Our Instructors

 

Abeel, David

After retiring from a career in social work administration and fund raising for non profits, David now works 7 days a week doing what he loves most, teaching and guiding people of all ages and skill levels through the process of making Windsor furniture. He has been making Windsor chairs for twenty years and teaching classes for ten with author and master Shaker Oval Box Maker John Wilson at his home shop in Charlotte, MI. Other teaching venues include college, community, and woodworker guild locations across the Northeastern USA including Kansas City, MO; Guilford, NY; Detroit, Midland, Charlotte, Traverse City and Frankfort, Michigan. He has also exhibited at the Oliver Arts Center in Frankfort, Michigan and at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City.

Aspery, Mark

Mark is a certified journeyman smith with the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, (a UK guild started in London in 1324). His training as a smith started in the United Kingdom in 1976, working for a small fabrication and engineering firm. One of our nation’s most skilled smiths, Mark will not only share his insights into the world of blacksmithing, but also demonstrate his skills as he shares with you the fun of blacksmithing. Mark owns and operates the ‘Mark Aspery School of Blacksmithing’, traveling the USA teaching classes for ABANA affiliates and giving blacksmith demonstrations. Mark is currently writing the third volume to his ‘How to’ blacksmith book series, The Skills of a Blacksmith Volume III – Joinery and Related Tooling. Visit his website here.

Avery, Lucian

Lucian began blacksmithing in 1992 and became captivated by the idea of making his own tools for gardening, woodworking, and later on, blacksmithing. He soon developed a broader interest in smithing and stated taking on commissions. He has worked with designers, builders and homeowners from across the country. Lucian chooses to continue to emphasize old-fashioned craftsmanship and handwork, allowing for flexibility in design and imparting human warmth in his ironwork. More information can be found here, on his website.

Benjamin, Larry

After 22 years of developing a business in the crafts industry and kayaking and canoeing in the Bering Sea off the Aleutian Island, and all over the lower 48, Larry has finally been able to turn his woodworking and furniture-making skill to his real passion. Building boats from wood, taking a board and fashioning it into a thing of beauty and function, has captured his interest, spare time, and even some of his not so spare time. Most fortunate of all, he is joined in this passion by his children.

Bielik, John C.

John is an itinerant artisan, instructor, and historic trades interpreter. He received a B.F.A. from Missouri State University(Springfield) and an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University. Creative influences have been through experiences as a teacher, student, graphic designer and artist. John combines these experiences with an interest in history and the historic trades of papermaking, bookbinding and paper marbeling. He has held classes in over 10 different states. John has performed his historically inspired demonstrations at Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts, the Harvest Celebration at Dollywood, Tennessee, Boone home in Missouri, Lincoln Log Cabin in Illinois, Shelburne Museum in Vermont, the New York State Fair in Syracuse and County Fairs in New York, Minnesota, Nebraska, Virginia, Vermont and Massachusetts. John’s paper and products are featured in the shops at Colonial Williamsburg, as well as other retail venues. John is published in Early American Life Magazine and has been selected for inclusion onto the Directory of Traditional American Crafts. Examples of John’s work can be found at www.periodpaperartisan.com.

Blakney-Carlson, Robin

Robin is a felting instructor and fiber artist at Luckystone Feltworks Studio in the historic Shirt Factory in Glens Falls, NY. She studied at California College of the Arts and Crafts, Munson Williams Proctor School of Art, and with many master feltmakers. Her work has been represented in exhibitions and galleries in New York and New England. Robin began felting in the mid ’90s under the tutelage of her sister, Polly Stirling, well known in the fiber arts world for developing the technique she named nuno felt.  Robin writes, “Our mother was an artist and an expert seamstress. She taught me to respect the need to create something uncommon, with a requisite technical skill. Making wearables is second nature to me, but the medium of felt expands the potential for exploration in every direction. When I am felting, I find my sense of balance; it’s a very tactile, meditative process.” More information about Robin’s work can be found at www.luckystonestudio.com.

