Fogo Island Workshops

The furniture and furnishings of Fogo Island Inn are available for purchase through Fogo Island Workshops

The launch of Fogo Island Workshops is Shorefast’s initiative to support economic and cultural sustainability on Fogo Island. During the design and construction phases of Fogo Island Inn, artists and designers from away were invited to come to Fogo Island to learn about the island, experience this powerfully elemental place, walk the landscape, and meet and work with the men and women who make their lives here. These encounters resulted in collaborations on the design and production of the furniture, textiles, and furnishings for Fogo Island Inn. The pieces created in this process have so delighted the Inn’s guests that they are now available for special-order purchase through the Fogo Island Workshops.

The furniture and textiles of Fogo Island Workshops are handcrafted and produced on-island, engaging local artisans and makers and contributing to the promotion of economic resiliency for one of Canada’s oldest communities. Fogo Island Workshops is a social business and an initiative of Shorefast, a registered Canadian charity focused on leveraging the inherent value in rural places. All of Fogo Island Workshops' products are priced to create a 15% net surplus, 100% of which is returned back to Shorefast to support ongoing charitable programs on Fogo Island.

With the handcrafted objects offered by Fogo Island Workshops, centuries of knowledge in boat building and furniture-making has been applied to the making of a brand new line of objects that are contemporary in nature but also carry the spirit of the past. The furniture and products sold by Fogo Island Workshops connect guests and hosts, designers and craftspeople, with the aim of sharing and strengthening a culture guided by ingenuity and joy.