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:

1840-0122    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri January 22, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1840-0416    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri April 16, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1840-0723    Add registration to shopping cart
      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




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    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat February 6, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
      Sun February 7, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

1773-0430    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri April 30, 2021 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      Sat May 1, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

1773-1015    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri October 15, 2021 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      Sat October 16, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 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    Add registration to shopping cart
      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




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    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat March 13, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1776-0717    Add registration to shopping cart
      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




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

Sessions:

1774-0409    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri April 9, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

1774-0619    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat June 19, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 pm




Dovetailed Shaker Candle Box

Martin Macica

In this class, students will hand craft a beautiful pine wood box reminiscent of the Shaker craftwork. Students will begin with wood already prepared and cut to finished sizes for the project. They will work on the following skills: cutting and joining the sides/dovetail joints, gluing/planing and sanding the sides, shaping the lid and base, attaching the hardware (hinges), and finishing techniques.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $170
         Non-members: $210
  • Materials: $40
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $210 (members)         $250 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

Sessions:

1835-0515    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat May 15, 2021 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
      Sun May 16, 2021 9:00 am - 5:00 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    Add registration to shopping cart
      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




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:

1778-0719    Add registration to shopping cart

      Mon July 19, 2021 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
      Tue July 20, 2021 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:

1779-0720    Add registration to shopping cart

      Tue July 20, 2021 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      Wed July 21, 2021 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:

1780-0722    Add registration to shopping cart
      Thu July 22, 2021 9:00 am - 5:00 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:

1820-0804    Add registration to shopping cart

      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 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




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