Bouchard, Ryan & Emily Schmidt

Ryan and Emily have presented their classes many times, during all seasons, in various formats involving indoor, outdoor and/or cooking sessions. These have been both private classes and collaborations with various organizations, mostly in and around their home state of Rhode Island: adult learning organizations such as the Barrington Community School, the University of Rhode Island’s OLLI program, the Stillwaters retreat center, and the Beechwood Lecture Series sponsored by the URI Master Gardeners; many local libraries including the Newport Library, Wheeler Free Library and Providence Public Libraries; and many local land trusts, garden clubs and nature centers, and events such as the RI Natural History Survey’s annual BioBlitz, where they led the Fungi identification team. Ryan and Emily have been featured in publications such as Rhode Island Monthly, SO Rhode Island, Smithfield Magazine and the online EcoRI News. Ryan’s photography was featured in an issue of the national publication Mushroom, the Journal of Wild Mushrooming, which included a photo essay by Ryan as well as the cover photo. Ryan and Emily have studied with many great mycologists, and have personally eaten over 200 species of wild mushrooms. They recently launched the Mushroom Hunting Foundation, to help educate more Americans about their own local fungi and the incredible world of mushroom hunting.

Boughton, Barbara

Barbara studied art at the University of New Hampshire and photography at the University of CA, San Francisco. Upon moving back to Taborton Mountain, Sand Lake, NY, Barbara took up residence on her great-great grandparents’ homestead, and became interested in doing things the old way. Now a basket weaver and fiber artist, she teaches and shows her work as Meyers Forge Heritage Arts. Barbara’s work focuses on the relationship between form and function, combining the graceful lines of the Shakers with the complexity and fluidity of twill patterns. Weaving with reed, wood splint, bark, and other found objects, Barbara creates original designs, hand-shaping each basket, revealing its unique dimensionality. Along with doing things the old way, Barbara is also a blacksmithing student at the Adirondack Folk School.

Breuer, Teresa

Theresa has been creating botanical lampshades for more than 12 years. She first practiced and learned the craft at Lean-2 Studio in Adirondack where she worked for over 10 years. She is now the owner and head designer at Northeast Living Lights where her works of art include wall sconces, hanging pendants, and even chandeliers. All of her shades are made by hand using botanicals she finds here in the Adirondacks. Teresa’s wall sconces and hanging pendants are crafted using the same technique and feature birch bark and driftwood accents. 

Caldwell, Sam

Sam grew up in Bolton Landing, NY, and then went off to college outside of the area and got his degree in history. In some ways this might have prepared him for his career which is deeply rooted in historical and traditional building methods. He moved back east and started working on a carpentry crew building a post and beam house. This led to Sam becoming more interested in timber framing and after reading everything he could get his hands on, he started on his own building more and more unique timber frame structures. He did his first frame building with minimal tools and his books spread out in front of him. The frame was 12×16 and he lived in that structure for several years. Since that time, Sam has built the same frame structure four more times gaining more and more skill. With his brother Ruben, a licensed architect, they started Blue Line Barn several years ago. They are focused on traditional as well unique and challenging frame structures, anything from outhouses and woodsheds to cathedral-like massive barns. The Toad Hill Maple Farm sugarhouse in Thurman, NY, is their most public frame.

Carter-Secreti, Lori

Lori is a mixed fibers weaver who concentrates on color and texture. She has been in the weaving business for almost 40 years, and is a production weaver. To make a living, she features in shows, stores and galleries, and has a shop in Burnt Hills, NY. Lori is usually showing in at lest 8 locations at the same time! She tries to keep weaving simple, so that it is affordable, doable, and attractive to most consumers. Easy care of the item is most important to her.

Collier, Bret

Bret has been an artist for 20 years and now enjoys a passion for pyrography, the art of wood burning. He is the owner of B.C. Creations, where he creates custom wood burned portraits and signs.

Compton, Bob

Bob has been blacksmithing professionally since 1983. In 1989 he opened his own studio to pursue custom architectural projects. Primarily creating work for private homes he has developed a style that brings traditional joinery and forging techniques to contemporary design. Besides the custom architectural work he does, he is collaborating with woodworker Tom Kuklinski to develop a line of furniture and accessories developed around the symbiosis between wood and iron. Bob has demonstrated extensively and taught both at blacksmithing schools and at his own studio. To see some examples of Bob’s work visit www.risingsunforge.com.

Cornelius, Beverly

Beverly began weaving in 1996. Her hobby quickly became a serious study of decorative as well as utilitarian baskets. Her weaving has a strong foundation in hand shaping and she draws inspiration from Shaker and Native American designs. Beverly weaves in both Reed and Ash. She has taught at the Adirondack Folk School since it opened and derives great pleasure and inspiration from her students. Her website can be found at beverlycornelius.com.

Cornelius, David 

David is a scholar of local Native American genealogy. He is of Mohawk, Wappinger, Mohegan, and Mohican descent. David is an engaging storyteller who has abundant knowledge of Native American history.

