Shop Talk Live 18: George Nakashima 2.0
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Shop Talk Live 18: George Nakashima 2.0
On yet another Special Edition of Shop Talk Live, FWW senior web producer Ed Pirnik and senior editor Jon Binzen head to the shop of acclaimed woodworker George Nakashima for an exclusive interview with daughter Mira and Shop Foreman Jerry Everett. Learn how Mira took the reigns of the operation following the death of her father in 1990, what she’s been up to, and where she’s going.
The Shop Stumper Returns
On last week’s show, we debuted a new Shop Stumper segment and offered up a copy of Garrett Hack’s The Handplane Book to one lucky winner. This week, the Shop Stumper is back, with a brand-new prize. We’re giving away a commemorative reprint of Fine Woodworking’s first issue to one lucky listener.
Just listen to the audio Shop Stumper in this week’s episode. If you can correctly identify the sound (email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org) we’ll automatically enter you into the random drawing from among all the correct answers we receive.
Remember, send in your answers via email. No answers submitted in the comment section of this blog post will be considered. Hey, we can’t make this TOO easy!
Shop Talk Live listener Robert D. Tronzo wrote in to ask about techniques for inlaying butterfly keys–a rather appropriate question considering this week’s show. As promised during our broadcast, here are a list of related articles available at FineWoodworking.com.
Senior Web Producer
Nakashima Shop Foreman
Listen to Previous Episodes
- Shop Talk Live 17: Behind-the-Scenes at Lee Valley Tools
- Shop Talk Live 16: A Lethal Dose of PEG?
- Shop Talk Live 15: Curvy Cabinet Conundrum
- Shop Talk Live 14: Who Needs Half-Blind Dovetails?
- Shop Talk Live 13: Where Christian Becksvoort is Shinin’ on Me
- Shop Talk Live 12: Special Guest Nick Offerman
- Shop Talk Live 11: That Sinking Feeling
- Shop Talk Live 10: Handplanes for a Desert Island
- Shop Talk Live 9: Four Finger Swipe
- Episode 8: Just a Splash of Water
- Episode 7: Mike Gets Crickets
- Episode 6: On the Pod
- Episode 5: Compounding Errors
- Episode 4: Dueling Cabinets
- Episode 3: Diminishing Returns
- Episode 2: Beyond the Back Cover
- Episode 1: The Big Debut
- see all episodes
Hit the road with Fine Woodworking's Ed Pirnik and Jon Binzen as they set off for the workshop of celebrated woodworker George Nakashima.
Videographer Gary Junken (center-L) and Ed Pirnik (center-R) capture video for an upcoming online shop tour and interview at George Nakashima Woodworker, S.A. This enormous structure, dubbed the "pole barn," was built shortly after Mr. Nakashima's death in 1990. Today it houses over 10,000 jaw-dropping slabs.
For nearly 43 years now, shop foreman Jerry Everett (L) has worked side-by-side with the Nakashimas-first George, and now Mira (R).
Shop foreman Jerry Everett is captured on video at the Nakashima Reception House for an upcoming FWW online feature.
A gracious host, Mira Nakashima (C) is interviewed by a Fine Woodworking crew.
Mira Nakashima's husband, Jonathan Yarnall, is also an old-hand at the New Hope, PA operation. Here Yarnall prepares to drill out the mortises for some chair legs.
George Nakashima's iconic Conoid Studio looks out upon a beautiful field of grass and trees at the Nakashima property in New Hope, PA.
Inside the Conoid Studio, visitors are bathed in beautiful, warm light.