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“Making Things Work” – Woodworking Wisdom From Nancy Hiller

I like Instagram. In an Instagram vs. Facebook comparison, I’d say with Instagram, I can easily tailor what I see to better match my personal interests. But when adding a quick comment to an Instagram image, I try hard to avoid one word compliments like “Awesome!” or “Nice!” As I sat down to start this review of Nancy Hiller’s recent book Making Things Work, I kept wanting to use the word “fascinating.” I’ve been trying to come up with some other equal, yet multiple word description, but sometimes the simple approach is best. So, I’ll leave it as fascinating, which Making Things Work truly is. Fascinating can sometimes be viewed as an over-the-top kind of word; but Nancy’s book tells the story of an over-the-top woodworker. The sacrifices and struggles Nancy has endured to remain a professional woodworker can cause one to shake their head in disbelief. Her determination to stick with high-end woodworking when it would be so easy to do something else is not to be taken lightly. Over-the-top, and I think every …