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May 2024 at the Adirondack Folk School

May 1 - May 31

Adirondack Folk School Schedule for 2024
51 Main Street
Lake Luzerne, NY 12846
(518) 696-2400
www.adirondackfolkschool.org

All classes are held at the Adirondack Folk School unless otherwise noted.

 

MAY

Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16
A Taste of the Forge with Steve Gurzler. 3 evenings. 6:00pm – 8:30pm.
Members: 130. Non-Members: $150. Materials: $50.
Would you like to try blacksmithing, and get a taste of the craft? Join instructor
Steve Gurzler for 3 weekday evenings to learn how to operate a coal forge to bring
metal to incandescent heat and shape it with hammer in hand. This class will use
the Artist Blacksmiths Association of North America (ABANA) curriculum to teach
the basics of blacksmithing. Students can expect to create 2 or more projects
during the 3 evenings. Class size is limited to ensure all can advance at their own
pace.
Special Notes: Hard shoes and long pants are required for student’s safety.
Students should be high school age or older. Parents must accompany
children who are under 18 years of age.

Friday, May 3
Medicinal Mushrooms: Use, Preparation & Cultivation with Cheryl Joyce. 1
day. 9:00am – 4:00pm. Members: $110. Non-Members: $135. Materials fee $30.
In this course, local and common non-local medicinal mushrooms will be discussed
and identified. Students will learn the medicinal properties of each mushroom, how
to make a double extraction tincture and how to grow oyster mushrooms at home.
Students will leave with a tincture (in process that they will complete at home) and
an oyster mushroom kit that will produce mushrooms after about 3 weeks.
Special Notes: Students should bring 2 pint sized jars with them

Friday – Saturday, May 3-4

Create Your Own Hardwood Cutting Board with Frank Lagace. 2 half days.
Friday 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm. Members: $110. Non-
Members: $135. Materials fee $80.
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.

Friday – Sunday, May 3-5
From Fleece to Yarn with Mathilde Linde. 3 days. 9:00am – 4:00pm. Members:
$330. Non-Members: $405. Materials fee $40.
Wool is a versatile ecological material for knitting, felting, and weaving, but
processing it can be a bit tricky for a beginner. In this workshop, you will learn how
to work with wool starting with raw fleece straight off the sheep and ending with
handspun yarn ready to be incorporated into your craft projects. We will play with
wool from a variety of sheep breeds, including some rare heritage breeds, and
we’ll learn how to use their different qualities to create the perfect materials for
your projects. You will learn how to use different wool processing tools like hand
cards, wool combs, and a drum carder. If you like starting with natural materials
and seeing them through to the finished product, this is a great workshop for you!
Location: 1476 U.S. 9, Lake George, NY 12845, Alfred Z. Solomon Lake
George Annex, located on Rt. 9 in the Log Jam Outlets immediately behind
the Log Jam Restaurant.

Friday – Sunday, May 3-5
Forging a Tomahawk with Joe Szilaski. 3 days. 9:00am – 4:00pm. Members:
$390. Non-Members: $450. Materials fee $75.
In just 3 days you will learn to forge a tomahawk—one of the earliest multi-use
tools—from Joe Szilaski, a Master Smith in 3 countries: the US, Hungary and
Austria. This is an excellent introduction to bladesmithing. You will have the
chance to customize your own design and proudly walk away with a unique piece.

Saturday, May 4
Medicinal Mushrooms: Use, Preparation & Cultivation with Cheryl Joyce. 1
day. 9:00am – 4:00pm. Members: $110. Non-Members: $135. Materials fee $30.

In this course, local and common non-local medicinal mushrooms will be discussed
and identified. Students will learn the medicinal properties of each mushroom, how
to make a double extraction tincture and how to grow oyster mushrooms at home.
Students will leave with a tincture (in process that they will complete at home) and
an oyster mushroom kit that will produce mushrooms after about 3 weeks.
Special Notes: Students should bring 2 pint sized jars with them

Saturday, May 4
Fairies of the Adirondacks with Margo Mullein. 1/2 day. 1:00pm – 4:00pm.
Members: $65. Non-Members: $80. Materials fee $15.
Let the everyday slip away on this imaginative walk along the River Trail of the
Adirondack Folk School. Drawing from Celtic lore, we’ll weave a tale about Fairies,
while connecting the dots between the Faerie folk of Ireland and the Adirondacks.
We’ll start with creating a house out of natural objects, both provided and found, for
the Fairies of the Forest and end with sitting around the fire listening to the stories
of the Fairy Tree Trail of Ardgillan Castle in Ireland, the Cottingley Fairies of
England, and an Adirondack Poem or two on the Faerie realm. Enchanted tea and
Fairy Bread will be served.

