To celebrate the release of Nancy Hiller’s second edition of “Making things Work: Tales from a Cabinetmaker’s Life,” we’re asking you to tell us your own true woodworking tales. The writer of the best tale – as selected by Nancy, Christopher Schwarz and me – will win a $100 gift certificate to the Lost Art Press store (usable online or in person at the storefront). Plus, we’ll serve up the winning tale here, along with our other favorites.
• Your tale must be true (though you can change names to protect the innocent – and not so innocent).
• It can be no longer than 1,000 words.
• Make sure your name, email address and phone number are atop your entry (Pages, Word, PDF…whatever type of file you like, as long as I can open it on a Mac).
• Send your tales to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Tale Entry” in the subject line.
• The deadline to enter is Jan. 15, 2020.
• While not required, an accompanying image would be swell, so that we’ve appropriate art to go with the tales we share on the blog. (It’s either that, or you get a picture of one of the cats to go with it.)
I’ll read all submissions, then pick my top 10 or so to pass on to Nancy and Chris to review; from these, we’ll all weigh in to select the tastiest tale. The winner will be announced before the end of January.
14 thoughts on “Serve Us Up Some Delicious Tales”
LAP, I am embarrassed to ask this, is this book new or a reprint of 1979 book?
It’s a revised edition of Nancy’s 2017 book.
Thanks, made a purchase and it’s on its the way to me
How close to actual woodworking does the tale have to be? For example many decades ago, while working for a general contractor, there were some occurrences among the workers pretty humorous (albeit sometimes a bit dangerous), that happened by journeymen and/or apprentices.
I think that would count — it’s in the realm of making things involving wood.
Can you open Google Docs on your Mac?
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. How about a picture of me in a tube top, rather than an essay?
Let’s just say there are many thousands of those words on Megan Fitzpatrick’s phone….
Maybe it’s time for an intervention.
Is there a sample of the tales you are look for? I haven’t read that book yet. But i’ve had plenty of facepalm moments over the years.
Sure! Nancy’s has shared a few tales on her blog – here’s one: https://nrhiller.wordpress.com/2019/09/02/hurry-slowly-part-2-lesson-learned/
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