Davis, Caleb

Born in Cape Cod and brought up in Montreal, Canada, Caleb’s educational background includes a graduate degree in Leisure and Environmental Resources Administration. He started his business TREMOLO in 1990 to make and sell traditionally-shaped wooden canoe paddles and canoes. He also teaches the traditional flat-water canoeing style. Caleb is a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and has conducted many one-day paddle making classes and canoeing skills classes, as well as strip canoe making classes. He is Co-founder and Instructor at the Traditional Flat-water Canoeing Association. He is a demonstrator at major museums including the Adirondack Museum.

DeFonce, Russell

Russell has been building furniture and doing general carpentry work for over 20 years. He has taught furniture making at Paul Smith’s College, covering a variety of projects and skill levels. He has been a regular at the Adirondack Museum of Rustic Furniture for the past 14 years.

Devers-Scott, Roberta

Roberta is a soap maker, and has been making soap for over 5 years. Her soaps are sold at quite a few locations in Vermont, on her Etsy site, and produced for those wishing to add their own labels. She also does custom orders for weddings and special occasions. She deals mainly in cold-process soap making and uses natural additives. Roberta is also an avid homesteader and does quite a bit of preserving, canning, fermenting, gardening, candle-making, and animal husbandry.

Downing, Nicholas

Nicholas first hammered hot metal in an Industrial Arts class in Middle School when he was 13; it was love at first heat. His interest in ironwork led him to an apprenticeship with the blacksmith and teacher Keith A. Leavitt. He studied Sculpture and Art History at the University of Southern Maine and has taken blacksmithing classes from James Kieffer at the Landis Valley Museum, Jim Wallace at the Haystack mountain School of Crafts, and Jay Close at the New England School of Metalwork. He is a member of ABANA and New England Blacksmiths and makes his living as a studio technician for the Maine College of Art, a goldsmith at Daunis Fine Jewelry, and as a freelance blacksmith and metalsmith. Nicholas draws his inspiration from Colonial American ironwork, Medieval and Baroque European art, and Middle Eastern jewelry and metalwork. He lives in Portland, Maine. To see some of his work, visit his website.

Dvorak, Caroline

Caroline has been weaving rag rugs for five years, after taking classes from Hilary Cooper-Kenny. A significant portion of her “day job” is training new and existing staff on computer software. Weaving appeals to her linear, technical side – you have to be exacting in setting up the loom. But once you are weaving, you can be incredibly creative. Caroline chooses to make rag-rugs because recycling materials that would otherwise be thrown away fits with her practical nature.

Eberhardt, Chrissey

Chrissey believes in the priceless value of traditional skills and the need to pass them along to others. Her aunt taught her the art of soap making more than 30 years ago. Today, she has a small soap making business and is frequently featured at local farmers’ markets. In addition to soap making, Chrissey is an avid spinner, weaver, flax-processor, and does pot-dyeing using materials gathered from the woods.

Ferris-Hubbard, Christine

Seat weaving has been a part of Christine’s life for over 25 years. Her repertoire includes the traditional 7-step caning pattern, pressed can, and splint weaving-including flat reed, hickory bark, and binder caning, Shaker tape, rush, and sea grass. Christine has demonstrated these techniques for a long time, working at the Great Sagamore Camp since 1999, doing chair caning for the public through the New York State Council of the Arts every year since, also at the 18th Century Day at the Philip Schuyler House in Schuylerville, NY, the Harvest Festival held in Shushan, NY, and at the Washington County Fair in Easton, NY.

Christine has also enjoyed and taught letterboxing for over 12 years, finding delightful nature trails, fascinating and unique sites as she searched for hidden treasures.

Flinchbaugh, Janet

Janet received her degree from Ball State University and was a speech therapist for several years. During that time, she took classes in needlework at the Elsa Williams School of Needlework in MA. She taught needlework for several years and was a member of the Adirondack Artisans (a group of artists from the Adirondack area). More than 25 years ago, she studied floor cloth stenciling with a member of the Society of Early American Decorators. Janet and her art have been featured in several publications, including Early American Life Magazine’s Directory of the 200 best craftspeople in the country. She has rugs in several state and federal historic sites, including the John Jay House in Westchester, NY.

Games, Roberta

Roberta, an Adirondack resident, spends countless hours in the outdoors observing and gathering the natural elements she incorporates into her designs. She was the owner of Fern Mountain Designs,  well known for their distinctive floral arrangements. A Biology and Art major in college, she loves to create with an emphasis on the natural surroundings found in the Adirondacks, blending her two majors. She also brings her knowledge of the flora and fauna of the area to her classes. As a multiple award-winning designer, Roberta has many years of experience teaching and sharing her “Floral Art”.

