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CHR201L21 Chairs with Michael Fortune

December, 5 - December, 10 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM MST

For most woodworkers, chair-making represents a big jump in skills and a fantastic learning opportunity.

Chairs undergo tremendous physical stresses, but they must also be comfortable and attractive if they are to be useful. To meet all of those needs, there are several important details that must be considered.

In designing a chair, the woodworker must balance aesthetics with utility, always considering the interplay between style and strength. The best solutions produce both satisfying proportions and sturdy joints.
But how do you get there?

Master furniture-maker Michael Fortune leads this special one-week course on chair-making, in which each student will build their own chair based on one of Michael’s tried-and-true designs.

Michael will guide us through his design process, as well as possible design variations and construction techniques. You will emerge from this class with an appreciation of the factors needed to make a good chair, including ergonomics, joint strength, comfort, size, and shaping.

Customize the basic design with your choice of maple or walnut for the body of the chair, with the option of a matching or contrasting solid wood seat or an upholstered seat (students must supply fabric for upholstered seat).

The finished chair will be a welcome addition to any room as an occasional chair or, if you are adventurous, you can practice your newly acquired skills in your own shop by making a whole set.

You will learn:

  • How to design a chair based on intended use
  • What factors to consider when designing a chair
  • Joint design and construction
  • Chair construction
  • Chair shaping
  • How to make an upholstered seat (optional)
  • And more!

Prerequisite: Fundamentals I or equivalent.

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.

Effective May 26, 2020:

  • We will be strictly limiting class sizes to no more than eight (9) 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.
  • Anyone exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms—regardless of the cause—will not be allowed to enter the building.

Thank you for your understanding.

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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.


December 5, 2021@9:00 am MST
December 10, 2021@5:00 pm MST
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