Nakashima Woodworkers, New Hope

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#7 of 10 in Museums in Bucks County
Garden · Hidden Gem · Art Museum
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  • This past Saturday we had the great honor of visiting the workshops of the legendary Artist & Craftsman George Nakashima. His imagination and love of nature’s beauty in wood continues today through... 
    This past Saturday we had the great honor of visiting the workshops of the legendary Artist & Craftsman George Nakashima. His imagination and love of nature’s beauty in wood continues today through...  more »
  • Wonderful to learn the magic that happened and is still happening in Bucks County, Pa. Amazing woodwork. 
    Wonderful to learn the magic that happened and is still happening in Bucks County, Pa. Amazing woodwork.  more »
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  • Whether you are a fan of woodworking, architecture, Japanese culture or art of all kinds, a tour of the Nakashima compound is sure to satisfy. The tour, recently taken over by young and knowledgeable Hugo Nakashima-Brown, (a master artist in his own right) is a relaxing and informative walk through a variety of workshops, gallery spaces and living quarters. Nakashima’s architecture doesn’t encroach upon the beautiful landscape but instead is integrated into it. Very often the view from a window in many of the structures (which open wide without a screen of any kind) takes on the aspect of a framed painting without a boundary between you and nature. I’m sure this was intentional. But the real star of the show is the furniture. On this tour you get a look deep into the process of creating a Nakashima masterpiece from beginning to end, including half finished pieces and a massive barn housing an amazing collection of wood from around the world just waiting to be made into the artful furniture for which the Nakashima workshop is famous. It must be seen to be believed. Along the way we got many insights into the history of the Nakashima family in America, including the hardships they faced during the shameful period of Japanese internment and the struggles of the family to survive and flourish, building up this compound from a simple tent and a single workshop to the harmonious yet unique collection of structures that exist today. Highly recommend.
  • I've visited twice. The Guided tour is worth taking. You must RSVP. About six done a year. Come to appreciate the work and legacy that continues in the family. The grounds are serene and to be respected. You'll love it.

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