Goldberg, Patricia

Patricia is a former computer programming consultant and owner of her own consulting company. Her interest in gardening stems from her early years in the Adirondacks, watching her parents work with their rock garden, vegetable garden, and houseplants. She brings to the garden her love of growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers, and the excitement generated while watching a seed turn into a dinner dish. Patricia has been gardening in one form or another for as long as she can remember. She was introduced  to the square foot method about 20 years ago and has used it ever since. Patricia has been a member of the Lake Luzerne community since childhood and as an active resident of our town. She hopes teaching at the Adirondack Folk School will be one more way she can give back to the area she loves.

Grant, Molly

Molly began leatherworking in her early 20’s, first by working on her own and then by apprenticing at the Black Swan Leather Shop in Portsmouth, NH, where she learned the basic skills of traditional leatherworking. Molly first saw Cordwainer Shoes when she was ten years old at eh League of New Hampshire’s Craftsmen’s Fair, known nationally as the oldest craft fair in the nation. She became a juried member in 1989, and participated by showing her line of handbags. There, she had the opportunity to meet Paul Matthews, owner of the Cordwainer Shop. Within a few month’s time Molly was traveling to craft shows nationally with Paul and learning the Cordwainer art. Molly still makes handbags, but the main business is footwear and teaching shoemaking workshops at the shop and at craft schools across the country. Learn more about the Cordwainer Shop at their website.

Gurzler, Steve

Steve is a knowledgeable and skilled blacksmith with many years of experience. He volunteers as smith-in-residence at the Fort Klock Historic Site in St. Johnsville, NY and demonstrates blacksmithing for the Adirondack Folk School and other non-profit groups. He enjoys reproducing historic cooking implements and tools.

Heidemann, Derek

Derek began a blacksmith apprenticeship at the young age of 14 at the Moses Wilder Blacksmith Shop at Old Sturbridge Village. He studied historic ironwork and has a traditional blacksmithing practice. He founded Resurrection Iron Works in 2011, where he forges traditional iron pieces for the public, museums and other institutions. Examples of his work can be found at Old Sturbridge Village, Coggeshall Farm Museum, The USS Constitution Museum, Fort Ticonderoga, and Genesee Country Village & Museum. All items are completely forged, filed and fitted by hand in order to achieve the highest quality reproductions possible.

Heilman II, Carl

Carl Heilman II has been photographing the wild Adirondack landscape since 1975, working to capture on film both the grandeur of this special region, and the emotional connection he has felt as well. As a full-time professional photographer, his work has been published in many regional and national publications including: books, magazines, calendars, posters, and prints. Carl has also produced several multi-image programs on the region that have been shown all around NY State, as well as on PBS. His most recent show, ‘Wild Visions’, available on video, is a program about our relationship with the wilderness and our spiritual connection with the Earth. His program ‘Adirondacks: A Wilderness of Waterways’ is shown daily at the Adirondack Park Visitors’ Interpretive Centers. Carl Heilman’s photography was recently published in a book by Rizzoli. This celebrated panoramic format book, ‘Adirondacks: Views of An American Wilderness’, includes panoramas and standard format images from all over the Adirondack Park. His latest books include ‘Contemporary Landscape Photography’, ‘The Landscape Photography Field Guide’, and ‘The Adirondacks’. More information about his work can be found on his website, www.carlheilman.com. 

Ingram, Carol

Carol’s formal background in painting, printmaking, and graphics led her to a career as an art instructor and then  a graphic designer. She has studied feltmaking with internationally known US and European feltmakers, and has now found a love in making felt and teaching this ancient craft. Carol is a member of the Northeast Felters Guild, and her work appears in publications such as 1000 Artisan Textiles and 500 Felt Objects. 

Kalajian, Garry 

A resident of New Hampshire, Gary has taught blacksmithing for more than 15 years both in the United States and internationally. Gary is an award winning author on the subject of blacksmithing and has been the artist-in-residence at both the Bow Memorial School and the Holderness School. You can find more information about Garry at his website, www.araratforge.com.

Katz, Elaine

Elaine is a multi-media artist who finds her inspiration from the beauty of the natural world.  A plein air painter and art quilter, her work reflects the mystical elements of wonder she sees all around her. Elaine has been creating art quilts for the past 20 years, and her work has been in shows around the country. She frequently leads workshops in painting, sewing, drawing, paper mache and other forms of art. Originally from the New York City metro area, Elaine currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where she is a member of the Maryland Pastel Society and the Howard County Council for the Arts. To see some of her work visit www.elainekatz.com.

