Design Process Workshop


Saturday, January 16th – 9AM to 4PM and Saturday, January 23rd – 9AM to 4PM (Central Time)

In this virtual Design workshop Michael Fortune will teach us several benchtop design exercises to improve our furniture design process and results. Small class size with lots of personal attention. Read below for more details.

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Name: Design Process Workshop
Instructor: Michael Fortune
Skill Level: Beginner
Prerequisites: None 

Format: Online Live Workshop (Central Standard Time Zone)


This class is taught online via a live video conferencing platform. This class will take place over two back to back Saturdays. It will be a small class where you can get lots of personal attention from the instructor.

Class Description

Developing Your Own Ideas – This workshop will introduce the participants to a series of simple bench top design exercises that will exponentially expand where and how you look for inspiration then be able to convert what you’ve observed into practical pieces of furniture or sculpture. This course is for woodworkers who want to move beyond working “square” or copying other woodworker’s designs. Sharpen those scissors, plug in that glue gun, hone those new found observation skills and have fun while you develop your own unique furniture forms. This course will change your perception of furniture design and making..

Key Points
– How to observe your environment and identify design ideas.
– Develop your own custom design sequence.
– How to sketch, make models and full-size mock-ups.
– How to critique your own work and who to engage to critique your work
– Assembling an idea bank that will be inspirational for years to come.

What you’ll need

  • Computer (with microphone and webcam)
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Zoom Video Conferencing

Tool and Supply List

  • Tracing paper sketchbook 9” x 11” or 11” x 14”
  • 6B, HB, 2H pencils
  • Hot glue gun (dual temperature Stanley or equal) and glue sticks
  • Snap off utility knife (small)
  • Scale ruler, triangular architects scale is best 1/8, 3/16, ¼ etc. scales
  • French curves set
  • Foamcore (Approx. white 20” x 30”)
  • Bristol board (white card stock)
  • Camera phone to share images of you work
  • Thick black magic marker
  • Pipe cleaners or soft solder 1/8 dia.
  • Cutting mat or cardstock to cut on
  • Images (see below)
  • Personal Item (see below)
  • Straight edge
  • Small T-Square

Also, please bring photos torn from magazines printed or photocopied from books. These images should be of shapes in the environment – bridges, insects, leaves, topographic shapes, geometric patterns. They can also be of interesting patterns or compositions.

You will also need a small object that has some personal significance for you. It can be anything except a piece of furniture. Keep an open mind and get creative.


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Event Details

Saturday, January 16th - 9AM to 4PM (Central Time)


Saturday, January 23rd - 9AM to 4PM (Central Time)

Start time: 09:00 a.m. CST

End time: 04:00 p.m. CST

Venue: Virtual

Directions: We will be using Zoom Video Conferencing for this class. After checking out, a Zoom link will be emailed to you in your ticket.

Phone: 361-857-9228