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Fred Livesay

Willarnie, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Fred Livesay
Fred discovered his woodworking skills at age 10. 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. Fred currently makes his living as a carpenter but hopes to make teaching and craftwork his fulltime job. Fred has taught at North House since its beginning, has studied crafts in Sweden and demonstrates crafts in the five state area. Fred also teaches at the Milan Village Art School, Ingebretsen's, the American Swedish Institute and Woodcraft.

Current Courses Offered by Fred Livesay

2 days
Teaser image for Plane Talk: Restoring & Tuning Hand Planes

Plane Talk: Restoring & Tuning Hand Planes

n an age of power tools, the hand plane gets short shrift. The hand plane is a more efficient tool than a sander or power planer in many applications and takes less time to set up and use when properly tuned. Students can bring their old (or new) hand planes…
Sat, Mar 10th, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 11th, 2018
Instructor: Fred Livesay
3 Days
Teaser image for Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions

Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions

Carving wooden spoons is an old folk tradition in Scandinavia, where carvers crafted spoons for home use, 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…
Mon, Jun 25th, 2018  –  Wed, Jun 27th, 2018
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Jarrod Dahl