Woodworking



Windsor Comb Back Side Chair, Boot Bench, or Tall Kitchen Stool

David Abeel

Choose from a menu of 3 great furniture projects: Build a beautiful classic heirloom quality Windsor Comb Back Side Chair where your comfort is top priority; it is versatile, strong and perfect for any modern or colonial decor. Eating all your meals at the kitchen island? The Tall Kitchen Stool is the perfect Windsor project for your daily use. This is a very comfortable stool that will be tailored to the maker's height. Or make the Back-Door Boot Bench, the perfect place to stop on the way out or in, when shoes and boots must go on or off. Immerse yourself in the tools and techniques of traditional furniture making. Unlock the secrets of traditional mortice and tenon chair design, layout and tools. 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 finish excavating their seat and shaving spindles, sanding and preparing wedges for final assembly. By the end of the 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: $170
         Non-members: $210
  • Materials: $varies
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $170 (members)         $210 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 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 $195 for the Tall Stool or the Back-Door Boot Bench to $275 for the Comb Back side chair or the Back-Door Boot Bench with natural edged back. An optional footstool can be added for an additional $95.

Sessions:

1478-0722    This session has been cancelled

      Mon July 22, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Tue July 23, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 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:

1479-0724    This session has been cancelled

      Wed July 24, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu July 25, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri July 26, 2019 9:00 am - 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:

1411-0126 This offering has already met      Sat January 26, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1411-0727    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat July 27, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 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:

1470-0209 This offering has already met      Sat February 9, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1470-0413 This offering has already met      Sat April 13, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1470-0731    Add registration to shopping cart
      Wed July 31, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 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:

1410-0407 This offering has already met      Sun April 7, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1410-0615 This offering has already met      Sat June 15, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1410-0803    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat August 3, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Mini Adirondack Arm Chair

John Whitt

In this course students will build a miniature Adirondack tree chair using small kiln-dried willow tree branches. The traditional style will be the basis, but if the students wish to explore a more whimsical style, they are free to do so. Basic construction techniques will be taught that can be used to build a wide range of miniature pieces. Each chair will be an original that the students can be proud of and hopefully inspired to continue using their newly acquired skills.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $18
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $63 (members)         $73 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1442-0914    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat September 14, 2019 1:00 pm - 5:00 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: $255
         Non-members: $315
  • Materials: $185
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $440 (members)         $500 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 3 Days

Sessions:

1386-0710 This offering has already met
      Wed July 10, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu July 11, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri July 12, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1386-0927    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri September 27, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat September 28, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun September 29, 2019 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:

1320-0125 This offering has already met      Fri January 25, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1320-0412 This offering has already met      Fri April 12, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1320-0719 This offering has already met      Fri July 19, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1320-1018    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri October 18, 2019 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:
  • Tuition:
         Members: $420
         Non-members: $470
  • Materials: $320
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $740 (members)         $790 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 4 Days

Please contact the Folk School for the location. 518-696-2400

Sessions:

1425-0208 This offering has already met
      Fri February 8, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat February 9, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun February 10, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon February 11, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1425-1025    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list
      Fri October 25, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat October 26, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 27, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon October 28, 2019 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 sappala, 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: $50
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $135 (members)         $155 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Half Days

Sessions:

1406-0302 This offering has already met
      Sat March 2, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
      Sun March 3, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1406-0511 This offering has already met
      Sat May 11, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
      Sun May 12, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1406-1108    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri November 8, 2019 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      Sat November 9, 2019 5:00 pm - 9:00 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:

1412-1115    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri November 15, 2019 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: $170
         Non-members: $210
  • Materials: $75
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $245 (members)         $285 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

Sessions:

1477-1214    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat December 14, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun December 15, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm