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Fred Livesay

St. Paul, MN
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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.

Current Courses Offered by Fred Livesay

2 Days
Teaser image for Make Your Own Kebiki: The Essential Japanese Woodworking Tool

Make Your Own Kebiki: The Essential Japanese Woodworking Tool

"How did I ever do without this?” Be the proud maker and user of an essential woodworking tool: the kebiki, a Japanese marking gauge. Rather than scratching across wood fibers as a sharpened pin (the tool most often used for scribing in Western woodshops) does, kebeki slice the fibers, which…
Sat, Mar 9th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 10th, 2019
Instructor: Fred Livesay
7¼ Days
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Swedish Classic: 18th Century Style Lyre-Base Trestle Table

Dining will never be so rewarding or more elegant than when you and your guests sit at a finely crafted traditional pine trestle table with classic lyre-shaped legs. Using hand and power tools, students with woodworking experience will build a table that measures approximately 84 inches long by 44 inches…
Fri, Jan 25th, 2019  –  Fri, Feb 1st, 2019
Instructor: Fred Livesay
3 Days
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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…
Sat, Apr 27th, 2019  –  Mon, Apr 29th, 2019
Instructors: Jarrod Dahl, Fred Livesay

Past Courses Offered by Fred Livesay

Plane Talk: Restoring & Tuning Hand Planes

Wanigan: The Traveling Box