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