A Black Walnut tree, determined to become the first Peace altar. In 1983 George Nakashima purchased what was considered one of the largest walnut logs in the world. It came from a 300-Year-old tree on Long Island. 12' Long, it tapered in diameter from 5 to 7 feet.
George Nakashima and Scot Wineland. With much consideration to his task to cut the Claro Walnut tree, Scot designed and built a special mill for the job.
George watches as Wineland and his crew make the first cut.
After every other cut, the chain on the eight-foot saw has to be sharpened.
After the first slab is cut, Wineland washes off the sawdust to show the grain pattern.
George Nakashima overseeing the cut of the center.
Kevin Nakashima with Scot Wineland.
The center revealed.
George and Scot take a closer look at the grain.
The center-cut slab is worth about one thousand dollars.
Select texts and images taken from "Altar for Peace: A Tale of Two Artists" by Jay E. Write for Popular Woodworking magazine, Aug/Sept, 1986.