The Soul of Nakashima
Mira Nakashima carries her father’s legacy forward
Since George Nakashima’s death in 1990, not much has changed at the leafy hillside property in New Hope, Pa., where he settled with his wife and young daughter in 1946. A dozen or so craftsmen still take projects from raw planks to completion one by one; the enormous lumber sheds are still bursting with some of the biggest and most beautiful slabs of flitch-cut Eastern black walnut ever sawn; the nine-acre property and the houses, workshops, sheds, and other buildings Nakashima built on it are still scrupulously maintained; and the finished furniture being produced there bears close comparison to the pieces made during Nakashima’s lifetime. Twenty-two years after his death, Nakashima’s business is still functioning—and flourishing—much as it did in his lifetime, now under the guidance of his daughter, Mira.