Author Archives: nrhiller

About nrhiller

cabinetmaker and author

Timeless Design

Originally posted on Making Things Work:
Timeless? Image from the laugh-out-loud-funny website McMansion Hell. Like so many other words (curate, custom, master, local, artisan, and sustainable, to cite a few), “timeless” has been reduced to little more than a marketing…

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This Is What Separates the Men from the Boys

My favorite instructor, Mr. Williams, always said Anyone can do something right. The real skill is knowing how to fix things that go wrong. Maddeningly, there will always be things that go wrong. Overlooked abrasive marks beneath your flawless finish? … Continue reading

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Book Reportlet: Shaker Inspiration

When Megan Fitzpatrick posted the frontispiece of Christian Becksvoort’s latest book, Shaker Inspiration, on Instagram a few months back, I knew I would be placing an order. Not only have I admired Becksvoort’s work for decades; the frontispiece was utterly … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk Trash

No matter how many years of experience you have at your craft, you can’t afford to stop learning. Kitchen cabinet making is viewed as an inferior form of woodworking by many of those who reproduce 18th-century Philadelphia highboys. Well, let … Continue reading

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In the kitchen (by choice)

A craftsman whose work I have long admired recently mentioned that he’d noticed lots of kitchens in my Instagram feed and asked whether I enjoy the work or just do it to pay the bills. “A friend in advertising gave … Continue reading

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Custom Cabinetry, Part 3: A case study

Originally posted on Making Things Work:
But first, a response to comments: If you’ve read my two previous posts about custom cabinetry (part 1 and part 2), you may think I’m arguing for a definition of custom work so exclusive…

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Custom Cabinetry, Part 2

Originally posted on Making Things Work:
When my sister and I were little, our mother made many of our clothes.(Clearly one of us was destined to become an entertainer, the other a woodworker.) The relationship between custom and costume referred to…

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