Michael Fortune has designed and made bespoke furniture since 1975 for private residences all over North America. After graduating from Sheridan College near Toronto in 1974, he interned with Alan Peters, a 2002 Award of Distinction recipient , in Devon, England. Michael received the prestigious Bronfman Award in 1993, was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 2000 and, in 2007, received the Furniture Society's Award of Distinction. He frequently conducts furniture design and construction workshops throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, New Zealand, and Australia. Michael maintains a spacious studio and sawmill near Peterborough, Ontario where he employs two skilled assistants.