|Review by Durnik150||posted 07-05-2009 09:17 AM||2871 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
- . The Soul of a Tree: A Master Woodworker's Reflections
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Author: George Nakashima
$31.68 as of this writing at Amazon
Given the price of this book I feel strongly that you should know that this is not a woodcrafting book with plans and designs. This book, written by Nakashima himself, is a great overview of a great career and a wonderful talent. The first half of the book is especially enlightening. It is a short biography of Nakashima’s early years and shows how these experiences directly influenced his works. When I first saw the book I thought that this part might be a little boring but I was pleasantly surprised that it was engaging and light in tone.
As a woodworker I was drooling at all of the beautiful pieces GN has produced. I was also very envious of the opportunities he had to work with some of the most beautiful materials ever seen. Just to have access to some of the black walnut shown in the book would probably be the pinnacle of most woodworker’s career.
Nakashima’s work was at its height in the late 60’s and 70’s and the works reflect that. It appears a little dated but wonderful nonetheless. My style and Nakashima’s style are different, as is expected. However, learning from and about the masters in woodworking is part of becoming a better woodworker yourself.
This book was a balanced overview of GN’s life and work. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn more about one of the masters. It will also prompt ideas and concepts for you to use in your own works.
This might be a great library check-out if you don’t want to invest the steep price. And again, this is a book about GN and his works, not a book showing you how to recreate or build his designs. If you want a book fitting this topic, this book is great!
-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO