Mira Nakashima is a mother, wife, architect, furniture maker, author, and daughter of renowned woodworker and author George Nakashima. She’s also a longtime friend and woodworking compatriot, thanks to my having worked in her dad’s finishing shop many years ago. When George died, Mira took over the business—knowing full well how challenging it would be to walk in the footsteps of her famous father. Remarkably, Mira has the same passion and reverence for wood—and fine woodworking—as her dad. I caught up with Mira recently to talk about family, wood, woodworking, and what the business has been like since her father’s passing almost 30 years ago. —Andy Rae
When young Danny Lipford saved his allowance to purchase his first electric jigsaw from a mail-order catalog, his parents couldn't have dreamed that he would go on to become "America's Home Improvement Expert." Now he's helping millions of homeowners with practical advice for the home on Today's Homeowner radio and TV shows.
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The infectious enthusiasm and solid know-how of this third-generation woodworker won a loyal following for his PBS show, “The American Woodshop.” As the program returns to the air this fall, the talented and energetic host teams up with Woodcraft Magazine to bring you some of his all-time favorite projects.