Historic Woodworker Videos #2: George Nakashima, Modern Craftsman

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Blog entry by Hoosierwoodcraft posted 1115 days ago 6075 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In the grand scheme of woodworking, what is more important: the skills needed at a wood bench, the woodworking machinery, or the tree?

If you have any doubts, you need to look at the furniture and life path of George Nakashima, a Japanese-American woodworker (1905-1990). My historic woodworker tribute can be found at

-- Thanks to the Wood Spirit, Tom

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#1 posted 1115 days ago

Very interesting. Thanks for posting.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 1115 days ago

Thanks for posting. Nakashima has been an inspiration to me. I have both his book and his daughters. I, too, see woodworking as spiritual. I will soon be making some Nakashima inspired benches. Thanks for the tribute.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#3 posted 1115 days ago

Excellent inspirational post! Thanks for taking the time to do the video.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#4 posted 1114 days ago

Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#5 posted 1111 days ago

Enjoyed the video, and the reminder of why we love wood and the motivation to continue to try to extend the life to the tree in the Nakashima spirit. Thanks.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#6 posted 1110 days ago

Thanks for posting this. It may be sacrilege but I’d never heard of him until I saw this posting. I did however manage to find a copy of his book and WOW! It’s such an enjoyable read.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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