Skip to main content Skip to footer
Instructors

Fred Livesay

St. Paul, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Fred Livesay

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

Current Courses Offered by Fred Livesay

Teaser image for Birch Bark Boxes: Scandinavian Bark Basketry

Birch Bark Boxes: Scandinavian Bark Basketry

Scandinavians and Russians commonly kept small, flat birch bark boxes in their pockets in the 18th…
Thu, Nov 3rd, 2022  –  Sun, Nov 6th, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Fred Livesay
Teaser image for Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions

Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions

Carving wooden spoons is a tradition in Scandinavia, where carvers crafted spoons for home use, for…
Mon, Jun 20th, 2022  –  Wed, Jun 22nd, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Thu, Oct 13th, 2022  –  Sat, Oct 15th, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler
Sun, Oct 16th, 2022
9am-5pm
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler

Past Courses Offered by Fred Livesay

Birch Bark Boxes: Scandinavian Bark Basketry

Carving Inuit-Style Snow Goggles

Make Your Own Kebiki: The Essential Japanese Woodworking Tool

Plane Talk: Restoring & Tuning Hand Planes

Sharpening Tutorial

Swedish Classic: 18th Century Style Lyre-Base Trestle Table

Wanigan: The Traveling Box