George Nakashima (1905-1990) was a woodworker, born in Spokane, WA. He attended the University of Washington and received his Masters in Architecture from MIT. During WWII, he was placed in an internment camp where he learned woodworking from a Japanese carpenter. In 1945, he opened up a woodworking shop and studio in New Hope, Pennsylvania and employed some of the world’s finest craftsmen. Today the Nakashima studio is operated by his daughter, Mira Nakashima. His work can be found in the late Nelson Rockefeller’s home, the interior of Columbia University, and the International Paper Corporation.