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WFM300J24 Wood Forming with Michael Fortune

November, 11 - November, 15 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM MST


Can you steam bend kiln dried wood? You can if you know how!

Discover the fascinating world of wood-bending, and unlock a new realm of possibility for your woodworking. In this hands-on workshop, master woodworker Michael Fortune will introduce you to a variety of methods for bending wood into exact shapes. These techniques can be adapted to make everything from chair parts and table aprons to musical instruments and even boat ribs.

Internationally recognized for his striking furniture designs, Michael is known for using very few straight lines in his pieces. Out of both interest and necessity, he has mastered a variety of methods for creating curves in wood, and has written and taught widely to share his techniques.

Over the course of an action-packed week, Michael will introduce you to a variety of options for bending and shaping wood, including:

  • Steam bending
  • Laminating
  • Vacuum forming
  • Hot pipe bending

You will learn how to choose the most appropriate technique for any application, starting with selecting the right wood species, all the way through how to cure and stabilize bent parts — and even when to simply use a band saw to create curves.

We will cover methods for working by hand, as well as how to safely use machines to create curves, and we will practice various methods of joinery for all those curved parts. 

We will set up several workstations so that you can hone your newfound skills and push the limits of the various techniques — and you will learn how to duplicate these setups in your own workshop.

This incredible course will take the guesswork out of bending wood and greatly expand your options for shaping and joining wood.

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

Please note: If you are paying by cash or check, your registration is not complete until payment is received.


Eye, hearing and dust protection are required in the machine room or when operating machines in the bench room.

Long sleeves and loose-fitting clothing are not allowed around the power equipment. Long hair must be pulled back and secured.

Closed-toe shoes are required. Open-toed shoes or sandals are not allowed.

COVID Policy: Masks are optional, however, if you are exhibiting symptoms of any contagious illness or if you have had a positive test for COVID or influenza within the past 5 days, please notify the school and do not attend class.

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.


November 11@9:00 am MST
November 15@5:00 pm MST
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Southwest School of Woodworking
621 N 7th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85007 United States
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Wood Forming with Michael Fortune
$ 983.00