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AIR300B22 Artist in Residence with Michael Fortune

February, 15 - March, 2 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM MST


The Southwest School of Woodworking Artist-in-Residence program is a rich and immersive experience for woodworkers who are ready to expand their skills and tackle a serious project. 

For our inaugural Artist Residency program, internationally-renown furniture designer Michael Fortune will spend two and a half weeks creating one or more new projects of his own, while he also mentors up to eight woodworkers who will be working on their own projects.

If you have an idea for a new and challenging project but can’t quite work up the nerve to tackle it, this program is for you.

By working alongside true masters, you will be able to push yourself in an encouraging, supportive, and highly motivating environment. Aimed at woodworkers and furniture makers ready to expand their ideas and methods, this program will give you dedicated time to produce work that might otherwise be elusive, and to explore new and different methods, equipment, and materials.

This is a rare opportunity to work alongside one of North America’s most respected and creative contemporary masters of the craft. Michael is justly acknowledged as a world-class artist not only for his stunning designs but also for his incredible teaching skills and technical expertise.

Student participants must be self-directed with sufficient skills and experience to work independently on their chosen project, which should be completed between February 15 and March 2. Michael will be available for mentoring, guidance, consultation, and tutorship at specific times Monday through Friday.

All residency participants will be given full access to the machine room, bench room, and lathe room from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday through Friday, with additional shop time available by appointment on Saturday. While all tools are provided, students may bring their own if desired.

Students will purchase their own lumber and hardware and bring it to class with them.

Alternatively, students can submit a material list to the school at least two weeks in advance and we will purchase the materials on your behalf.

Students must submit drawings or sketches of their proposed project(s). Interested furniture makers and woodworkers are encouraged to cultivate new directions in their craftsmanship or design or to undertake a project that would otherwise seem too daunting.

Space is strictly limited to a maximum of eight students. 

Applicants will be asked to submit a project proposal in advance for a design that they intend to execute during the residency. Please contact us with any questions about potential submissions.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals III or equivalent experience.


February 15, 2022@9:00 am MST
March 2, 2022@5:00 pm MST
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