Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter

Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter

by Nina MacLaughlin

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Overview

"No other book has made me want to re-read Ovid and retile my bathroom floor, nor given me the conviction that I can do both. I loved it." —Rosie Schaap, author of Drinking with Men

A warm and inspiring book for anyone who has ever dreamed of changing tracks, Hammer Head is the story of a young woman who quit her desk job to become a carpenter. Writing with infectious curiosity, Nina MacLaughlin—a Classics major who couldn’t tell a Phillips from a flathead screwdriver—describes the joys and frustrations of making things by hand. Filled with the wisdom of writers from Ovid to Mary Oliver and MacLaughlin’s own memorable accounts of working with wood, unfamiliar tools, and her unforgettable mentor, Hammer Head is a passionate book full of sweat, bashed thumbs, and a deep sense of finding real meaning in work and life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393352320
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/21/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 760,832
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Nina MacLaughlin lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she works as a carpenter. Formerly an editor at the Boston Phoenix, she has written for the Believer, Bookslut, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 Tape Measure 3

On the distance between here and there

Chapter 2 Hammer 37

On the force of the blow

Chapter 3 Screwdriver 79

On screwing and screwing up

Chapter 4 Clamp 117

On the necessity of pressure

Chapter 5 Saw 143

On severing a part from the whole

Chapter 6 Level 189

On shifting, settling, and shifting again

Epilogue 219

Acknowledgments 223

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