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Hammer Head:The Making of a Carpenter

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

This recommendation comes from a friend of mine who happens to be a big reader AND a woman in the carpentry and contracting business. So when a copy of Hammer Head came my way, I pretty much forced it into her hands. Here's what she said about it:

I enjoyed it. An easy read, I thought she did a good job of describing the attraction to the trades and how once the feeling grabs on, it doesn't let go. At least for those of us drawn into this. She also captured why we cannot walk away when times are tough, work is slow and benefits are lacking. Many moments brought me back to the days I didn't know the difference between a tack hammer and a framer, but also the satisfaction of teaching the basics to that young person whose eyes light up the first time they miter a joint that fits perfectly. And she gave the reader, or at least this one, the whole feeling of worth that there is in taking old to new, creating something usable from a stack of boards, and the involvement of all the senses. The feel of the board in your hands, the different smells of various woods, the process of going from tree to bookcase. She did it well enough to give that to someone who has never held a hammer, I think. Anyway, I would recommend it as a story with good insight into taking chances and winning. --Deb Schafer

 

By Nina Maclaughlin
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393239133, 240pp.)
Publication Date: March 2015

 

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