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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 Make Your Own Japanese Woodworking Tool: The Kebiki

Make Your Own Japanese Woodworking Tool: The Kebiki

"How did I ever do without this?” Be the proud maker and user of an essential woodworking…
Sat, Mar 18th, 2023  –  Sun, Mar 19th, 2023
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Fred Livesay
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Swedish Classic: 18th Century Style Lyre-Base Trestle Table

Dining will never be so rewarding or elegant than when seated at a finely crafted, traditional, pine…
Mon, Apr 24th, 2023  –  Mon, May 1st, 2023
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Fred Livesay
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Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions

Carving wooden spoons is a tradition in Scandinavia, where carvers crafted spoons for home use, for…
Thu, Feb 9th, 2023  –  Sat, Feb 11th, 2023
9am-5pm each day
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler
Sun, Feb 12th, 2023
9am-5pm
Instructor: Fred Livesay

Past Courses Offered by Fred Livesay

Birch Bark Boxes: Scandinavian Bark Basketry

Birch Bark Boxes: Scandinavian Bark Basketry

Carving Inuit-Style Snow Goggles

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

Wanigan: The Traveling Box