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Holiday Soap Making

Come and make soap for holiday gift giving! You will design and create a holiday soap scented with your favorite pines, peppermints and more. You can design your soap to look like cupcakes or other holiday treats! On the second day of class, you will cut the soap with a professional cutter, and design labels and will receive helpful hints for packaging. The timing of this class takes into account that soap must cure for 4 weeks prior to using.

AFS Sewing Circle

Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne, NY

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!

Weaving 103: A Study in Twill

This class will take you into the endless possibilities of the twill weave structure. Each student will design an item, wind a warp, dress a loom and weave. Assorted fiber choices will be available. Prior weaving set up and experience is required.

Build a Ukulele

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

Intro to Nature & Wildlife Photography

Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne, NY

This introductory class is geared toward beginner to intermediate photographers who wish to build a solid understanding of the foundations needed for improvement and success. Dave will share an intro slideshow of his work and a discussion on ethics, safety, subject knowledge and increasing your success rate. There will be a handout that covers discussion points of basic camera use, lens selection, composition and more. Discussion will also cover local shooting locations according to participants' interests along with questions from participants.

American Tinsmithing Basics

Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne, NY

Learn basic 19th Century American tinsmithing from a master tinsmith. This class will introduce you to and teach you about all the tools, forming stakes, swedges and hand-operated machines used in a well-equipped 19th-Century tin shop. You will be shown how to do basic layout work, cutting, forming, assembly and soldering. Complete both a finger candle stick and a wall sconce by the end of class. You will be amazed at what you've accomplished.

Weaving 103: A Study in Twill

This class will take you into the endless possibilities of the twill weave structure. Each student will design an item, wind a warp, dress a loom and weave. Assorted fiber choices will be available. Prior weaving set up and experience is required.

Woodturning: Holiday Ornaments

Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne, NY

'Tis the season to start thinking about holiday ornaments! Come create your own whimsical free-form ornaments. We will also work with color and decoration. You'll be amazed by your own creations - and how lovely they'll look hung in your home. A wonderful class for beginning turners.

Beginning Bluegrass Banjo

Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne, NY

Bluegrass banjo is the familiar sound that drove such favorites as the Beverly Hillbillies Theme Song, Rocky Top and Foggy Mountain Breakdown. In this class you will learn enough about the banjo so that you can use a variety of available instructional aids from your home and progress with learning Bluegrass banjo at your own pace. You will be exposed to the basics of playing 5-string Bluegrass banjo, including tunings, left hand chord shapes, right hand rolls, vamping, hammer-ons, pull-offs, chokes, chimes and how to read tablatures. We'll also look at online sites about banjo practice and instruction. Bring a playable 5-string banjo, two metal finger picks and a thumb pick. Although there will be several handouts, an audio recorder is a good idea.

Merry or Ziggy Basket

Adirondack Folk School 51 Main St., Lake Luzerne, NY

The Merry basket is a fun basket to weave with friends, and great for the upcoming holidays! Students will start with pre-cut and glued spokes into the base. This will allow students to start weaving right away on class day. The design is triple twined with three colors of paracord in a stacking pattern. A regular flat oval rim with paracord rim filler is lashed with flat oval reed to finish your holiday basket. Techniques include triple twining, a stacking pattern, shaping and regular rim. This is a great basket to put a candle in with some pinecones and evergreens for a centerpiece. It is also a nice size to put a liner in and use as a breadbasket. Merry Basket dimensions: 7" x 10" at top x 3" high. The Ziggy basket inspiration came from the racetrack base. Linda wanted a spiral for the flow going around the track with a little zag in it. Students will start with a wood base with the spokes pre-glued prior to class. The design is triple twined with three colors of cotton cord and finished with a regular flat oval rim. The rim is lashed with cotton cord. Students will have a choice of colors. Techniques include triple twining, completing a row and setting up for next, reverse twining and shaping. Ziggy Basket dimensions: 7" x 9.5" x 3.25" high.

Weaving 103: A Study in Twill

This class will take you into the endless possibilities of the twill weave structure. Each student will design an item, wind a warp, dress a loom and weave. Assorted fiber choices will be available. Prior weaving set up and experience is required.

Build a Ukulele

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

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