Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition

Nancy Hiller


Nancy Hiller


Inspired by architecture and furnishings from the late-19th through the mid–20th century, I design and build furniture and cabinetry with a strong period sensibility. I take pride in seeing each job through from start to finish—from close discussion of aesthetic and practical considerations to drawing, production, and painstaking installation.

I trained as a furniture maker in England, where I lived for 16 years from the time I turned 12. After earning a City and Guilds of London certificate I worked for Roy Griffiths, a Slade School of Art-trained designer, building old pine kitchens at his Crosskeys Joinery. I later worked for Millside Cabinetmakers and briefly in the carpentry shop of the Imperial War Museum at Duxford Airbase before returning to the United States. Here I worked for Wall-Goldfinger and Credence Custom Furniture before opening NR Hiller Design, Inc. in 1995. I have taught cabinetmaking, furniture, and finishing courses at Kelly Mehler’s School of Woodworking and Marc Adams School of Woodworking.

My work has been published in Fine WoodworkingPopular WoodworkingFine HomebuildingOld-House Interiors, Old-House Journal, American Bungalow, Arts & Crafts Homes and the Revival, and Style: 1900, among other magazines and special-interest publications.



Website: NR Hiller Design
Location: Bloomington, IN