Shop Tour: Michael Fortune
Take a tour of Michael Fortune’s shop, which is full of woodworking genius and practicality.
If you like words and woodworking, being an editor at Fine Woodworking is a dream job. Sure, there are stresses—deadlines being the biggest—but the rewards are amazing. Part of the job is traveling to authors’ shops to photograph and document the techniques or projects they are demonstrating. That’s the dream part—the photo shoot is like taking a one-on-one class with a master. It’s an incredible experience, and each author visit is new, fresh, and loaded with learning opportunities.
One of my favorite trips was to Michael Fortune’s shop in Peterborough, Ont., Canada, back in 2008. Michael is an award-winning furniture maker and designer, with an awe-inspiring, self-built shop a couple hours from Toronto. It’s in a rural setting surrounded by a vast forest.
When I arrived at the address, I wasn’t very sure that I was in the right spot. You can’t see the shop from the road, plus this was before I became a modern traveler with a smart phone. As I made my way up the drive, I saw to my left chairs hanging in the trees in random ways. I instantly knew I had found my woodworker.
Michael’s shop is full of woodworking genius and practicality, and in this video Michael gives our own Ben Strano a personal tour of his workshop and studio.
How to Gear Up for Glue-Ups
by Michael Fortune
Great video tour. Any idea who makes the shop apron that Mr. Fortune is wearing?
I believe it's a bucket boss apron he's had for years and years. I don't know if it's still available.
Cool. Thanks, Ben.
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