Master Classes – Michael Fortune

New Zealand's premier furniture making, woodworking & design school



2–week Apprenticeship with Michael Fortune

Master Classes

This two week course is intended to give an opportunity to those students of an intermediate skill level who would like to increase their technical knowledge by exploring and experimenting with new forms and woodworking processes. Through daily demonstrations and individual instruction, students will be encouraged to try each of the techniques and design a piece of work incorporating some of these more technical processes. Tools and machinery will be set up so that students can try the processes throughout the two weeks to gain proficiency and gain a wider understanding of the various techniques. Course content and topics covered are:–

  • Generating and developing design ideas, sketching & full size drawings, model making, mock–ups
  • Project planning and initial consultation
  • Working with curves – steam bending, laminating, hot pipe bending, clamping strategies, vacuum press
  • History of furniture, historical influences – styles you never knew existed
  • Jig design and construction
  • Joinery – mortise, 3-way mitre joints, mitred dovetails
  • Working with compound angles
  • Curved joinery
  • Cutting and joining veneers
  • Inlay techniques
  • Workshop environment – workbench, toolkit, machinery, storage

This course will cover a huge amount in a short space of time, giving students a massive step-up in their knowledge, skill level and awareness of more complex techniques and the ability to seriously design and make future projects. Michael Fortune is an incredible teacher sharing his vast knowledge gained over forty years of experience which he is so willing to share. This course is an exciting option available for those who aren't in a position to undertake the six week residency programme with Michael – with a huge amount of knowledge base being covered in a two week course and an excellent alternative learning opportunity for the serious woodworker.

Course Dates:
24th February – 6th March 2020

Course Fee:
$2500 including consumables – timber for individual projects is additional