Sunday, May 5
Garnet Beaded Wrap Bracelets with Roberta Games. 1/2 day. 1:00pm –
4:00pm. Members: $65. Non-Members: $80. Materials fee $15.
Create an Adirondack inspired bracelet using Garnet gemstones finished with a
clasp styled to represent the mountains and the stillness of the Adirondack night
sky. We will be hand sewing.

Sunday, May 5
Traditional Herbalism with Margo Mullein. 1/2 day. 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Members:
$65. Non-Members: $80. Materials fee $35.
The use of plants for wellness, nutrition and balance has been practiced for
thousands of years in the Adirondacks and cultures around the globe. Discover
what they knew and passed down for generations. In this course you’ll get hands-
on experience in traditional practices for transforming raw plant material into
beneficial preparations with a focus on enhancing the wellbeing of our body system
organs. This class is for all levels and open to ages 13 and up.
Special Notes: Please note that each offering will have a different focus as
follows:  Saturday, May 20: Nutritional Spring Greens (Detoxification / Liver),

Friday, July 14: Happy Heart Tonic (Cardiovascular), Friday, August 11th:
Relax, Dream, Sleep (Nurturing the Nervous System), and Saturday,
September 16th:  Herbs for Healthy Skin (Our body’s biggest organ).

Thursday, May 9
AFS Sewing Circle with Various Instructors. 1/2 day. 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Members: $0. Non-Members: $0. Material Fee: $0.
Calling all fiber artists! Do you have a project you’re in the middle of? Want some
company while you work? Sounds like AFS Sewing Circle is the place for you!
Quilters, knitters, and fiber artists alike are welcome to join us every month for an
afternoon of quilting and camaraderie. Bring your works in progress, and enjoy
sharing your experience and the company of your fellow quilters. Pre-registration is
not required. All are welcome!

Saturday, May 11
Viking Knife with Arnie Barsky. 1 day. 9:00am – 4:00pm. Members: $130. Non-
Members: $150. Materials $25.
The student will hand forge a small Viking Knife, also called a blacksmith knife.
The knife is a one piece, all metal design with an integral handel. The blade will be
heat treated, ground and sharpened in class. This one-day class will cover the
basic theory and practice of knife making and is a good introduction for the
beginner.
Special Notes: Hard shoes and long pants are required for student’s safety.

Saturday, May 11
Gathering Basket with Barbara Boughton. 1 day. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Members: $110. Non-Members: $135. Material Fee: $45.
This basket is woven on a pre-stained round oak base and employs continuous
chase weave to build the sides. Students will learn the process for determining the
number of spokes needed for continuous weave and be challenged and excited to
watch their baskets grow with two weavers. Students make their own leather
handles in class, which incorporate into the rim. This rustically graceful and
functional basket is woven on a 6″ base which grows into a 12″ diameter basket.
The basket measures 10” high at sides.

Saturday, May 11
Sharpening & Honing Blades with Howard Schechter. 1 day. 9:00 am to 4:00
pm. Members: $130. Non-Members: $150. Material Fee: $10.

Sharpening and honing of blades is a mystery to most people these days although
our ancestors knew the skill intimately. Technology of honing has definitely
improved over the past 100 years and there are many technologies to choose
from. Howard will demystify the sharpening process and you will leave the
workshop with the skills to sharpen your own blades. Students should bring one or
two blades to hone for the class.
Special Notes: Come prepared to work in a dirty process so wear work or old
clothes. Closed toe shoes required.

Saturday, May 11
Overshot Table Runner with Janet Gallant. 1 day. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Members: $110. Non-Members: $135. Material Fee: $40.
The overshot weave structure is a personal favorite of Janet’s. The instructor will
share the history of the weave structure and the pattern that students will be using
to create an elegant table runner.
Location: 1476 U.S. 9, Lake George, NY 12845, Alfred Z. Solomon Lake
George Annex, located on Rt. 9 in the Log Jam Outlets immediately behind
the Log Jam Restaurant.

