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.
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