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Blog entry by onehitwonder posted 1958 days ago 932 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I began working on this in high school, but had to rush to finish in spring of senior year. I started with a Nakashima design for ideas then ran with my own vision (with a little guidance from my teacher). The entire piece was crafted by hand (with a little cheating here and there). As soon as I can gain access to a wood shop, I will do some touch-up work and finish polishing it. I have come a long way, but it is far from complete. Here is what I have so far… created in just over 2 semesters of HS. Please let me know what you think. I will upload more and higher quality pictures when I get a chance.





-- Philadelphia / NYC (Columbia)

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#1 posted 1958 days ago

A work in progress? That looks pretty dang nice to me. In 1981 I finished my first big project. When I finished it, I thought of all the things I should have done differently. I didn’t do a thing to it. Today I look at it and still think I should have done this or that, but I see how I have grown through the years. I am glad I didn’t change it: for me it is like a time capsule.

You have a very nice looking bench you can be very proud of.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Les Hastings

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#2 posted 1958 days ago

Looks really great, you’ve done some nice work there. I bet you’ll be glad to get it finished up.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#3 posted 1958 days ago

One hit. Great job. I love that bench. Only one problem: You should have been smiling with pride for a job well done.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#4 posted 1958 days ago

I agree it is an awesome piece and you should be very proud.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 1958 days ago

Looks great, I like the butterflies, which we call “chigiri” in Japanese.
Yes, I want to see more photos in higher resolution.
I have never heard of Nakashima design, but it seems like I should know it, it is Japanese name right?

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 1958 days ago

This is an incredible design and execution for your first project. It shows maturity in understanding a lot of design concepts and an understanding of construction. I can tell that a lot was considered in the making of this piece.
Great interpretation of the materials too.

Have you done anymore work?

Are you in college now? What are you taking?

What are you specifically looking for when you ask about galleries? Are you wanting to show? Need more info.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 1958 days ago

Nakashima is one of the biggest names in the world of furniture making and design. He is considered one of the founding fathers of the craft movement in the U.S.

These links will help.

Warning: Being exposed to George Nakashima’s work may change your life as a woodworker.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#8 posted 1958 days ago

You might be interested in meeting this guy:

I met John Geraghty at the Western Design Conference a couple of years ago. He often has college students apprentice under him. Many are not looking for the woodworking experience necessarily, but the hands-on design and construction experience (they often are design students of some sort.) Some are looking for the woodworking experience.

Anyway, he might be good for you to talk to just for some enlightenment one way or the other.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 1958 days ago

HI with that type of work you will not be a onehitwonder keep it up brian

-- gagewestern

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#10 posted 1957 days ago

Thank you for the information of Nakashima. It’s a popular family name in Japan, so I thought he might be Japanese.
I have never seen his design before, but they are all great. To see great works is one of the best way to learn it.
Thank you Todd and onehitwonder.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#11 posted 1956 days ago

Very impressive

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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