See what's in store this September at AFS!
Adirondack Folk School

Adirondack Folk School 

PO Box 2
51 Main St
Lake Luzerne, NY
(518) 696-2400

Volume 3 Issue 6

3rd Annual Bountiful Bowl Benefit

In 2010, the Adirondack Folk School held its first-ever Bountiful Bowl Benefit. The success of the event was overwhelming and it has become an annual fundraiser for the school, who shares proceeds with the Maxfield Community Food Pantry.
This years Bountiful Bowl Benefit will be held at the school on Sunday, September 2nd from 1-5 PM. Over 160 beautiful bowls have been hand-thrown in preparation for this years benefit. Attendees will purchase a bowl to be filled with soup, salad or chili at the event. Bowls are $25 for not yet members and $20 for members. 
While attendees dine they can also peruse an exhibit of student work and watch demonstrations of bread making at the outdoor oven and apple pressing by two of our instructors. There will also be live music from Jukebox Jim.

While Summer may be ending, we've got lots of exciting classes that will keep the magic of the Adirondacks alive. These are spectacular times to take a class-  plenty of room at the motels, inns & campgrounds.

There are still openings available in these great classes- come and bring a friend:

9/7-9 Timber Frame Play House                      
9/28 Pyrography (Writing with Fire)  
9/11 Tailoring/Sewing 101                                9/29 Colonial Harvest Feast   
9/15-16 Traditional Bamboo Fly Rod              9/29-30 Toboggan Making 
9/15 Felt a Beret                                                 10/2 & 9 Sew Your Own Halloween Costume
9/15-16 Small Adirondack Pack Basket         10/5 Carve a Small Adirondack Loon 
9/18 Tailoring/Sewing 101                                10/6 Wooden Pull Toy
9/22-23 Intermediate Penmanship                  10/6-7 Folk Art Portraits          

If you have an idea for a new class you would like to take at AFS, please contact Lauren at or (518) 696-2400. We welcome all suggestions from students and friends of the school!

Inspiring Hands, Heart & Mind

The motto of the Adirondack Folk School is to inspire the hands, hearts and minds of our students and it is wonderful to hear stories that confirm the school is doing just that. In our recent class where students were learning to make axe & hammer handles using drawknives and shaving horses, we overheard that Carol Dodge of Corinth, NY is just one of those folks.

Carol, who is the proprietor of the Bread Box Bakery in Corinth, has taken 4 classes at AFS. The first was making her own shaving horse with Win Bigelow, followed by a Rustic Picture Frame class with instructor Jim Schreiner and then a Rustic Bench class with Bruce Wight. We caught up with her again in Win’s class using the shaving horse, a bench with clamp type system that lets the woodworker push the clamp section with their legs, freeing the worker’s hands to use tools such as a drawknife or spoke shave.

Carol has taken her new love of woodworking and worked all winter in a barn loft at her home building a bed, chair and table using the shaving horse and old tools passed down from her grandfather. When asked what she liked best about AFS she said, “the gratification of seeing something you made when you are done”. She also said she enjoyed the various conversations and people she has met in the classes and the discussions with other students that has enriched the learning experience.

Carol and her husband and four children have lived in Corinth and South Corinth her whole life, and feels that AFS is just a “super place”. So we asked her what is next and she said that she and her daughter are looking forward to taking the Traditional Braided Rug class next.

You too will feel the pride of making things just as Carol has. After all, she never made furniture before but after looking at her work and the handmade tenons she cut by hand, Win said, “that’s pretty impressive”.


"One Thousand and Counting..."

Our classes have reached over 1,000 students, from age 8 to 80, and we continue to grow both the number and variety of offerings.  As a nonprofit, we need help to ensure that another 1,000 can enjoy our classes in the coming years. We invite you to support the school through our first annual fund appeal, "One Thousand and Counting". 
Your tax-deductible gift will help the Adirondack Folk School in everything we do.  Contributions support programs, special events, outreach activities and day-to-day operations.  The school’s growth and continued success means that we move from a largely volunteer-based organization to a self-sustaining nonprofit with a financially stable foundation. We hope you call us neighbor and make a contribution at a level you are proud to support.
Want to do more? Become an "Adirondack Folk School 46er"!
Become an “Adirondack Folk School 46er”
An Adirondack Folk School 46er is one of 46 special individuals or businesses that donate a dollar equivalent of the height of their selected high peak in the Adirondacks.  After all the 46 peaks have been sponsored, a special plaque and dinner at the school will honor their very generous support.
If you or your business is interested in being an “Adirondack Folk School 46er” please let us know so we can continue to inspire the hands, hearts and minds for generations to come.

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PO Box 2
Lake Luzerne, New York 12846

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