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Sagamore Chair

Over 100 years ago, the famous Sagamore Hotel was built as an exclusive resort on Lake George in the Adirondacks. Its luxurious and spacious accommodations attracted the millionaires of the day, and the hotel continues to bring people from around the world to its spectacular spot on the lake. Come create a bit of history as you build a Sagamore chair using patterns struck from one of the original chairs; all the forms and patterns necessary are provided. Learn how to steam bend local Adirondack Red Oak into the graceful forms of this one-of-a-kind chair that is both beautiful and comfortable. Working with a variety of hand tools, you will bend and fasten the slats, laminate frame elements, join everything together and sand, finish and complete a beautiful chair ready for a prominent spot in your camp or home. Some prior woodworking experience is helpful, but beginners are welcome too.

Double-Bottomed Bushel Basket

Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne

This is a great class for a first-time weaver, as well as for those who would like to learn some new weave patterns to create a unique piece. A variety of techniques will be discussed, including arrow weave and four-rod wale, as well as the use of color to create pattern. Students will begin by weaving a double-bottomed twined base. As they weave up the sides with the stop-start method, students may then choose to incorporate a variety of color and pattern which interests them. The basket is finished with a pair of leather handles made during class. With a double-bottomed base, this is a very sturdy and functional basket, as well as uniquely yours. Dimensions approx. 10" diameter, 8" high.

Introduction to Traditional Joinery

Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne

Take that next step in your blacksmithing journey by learning traditional joinery work. The project is a fun, simple forgiving project where students will learn several processes: traditional corners, collars, tenons, rivets, slitting/drifting, beveled scrolls, fish-tail scrolls and regular scrolls where you will also learn how to determine the lengths of steel required to achieve a finished dimension. Learning these processes will enable you to move forward to projects limited only by your imagination!

Adirondack Dulcimer Making

Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne

Drawing from over 30 years of fine instrument making, Martin Macica will share his knowledge of the principles and practice of dulcimer making, leading participants through the process of making their own dulcimer from scratch using hand tools. This intensive course will cover every aspect of dulcimer making, including the carving of the scroll. Participants will leave with a working knowledge of dulcimer making, and a handcrafted instrument ready for a lifetime of making music.

The Art of Cheesemaking: 101

The Art of Cheesemaking:101 is being taught by Sheila Flanagan and Sal Speight, both internationally awarded cheesemakers, known for creative semi-aged cheeses. This course will focus on all of the simplest aspects of cheesemaking and the vast variety of cheeses that can be made based on different cultures, rennets, additives and mechanical processing methods. Shelia and Sal will highlight such topics as: importance of cheese starter culture and how different cultures dictate cheesemaking steps, varieties of rennet and their pros and cons, eight steps of cheesemaking and how each affects the final product, categories of cheese from fresh to semi aged to hard cheeses and all their sub categories, what makes cheese artisan and the constant clash with regulations and food safety consideration. Students will then put their knowledge to work by making a semi-aged cow's milk cheese. Tips on how to care for your semi-aged cheese at home will end this well-rounded class taught by the cheesemakers at Nettle Meadow Farm.

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