Kingsley, John

John has over 30 years of hands on experience in woodworking, from furniture making and restoration, to functional and ornamental turnings. John has been a turning instructor for the Capital Region Arts Center for several years. He is a member of the Northeastern Woodworking Association and holds a leadership role and is a board member for the Adirondack Woodturners Association. John is also a member of the International Association of Penturners and the American Association of Woodturners. His work is featured in private collections throughout the region.

Kingsley, Renee

Renee has been making glass beads since 2005. Her journey into art glass began with an introduction class at Pain in the Glass Studio in Saratoga, NY. In 2009, Renee was able to combine her love of both glass and teaching when she became a faculty member at the Art Center in Troy. Renee attended a series of instructor/teaching seminars offered by the International Society of Glass Bead Makers and loves introducing others to her craft. She has done many live demonstrations for the art center and a local bead store and one of her beads was featured in the December 2011 issues of The Flow magazine as part of the 2011 Gallery of Women in Glass. Renee has a Masters Degree in Special Education and teaches preschoolers with special needs.

LaMothe, Jordan

Jordan began pursuing his interest in blacksmithing at age 14, taking a class and setting up his own forge in his parents’ barn. Now, Jordan is a full time bladesmith, making a wide variety of knives, axes and swords. In May 2017, Jordan became champion of history Channel’s bladesmithing competition: Forged in Fire, season 3 episode 7. He also demonstrated knife forging at Salem Art Works’ 2017 Festival of Fire. Jordan is also a vocalist and saxophonist, and holds a BA in music from Williams College in Massachusetts. He lives on a small farm in Hebron, NY, and hauls his family’s firewood with a team of oxen. To read more about Jordan and see some of his work visit his website, here.

Manning, Brian

An avid outdoorsman, Brian, who is from the Northeast, naturally found interest in primitive cultures and survival skills. He is an adept Atlatl competitor who has travelled around the world to participate in Atlatl competitions and events. Brian had a long career in law enforcement where he was a Tactical Operator for seven years. At present, he teaches self-reliance and survival skills at David Canterbury’s Pathfinder School in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Marsh, Lilly

Lilly’s studio work involves a variety of both practices and products. As a weaver and a dyer, she makes fine scarves, shawls and simple garments, as well as throws and blankets, specializing in wool, silk, Tencel, and cotton. If not using naturally colored wools, she does all her own dyeing for both plant and animal fibers in the studio at 201C in The Shirt Factory, Glens Falls NY. She also keeps her teaching loom, and a 45 inch, 16-harness AVL loom at the Shirt Factory, as well as a variety of her artisan woven and dyed items. To learn more about Lilly, visit her website.

Mauro, Jorden

A self taught blacksmith who turned his hobby into a self-sustaining business while restoring an Adirondack farm, Jordan has a passion for historic preservation. He hopes to bring back the principles of small freehold sustainable industry through his teaching.

Menard, Robert

Bob has been blacksmithing for 41 years and currently operates a professional blacksmith shop in Portland, Maine. He is the Vice President of New England Blacksmiths and the chair of the Brentwood Committee which administers and oversees the Teaching Center, a four forge facility that runs an average of 12 programs for NEB members. He also creates and edits the New England Blacksmith’s newsletter. You can visit his website, here.

Miller, Nancy

Nancy Miller has been creating versatile yet uncommon jewelry since 1993. She takes full advantage of the unique characteristics of pure silver metal clay that accepts textures readily, forms fluid curves, and invites spontaneity during the design and construction processes. Nancy has received awards for her jewelry at Colorscape Chenango and Art on the Mountain shows. She developed and continues to coordinate a jewelry program for seriously ill children at the Double H Hole-in-the-Woods Ranch, a camp founded by Paul Newman and Charles R. Wood. The program has the full support of the Precious Metal Clay (PMC) Guild and Rio Grande. Nancy was an invited presenter at the 2006 PMC Conference. You can find out more about Nancy at her website, here.

Mullein, Margo

Margo has been a practicing, certified herbalist since 1998. She has taught privately, for groups, and for organizations such as the Lake George Land Conservancy and Wiawaka Holiday House. She is involved in the Native American community of the Hudson River Valley, and practices the ancient Celtic Ceile De tradition. Margo is the founder of a Native American Teaching Circle, “Women of the 13 Moons” now in its 5th year. She enjoys guiding others to nurture and deepen their relationship with the earth, through lectures, educational classes, walks on the wild side, weekend workshops, and retreats.

