Sunday, February 1, 2009
George Nakashima Work Ethic and Inspiration
Thinking about the work of George Nakashima, I too was expecting to see a more oriental design quality. However, after visiting his website I became intrigued not so much by the actual design of the furniture, but more so for his team's work ethic and inspiration. That is what I most appreciate. Never would I have thought woodworking can be such an intimate process between man and nature. It is fascinating to realize the process of woodworking (particularly by Nakashima) as a bond and destiny of a single tree. It's inspiring to see the levels of dedication and perfection given towards a single tree. I tend to run into perfectionism as a stressful and problematic issue, but after researching the works of Nakashima, perfection in woodworking seems like a pleasant requirement. Although I personally don't particularly like the design of Nakashima's work, I honestly do appreciate the background story behind the work. I enjoy the ideals of concept, perfection, and art.