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Mike Loeffler

Grand Marais, MN
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Mike is a woodworker based in Grand Marais and finds much of his inspiration in the forested landscapes that he loves. He had the opportunity to explore craft through an internship at North House in 2011 and later participated in the Artisan Development Program (2018-2019) deepening his knowledge of craft and education. Mike continues to explore fågelskålar (bird-shaped ale bowls), figure carving, small furniture design, and traditional building techniques. Working as a carpenter Mike began to connect his passion for craft with the larger built environment through timber framing. Inspired by the vernacular timbered outbuildings of Scandinavia, Mike studied grindbygg timber framing with the generous help of mentors and programming at North House. This very specific interest grew into a wider appreciation of the many timber framing traditions around the world. Mike has now worked for many students and clients helping to create special hand made structures. He gets great enjoyment from “lighting the spark” and encouraging people to connect to themselves and a larger craft community through handwork.

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Current Courses Offered by Mike Loeffler

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Basic Timber Framing

Learn the planning, layout and joinery necessary to construct a traditional timber frame (post and…
Fri, Aug 19th, 2022  –  Tue, Aug 23rd, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructors: Tom Healy, Mike Loeffler
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Bird Carving

This course will introduce students to the world of bird carving. This is a great class for…
Fri, Dec 2nd, 2022  –  Sun, Dec 4th, 2022
9am-5pm
Instructor: Mike Loeffler
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Timber Frame: Build Your Own Smaller Frames

Tired of unimaginative, small outbuilding kits available from your local lumberyard? Explore all the…
Sat, Jul 2nd, 2022  –  Sun, Jul 10th, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Mike Loeffler
Tue, Aug 30th, 2022  –  Wed, Sep 7th, 2022
9am-5pm
Instructor: Tom Healy
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Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Grindbygg-Style

This course offers students the opportunity to immerse fully in the craft of Norwegian timber…
Fri, Jul 15th, 2022  –  Wed, Jul 20th, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Mike Loeffler
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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 Mike Loeffler

Bird Carving: Online Course

Norwegian Timber Framing: Grindbygg Building

Perching Stools

Service Learning Project: Norwegian-Style Timber Framed Grindbygg “Tents” for Campus

Tiny House: Build Your Own

Tiny House: Building Skills Workshop