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If you’re like our host Callie Crossley, your early school years were marked by frequent classroom sing a longs of "If I Had a Hammer," Woody Guthrie’s ode to the working man-- man being the operative word, because even in 2015 there are few women making a living wielding a hammer. Cambridge resident  Nina MacLaughlin seemed an unlikely candidate to become one of the few. 

 

MacLaughlin, formerly of the Boston Phoenix, went from a career as a writer crafting sentences to a skilled laborer crafting steps and bookcases. She chronicles her journey in her new book, "Hammerhead: The Making of a Carpenter." She joins us to discuss her book, and her wild, wonderful career journey from journalist to craigstlist carpenter.