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Fred Livesay

St. Paul, MN
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Fred Livesay 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 & 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
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Make Your Own Kebeki: The Essential Japanese Woodworking Tool

"How did I ever do without this?” Be the proud maker and user of an essential woodworking tool: the kebeki, 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
7.25 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
2.5 days
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Wanigan: The Traveling Box

Essentially a highly functional lightweight wooden box, the wanigan is a fine seat in the tent while stowing your adventure gear. Though the word wanigan is derived from the Ojibwe term “wanikkan,” meaning a man-made storage hole, your wanigan will be far more elegant than a simple hole: crafted of…
Wed, Nov 14th, 2018  –  Fri, Nov 16th, 2018
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, seasonal income and 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 globally. World class…
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