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Blacksmithing 105: Forging a Gate Latch

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

In this class, students with a basic class or a bit of experience behind them will learn to forge hooks and eyes, make a basic forge-weld, and create an attractive, functional Gate Latch. ABANA

Rugs from Rags

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

No weaving experience is necessary! The looms are dressed and ready to go, all you need to do is bring your creative spirit and to leave with a finished one-of-a-kind rug. Students will have a choice of making a traditional Rag Rug using recycled fabric strips or making a Sock Rug using remnants from a sock factory. Colors and choices of fabric and remnants vary from class to class depending on availability. The rugs are 24" wide, and up to 45" long.

Birch Bark Picture Frames and Mirrors

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

Birch bark picture frames and mirrors have adorned Adirondack camps and cabins for centuries and were a favorite winter project for the guides to make. This is a great class for beginners with limited experience with woodworking and tools. You will select a frame and learn how to cut and fasten the Birch bark, twigs and other natural objects to create your own 'masterpiece'. Come see why this is one of our most popular classes. You'll be proud to hang this in your home!

Birch Bark Picture Frames and Mirrors

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

Birch bark picture frames and mirrors have adorned Adirondack camps and cabins for centuries and were a favorite winter project for the guides to make. This is a great class for beginners with limited experience with woodworking and tools. You will select a frame and learn how to cut and fasten the Birch bark, twigs and other natural objects to create your own 'masterpiece'. Come see why this is one of our most popular classes. You'll be proud to hang this in your home!

How to Tell a Story Part 1

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

Everyone has a story to tell – what matters is how you tell it. In this four-part class, students will focus on the basics of the personal narrative – a story told in first person that relates the story teller’s own experience. Students will develop a five-minute (750-word) story from start to finish through in-class exercises and take-home assignments. They will learn how to mine their memories for story ideas, structure their thoughts for maximum effectiveness, and find the details that will bring their stories to life. At the conclusion of the course, students will be offered the opportunity to share their work in front of a live audience on a date to be determined by the class as a whole.

Copper Lanterns

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

Create your own copper Lantern on a Bluestone base. You will punch and shape the copper sides and top and attach them to a stone base. The Lantern features a glass drop ,soldered into the 3 sides of the lantern. The punched holes and glass create a pleasant appearance when lit with a candle. The Lantern will be 9 ½" tall, and the base is 5 ½" by 5 ½".

Copper Embossing

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

Learn the discipline of Metal Working known as Embossing. Students will transfer an image of their choosing from a paper template to a sheet of copper by using various sizes of stylus and other hand tools to create a textured picture. Students will find that copper is a very workable material. Your finished piece will fit in with any Adirondack decor or even in a rustic birch frame! This piece is 8" x 8".

Stained Glass for Beginners

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

In this workshop we will complete a small Tiffany style suncatcher, ornament, or flower. Students will be able to choose a pre-drawn pattern from a variety of designs and be guided as they learn to cut the glass (chosen from a variety of types and colors), smooth the glass pieces with a grinder, apply copper foil tape, solder the pieces together into the final piece using lead-free solder, and add jump rings or a copper wire stem. The patterns available will offer a variety of levels of difficulty so students may choose what best suits them.

Hardwood Spoon Carving

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

In this class students will design, shape and carve a serving spoon. Skills explored include: making a template and transferring it to a blank, carving and shaping the bowl and back of the spoon, use of hand tools such as gouges, scrapers, coping saws, and spokeshaves, and sanding and finishing techniques. Students will leave class with a beautiful handcrafted hardwood spoon to use in their own kitchens or to give as a gift!

Immersive Overnight Canoe Camping Trip

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

Students will launch by metal canoes decorated in a traditional manner, each with a Thunderhawk Guide steering and help paddle to the overnight site. Once the guests have arrived at the site and stowed the canoes they will learn how to set their Native Fly or wedge tent which they will sleep in, collect the correct wood, start a fire using traditional methods of flint and steel (steels supplied by us & also available for students to purchase), cook traditional foods of the 1700’s such as stuffed clams, bannock, vegetables and or steaks over the coals. The meal will be followed by downtime stories, history time and drumming. Students must remain in the camp area regardless of whether they choose not to attend evening activities unless accompanied by a Guide. Day two: Breakfast will be prepared followed by morning classes: Learning how to build traditional survival shelters used by trappers in the 1700's, tracking and understanding the animals, and learning how to make and use a traditional fishing trap. Leaflets will be given to each student to take home with them. Lunch will be cooked in the traditional way prepared by one of the instructors. After lunch Students will have 1 ½ hours of personal downtime and then the entire group will canoe back to the launch site late afternoon. Students will walk away with knowledge of how life was in the 1700’s for indigenous peoples during the French and Indian wars accompanied with a fantastic memory of an overnight adventure and skills that will help keep them safe in an outdoor survival situation.

Intro to Bladesmithing

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

In this two-day workshop you will learn how to forge high-carbon steel into a utility-style knife. Blades will then be ground, heat treated, sharpened, and a cord wrap applied.

Walk on the Wild Side – Introduction to Foraging

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

The plants are whispering…beckoning us to gather “in the wild.” This class is for those who would like to answer that call. To work with the plants at their peak in the location in which they thrive! Using techniques from various earth-based traditions, discover the many benefits of wild foraging including: approaching the plants with an open and receptive heart, working intuitively, setting intentions for the exchange, asking permission as a way of giving respect, giving thanks, wild plant identification, and making herbal preparations on the spot!

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