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Build a Wee Lassie Canoe

The original Wee Lassie was a lapstrake-built open cedar canoe made in 1863 by J. Henry Rushton of Canton, NY. Rushton was one of the most famous canoe builders of his era. George Washington Sears, who wrote of his adventures under his pen name of Nessmuk as he recorded his paddling adventures throughout the Adirondacks, popularized these small, finely crafted canoes. Come spend 11 wonderful days with master instructor Larry Benjamin building your own Wee Lassie. You will be guided through every step of the building process. Leave with a beautiful, lightweight canoe that handles well in the water. Open to all level of student.

Build a Rustic Birdhouse

Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne

Anyone can learn to make a rustic birdhouse in just a few hours. A birdhouse is a simple structure with seven basic parts: two sides, a front and back, a bottom, and two pieces for the top. Power tools are not necessary to cut the wood; it can be done with a handsaw. Using rough-cut lumber, you will construct a rustic birdhouse that can be functional and/or decorative. Choose from several birdhouse designs. There will be a short discussion about nesting birds, feeding birds and suitable houses for area birds. Participants are encouraged to bring objects (such as old drawer pulls, doorknobs, hardware, etc.) from home. Adults and teens welcome; children ages 10-14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Framed Stained Glass Mosaics

In this class students will create a stained glass mosaic in an 8 x 10 frame. Students will have a choice of photographs to work with, or may bring their own if desired. Students will be instructed on how to grout their piece, which is recommended but not required. This class is suitable for students of any level.

Complete Basic Blacksmithing

Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne

This basic class will give you the foundation needed to start out on your journey of blacksmithing. You'll learn fire management, hammering methods, drawing out, upsetting, cutting, splitting, twisting, and convenience bending along with a demo of forge welding. Make punches and chisels and learn to harden and temper them. Heating material and heat management will be taught and much more.

The Art of Cheesemaking: 102

Internationally known cheesemakers Sheila Flanagan and Sal Speights return for this second course in the Art of Cheesemaking. This time they will talk about the methods for making mixed milk cheeses and the art of washed rind and hard natural cheeses. The first half of the class will discuss: differences between cow, goat and sheep milk and how the different compositions of those milks change the quality of the cheese, seasonality and adjustments to starter cultures and rennet to accommodate the amount of each milk that is available, financial/business considerations in producing mixed milk cheeses, the vast variety of washed and hard natural cheeses - finding your niche. The second half of this course will provide time to put your knowledge to work by making a mixed milk cheese. Sheila and Sal will provide tips on how to care for your mixed milk cheese at home and tips to try to convert your mixed milk cheese into a washed rind cheese.

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