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Mike Loeffler

Grand Marais, MN
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Mike is a woodworker based in Grand Marais and finds much of his inspiration in the forested landscapes that he loves. He had the opportunity to explore craft through an internship at North House in 2011 and later participated in the Artisan Development Program (2018-2019) deepening his knowledge of craft and education. Mike continues to explore fågelskålar (bird-shaped ale bowls), figure carving, small furniture design, and traditional building techniques. Working as a carpenter Mike began to connect his passion for craft with the larger built environment through timber framing. Inspired by the vernacular timbered outbuildings of Scandinavia, Mike studied grindbygg timber framing with the generous help of mentors and programming at North House. This very specific interest grew into a wider appreciation of the many timber framing traditions around the world. Mike has now worked for many students and clients helping to create special hand made structures. He gets great enjoyment from “lighting the spark” and encouraging people to connect to themselves and a larger craft community through handwork.

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Current Courses Offered by Mike Loeffler

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Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Grindbygg-Style

This course offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves fully in the craft of Norwegian…
Mon, Aug 12th, 2024  –  Sun, Aug 18th, 2024
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Mike Loeffler
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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, 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, Oct 13th, 2024
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler

Past Courses Offered by Mike Loeffler

Basic Timber Framing

Bird Carving

Bird Carving: Online Course

Log to Timber Building By Hand

Norwegian Timber Framing: Grindbygg Building

Perching Stools

Service Learning Project: Norwegian-Style Timber Framed Grindbygg “Tents” for Campus

Timber Frame: Build Your Own Smaller Frames

Tiny House: Build Your Own

Tiny House: Building Skills Workshop

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