Woodworking



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:

1148-0310    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat March 10, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1148-0414    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat April 14, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 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: 18 Curran Street in Glens Falls, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $420
         Non-members: $470
  • Materials: $320
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $740 (members)         $790 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 4 Days

This class will take place at 18 Curran Street in Glens Falls, NY - the building located next to the Shirt Factory Gallery.

Sessions:

1151-0323    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri March 23, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat March 24, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun March 25, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon March 26, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1151-1019    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri October 19, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat October 20, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 21, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon October 22, 2018 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:

1153-0408    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun April 8, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Build a Fairy House

Don Polunci

What is a fairy house? It's a small dwelling that is made from things you find in nature. Twigs, bark, pine cones, leaves, stones, acorns, flowers and many other objects make perfect building materials. In this class you will construct and decorate a fairy house which can be placed outside or inside your home. Please feel free to bring materials you wish to use on your house and make it special for your local fairies!

  • 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:

1171-0512    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat May 12, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Woodworking Hand Tools-Basics

Jim Schreiner

Have you ever thought about making something you’ve seen in the stores? Or do you need to fix something around the house, but you don’t know how to begin and want to be safe using the tools? If yes, then this is the class for you. Woodworking and using hand tools isn’t something just for “Tim the Tool Man”, but is for anyone. With the basic knowledge you will get in this class you will be well on your way to building, creating, and working safely with a wide variety of both hand tools and portable power tools. We will take the mystery out of working with hand tools and provide you one-on-one coaching so you can learn how to go from idea to creation. The building blocks to creating in wood are universal: 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:

1201-0616    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat June 16, 2018 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:

1220-0706    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri July 6, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat July 7, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




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: 18 Curran Street in Glens Falls, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $420
         Non-members: $470
  • Materials: $270
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $690 (members)         $740 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 4 Days

This class will take place at 18 Curran Street in Glens Falls, NY - the building located next to the Shirt Factory Gallery.

Sessions:

1187-0706    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri July 6, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat July 7, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun July 8, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon July 9, 2018 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:

1188-0717    Add registration to shopping cart

      Tue July 17, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      Wed July 18, 2018 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:

1189-0718    Add registration to shopping cart

      Wed July 18, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      Thu July 19, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 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:

1202-0727    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri July 27, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat July 28, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun July 29, 2018 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: $20
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $65 (members)         $75 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1208-0922    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat September 22, 2018 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

1208-1006    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat October 6, 2018 9:00 am - 1:00 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:

1213-1027    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat October 27, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm