Historic Woodworker Videos #2: George Nakashima, Modern Craftsman

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Blog entry by Hoosierwoodcraft posted 08-10-2011 12:57 PM 7194 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 08-10-2011 01:29 PM

Very interesting. Thanks for posting.

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

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#2 posted 08-10-2011 02:01 PM

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 08-10-2011 02:24 PM

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

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#4 posted 08-11-2011 04:29 PM

Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#5 posted 08-14-2011 04:07 PM

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 08-15-2011 06:04 PM

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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