Author Archives: nrhiller

About nrhiller

cabinetmaker and author

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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Custom Cabinetry, Part 1

Originally posted on Making Things Work:
(Source: https://www.groovebags.com/products/custom-dog-socks) The word “custom” gets stuck on virtually anything these days, often as little more than a marketing device. Sometimes it means personalized, as with the socks in the illustration above; sometimes it’s…

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Book report: Working Reclaimed Wood, by Yoav Liberman

Yoav Liberman first came to my attention at Woodworking in America in the fall of 2016. We met in the trade show hall and quickly fell into a discussion about reality versus fantasy when it comes to making furniture for … Continue reading

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