Board Members

From left to right: John Lutz, Secretary; Mira Nakashima-Yarnall, President and Treasurer; Creative Director, George Nakashima Woodworker, S.A.; Kevin Nakashima; John Yarnall.

MIRA NAKASHIMA, the daughter of George Nakashima and co-owner of George Nakashima Woodworker. Born in Seattle, incarcerated in Minidoka, Idaho in 1942, moved to New Hope, Pennsylvania in 1943, Mira attended New Hope-Solebury until High School, where she received her diploma from Solebury School. Graduating cum laude from Harvard University in 1963, she received a Masters in Architecture from Waseda University in Tokyo in 1966, married one of her classmates, Tetsu Amagasu, and has four children: Satoru, Maria, Shanti and Misha, plus six grandchildren so far. Mira returned to New Hope in 1970, began working part-time at Nakashima’s, and took over as creative director of the woodworking operation when her father, George, died in 1990. She has been a member of the Foundation since its inception in 1984 and is now married to Jonathan Yarnall.

KEVIN NAKASHIMA, the son of George Nakashima and co-owner of George Nakashima Woodworker. He attended Solebury School and Sophia University in Tokyo, studying Far Eastern History and Japanese, as well as Tae Kwan Do Karate. He was George’s apprentice and Marion’s assistant book-keeper and caregiver. He is a member of the Japanese-American Citizen’s League, Solebury Lion’s Club and New Hope Historical Society.

JONATHAN YARNALL, born in Germantown of Quaker background and attended Germantown Friends School and Earlham College, where he majored in Political Science. He started as an assistant to the late master carpenter Robert Lovett, then apprenticed to the Austrian-trained Adam Martini in the Chair Department, where he has worked since 1974, and married Mira in 1985. He is s student of mysticism from Quakerism, Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox, Japanese Zen and Tibetan Buddhism to Sri Aurobindo, George’s guru.

JOHN LUTZ, graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), School of American Craftsman with a BFA in Woodworking & Furniture Design. Worked for Thos. Moser for 18 years as design and project manager where he obtained design awards and acquired design patents of furniture. John taught woodworking at RIT, Maine College of Art Penland School of Crafts and lectured for several American Institute of Architects and Institute of Business Designers conferences. Became General Manager for George Nakahima Woodworker in 2008 and is a member of The Furniture Society and American Association of Woodturners.