Saturday, May 11
Fly Fishing–Casting Basics with Paul Sinicki. 1/2 day. 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Members: $75. Non-Members: $85. Material Fee: $10.
The goal of this class is to help you get started in fly fishing or better your casting.
We will go over different types of fly rods and when to use them. The proper way of
lining a fly rod will be taught. You will be doing the over hand cast, roll cast and
side arm cast, for a few examples. You will need to bring a hat and a pair of
glasses or sunglasses. If you have a fly rod please bring it, otherwise one will be
provided. To end, students will get a chance to try different fly rods.
Special Notes: This is an active casting course. Students 16 or older who
have a NYS fishing license can cast into the lake. Those without will cast on
dry land. Students must bring a hat and glasses to wear for safety.

Monday – Tuesday, May 13 – 14
Dovetailed Shaker Candle Box with Martin Macica. 2 days. 9:00 am to 5:00
pm. Members: $220. Non-Members: $270. Material Fee: $45.

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.

Tuesday, May 14
Quilt Block Party 1 with Janet Gallant. 1 day. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Members:
$110. Non-Members: $135. Material Fee: $20.
In this series of classes, a new quilt block will be introduced each month along with
the techniques used to cut, piece, and construct the quilt block. Color is an
important component to block and quilt design. Examples will be presented for
each block to help you create a quilt that is pleasing to your personal color and
style. Each offering can stand on its own, so take one, a few or all five! Students
should have some basic knowledge of sewing prior to taking this class.
Log Cabin Quilt Block – A nice beginner block to practice the mastery of the ¼”
seam and the skill of squaring off the block as it builds in size. The technique to
sandwich the quilt layers will be taught as well as completing the quilt with a bias
binding. Students will use their blocks to create placemats.
Special Notes: A list of fabric requirements for each block and completed
project will be sent out prior to class. Materials fee for each class is $20 with
the exception of June 11 Four Patch Star which is $35.

Tuesday – Friday, May 14-17
Intro to Weaving on a Floor Loom with Teri Dvorak. 4 mornings. 9:00am –
1:00pm. Members: $220. Non-Members: $270. Materials $25.
Learn to weave on a floor loom. With instruction and hands on experience, you will
perform each step of the process—winding a warp, dressing a loom, and weaving
a cotton towel to take home and use for years to come.
Location: 1476 U.S. 9, Lake George, NY 12845, Alfred Z. Solomon Lake
George Annex, located on Rt. 9 in the Log Jam Outlets immediately behind
the Log Jam Restaurant.

Wednesday, May 15
Open Forge Night with Steve Gurzler. 2 hours. 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Members: $0.
Non-Members: $0. Materials: $0.

Interested in blacksmithing but unsure how to start? Open Forge Night is the place
for you! Every third Wednesday of the month during our blacksmithing season,
come see demonstrations by expert blacksmith Steve Gurzler. Observing the
demonstration is free and open to the public. If you want to try your hand at
blacksmithing there is a $20 fee to cover the cost of materials. Safety precautions
must be followed – including hard shoes with no open toes, long pants, goggles
(supplied) and gloves (supplied).

Thursday – Friday, May 16 – 17
Hiker (Small) Pack Basket with Linda Scherz. 1 ½ days. Thurs, 9:00am –
3:00pm. Fri. 9:00am – 12:00pm. Members: $190. Non-Members: $220. Materials:
Cotton Harness: $95.00. Leather Harness: $110.00
The Adirondack Pack Basket is one of the most recognized objects associated with
the Adirondacks. Create your own pack basket patterned from the traditional
Adirondack Pack Baskets. Adults and children can wear this pack. Students will
weave a plain weave base with the pre-cut spokes. Then learn to continuous
weave the sides of the basket, pack tight, level the top, weave a false rim, cut, and
tuck, insert the wood handle, fit the rim and lash on basket. Lastly, add an
adjustable webbing or leather harness secured with wood skids. This class will be
fun for all weavers. This is a great intro size pack to making pack baskets. Linda
will demonstrate, teach you weaving techniques and guide you while you weave
your basket. Students will be using a drawknife and other sharp tools. Instructor
will bring all materials to make the basket. Baskets will not be stained during class.
Dimensions are 6″” x 9″” x 14″” high.
Special Notes: Note: Materials fee for Webbing Harness – $95. Materials fee
for Leather Harness – $110. Leather harness is dark brown. Webbing harness
color choices may vary depending on what is available at the time of the
class. Please call AFS if you would like the leather harness as it needs to be
ordered a minimum of two weeks prior to the class. Students should wear
comfortable clothing.

