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APP200I22 Design and Construction with Michael Fortune

September, 12 - September, 23 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM MST


Take your skills way beyond the basics! This two-week course is ideal for intermediate level woodworkers who are ready to take a big step up in their technical knowledge and skills.

Internationally renown woodworker and teacher Michael Fortune has designed this course in the tradition of the apprenticeship style of craft education in order to share his vast knowledge gained over forty years of experience.

Through daily demonstrations and individual instruction, students will explore more advanced woodworking forms, techniques, and processes while undertaking an original project of their own design.

You will leave this class with a dramatically higher skill level and competence with more complex techniques, giving you the ability to undertake more serious designs and have greater success in future projects.

Under Michael’s supervision, each student will design and build an original project of their own that incorporates more advanced techniques than they have previously used. All workshop tools will be made available for the duration of the class and students are encouraged to experiment with new tools and methods.

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

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

You will learn:

  • How to generate and develop design ideas, including the use of sketching, full-size drawings, model making, and mock–ups
  • Project planning and initial consultation
  • The history of furniture, including historical influences and styles that you never knew existed!
  • Methods for working with curves, including: steam bending, laminating, hot pipe bending, clamping strategies, and vacuum press
  • Jig design and construction
  • Joinery methods including: mortise, 3-way miter joints, and mitered dovetails
  • Curved joinery
  • Working with compound angles
  • Cutting and joining veneers
  • Inlay techniques
  • How to optimize your workshop environment, including workbench, toolkit, machinery, and storage

This class is intended for intermediate-level woodworkers. Students should be competent with standard woodworking power tools and hand tools.

Please read and understand our Refund and Cancellation policies. By making payment you acknowledge that you have read and understood these policies.

PLEASE NOTE: In addition to our standard class policies, we are taking additional precautions due to the COVID-19 virus.
• We will be strictly limiting class sizes to no more than eight (8) students to allow for adequate distancing between class participants.
• All benches and shared tools will be sanitized before and after each class.
• All students, instructors, and staff are required to wear a properly fitted mask that securely covers the nose and mouth while inside the school. Valved masks are not acceptable.
• Anyone exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms—even if it is believed to be allergy-related—will not be allowed to enter the building.
Thank you for your understanding.

Meet your Instructor

Designer/maker, teacher and mentor Michael C. Fortune is one of Canada’s most respected and creative contemporary furniture masters. He is acknowledged for both his technical and design expertise, giving lectures and workshops across Canada and the United States. His work has appeared in numerous exhibitions worldwide. In 1993 Michael received the prestigious Prix Saidye Bronfman, Canada’s highest award in the crafts, and in 2007 he received the Award of Distinction from The Furniture Society. For more information, visit www.michaelfortune.com.


September 12, 2022@9:00 am MST
September 23, 2022@5:00 pm MST
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