Murphy, Pat

Pat makes rustic furniture and accessories through his business Wandering Moose Woodcraft. He spends a lot of time hiking and camping in the Adirondacks, and draws a lot of inspiration from that. Pat first made the Autumn’s Window wall hanging for a contest at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY. Though it didn’t make it to the final round of judging, he has since had a lot of interest in them at craft shows and online.

Muska, David

As licensed NYS Wilderness Guide and Wilderness Skills Instructor with over 20 years of backpacking experience including long-distance backpacking, David work as a Wilderness Skills Instructor with youth and adults in the world of ‘primitive’ skills and ‘nature connection’ with organizations such as Hawk Circle Earth Mentoring Institute, Primitive Pursuits, Earth Arts, and Lime Hollow Nature Center. He received a Bachelor’s of Science at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, studied freshwater turtle populations in the upper Hudson River of New York, worked as a Desert Tortoise Biologist in the Mojave Desert, and studied the symbiotic relationships between fungi and plants (Mycorrhizal Ecology) in the Northeastern  US. His passion for the natural world has been his driving force; a passion he is dedicated and honored to share.  His connection to the natural world, to the earth, and its inhabitants has been and continues to be the greatest of gifts. To learn more about David visit www.ondatraadventures.com.

Orsini, Ernest

Ernest’s career spans 32 years. At 14, he helped his father build a dry laid retaining wall that still stands today. Ernest was an apprentice through high school and college. Upon graduating, he started his own business, Ernston Land Co. He has been involved in hundreds of residential and commercial masonry projects from walls to patios, fireplaces and chimneys to constructing solid stone arches. Ernest has used all types of stone and has been associated with many challenging stone constructions. Ernest also enjoys skiing and snowmobiling and spending time with his wife and two-year-old son.

Parkinson, Matthew

From an early age, Matthew was fascinated by blacksmithing, knives and swords. As a young teen he made his first knife from an old file under the direction of his grandfather. Using his early exposure to knifemaking and his training in machining, Matthew began teaching himself the basics of blacksmithing and bladesmithing. In 1998, he formed MP Metalworks and began selling his work at Renaissance Fairs throughout the northeast. In 2005,  Matthew formed Falling Hammer Productions along with Jamie Lundell and Peter Swarz-Burt. Falling Hammer Productions designs, manufacturers and installs interior and exterior ironwork for homes in CT, NY, NJ and MA.  In 2007 they formed Dragons Breath Forge, a subsidiary of FHP to produce and market swords, knives and armor.  Since 2007, Matthew has been teaching blacksmithing and bladesmithing at the Brookfield Craft Center, the Guilford Arts Center, Peters Valley School of Craft, and New England School of Metalwork, along with private lessons in his own shop. In 2015, Matt won the first ever episode of History Channel’s Forged in Fire. Watch Matt’s Home Forge Tour from season three.

Petrequin, Mac

Mac has been playing Bluegrass Banjo for about 35 years. A full-time math teacher by day, Mac not only enjoys playing but teaching others as well. He has been giving private lessons in the area for years. Mac also plays Dobro guitar and upright bass. To hear Mac play, click here.

Pintar, Eric

Eric has taught box making workshops for 12 years. He is a partner at the Home Shop in Charlotte, MI, which supplies woodworkers worldwide with instruction and materials for making Shaker oval boxes. Coming on board as a junior in high school 16 years ago, Eric has made a career serving the needs of craftsmen near and far. He has taught at the Nantucket Historical Association’s 1800 House, Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts, the Northwest Indiana Woodworkers Association, the Porcupine Mountains Folk School, and the Anderson Center for the Arts.

Polunci, Don

Don is a retired art and photography teacher from Glens Falls High School and acted as the Art Department Coordinator there for three years. Don has also served as vice president of the Adirondack Camera Club and president of the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society. He is a published photographer and was a finalist in an ADK Life photo contest in 2010. Don has participated in a number of juried art shows and is very active in the local arts community.

Quinn, Patrick

Patrick is a graduate student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the blacksmithing program. Along with sculpture, he focuses heavily on hammer making and tool building. Patrick is a smith and a metalworker who builds intricate kinetic sculpture with mechanical connections and handmade hardware. He approaches hammer making with that same attention to detail, which has brought him recognition in his field. At Carbondale, he has taught individual and group workshops and participates in toolmaking programs for visiting artists. You can read more about Patrick at his website.