Friday, May 17
Copper Lanterns with Mark Swanberry. 1 day. 9:00am – 4:00pm. Members:
$110. Non-Members: $135. Materials: $90.
Create your own copper Lantern on a Bluestone base. You will punch and shape
the copper sides and top and attach them to a stone base. The Lantern features a
glass drop ,soldered into the 3 sides of the lantern. The punched holes and glass
create a pleasant appearance when lit with a candle. The Lantern will be 9 ½” tall,
and the base is 5 ½” by 5 ½”.

Friday – Sunday, May 17 – 19
Damascus Chef’s Knife with Cody Csontos. 3 days. 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Members: $390. Non-Members: $450. Materials: $100.
In this course you will complete the basic process of making random pattern
Damascus, including creating your stack of steel, forge welding, cut & stack and
reforging your material into a Damascus billet. Using your Damascus billet you will
forge a hidden tang chef’s knife that you will heat treat and bevel. Last, you will fit a
handle to your knife, making it a functional and beautiful tool. In this course we will
talk about forging processes, grinding technique, fit & finish, and etching
procedures. Experience of basic blacksmithing and knifemaking is required.
Experience with a belt grinder is helpful but not required.
Special Notes: Experience of basic blacksmithing and knifemaking is
required. Experience with a belt grinder is helpful but not required.
Hard shoes and long pants are required for student’s safety.

Saturday, May 18
Square Foot Gardening with Patricia Goldberg. 1 day. 9:00am – 3:00pm.
Members: $75. Non-Members: $85. Materials: $5.
Learn all about Square Foot gardening from a local gardening guru. Square Foot
gardening is the practice of planning small but intensively planted gardens. It
combines concepts from other organic gardening methods, including composting,
closely planted raised beds and attention to a small, clearly defined area. It is a
high-yield, space-saving and time-saving gardening technique. Come learn from a
pro, watch nature do her work, and then come back during the summer to tend
your garden and harvest your efforts. Though the class is geared to vegetable
gardening, the techniques discussed are applicable to other types of gardening as
well. A terrific class for beginning gardeners or experts alike – and a great way to
get out in the sun and enjoy our Adirondacks!

Saturday, May 18
Everyone Can Be an Artist with Dona Nazarenko. 1 day. 9:00am – 2:00pm.
Members: $65. Non-Members: $80. Materials: $36.
In this class we will paint a variety of birch trees on a canvas panel using not only a
paint brush but a firm card. We will also explore additional painting techniques
using objects like Q-tips, string, and paper tubes. All scenes will be different in
sizes and colors.

Location: 1476 U.S. 9, Lake George, NY 12845, Alfred Z. Solomon Lake
George Annex, located on Rt. 9 in the Log Jam Outlets immediately behind
the Log Jam Restaurant.

Saturdays, May 18 & June 8
Ceramic Wind Chimes with Colleen Vanderhoef. 2 mornings. 9:00am –
12:00pm. Members: $110. Non-Members: $135. Materials: $35.
We will create a decorative arrangement of small pieces or wind bell of ceramic to
be suspended from a frame such as driftwood. After it can be strung and hung so
as make a tinkling sound in the breeze. Wind chimes have been used for centuries
as a way to sooth us and provide us with a sense of peace and calm, associated
with religious beliefs, meditation, and creating a serene environment. The
symbolism of wind chimes is often tied to good luck, health, and happiness. Join us
in our hand-building clay exploration. Dress to mess. Class is suited for students
ages 8 – 14 w/a parent, and 15 and up on their own. Supplies include clay, tool
sharing, glazing and firing. Forms made will have a drying period before firing, and
then glazing. Students will need to return to pick up finished pieces or make
shipping arrangements with AFS.

Saturday & Sunday, May 18 – 19
Bird Condo Tower with Frank Lagace. 2 days. 9:00am – 4:00pm. Members:
$220. Non-Members: $270. Materials: $175.
If you’re a fan of birdwatching and want to create a space for the birds that call
your yard home, then this is the class for you! Create your own unique “Bird
Condo” with plenty of space for backyard birds to roost.

