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Michael Fortune heads to the firewood pile for a bit of furniture inspiration.
Michael Fortune’s career as a furniture maker began in the early 1970s and is still going full tilt. He works in a shop he built in rural Lakefield, Ontario, making custom furniture for individuals and businesses. The strength of his designs and the quality of his craftsmanship have earned him the Furniture Society’s Award of Distinction as well as Canada’s highest honor for crafts, the Saidye Bronfman Award.
As anyone who has read his many articles will know, Fortune’s gift for invention doesn’t stop at the drawing board. He’s just as masterful at designing the processes of furniture making as the furniture itself. This slideshow presents an array of furniture from across Fortune’s career and also looks at a few of the jigs and methods of work that helped produce it.
For more on Michael Fortune, be sure to catch his two-part interview on Fine Woodworking’s very own podcast, Shop Talk Live.
The drawer fronts on this hall table were milled from spalted maple firewood.
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Would you PLEASE note that this stops in the middle.
Outstanding design and craftsmanship. Thanks for posting this video.
Most inspiring ! always feels full of light and wisdom, but never flashy. just right!
Mr Fortune is one of the few makers I would leave my own business to come and apprentice with for a while.
thanks for the beautiful work!
Interesting to look at all these wonderful projects Michael has made, and there in the middle was one which I copied and made, the Etagere with the faux ebony frame and figured maple back. But I can't find where I found the article about it; couldn't find in my FW Archive. Wherever it was a very wonderful accomplishment.
Spell check please! It's Particular ;)
So is there a perticular time the slide show will be available?
Carl Swensson's woodworking skills go very, very deep. But they go wide as well.
The Shakers had this diminutive design pegged
Fast, fun approach to making a comfortable, casual seat
In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
In this video Michael starts work on the second box, a carved and painted Saddle lid box.
Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
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