Masters of the Craft

Masters of the Craft

Furniture Master Michael Fortune

comments (6) October 2nd, 2013 in blogs

JonBinzen Jon Binzen, senior editor
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Michael Fortune heads to the firewood pile for a bit of furniture inspiration.
The drawer fronts on this hall table were milled from spalted maple firewood.
Michael Fortune heads to the firewood pile for a bit of furniture inspiration. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Michael Fortune heads to the firewood pile for a bit of furniture inspiration.

Photo: Jon Binzen

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.

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Comments (6)

pownal pownal writes: Would you PLEASE note that this stops in the middle.
Posted: 8:33 pm on March 28th

davidpbest davidpbest writes: Outstanding design and craftsmanship. Thanks for posting this video.

Posted: 3:43 pm on October 20th

slowman slowman writes: 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!
Posted: 1:15 am on October 20th

krob krob writes: 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.
Posted: 2:20 pm on October 19th

chucktown chucktown writes: Spell check please! It's Particular ;)
Posted: 11:07 am on October 10th

chucktown chucktown writes: So is there a perticular time the slide show will be available?
Posted: 10:49 am on October 10th

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