Justin Nelson started Fernweh Woodworking in 2015. He calls his role "Designer/Craftsman" and cherishes both the woodworking and design elements of the company. A former Marine Officer, Justin has a bachelor's degree in business from Purdue University, and is a self-taught woodworker. He is inspired by the design philosophy and work ethic of Sam Maloof, and admires the legacy and designs of Hans Wegner and the Eames, among many others.
"I'm just a baby woodworker and designer, and to some extent I hope to always feel that way; no matter how much you learn, you should always be overwhelmed and excited by the oceans of things yet to be discovered. I hope to do my small part to keep the craft of woodworking not only alive, but fresh."
Fernweh Woodworking launched its first furniture line item in 2017, called "The Tripod Table." It was the first exploration into the seamless joinery that is now signature in all new furniture items. Next came "The Sling Chair" which won two awards at the Oregon IIDA Design Excellence Awards in Portland. Fernweh Woodworking is growing into a small-batch furniture studio with the goal of remaining organic and handmade through the whole process. Using the best tool for the job includes exploring everything from the beautiful hand tools from the likes of Lie-Nielsen and Veritas, to experimenting with new types of power tools that can make seamless joinery a time-efficient process.
Rich Furniture Design & Woodworking Studio
The best businesses are also passions, and this principle is evident in every piece of furniture produced by Fernweh Woodworking, an award-winning furniture design and woodworking studio located in Bend, Oregon. Fernweh, a German word meaning “to be homesick for somewhere you’ve never been”, was founded by self-taught Designer / Woodworker Justin Nelson in 2015. Nelson is a student turned enthusiast, then turned craftsman, who finds immense pleasure in producing modern design small batch furniture and woodwork for home décor that are reminiscent of classic Danish design, but with a fresh modern feel, using techniques that have been employed for centuries. Each piece produced through his woodworking studio has been patiently hand-shaped and crafted to the highest standards. Explore this online portfolio of small batch furniture and home décor woodwork today to experience the simple elegance of modern furniture design in your home.