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Fred Livesay

St. Paul, MN
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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 U.S. 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, Minnesota. He teaches internationally and locally.

Current Courses Offered by Fred Livesay

4 Days
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 and 19th century for the then-popular taking of snuff. Larger finger and lap jointed boxes often held coffee, tea or salt. Today they continue to made and hold keepsakes, buttons, spare change, jewelry, dried…
Thu, Jan 16th, 2020  –  Sun, Jan 19th, 2020
Instructor: Fred Livesay
2 Days
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Carving Inuit-Style Snow Goggles

Reduce the chances of “snow blindness" on your next winter travel adventure and carve a pair of snow goggles before the snow flies. You’ll be the talk of the town and the envy of every winter enthusiast you meet in your new goggles. Traditional goggles not only prevent snow blindness,…
Fri, Nov 22nd, 2019  –  Sat, Nov 23rd, 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…
Thu, Nov 7th, 2019  –  Sat, Nov 9th, 2019
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler
Tue, Mar 3rd, 2020  –  Thu, Mar 5th, 2020
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler

Past Courses Offered by Fred Livesay

Make Your Own Kebiki: The Essential Japanese Woodworking Tool

Plane Talk: Restoring & Tuning Hand Planes

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

Wanigan: The Traveling Box