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.