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.