Rodman, Sarah J.

Sarah has had life long artistic inspiration by Lake George and the Adirondack region. She leads “Plein Air” workshops at The Lake George Club, and has a Masters in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Museum Studies from Harvard University. Sarah is dedicated to the role of celebrating art in community life.

Ross, Peter

Peter had his first experience forging iron in 1970. He studies and replicates many kinds of 18th century English ironwork including house hardware, tools, cooking and fireplace equipment and lighting. For 25 years, he served as Master of the Blacksmith Shop in Williamsburg, Virginia. Peter has trained apprentices and taught at numerous nationwide blacksmithing conferences.

Roy, Colin

Colin has been a blacksmith, bladesmith and metal fabricator for 5 years, and specializes in what he calls functional art. In his opinion, there’s no reason even a simple tool, like a hammer, shouldn’t look good too. When you use a tool that both functions well and is pleasing to the eye, it makes the work you are using it for even more enjoyable. He works on everything from small wall hooks and decorations, to high end kitchen knives, and has been commissioned in the past to build a 15 foot tall sculpture for the village of Round Lake, NY.

Salvetti, David

David Salvetti began coopering at age 16 after visiting Genesee Country Village and Museum. He returned to study coopering at Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford, NY, under their resident cooper, and has demonstrated coopering at many venues including the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock, VT, Fort Ontario in Oswego, NY, as well as at the Agricultural Museum at the New York State Fair. He specializes in white coopering; the making of watertight containers such as buckets, wash tubs, and churns. His coopered items are used by museums and individuals in 11 states. He enjoys coopering because it allows the use of traditional hand tools and involves shaping materials by eye, using skills developed thorough practice.

Sargent, Dick

Dick Sargent, a master Blacksmith, has demonstrated and taught workshops nationally throughout his career. He has been a professional blacksmith for 40 years and has owned and operated his own forge since 1973. His focus is on high-end architectural work and reproduction hardware. Starting in a small shop in Vermont, he worked with Frank Grapes, and in 1974 partnered with Tony Millham who founded Star Forge in Newport, Rhode Island. For two years they produced a prodigious amount of reproduction hardware for period homes sponsored by the Newport Restoration Foundation. Dick then established his own shop in Vermont where he sold reproduction hardware through his own catalog. In the early 1990’s he also began producing forged elements for other shops. Recently, Dick was the Blacksmithing Studio Department Head at Peters Valley School of Craft where he oversaw the studio and organized the blacksmithing educational program.

Scarborough, Leslie

Leslie is a self-taught needle-felter who combines her biology degree and love of nature to create realistic felt sculptures. She quickly turned her talent into a small business and exhibits her work in and around the Saratoga Springs area. She draws inspiration from her life in the Adirondacks, enjoys discussing her craft, and teaching others.

Schechter, Howard

Howard has over 13 years professional honing experience as proprietor of The Perfect Edge, and over 30 years teaching experience at all levels, including women-only classes. He has taught at places including the New England School of Metalwork, the Guilford Art Center, and can also be found on Youtube, sharing his knowledge. Howard has a degree in Geology, and studied metallurgy at Northeastern University. He has had ongoing bladesmith training over the past 20 years and had been making blades since 1973.

Scherz, Linda

Linda started weaving baskets in the fall of 1987, shortly after moving to Northern NY. Her interest in weaving quickly expanded to designing, teaching, exhibitions and juried shows. She has won numerous awards for her baskets. Linda enjoys working with a variety of  materials, including reed, bark that she harvests, waxed linen, beads and other various materials. While much was self-taught, she has attended several conferences to learn other techniques and how to work with other materials. She feels there is always more for one to learn. She is known for her intricate patterns, eye for color and incorporating different materials in her designs. Linda teaches throughout the United States for various guilds, conferences, art centers and organizations. She enjoys sharing her basketry knowledge and experience with her students. It’s rewarding to see their progress and excitement with what they have learned and made. See some of Linda’s work at www.adirondackbasketry.com.

