Our monastic community recently watched an excellent two hour documentary on the life and work of the late George Nakashima, architect and furniture maker. He was the architect of our monastery church and Guesthouse, as well as designer of our refectory tables.
The not-to-be-missed 2020 documentary is called “George Nakashima: Woodworker.”
More information about seeing the documentary can be found at:
George’s love of nature, and of trees and wood in particular, is summed up beautifully in his phrase: “silent tranquility.” Deeply religious, Nakashima saw the hand of God at work in creation and wanted to show forth the “glory of God” by crafting beautiful yet functional objects to be enjoyed by people.
We are blessed to be friends of George’s descendants and encourage all to visit the Nakashima Studios and compound in New Hope, Pennsylvania, land of many trees and people devoted to carrying on the legacy of George Nakashima, who lived from 1905 to 1990.
Abbot Christian and the monks