Woodworking Studio

Welcome to our woodworking studios! The Jewish Artist Center in collaboration with Bass Furniture houses the finest collection of both state of the art machinery, as well as hand tools. You can do anything that you can image, from design, through production, and finish. There is no shortage of the finest hardware. Learn time tested […]

Or Torah- Skokie, IL

aron kodesh synagogue interior design

Or Torah, the largest modern orthodox shul in the Chicago area consists of 4 chapels. The project at the synagogue includes the main shul, bet midrash, east and west sanctuaries. The remodel consists of Aron Kodeshes, Torah Reading tables, amud tefillah, mechitzas and ner tamid for each of the chapels. The seating for the first […]

Kriat Ya’arim, Jerusalem Synagogue Interior

custom designed wood Aron Kodesh features hand carving and lighting

View the finished product 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 […]

Chabad of Uptown, Houston, TX Contemporary Synagogue

synagogue design for uptown chabad in Houston, Texas

Chabad of Uptown, Houston, TX 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 […]

Hand Traditional Wood Carving Detail for Synagogues

Wood carving of traditional torah ark for synagogue in Israel

At Bass Synagogue Furniture all the carving detail work is produced by hand by Jewish artisans in Israel.  The Kiriat Yaarim built in aron kodesh took three months of intensive daily carving to complete. Each detail is unique to this project. Watch our master carver Gabriel Bass carving the synagogue detail work:

Young Israel of Greater Miami – Aron Kodesh

Young Israel of Greater Miami built in aron kodesh with eternal light parochet and amud tefillah

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 […]

Custom Stain and Lacquer Wood Finishes

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 […]

Carved Columns and Crowns for Aron Kodesh

synagogue in progress with twisted carved columns

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 […]

Beth Israel New Orleans

bimah before Katrina

Installed Spring/Summer 2012 New Orleans, USA Bet Israel is one of the oldest synagogues in the southern United States.  Destroyed in the wake of floods from Hurricane Katrina, Custom Carving was asked to help design and create a new Mechitza and Aron Kodesh to match the Bimah which was being reconstructed from the original.   The […]

Kol Ami Eternal Flame

Glass Blowing Taking a Dip

Summer 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 […]

Beit Aleph Meditative Synagogue

bet aleph aron kodesh progress

Location:  Seattle, Washington, USA 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 […]

Sephardi Style Torah Case

Sephardi Torah in progress

This Torah case is being built for a community in Queensland, Australia. Building a Sephardi Torah case from solid wood is not a simple process and Bass Synagogue Furniture are among the only specialists in this type of work. By combining traditional methods with the precise performance of modern tools, we are able to create custom and […]

Syrian Torah Case

Syrian crown torah case

This Torah case was commissioned to house a 300 year old Torah scroll rescued from Damascus, Syria in September 2001, thanks to assistance of the Syrian Jewish community, as well as the American and Israeli governments. The Torah is being rededicated by the Cohen-Sadan Charitable Trust as a Torah which will be lent out to […]

Sephardi Round Synagogue Furniture

sephardic synagogue furniture

The design for this innovative project was inspired by our recent Torah case creations . We challenged ourselves to make furniture using the same technique as that of the Torah cases, resulting in large pieces reminiscent of traditional Sephardic Torah case design.  Solid wood is glued up in large rounds, shaped into a circle, cut to create doors […]

Twelve Tribes Stained Glass

12-tribes-tree-of-life progress

The Twelve Tribes custom stained glass light-box was commissioned by a synagogue in New Jersey and subcontracted by RTJ construction. The wall hanging is over eight feet wide and four feet tall. The exciting set of synagogue art and furniture also includes a custom podium for sign in book and Kippah holder for the entrance of the sanctuary. […]

Vancouver Washington Memorial Board

Tal holding a Curve Mold memorial board

May 2014 Client:  Kol Ami Location:  Vancouver, WA, USA This memorial board has been custom designed and produced for Congregation Kol Ami.  This project challenges the concept of  traditional design concept for a memorial board to remember loved ones who have pasted away.  Instead of a light for the deceased 1-2″ rocks collected at a […]

Toronto Synagogue

aron kodesh toronto in progress

Location:  Toronto, Canada Aron Kodesh, Bimah, Mechitza, Doorways, Library, Shtender, and more. Installation plannned for May 20th, 2014 Watch the video about this exciting project in progress: This project demonstrates some of the most unique woodworking and carpentry techniques that Custom Carving has to offer.   The Aron Kodesh has been carved in deep relief […]

Curved Doors Aron Kodesh

sanding curved doors

Owner:  RABBI MENDEL Organization: Jewish Belgravia Location:  London England This Aron Kodesh demonstrates the highest skill level of our work in solid wood.  This project consists of curved solid wood glue ups, doors and pillars.   The doors were then shaped by hand and sanded before they were carved with a knife by the artist Gabriel […]

Dome and Pillar Aron Kodesh

Dome in progress

This aron kodesh features a complex curve dome, which will be carved by hand in deep relief.  The dome was made by a compicated 3 dimensional glue up in solid wood for carving.  The pillars are also glued up and cut in half, then carved with the 12 tribes.  This project pushes the limits of […]

American Friends of Lubavitch Synagogue Design

Shem Tov carving in progress

Lubuvitch Center- Washington DC Rabbi Shem Tov 2014 The work in progress, design and production of synagogue furniture, particularly the aron kodesh, bimah, and ner tamid.  The rabbi is hoping to raise funds for a matching mechitza as well. Watch this project in progress:

CTJ Conservative Synagogue Doors

Framework for glass and wood tree

Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles, CA January 2015 Doors were custom commissioned by CTJ Conservative Synagogue in California.  Gabriel designs and builds the doors using a unique technique of wood joinery, carving, and stained glass. Take a look at the video to see how they were built. [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6XwRXR4Xgg]

Sons of Israel Synagogue Interior

Long Island city carving crown

Custom Synagogue Interior Furnishings-  Aron Kodesh, Torah Reading Table, Podium, and Shtender. Sons of Israel, Long Island City, Queens, NY. Winter 2015 This custom commission includes aron kodesh with carving on the top highlighting the crown, inlayed from the back with art glass, and lit to represent a ner tamid matching the stained glass windows […]

Synagogue Shipped

shelves in progress

July 8th- July 12th          Toronto, ON Canada   After more than 3 months of intense production at our studios in Israel, we have shipped the interior carpentry, wainscoting, shelving, tables, bimah, and aron kodesh to the Yeshivas Mishkan HaTorah in Toronto for installation.   Gabriel will be arriving to install the work with local carpenters.  […]

Mishkan HaTorah Toronto Synagogue Interior

Toronto Synagogue wood synagogue

Spring 2012    Toronto,  Canada   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 […]