Author Archives: nrhiller

About nrhiller

cabinetmaker and author

Friends in high places

A delivery arrived yesterday from our friend Kim, who lives just outside our nation’s capital. As a source of cultural information relevant to my research, Kim is my version of Chris’s Saucy Indexer (though Saucy’s finds, encompassing everything from erotic … Continue reading

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It’s not about the drawings

Writing for woodworking magazines is a strange experience in many ways. You never know what readers will make of your work — the artistry, thinking, writing, building, calculating, drawing, and editing that go into a project article. Will they love … Continue reading

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Falling in love — with a house

The following is excerpted from A Home of Her Own Every so often she passed the striking limestone house and wondered what was going on there. Friends and colleagues knew that she and Tim had been interested in the place, … Continue reading

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New Book from Nancy Hiller & Lost Art Press

Editor’s note: Aside from my family, my three deepest passions in life are woodworking, food and music. Almost every night I cook a meal while listening to music and surrounded by the things I’ve built. I have deep-seated philosophies about … Continue reading

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Posers need not apply

The following is a short excerpt from Making Things Work. It was a spacious shop, well lit and outfitted with a tidy mix of old and new equipment. “I’m working on a dining table and chairs for a client in … Continue reading

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On seeing and being seen

I’ve lost track of how many times people have written “So great to see a woman in the magazine!” following the publication of a project feature. For years I’d roll my eyes and think Never mind my gender. WHAT ABOUT … Continue reading

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Farewell, old friend

As woodworkers, we tend to think about trees most often in the context of wood. But a living tree is habitat, safe perch, shady spot, daily carbon dioxide sink, and more. Trees also bear fruit. Until I moved to Indiana, … Continue reading

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