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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Admire Graffiti, Woodcut, and Textile Art in Beacon


4. Insider’s Tip

Call ahead to schedule a visit to Jessica Wickham's unusual design studio.   

Skip the region’s countless fussy antique-furniture stores and drive past the small waterfall at the eastern end of Main Street to find Wickham, a year-old furniture-design studio and a closely guarded source among design professionals like New York’s FXFOWLE Architects. Jessica Wickham’s team salvages black walnut and white oak from area landscaping services, debarks the trees by hand, and dries the wood in a barn for two years, resulting in sinuous, textured slabs that showcase the wood's natural edge. Pick your own slab from the thousands on hand to create a custom hardwood bench or dining table, then have the finished product shipped to the city (from $800; appointment only; call 917-797-9247).

Published on Jul 8, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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