Author Archives: nrhiller

About nrhiller

cabinetmaker and author

Don’t be a Fallacy

Editor’s note: We still have a few spots open for an evening with Nancy Hiller at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 in our Covington, Ky., storefront. Nancy will read from her book, there will be beverages for everyone and then we’ll … Continue reading

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The kitchen cabinet that could save your marriage

Hoosier cabinet ads offered another attractive benefit: by helping their users stay “beautiful,” “youthful,” and “energetic,” the cabinets in effect promised to help save marriages. “Why be all fagged out and suffer from backache and headache?” asked one ad. “Why … Continue reading

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Help Wanted

My last attempt to escape my apparent fate as a cabinetmaker involved going back to school in the early 1990s. After graduating with a master’s degree in religious studies, I imagined it would be easier to find work that would … Continue reading

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Call me anything but boss

When my former husband and I moved to southern Indiana in 1988, we became friends with a carpenter named Joe who possessed an endearing confidence that everything he thought and said was right. He and his wife were literal about … Continue reading

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Christopher Vickers, craftsman-designer of furniture and lighting

Vickers’ reproduction of the Voysey Kelmscott “Chaucer” cabinet was a commission   Do you really need that 2400-square foot workshop? I’ve lost track of how many retired friends of friends are currently building themselves shops. Most of these people moved … Continue reading

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It’s amazing how unaware most people are of what’s involved in running a business that makes things, especially if that business involves the design and building of custom commissions, as opposed to mass- or even limited-production manufacture. Start your own … Continue reading

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The story behind the cover

When Megan Fitzpatrick at Popular Woodworking Magazine asked me to write a project article about an Arts and Crafts style bookcase three years ago, I had something Stickley-ish in mind. I pictured something long and low in amber maple, designed … Continue reading

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