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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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Bird Carving

This 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, anatomy,…
Sat, Dec 4th, 2021  –  Sun, Dec 5th, 2021
9am-5pm
Instructor: Mike Loeffler
Fri, Feb 4th, 2022  –  Sun, Feb 6th, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: 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 its natural s-shape. It makes for a comfortable rest at…
Fri, Jan 21st, 2022  –  Sun, Jan 23rd, 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 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, Nov 4th, 2021  –  Sat, Nov 6th, 2021
9am-5pm each day
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler
Sun, Nov 7th, 2021
9am - 5pm
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler
Sat, Mar 19th, 2022  –  Mon, Mar 21st, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler
Tue, Mar 22nd, 2022
9am - 5pm
Instructors: Fred Livesay, Mike Loeffler

Past Courses Offered by Mike Loeffler

Bird Carving: Online Course

Norwegian Timber Framing: Grindbygg Building

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

Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Grindbygg-Style

Tiny House: Build Your Own

Tiny House: Building Skills Workshop