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Fred Livesay

St. Paul, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Fred Livesay

Fred Livesay made his first spoon at age seven and has focused his life and career on traditional handwork ever since.  He trained formally as a wheelwright and carriage-builder and then went on to study Scandinavian folk art, decorative arts and art history, eventually receiving an M. A. in history museum studies.  Forty years of teaching and study here and in Sweden and England, give him a clear understanding of the joy handmade objects bring to everyday living, the healing art of craft & the mediative connection between head, hands & heart.  Fred is a founding instructor of North House Folk School, the Spoon Gathering, Milan, MN. and is a widely, respected sought after teacher of craft nationally and internationally.  He was recently made an Associate Professor of Fine Handcrafts, Luther College.

Current Courses Offered by Fred Livesay

Teaser image for Birch Bark Boxes: Scandinavian Bark Basketry

Birch Bark Boxes: Scandinavian Bark Basketry

In this class, students will make durable, airtight birch bark boxes that are perfect for storage…
Sat, Oct 5th, 2024  –  Tue, Oct 8th, 2024
9am-5pm each day
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Spring Break Makers Camp 2024!

Woodn’t you like to whittle away spring break learning the age-old skills of woodcarving?…
Mon, Apr 1st, 2024  –  Fri, Apr 5th, 2024
9am-4pm each day
Instructor: Fred Livesay
Teaser image for Unlocking the Secrets of the Yeast Ring

Unlocking the Secrets of the Yeast Ring

Once upon a time, people of all ages drank a good deal more beer than is common now. In these days…
Sat, Mar 16th, 2024  –  Mon, Mar 18th, 2024
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Fred Livesay
Teaser image for Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions

Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions

Carving wooden spoons is a tradition in Scandinavia, where carvers crafted spoons for home use, for…
Thu, Oct 10th, 2024  –  Sat, Oct 12th, 2024
9am-5pm each day
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler

Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions: Day 4

This offering is an optional fourth day to extend the Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions course offered…
Sun, Mar 3rd, 2024
9am-3pm
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler
Sun, Oct 13th, 2024
9am-5pm
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler

Past Courses Offered by Fred Livesay

Birch Bark Boxes: Scandinavian Bark Basketry

Carving Inuit-Style Snow Goggles

Make Your Own Japanese Woodworking Tool: The Kebiki

Make Your Own Kebiki: The Essential Japanese Woodworking Tool

Plane Talk: Restoring & Tuning Hand Planes

Sharpening Tutorial

Swedish Classic: 18th Century Style Lyre-Base Trestle Table

Swedish Classic: 18th Century Style Lyre-Base Trestle Table

Wanigan: The Traveling Box

Woodwork for Smaller Hands: Carve a Butter Spreader

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