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.
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.
After seeing a video on how to make cutting boards, Ben decided it was something he just had to try! Equipped with only a chop saw and an orbital sander, he made two and was hooked. At Singing Hound Designs, he strives to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces, using mostly scrap or reclaimed wood.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ellen is an artist blacksmith who creates forged fashion. Her interest in fashion was inspired by her fascination with moving metal. She combines art, blacksmithing, and fashion. Ellen grew up in Wilmington, DE and has an MFA in sculpture. She was introduced to forging from the decorative arts side of life, rather than the functional and utilitarian option. Her current ‘wearable series’ started as decorative life size stationary pieces inspired by her large-scale drawings. This led to her current growing performance runway like series: Forged Fashion. Ellen’s metalwork challenges traditional views of how craftsmanship is applied; while posing dynamic and relevant psychological questions. She believes that her delicate and elaborate metal work is complete when viewed on the human body.
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.
Teresa (Teri) began weaving over 20 years ago, taking a series of lessons from an accomplished weaver in Manchester, CT. From there she attended a one-day a week, 4 year intensive weaving program at the Hill Institute in Florence, MA under the instruction of master weaver Jeanetta Jones. Over the years Teri has belonged to various Weaving Guilds and taken classes at conferences. She has taught dyeing workshops at guilds and has done weaving demonstrations at fairs and schools. More recently, while living in Colorado, as a member of the Wet Mountain Weavers Guild she participated in community weaving activities with local school children, taught different weave structures at meetings and sold her handwovens in their annual show and sale.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Russ has had an interest in blacksmithing since he was a child, and has been able to fully explore the art more recently. After starting with a coal forge in his garage in 2013, he has been fortunate to work with and apprentice under amazing and talented smiths. Russ’s focus is on artistic blacksmithing and decorative ironwork, with some knifemaking on the side.
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.
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.
Martin has taught many different Instrument Building classes over the years. He taught for 5 years at Northeast Woodworking Association located in Half Moon, NY, teaching Violin Making, Arched Top Guitar Making, and F5 Mandolin Making courses. Martin has worked the past 7 years at Maplewood Center for Common Craft in Greenwich, NY teaching a Dreadnought Guitar Course.
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.
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.
Weaving since 1988, Dona started teaching classes in 1992 throughout NJ at school campus’, local basketry guilds and at various galleries. Having won numerous awards, Dona has also been recognized on local TV, in newspapers, magazines and articles in several basketry newsletters. Not slowing down after moving to Tunbridge, VT in 1996 she has continued to teach classes across the country and also holds classes at her quiet and secluded “Country Spirit Basket” studio on her property with her husband Warren. Dona does not focus on one style of basketry or one medium. She also enjoys the gifts of nature which she shares with students, for example through the use of birch bark. Warren and Dona can be found harvesting birch bark on their property where Dona is accredited with teaching over 85 birch bark designs and more than 135 reed baskets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a self taught crafter, Kathy takes different ideas and combines them to create her specific vision. Having done most of her crafting for herself at home, Kathy is excited to teach others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colleen has been teaching Studio Art classes in NY State public schools for 25 years, and adult level clay classes at a community art center for the past 8 years. She has received several art awards within the school districts and her community has granted her “Artist of the Year”. She has experience teaching Drawing. Painting, Color Theory, Watercolor, Sculpture, and more. Her passion for clay is where she most enjoys creating; both hand-building and wheel throwing. She is known to be a painterly glazer, as she strives to perfect color on clay forms.
John has been a stained glass artist from his home studio since 2017. Generally self-taught, he makes part of his living selling Tiffany-style and mosaic stained glass art and home décor items on Etsy, Amazon Handmade, and at craft fairs. In 1995 he earned a teaching certificate from the University of Colorado in secondary education. John has been a high school substitute teacher and volunteer math tutor for Literacy NY.
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.