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
You may know country music star Craig Morgan for his great voice and hit songs, but his talents go far beyond his music. Read how family, faith and woodworking helped him turn a tragedy into “something good” for all of them to focus on.
the 73rd National Hardware Show, Woodcraft won an award for excellence in packaging
designed for Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint. Woodcraft was one of over
90 companies exhibiting in the Made in USA Product Display within the show.
When disaster strikes, it’s certainly a test of character in the days and weeks that follow. The Tulsa Woodcraft store owner and managers were put to the test in August 2017 when a tornado decimated their location. Read how they worked together and came back better than ever in this Woodworking Adventures blog.
Using the materials they salvage from tearing down forgotten barns to create beautiful barnwood furniture and art keeps father/daughter team Kelley and Kate Jensen busy. They preserve each barn's heritage into repurposed decor—and make priceless memories together while doing it.
Most work stands are designed to provide simple but solid infeed or outfeed support, or to help heavy stock slide past a blade or cutter. You can accomplish a lot with most one-trick ponies, but sooner or later, you’ll encounter a job where you wish you had the stability of a fixed top, or rollers to help maneuver long boards or heavy sheet goods. Where some woodworkers might resort to buying or building another support, PM-5093 owners have 3 options, for only about $10 more than single-headed competitors.