Examine one of the most fundamental concepts of furniture making–storage–in a one-of-a-kind workshop that explores the different ways we cope with possessions. Cabinets can present, store, conceal, surprise, perform, transform, categorize, console and even intimidate. We look at how we categorize belongings–ours or someone else’s–whether it is socks, pencils, intimate letters, butterflies, vinyl records, clothing or even ashes. Each student is asked to bring things, or a solitary object if they prefer, that they wish to store, conceal or present. It may be housed in a freestanding form, wall hung or in something that is mobile.
Media & Techniques:
We work in solid wood, veneered panels and allied materials to complete our cabinet forms. We use traditional joinery and new processes. We review construction techniques ranging from the best way to the fastest way. Clamping strategies for flat panels to a variety of formed surfaces are included. We use clear finishes, painting, patination techniques, dyes or texturing.
Daily demonstrations take place, from hand tool and machine joinery to wood forming, hinging techniques, drawer construction and making hidden compartments. We cover the fundamentals of solid wood construction and veneer work, and discuss hanging and finishing cabinets.
Michael Fortune provides design and manufacturing expertise for international development agencies that encourage sustainable economic growth. He received the prestigious Bronfman Award in 1993, was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 2000, received a Queens Golden Jubilee Award in 2002, and was given the 2007 Award of Distinction from the Furniture Society based in North Carolina.