(Waitlist) Knife Skills are Life Skills with Fred Livesay (Ages 16+) April 27 & 28, 2023

Apr 27, 2024 9:00AM—5:00PM


Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

Cost $110.00

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Fred livesay helps a student in spoon carving

Join internationally respected woodworker and craftsman Fred Livesay for this 2-day class focused on knife skills. Students will learn 10 to 14 different knife grips and how to use them effectively for wood carving. In the process you will become comfortable with the use of a knife, safely carving both away and towards yourself. Sharpening knives will be covered. This two-day class will be interspersed with demonstrations of sharpening and the making of certain joints, finials, and other decorative techniques using green and dry wood.

Spend two days with Fred as he shares his approach to knife use and care, “honed” over 40 years teaching and working in the US, Scandinavia and Europe.

Class times: Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, April 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

This class requires hand strength such as that used to open a tight jar lid.

Students are asked to bring the following required tools:

  • Mora carving knife, no. 106 or 120 (no chip carving, hunting or Flexcut knives)
  • Pencils or gel pens
  • Sharpening tools (Fred will advise)

Instructor will have tools for use by students, as well as knives for sale.

The knife and axe skills you learn in this class make you eligible for the following classes:
-Advanced Spoon Carving
-Knutkorg Basket
-Kuksa Carving
-Wooden Bowl Carving

Note – as your class is scheduled over the lunch hour we recommend you bring a lunch or click here to learn about local eating opportunities.

Age Requirement
Students ages 16-17 are welcome to attend this class with parent permission via email to info@marinemillsfolkschool.org.

Skill Level 
No experience needed.

Location Details
Marine Mills Folk School
550 Pine Street, Marine on St. Croix, MN

Cost Details
Tuition: $95
Material Fee: $15
Total Cost: $110

NOTE: Be aware we may cancel class if a minimum number of registrations is not reached. We work to balance a teacher’s need to plan for a class with students’ busy schedules — not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!

If interested, you can find our cancellation policy here.