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
Plane Talk: Restoring & Tuning Hand Planes
Instructors: Fred Livesay
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…
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…