NEW HOPE, Penn. - An independent documentary, George Nakashima, Woodworker, is in production, with plans to air on Public Broadcasting System stations, according to a post at the

The 90-minute documentary is being produced and edited by his nephew, John Nakashima, who has been a PBS producer in West Virginia for over 40 years. He has been recognized through many awards, including five regional Emmys for his documentary producing and editing. George Nakashima, Woodworker is his first major independent production. The documentary is a chronological story of one of the most compelling seeker's journeys, taking the audience to special places and times that few remember today.


It continues with George returning to America, just in time to for him and his new family to be incarcerated along with the other 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry. The documentary traces how George began again with literally nothing and within a year, talked with MOMA about someday showing his work there. Several years after that he and his work had appeared in many of the largest circulation magazines in America. George was successful.

At the end of his life he was doing what many considered his best work. George divorced himself from anything that could be called fashion. He wrote, "There is actually no 'modern' and no 'traditional,' but rather honesty and dishonesty of concept... Whatever styles and forms we have should evolve from the methods and materials used."

This comprehensive documentary began production after his death, so George's voice includes interviews on video, audiotape, correspondence, transcribed oral histories, his autobiography Soul of a Tree and other writings. New footage was shot for this documentary in the U.S., Japan and India with Sony HD video cameras interviews with his family, historians, critics, woodworkers, and associates. Photographed on Super16mm film and large sensor video camera are the workshops, showrooms, and residences in the Nakashima compound, major collectors' homes, Nakashima woodworkers creating furniture, and the best examples of his work including some of his most historic works.

The documentary is targeted for national distribution on PBS stations. Read more about the Nakashima documentary here>>

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