Greenwood Bowl Carving

Mike Loeffler
October 5-9

This introduction to greenwood bowl carving teaches participants to transform fresh hardwood logs into beautiful bowls inspired by the “fågelskålar” ale hens of Scandinavia.

Mike guides the class through every step of the process from timber selection, design, and layout to

  • rough shaping with band saws, carving axes, and draw knives,
  • clamping with bowl horses,
  • rough hollowing with adzes,
  • refining surfaces with gouges,
  • carving details with sloyd knives, and
  • applying paints and oils.

Students learn safe, efficient tool handling, as well as good sharpening techniques. Because green wood dries slowly, the final steps of pattern carving and painting are practiced on sample pieces during the class, to be completed at home.

Mike Loeffler is a woodworker in Grand Marais, MN. His work is inspired by natural forms and the embellished wooden folk art of Scandinavia. In 2011, Mike began to explore craft formally through an internship at Minnesota’s North House Folk School, where he now teaches. His work with green wood includes fågelskålar (bird-shaped ale bowls), spoon carving, shrink pots, and small furniture design, as well as traditional timber framing, which he studied with the support of a 2017 grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Mike’s website is

Open to all (with the understanding that aspects of bowl carving are physically demanding).




Tuition: $820

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