This is a free virtual event
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GreenWood and The Caribbean Climate Hub of the U.S. Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry presents an Artisan EcoTour in Puerto Rico. This initiative will help strengthen the connection between the island’s tropical forests, the vibrant community of wood artisans, and will help build a more resilient and sustainable local economy.
This spring, GreenWood launched the world’s first Artisan EcoTour experience: Forests to Furniture.
Instructors Michael Fortune of Canada and René Delgado of Puerto Rico will pool their abundant woodworking design talents and deep teaching experience to lead a dynamic workshop in Puerto Rico: May 15 – 25, 2022. Drawing inspiration (and material) from salvaged hurricane wood, Michael and René will guide participants through six days of intensive design and furniture construction — interspersed with three days of immersion in the island’s rich tropical environment.
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Join The Furniture Society and GreenWood’s President, Scott Landis on Monday, May 23 at 5pm eastern as we head down to Puerto Rico for a virtual talk and tour with Master Woodworkers René Delgado and Michael Fortune. They will share their experience in using salvaged tropical hardwoods from trees devastated by the 2017 hurricanes, discuss the benefits of harvested wood, and talk about how René, Michael, and their students were inspired during their tour of the rainforest.
René and Michael will give us a tour of the Taller Escuela studio, and show some examples of work being made by the students participating in this one-of-a-kind experience. A Q&A will follow.
René Delgado is the founder and director of the School of Design and Functional Art (Taller Escuela) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He holds a Master’s Degree in furniture design and construction from the School for American Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology, in New York. Following graduation, René worked for Wendell Castle and then returned to Puerto Rico, where he built a career over more than 25 years as a teacher, sculptor, designer and master furniture maker. He also serves as a professor at the School of Plastic Arts and Design and the University of Puerto Rico. René was recently recognized by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), which awarded him a grant in support of his exhibition of sculpture from the “noble” and native woods of Puerto Rico.
Michael Fortune is one of Canada’s most respected and creative contemporary furniture masters. His work has been exhibited around the world and is installed in six Canadian embassies, but he primarily designs and builds “highly resolved,” one-of-a-kind furniture for private residences across North America. Michael employs traditional woodworking and metal-working techniques, in combination with innovative bending processes, adapted from the aerospace and boatbuilding trades. He was the first woodworker to receive the juried Prix Saidye Bronfman, Canada’s highest award in the crafts. In a career spanning nearly four decades, Michael has taught at some of the most prestigious schools and craft centers across the continent, as well as in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Stretching conventional boundaries, he has consulted for GreenWood and several other organizations in support of sustainable development projects in Honduras, Mexico, Trinidad, Tobago and Guyana.
Scott Landis is the President at GreenWood Global. He began writing profiles of prospectors, fishermen and snowshoe makers – practitioners of the fading traditions of the Canadian north. He has been writing about woodworking and sustainable forest management for more than 30 years and is the author of The Workbench Book and The Workshop Book [Taunton Press, 1987 and 1991] and the editor of Conservation by Design [WARP and the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1993]. Scott founded the Woodworkers Alliance for Rainforest Protection (WARP), which inspired the certification movement and led to the establishment of the Forest Stewardship Council. He is the founder and president of GreenWood, which trains artisan woodworkers to produce high-quality products from well-managed forests and helps connect their products to good markets. GreenWood promotes appropriate woodworking technology and the efficient use of lesser-known and lower-value tree species, waste wood and non-timber forest products. It has developed training programs for artisan woodworkers in Honduras, Peru and Puerto Rico.