Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter (Paperback)

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“After 10 years working as a journalist in front of a computer screen, Nina knew she needed a career change. An ad on Craigslist caught her eye: 'Carpenter's Assistant sought: Women strongly encouraged to apply.' So begins Nina's journey as Mary, her mentor, transforms her from desk sitter to desk maker. Hammer Head not only shows readers how Nina became a carpenter, but also that she can still work wonders with her words.”
— Barbara Theroux, Fact & Fiction, Missoula, MT


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: 9780393352320
ISBN-10: 0393352323
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: February 21st, 2016
Pages: 240
Language: English