Help Complete The Vision Of George Nakashima
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New Year's Eve 1986 was a particularly auspicious one for George Nakashima.The celebrated woodworker's vision to transform a massive tree into a symbol of peace-which had begun three years earlier on a Long Island estate-had finally come to fruition.
Before an audience of about 5,000 people, Nakashima, then 81 and still going strong, arrived at New York City's Cathedral of St.John the Divine for the consecration of his first Altar for Peace.The massive heart-shaped slab of black walnut had been felled on Long Island, milled in Philadelphia, dried for two years, and shaped over the course of some two months.
Back in 1986, Nakashima was quoted by the New York Times as remarking that the altar was meant to serve as a 'tangible' symbol of peace-'if we can contribute something to the stability of this world, it would be fulfilling.