Adirondack Folk School
The Adirondack Folk School is the only school of its kind in the country dedicated to teaching the arts, crafts and culture of this unique Adirondack region. Located in Lake Luzerne, we are situated in the southern Adirondack Park, a park of over six million acres of “forever wild” protected land. The beauty and natural abundance of this environment influenced the skilled artisans that created the pack basket, twig furniture, birch bark containers, the Adirondack chair, the guide boat and the Adirondack lean-to. These are the home furnishings, boats, and decor still found in cabins, lodges and homes today throughout the region which have helped create the unique “Adirondack Style”. Today, our region hosts these and numerous other creative forms of expression.
The mission of the Adirondack Folk School is to inspire the hands, heart and mind by teaching the traditional arts, crafts, and culture of the Adirondacks in a hands-on, non-competitive learning environment. The school promotes the development of quiet economic sustainability for the community and the surrounding areas.
Our instructors share their knowledge of their crafts and inspire you with their enthusiasm. Our year-round classes range from half-day sessions to full week-long courses. We offer subjects as diverse as Adirondack chair building, twig and rustic furniture, caning, paddle making, birch bark basketry, fly tying, weaving, connecting people with nature, organic gardening, fiber arts, soap making, quilting, pottery, blacksmithing and more. During these classes you will explore your creativity through hands-on learning. See our course schedule.
In addition to our hands-on courses, Adirondack storytellers and musicians share the culture of the Adirondacks through demonstrations, special programs and our fireside evening gatherings.
Come take a class, attend a special evening fireside program, or just stop by and visit.
Season And Hours Open
Take a tour of our classrooms for woodworking and fiber arts (including our weaving room), our square foot raised bed vegetable garden, blacksmithing pavilion and outdoor baking oven. Come on a summer Saturday evening to our lectures, demonstrations and sing-a-longs at our amphitheater and roast marshmellows at our outdoor firepit. And don't forget a visit to our gift shop.
The Adirondack Folk School is a non-profit 501 (c)( 3) school made up of local artisans, crafts people and volunteers interested in promoting and teaching these skills in a non-competitive environment focused on the student.