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Fred Livesay

St. Paul, MN
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Fred made his first spoon at age seven and since then has focused his life and career on traditional handwork. He trained as a wheelwright and carriage-builder for seven summers and went on to study Scandinavian folk art, decorative arts, art history, and museum studies. Thirty-five years of teaching and study in the U.S. and in Sweden gives him a clear understanding of the joy that handmade objects bring to everyday living, the healing art of craft, and the meditative connection between hand and heart. Fred is a founding instructor of North House Folk School, as well as a founder of the Spoon Gathering in Milan, MN. He teaches internationally and locally.

Current Courses Offered by Fred Livesay

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Birch Bark Boxes: Scandinavian Bark Basketry

Scandinavians and Russians commonly kept small, flat birch bark boxes in their pockets in the 18th and 19th century for the then-popular taking of snuff. Larger finger and lap jointed boxes often held coffee, tea or salt. Today they continue to be made and hold keepsakes, buttons, spare change, jewelry,…
Thu, Oct 14th, 2021  –  Sun, Oct 17th, 2021
9 am-5 pm 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 seasonal income, and to give as gifts. The techniques, designs, and embellishments commonly used today are deeply embedded in centuries of cultural history, but spoon carving is also a vibrant and growing craft tradition…
Thu, Nov 4th, 2021  –  Sat, Nov 6th, 2021
9am - 5pm
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler
Sun, Nov 7th, 2021
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 Kebiki: The Essential Japanese Woodworking Tool

Plane Talk: Restoring & Tuning Hand Planes

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

Wanigan: The Traveling Box