by Nancy R. Hiller
Nancy Hiller, a cabinetmaker whose writing has appeared in Fine Woodworking, Popular Woodworking and other publications, has written an entertaining and perceptive account of her life as a craftswoman. She’s clearly a person who could have made a living doing more lucrative work, but like so many of us, she values making things with her hands and craft in general. Hiller is a very good writer, so her war stories, like her tale of clients from hell, will resonate and amuse. She is also thoughtful when she writes about trying to make her way as a creative craftsperson in a world that values convenience and price. The book is not a woodworking how-to, though you could certainly learn a thing or two, nor is it a manual about running a business, though you could learn more than a thing or two on that topic as well. Rather Making Things Work is a fascinating depiction of the path chosen by so many of our cabinetmaker, contractor, designer, etc. customers - to pursue satisfying, creative project-based work, with all the joys and challenges this path entails. Highly recommended.
Hardbound, 141 pages. Printed in the USA.
Publisher: Putchamin Press