Fern | handcrafted furniture has introduced the Plank Bench, featuring traditional joinery techniques and available in black walnut, claro walnut, maple (bleached, natural or oxidized), oak (natural or oxidized), and ebonized ash.

Reviewed today in the New York Times, the Plank bench is described as showing off the "softer" side of wood, with "thick rounded over-sides and legs," as Fern's Jason Roskey says. It sells for $3,800, and is shown here in maple.

Also recently introduced is the Sawyer Bench. Priced at $4,600,  tt features a hand carved


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seat and is available with or without arms. Wood options include black walnut, claro walnut, maple (bleached, natural or oxidized), oak (natural or oxidized), cherry and ebonized ash. Custom lengths available up to 12-feet. The Ebonized Ash version in this article is 84"L x 19.25"D x 30.25"H, seat: 17"D x 17.5"H.

Located in Brooklyn, NY, fern | handcrafted furniture was founded in 2009 by Jason Roskey and Maggie Goudsmit.

It has since relocated to New York’s Hudson River Valley. "We are trying to

build on the region’s long furniture tradition, by creating bench-crafted studio furniture. Our focus is a number of furniture designs with an emphasis on customization for our clients."

A workshop and retail showroom are now in Hudson, NY, where the Goudsmit and Roskey enjoy "access to some of the country’s finest hardwoods and a growing creative community, Hudson has allowed us to realize our goal of designing and making contemporary, timeless furniture using sustainable practices."

Here's how Fern describes its custom projects:

Fern’s production line of furniture can be customized in terms of dimensions and wood selection. We work with our clients to help them select timbers that make each piece unique, no matter the design form. Our relationships with small mills around the New York area and the Pacific Northwest allow us access to select American hardwoods that are unique in nature.

Fern offers commission-based work for our clients to produce custom furniture designs based on our aesthetic of simple, contemporary furniture produced from American hardwoods. Our services include consultations and on site visits to develop an heirloom that will grow and last generations to come. Oftentimes, the pieces later are put into our production line, but we also offer one-off designs never to be duplicated. The process begins with meetings and a series of sketches based on the clients specifications in terms of size, lumber and accent materials.

Fern also handles interior mkillwork projects and cabinetry.

"While our furniture work is our primary focus, we also provide fabrication work for commercial and residential clients. These projects include custom residential millwork to large-scale office furniture for top tier corporate clients. We often work with architects and designers to fabricate site specific furniture pieces."

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