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Mike Loeffler

Grand Marais, MN
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Mike is a woodworker and finds inspiration in 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 explore craft through an internship at North House in 2011. He later participated in the Artisan Development Program (2018-2019) at North House deepening his knowledge of craft and education. Mike has been exploring fågelskålar (bird-shaped ale bowls), small furniture design, as well as some traditional building techniques. 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

3 Days
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Bird Carving: Online Course

This online course will introduce students to the world of bird carving. This is a great class for beginners and experienced carvers alike. We will focus on song birds commonly found in the sub-boreal forest of the Lake Superior region. Of course, each bird is different but the general form,…
Fri, Jan 15th, 2021
January 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 2-5 pm CT
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…
Thu, Mar 11th, 2021  –  Sat, Mar 13th, 2021
9am-5pm
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler

Past Courses Offered by Mike Loeffler

Bird Carving

Krympburkar: Scandanavian-Style Shrink Boxes

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