George Nakashima was describes by Janet Purcell from the Area Guide as “He was a spiritual man who cared about the soul of a tree and believed that a woodworker owed a sacrificed tree a noble life as a useful, beautiful object. He believed that each plank cut from a tree had only one ideal use and it is the woodworker’s responsibility to find that use and shape the wood to realize its true potential.”
His woodworks reflect his strong spiritual believes as well as his work ethic of traditional Japanese - discipline and patience, striving for perfection in every stage of construction. His woodworking design was typically “his large-scale tables made of large wood slabs with smooth tops but unfinished natural edges, consisting of multiple slabs connected with butterfly joints." They are simple and aesthetically remarkable.