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Fred Livesay

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.

March 2019

The Essential Birch Bark Box

- Sold out!
March 23 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
$85 Sold out

Birch bark has been used since ancient times in northern countries such as Scandinavia, the Baltics, Russia, the Northern islands of Japan and more locally, by Native Americans. Students in this class, will learn to prepare birch bark properly for craftwork, use a carving knife safely & with confidence, layout a traditional ‘finger type joint,’ and fit bottoms and lids to their box. Come and be amazed by the birch. The instructor will supply all necessary tools and materials. This…

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