Schreiner, Jim

Jim, of Great Sacandaga Designs, has been building rustic and traditional furniture professionally since the early 90′s. His designs are outstanding works of arts, as well as functional treasures. Jim lives and works in one of the three octagonal log cabins that he built with his family in the 70′s and 80′s on the South Shore of the Sacandaga Lake in Day, NY. Jim’s furniture is seen regularly at the Rustic Furniture Fair held at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY. If there is an unusual or large custom piece of Adirondack rustic furniture to be created, more times than not, people will seek Jim out for these one of a kind pieces . . . and they won’t be disappointed.  Earlier in Jim’s life, he was an alternate on the US Olympic Kayak Team. While missing the final cut by a tenth of a second, Jim was recently inducted into the Canoe, Kayak, and Cycling Hall of Fame in Utica, NY. 

Sinicki, Paul

Paul has been a fly fisher for over 15 years and is the president of the Capital District Fly Fishers. He has taught fly tying and casting for the Capital District Fly Fishers for a number of year and was a featured tyer at the Goldstocks Annual Cabin Fever Days and The American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, VT, and can often be seen at the fly fishing booth at the Saratoga County Fair. In addition, Paul teaches rod repair, as well as tying flies for earrings and pins. 

Thorman, Art

Art has been teaching and demonstrating tinsmithing for over 12 years. Drawing on his experience as an American history teacher for over 35 years, he is able to combine teaching and craftsmanship in a way that makes learning fun. Art specializes in 17th and 18th Century reproductions. He can often be found at French and Indian War and Revolutionary War reenactments peddling his wares to soldiers and their wives. Art’s work can be found in the gift shops at Fort William Henry, the Old Stone Fort, and the Mabee Farm, as well as gift shops throughout the Capital District. He also has extensive experience cooking over open fires with a variety of cast iron ware and tin roasters. He claims he can cook anything over an open fire that can be cooked in a modern kitchen. Read more about Art, here.

Ulrich, Walter K.

Walter has been an instructor at the Adirondack Folk School since its inception, and is a resident of Hadley. With a background in Math, Chemistry and Physics for the Department of Defense, Walter is an avid woodworker. 

Wilson, Dennis

More than 10 years ago, Dennis pursued an interest in wood and chip carving. He has studied his craft with master carver Wayne Barton. He has “chipped” more than 200 pieces that include plaques, Christmas ornaments, jewelry boxes, tea boxes, hearth stools, rocking chairs and candle holders. Dennis serves on the Board of Directors of North Country Arts, which sponsors three galleries in Glens Falls, New York and Chestertown, New York. He has exhibited his work in various galleries in the Adirondack region.

Wood, David

For the past 20 years David has considered himself a backyard beekeeper. First introduced to the art of beekeeping in Barstable Cape Cod, he then moved to upstate New York and became involved with the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association. Over the years he has taught various aspects of beekeeping to club members as well as giving presentations to clubs and civic organizations and has been featured in local publications and the American Bee Journal.

Valentine, Bob

Bob has over 36 years of experience producing 17th, 18th and early 19th century iron, including building hardware, hearth equipment and household items. Bob has worked on many restoration projects for clients including museums, architects and designers, as well as many individuals throughout the country. Bob is one of only three practicing smiths in the country to have made a spit jack, a geared clock like device used to turn a spit in front of a fireplace. In 1995, Bob sold his first spit jack to Sturbridge Village for their daily use. In 1991 he was given an award for “Best Traditional Work” by the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and New England Blacksmith. Bob has demonstrated and lectured on traditional iron work for various Blacksmithing groups, Historical Societies and AIA Connecticut.To learn more about Bob’s work, click here.

Van Driesche, Emmet

Born and raised in western Massachusetts, Emmet worked on sailing ships for a number of years during and after college, an experience that continues to shape him to this day. After meeting his wife while working on a schooner in Maine, they chose to return to the Pioneer Valley where they both grew up in order to raise their daughters nearer to their parents. In 2009 they took over the management of a 60-year-old coppiced Christmas tree farm (PieropanTrees.com) in Ashfield. In 2015 they bought a house ten minutes from their farm, in the village of Conway. When not working on the tree farm or editing scientific manuscripts (VanDriescheScientificEditing.com), Emmet spends his time carving spoons, scything people’s properties, and teaching both spoon carving and scything. His work is deeply embedded in the importance of physical work, an ability to use his hands and a Yankee sense of practicality. He does these things because he believes them to be important, both for now and for the future. To read more and view some of Emmet’s work, visit www.emmetvandriesche.com.

Yarish, Vladimir

Vladimir is an internationally known expert on traditional Russian birch bark basketry. He is a certified Master Craftsman in his native Russia, where he works and teaches. Vladimir published Plaited Basketry with Birch Bark, which is a comprehensive book about traditional Russian birch bark work, and has lectured in the United States, Europe and Taiwan.