy for family or friends? This solid wood roller coaster with wooden cars, which you will also build, is sure to bring a smile to their faces! No previous woodworking skills required.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $35
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $120 (members)         $140 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

1776-0313 This offering has already met      Sat March 13, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1776-0717 This offering has already met      Sat July 17, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1776-1204    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat December 4, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 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: $255
         Non-members: $305
  • Materials: $75
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $330 (members)         $380 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 3 Days

Sessions:

1784-1211    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat December 11, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun December 12, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon December 13, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm