Fred Livesay is a crafts instructor and restoration carpenter residing in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a founding instructor of North House Folk School. He teaches various crafts at folk schools, art centers, museums, and gatherings in the five-state area, and is a frequent guest instructor at Spoonfest, Edale, England. Primarily a woodworker, he is no stranger birch bark, willow, metals, antler & bone.
Fred began carving at age seven, demonstrating various crafts at age nine, and by seventeen was a craft instructor for Concordia Finnish language camp. Fred spent seven years as a carriage builder and wheelwright, received his B. A. from the Univ. of Minnesota in Art HIstory, with an emphasis on American & Scandinavian Decorative Arts & Architecture. He earned his M. A. in History Museum Studies Program, Cooperstown, New York
His wide range of work from furniture to spoons is in homes all over the U. S. doing daily service, and also in consulate collections in Norway, and private collections in Sweden and Finland.