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Mike Loeffler

Grand Marais, MN
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Mike is a woodworker inspired by natural forms and embellished wooden folk art. His last name, Loeffler, is a German occupational name given to spoon makers in the middle ages. This made spoons a meaningful entry point to the world of craft. Although he was always fascinated with wood, he had the opportunity to more formally explore craft through an internship at North House in 2011. After a stint of farm jobs, he worked as a carpenter in the Twin Cities continuing to pursue his woodworking passions on the side. Recently, Mike has been exploring fågelskålar (bird-shaped ale bowls), small furniture design, as well as some traditional building techniques. With the support of a Minnesota State Arts Board grant in 2017, he was able to study and build a number of grindbygg timber frames with North House instructor Peter Henrikson.

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Current Courses Offered by Mike Loeffler

6 Days
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Norwegian Timber Framing: Grindbygg Building

Grindbygg is one of more than twenty timber frame styles in Norway. The design and joinery of grindbygg timber frames harkens back to the early days of post construction before the common usage of mortise and tenon joinery. While many aspects of grindbygg are similar to the post buildings of…
Tue, Jun 2nd, 2020  –  Sun, Jun 7th, 2020
3 Days
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Perching Stools

We all spend a lot of time sitting so how can we do a better job of it? The key ergonomic feature of a perching stool is the forward sloping seat which rotates your pelvis keeping your back aligned in its natural s-shape. It makes for a comfortable rest at…
Fri, Jan 10th, 2020  –  Sun, Jan 12th, 2020
Instructor: Mike Loeffler
5 Days
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Service Learning Project: Norwegian-Style Timber Framed Grindbygg “Tents” for Campus

Help North House move beyond the white plastic tent by building small grindbygg structures for campus! Campus is often graced by a variety of beautiful timbered structures, but we have a particular need for several smaller “tent-sized” frames that are easy to put up and take down and can be…
Wed, Apr 8th, 2020  –  Sun, Apr 12th, 2020
Instructor: Mike Loeffler
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…
Tue, Mar 3rd, 2020  –  Thu, Mar 5th, 2020
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler

Past Courses Offered by Mike Loeffler

Krympburkar: Scandanavian-Style Shrink Boxes

Tiny House: Build Your Own

Tiny House: Building Skills Workshop