Sunday, May 19
Walk on the Wild Side – Introduction to Foraging with Margo Mullein. 1/2 day.
1:00pm – 4:00pm. Members: $65. Non-Members: $80. Materials: $15.
The plants are whispering – beckoning us to gather in the wild. This class is for
those who would like to answer that call. To work with the plants at their peak in
the location in which they thrive! Using techniques from various earth-based
traditions, discover the many benefits of wild foraging including approaching the
plants with an open and receptive heart, working intuitively, setting intentions for
the exchange, asking permission as a way of giving respect, giving thanks, wild
plant identification, and making herbal preparations on the spot!
Special Notes: Please let us know ahead of time if you have any allergies.

Sunday, May 19
Decorative Door Basket with Dona Nazarenko. 1 day. 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Members: $110. Non-Members: $135. Materials: $68.
A friendly view on your front door, or any place you hang this elegant basket.
Woven with natural and dyed reed with an accent of a poplar strip you can
personalize. This basket is tall, flat, and has a wooden handle. The top opening
can accommodate seasonal dried flowers. Dimensions: 11” wide x 20” high.
Intermediate weaving level, hand strength needed.
Location: 1476 U.S. 9, Lake George, NY 12845, Alfred Z. Solomon Lake
George Annex, located on Rt. 9 in the Log Jam Outlets immediately behind
the Log Jam Restaurant.
Special Notes: Intermediate weaving level, hand strength needed.

Sunday, May 19
Rugs from Rags with Caroline Dvorak. 1/2 day. 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Members:
$75. Non-Members: $95. Materials: $10.
No weaving experience is necessary! The looms are dressed and ready to go, all
you need to do is bring your creative spirit and to leave with a finished one-of-a-
kind rug. Students will have a choice of making a traditional Rag Rug using
recycled fabric strips or making a Sock Rug using remnants from a sock factory.
Colors and choices of fabric and remnants vary from class to class depending on
availability. The rugs are 24″ wide, and up to 45″ long.

Tuesday – Wednesday, May 21 – 22
Classic and Easy Fit Blouse with Janet Gallant. 2 days. 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Members: $220. Non-Members: $270. Materials: $75.
The joy of sewing is in creating a garment that fits your body and style. This class
will begin with an introduction to the pattern that we will use. Simple pattern
alterations will be discussed before the fitting process begins. Students will use a t-
shirt that fits them comfortably, their measurements, and simple alterations to
create a paper pattern with which to create their first muslin blouse. Sewing
techniques needed will be taught as the muslin garment is constructed. Students
will use this pattern to create their Classic and Easy Fit blouse. Pre-washed and
pre-shrunk fabric will be available and are included in the materials cost for this
class. The instructor will then share simple sewing techniques and pattern
modifications to create a collection of Classic and Easy Fit blouses unique to the
student’s personal style.

Wednesday, May 22
Stained Glass for Beginners with John Vaughn. ½ day. 9:00am-1:00pm.
Members: $60. Non-Members: $75. Materials fee $25.
In this workshop we will complete a small Tiffany style suncatcher. You will be able
to choose a pre-drawn pattern from a variety of designs and be guided as you
learn to cut the glass (chosen from a variety of types and colors), smooth the glass
pieces with a grinder, apply copper foil tape, solder the pieces together into the
final piece using lead-free solder, apply patina (optional), and add jump rings or a
stained glass stand.
Location: 1476 U.S. 9, Lake George, NY 12845, Alfred Z. Solomon Lake
George Annex, located on Rt. 9 in the Log Jam Outlets immediately behind
the Log Jam Restaurant.

Thursday, May 30
Blacksmithing: Nail & Hook with Arnie Barsky. 1/2 day. 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Members: $75. Non-Members: $85. Material Fee: $25.
This 4-hour class is ideal for the beginner blacksmith with little to no experience.
We will start with the basics, and within the first hour students will be forging their
own nails. From there, students will forge hooks with a decorative twist.
Special Notes: Hard shoes and long pants are required for student’s safety.

Friday, May 31
Blacksmithing: Bottle Opener with Arnie Barsky. 1/2 day. 12:00 pm to 4:00
pm. Members: $75. Non-Members: $85. Material Fee: $25
This class follows the lessons learned in Blacksmithing 101. Students will learn
how to punch and drift to make a usable bottle opener.
Special Notes: Hard shoes and long pants are required for student’s safety.

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