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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

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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 it’s natural s-shape. It makes for a comfortable rest at…
Fri, May 28th, 2021  –  Sun, May 30th, 2021
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Mike Loeffler
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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 framing by building a custom-designed structure in the Grindbygg style. Whether creating a woodshed, carport, getaway cabin, woodshop or retirement home, the unique beauty and durability of a Grindbygg structure offers a unique opportunity to…
Mon, Jul 26th, 2021  –  Sat, Jul 31st, 2021
9am - 5pm
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 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, Jul 22nd, 2021  –  Sat, Jul 24th, 2021
9am - 5pm
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler
Sun, Jul 25th, 2021
9am - 5pm
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler

Past Courses Offered by Mike Loeffler

Bird Carving

Bird Carving: Online Course

Krympburkar: Scandanavian-Style Shrink Boxes

Norwegian Timber Framing: Grindbygg Building

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

Tiny House: Build Your Own

Tiny House: Building Skills Workshop