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MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS MICHAEL FORTUNE KELLY PARKER Apprenticeship with Michael Fortune & Kelly Parker   Taught by master furniture makers, Michael Fortune, and Kelly Parker, this two-week apprenticeship will profoundly impact your learning. It is a comprehensive class where you will take a design idea from proof-of-concept into fabrication. We will focus
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MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR  KELLY PARKER Curvature - Bending Wood Imagine: the gentle bend of a meandering stream… the supple curve of a woman’s hip… the fluid lines of a sports car.  These beautiful organic forms are intrinsically pleasing to us.  You can bring this same graceful quality to your furniture
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Using the Witches Brew to Ebonize Wood In a recent class at the Florida School of Woodwork, we showed students how to ebonize wood.  Ebonizing is different from dying wood in that the process causes a chemical reaction with the tannins in the wood. While you could say that both

Choosing Woodworking Tools Table Saw vs. Band Saw Woodworking tools are what I’ve spent my life using. Woodworking and teaching woodworking classes has been my life’s work, and I’ve always worked under the assumption that every woodworking shop should have a table saw. But lately, I’ve been rethinking that strategy.Continue Reading

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How to Design Furniture (part 1) Learn the Basic of Furniture Design with Kelly Parker In this 2-part article we’ll explore how to design furniture from concept through to a completed prototype using a real-life *commission as an example. This first post describes the processes of sketching and modeling.  The secondContinue Reading

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An Evening with Micheal Fortune & Kelly Parker The Florida School of Woodwork offers many opportunities to meet and talk with well-respected, extremely talented woodworkers. Michael Fortune and Kelly Parker recently taught a cabinetmaking class at the school. One evening, local woodworkers had the opportunity to hear a presentation byContinue Reading