A family strives to continue the work of a premiere American woodworker
Synopsis: George Nakashima clearly loved trees. A walk through his estate proves that. His legacy and business survive him, and his family carries on the work he began. His daughter, Mira, is an accomplished architect in her own right and worked by her father’s side for decades. The family still uses George’s designs, but commissions are declining; a third generation stands ready, waiting for demand to increase. A short biography details George Nakashima’s accomplishments.
Trees were George Nakashima’s life. He hiked through them, climbed them, sojourned among them. He also made his livelihood from them while he rose to prominence as a craft woodworker after World War II.
Nakashima planted trees, lots of nonnative species chosen for beauty and companionship rather than utility. On the right as you pull into the driveway of his New Hope, Penn., estate is a Japanese cedar, or cryptomeria, a tree…