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Splendid Table

Reprint from the Chaska Herald

A climate-controlled room at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum holds thousands of rare books documenting a half-millennia of natural history. However, Andersen Horticultural Library visitors might find themselves sitting on, rather than reading, an invaluable object.

In the early 1970s, the late Gov. Elmer Andersen and his wife, Eleanor, filled the then-new library with commissions by master craftsman George Nakashima - tables, shelves, magazine racks, display cabinets and even a clock. There are 79 Nakashima pieces in the library, mostly fashioned from American black walnut.

Read more: Chaska Herald - Splendid table

Read more: Chaska Herald - Splendid table