Furniture Master Michael Fortune
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.
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.