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About nrhiller

cabinetmaker and author

Ask and You Shall Receive

When Chris Schwarz asked me to write about what he “got right” in his kitchen (as though there were anything he didn’t get “right” – insert weeping-with-laughter emoji) and what I’d do differently, my first thought was Look, it’s your … Continue reading

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A Giant of Furniture Making Shows up in the Kitchen

A few weeks back my mother mentioned that she’d unearthed some old magazines while clearing out a bunch of long-unused stuff. She thought I might be especially interested in a copy of the Ladies’ Home Journal from 1960 that had … Continue reading

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Laura Mays: Making the Connections Between Building and Design

While on a bicycling vacation in 1994, Laura Mays found herself at a village crossroads in remote County Galway, on Ireland’s western coast. Each of the first three corners housed a pub; the fourth, a large Victorian building. Intrigued by … Continue reading

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Across the Board: Yoav Liberman – Furniture Maker, Teacher & Finder of the Good

Imagine this: You’re a teacher of woodworking. Your students are kids. The school where you teach is in a big city, and most of your students live nearby. It’s March 2020: Your school, along with much of the rest of … Continue reading

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A Kitchen Remodel in Real Time: Changing horses in midstream

After a long hiatus from shop time thanks to Indiana’s stay-at-home directive, I’ve been back in full force over the past two weeks. Sure, I could have kept working on the kitchen — my shop is next to our house. … Continue reading

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Stay Focused, Keep Moving: An Interview with Freddy Roman

When Freddy Roman was a student at The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts he saw a dressing table made by fellow student Austin Winters, who’d built the piece after seeing an original in the catalog for an exhibition at the Peabody … Continue reading

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True Grit: An Interview with Helen Welch of the London School of Furniture Making

Chris Schwarz suggested I invite Helen Welch to be interviewed for the Lost Art Press blog. “She is a “[bleep]ing badass,” he wrote. “A tool nerd. Funny and sharp as hell.” So I wrote her by email. She sent back … Continue reading

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On & Off the Page: An Interview with Anissa Kapsales

Along with her colleagues at Fine Woodworking magazine, Associate Editor Anissa Kapsales decamped from Taunton headquarters in Newtown, Conn., to her home in Upstate New York this March. Her office for the past several weeks has been her kitchen table, … Continue reading

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American Dream: The Brothers Abraham

May 2017. I’m on my way to Handworks, a renowned hand-tool woodworking event in Amana, Iowa. After seven hours of interstate driving I know I’m getting close when the GPS directs me off the highway into a residential area with … Continue reading

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Paying it Forward: An Interview with Megan Fitzpatrick

“Chromosomes have nothing to do with your abilities or potential in a woodshop.” — Barbie, of Barbie Woodshop Among the first questions posed to any woman in woodworking seems to be: “How did you get into this?” Followed by: “Was … Continue reading

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