Synagogue design, movable aron kodesh, torah reading table, mechitzas, and podiums
The Design and the final product side by side:
The furniture was designed to be easily movable within the room. The aron kodesh, torah table, and prayer stands are built from solid wood. We utilized a unique technique of using large round glue ups to create curved shapes for building the furniture.
The video shows off the entire synagogue furniture construction:
The mechitza has a match contemporary design and is built more maximum reflective properties on the men’s side and maximum transparency from the women’s side.
Watch our master carver Gabriel Bass carving the synagogue detail work:
Built in Aron Kodesh for the Bet Midrash was completed in July 2016. You can view the remarkable transition of the ark wall custom built to surround the existing full length torah safe. The entire project consisted of design, production and installation of the Aron Kodesh, two amud tefillah, and bimah torah reading table. This project was built from African Walnut at the Bass Syangogue Furniture studio in Israel and installed by Gabriel Bass in Miami. It was a pleasure to work with such a welcoming and excited community.
To view the full project please visit the main synagogue interior page of the website:
At Bass Synagogue Furniture we use the finest water based stains with three coats of professional grade two part semi-gloss lacquer for an incredibly durable and accurate finish.
View the samples below of our most popular stains with two coats of lacquer. All samples were made on African Walnut, the most commonly used wood in the studio. We use deep penetrating water based stains which reflect light beautifully from within the grains and are perceived differently depending upon the color and intensity of the light they are exposed to. Your product comes with the choice of any of the following stains or you can choose to customize the stain for an additional fee. In order to customize the stain we will either need a physical sample or a picture so we can produce a variety of stain choices in your color range for you to approve. Physical samples can be sent to you for the price of postage and let us know which samples you would like. Other colors and hues may be available upon request. We can also closely match any samples sent to us, but because of the nature of staining, variations in wood, light differences, and how the human eye perceives color we cannot guarantee an exact match of any specific color, whether from our samples or custom staining.
Brown dash of Mohangany
Watch Israeli craftmen building columns by hand for synagogue Binyan Bracha V’shalom in Kriat Ya’arim, Tel Stone, Israel, near Jerusalem. The columns were built completely from solid wood, glued together, lathed round, carved by hand in a twisted pattern, and sanded. Makes passersby want to reach and and touch them.
Bass Synagogue Furniture was commissioned by Synagogue Binyan Bracha V’shalom synagogue in Kriat Ya’arim, Tel Stone, Israel. The project was custom designed in three dimensional renderings and includes an aron kodesh, bimah, two podiums, and fourty meters of library shelving throughout the synagogue. All synagogue furnishings will be installed on site. The aron kodesh stands tall at about three and a half meters high and wide. The woodwork throughout the project will heavily ornamented with twisted carved columns, crowns, hand wood carving, routing and custom made moldings. Will be installed before Pesach, 5776.
This exciting project has taken about three months to produce in our studios in Israel. The more than three tons of woodwork, metal, and glass include interior carpentry, built in Aron Kodesh wainscoting, Bimah, , bulletin boards, 19 tables, and 39 Shtenders. Currently the work is in transit and will be installed by artist Gabriel Bass and local carpenters in July 2012.
Vancouver, Washington, USA
A Ner Tamid has been commissioned by the Congregation Kol Ami community to be hung from the high ceiling in their beautiful new building. This Ner Tamid will be based on a Ner Tamid previously designed for a synagogue in Bet Shemesh, Israel, featuring 5-8 hand blown and pulled transparent blue and turquoise glass flames rising from a wood base, which will house the energy efficient LED spotlights.
Watch video of it being produced:
Architect: Rebecca Epstein, SERA]]>
Rabbi: Olivier BenHaim
When the Bet Alef Congregation came to Israel on a group visit, they visited the Bass Synagogue Furniture studio to experience an extensive tour, browse our showroom, and watch our artists at work. They were in need of a new Aron Kodesh for their synagogue back home, and began to discuss with Gabriel various options for a custom project. Inspired by the land of Israel, they returned to Seattle and arrived at a design symbolizing the hanging Miskan referred to in the Torah. The carved doors will be affixed with copper plates arranged in a flame-like pattern, abstractly depicting shapes of Hebrew letters. Continue to visit this page for updates of the project as it work progresses.
Currently, the structure is complete and the doors are carved. We now are working out a few details, such as sanding, staining, and finishing with two coats of lacquer, then we will work on the copper and handles, as well as work out what we would like to do for the addition of a Ner Tamid to the top.
Watch this Torah case being made: