Sagamore Faculty include noted experts, acclaimed artists, renowned musicians, and talented craftsman and artisans, each of whom work to continue the folk arts tradition at Great Camp Sagamore. Most Faculty lead workshops that are among Sagamore's most popular programs.
Many of our Faculty are supported by the New York State Council on the Arts. During daily tours in July and August, Sagamore Faculty can often be seen at work or performing live demonstrations.
DEAN OF MUSIC
An award-winning educator and musician, Dan has been presenting programs of traditional and contemporary folk music at Sagamore since 1983. He teaches and helps coordinate “mountain music” weekends, Sagamore's Roots & Branches program, and other workshops, where singing, songwriting, dancing and instrument instruction is shared by a variety talented teachers. Learn more about Dan here.
PACK BASKET WEAVING & RUSTIC FURNITURE MAKING
Bill is an Adirondack original who has has been performing and teaching at Sagamore for over 40 years. He has taught courses on Adirondack flora and fauna, guiding, storytelling and stick-carving, as well pack basket-weaving and rustic furniture.
Arts and Crafts for all ages
Nancy Sue is an artist and certified art teacher who has been directing the crafts program at Great Camp Sagamore for almost a decade. A former high school teacher, she focuses on a wide variety of age-appropriate crafts, from pots to plant pressing, from pine cone art to painting tee shirts, from paper mache to paper hats.
WOOLEN RUG BRAIDING
Formerly an artist in residence at Sagamore, Helen has taught the art of rug braiding that she learned from her grandmother for years. She teaches day-long Rug-Braiding Workshops, as well as informal workshops for guests. Helen has also repaired many of Sagamore’s heritage rugs. Learn more about Helen here.
BOAT BUILDING AND PADDLE MAKING
Pat has taught courses in boat-building, paddle-making and canoeing skills at Sagamore for many years, through the Adirondack Boat Building and Waters Skills School which he helped to found 20 years ago.
Pat owns and operates the West Hollow Boat Company in Naples, New York where he builds custom canoes. Learn more about Pat here.
An award-winning basket maker for over 30 years, Linda teaches throughout the United States for various guilds, conferences, art centers and organizations. She enjoys sharing her basketry knowledge and experience with her students. You can find her teaching at many Sagamore programs. Learn more about Linda here.
HERB AND NATIVE PLANT GARDENING
Growing up in the North Country, Jane helped her parents raise and sell gladioli and berries from their home garden, which helped to foster a early love of plants and flowers. She started a small business, Underwood Herbs, and teaches about herbs and native plants at Sagamore.
ADIRONDACK GUIDE BOAT BUILDING
Chris has been associated with Sagamore for many years as a teacher and demonstrator, who, among other things, helped restore the original 'Caleb Chase Adirondack Guide Boat' on display in the Carriage Shed. He also makes his guide boats available to Sagamore guests who want to try their hand at rowing this unique craft.
Chris has taught chair caning to various groups at Sagamore for many years. She’s also repaired many of the chairs used by guests throughout camp, as well as the seat in the restored Adirondack Guide Boat in the Carriage Shed.
David practices the ancient craft of blacksmithing which is working metal while it is hot. He makes and creates hardware, lighting fixtures, tools and custom iron work like that made for the Adirondack Great Camps by blacksmiths of old. A sixth-generation native of the Adirondacks, David has made or repaired countless tools and accessories at Sagamore over the years, from locks and hinges to fixtures and utensils, and works with multiple Sagamore programs.
His studio, Train Brook Forge, has for over 30 years created custom and commissioned object d' art. David is a founding member and present President of NorthWind Fine Art gallery in Saranac Lake, NY.
We are lucky to have so many talented photographers come through Sagamore, capturing everything from the natural beauty of camp's surrounding environment to the joy of our guests. Their work is seen throughout this site.
Jessica Riehl Photography (www.jessicariehl.com)
Jessica is a professional photographer and designer who uses collaborative-based design processes to gain insight and empower change. Jessica spent the summer of 2012 photographing life at Sagamore. Many thanks to Jessica for many of the images on this site.
DebzaShutterbug Photography (www.facebook.com/DebzaShutterbug.Photography)
Debra Parry Trichilo is a Central New York photographer who is a long time member and volunteer at Great Camp Sagamore. During volunteer weekends, Debbie spends as much time taking pictures of the people, flora and fauna as she does repairing windows. Many thanks to Debbie for the use of many of her images on this site.
Header photograph by Jess Buttery