Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter

Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter

Nina MacLaughlin


“Reading Hammer Head, like eating Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, appears like a vital education.”―Isabella Biedenharn, Entertainment Weekly

Nina MacLaughlin spent her twenties operating at a Boston newspaper, sitting in the back of a table and observing a reveal. craving for extra tangible paintings, she utilized for a task she observed on Craigslist―Carpenter’s Assistant: ladies strongly inspired to apply―despite being a Classics significant who could not inform a Phillips from a flathead screwdriver. She acquired the activity, and in Hammer Head she tells the wealthy and interesting tale of turning into a carpenter.

Writing with infectious interest, MacLaughlin describes the thrill and frustrations of creating issues through hand, unearths the demanding situations of operating as a girl in an career that's ninety nine percentage male, and explains how handbook exertions replaced the way in which she sees the realm. We meet her unflappable mentor, Mary, a petite yet tricky carpenter-sage (“Be smarter than the tools!”), in addition to wild demo dudes, foul-mouthed plumbers, grizzled ironmongery shop clerks, and the colourful consumers whose houses she and Mary paintings in.

Whisking her readers from activity to job―building a wall, home improvement a kitchen, gut-renovating a house―MacLaughlin examines the background of the instruments she makes use of and the virtues and kinds of wooden. all through, she attracts at the knowledge of Ovid, Annie Dillard, Studs Terkel, and Mary Oliver to light up her event of labor. And, in a deeply relocating climax, MacLaughlin moves out on her personal for the 1st time to construct bookshelves for her personal father.

Hammer Head is a passionate e-book filled with sweat, swearing, bashed thumbs, and a deep experience of discovering actual that means in paintings and life.

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