Bloomington Open Studios Tour

Nancy Hiller

Inspired by architecture and furnishings of the late-19th through mid-20th century, I design and build furniture that is firmly grounded in historical research and at the same time responsive to my clients’ eminently contemporary needs. I trained as a furniture maker through the English City & Guilds of London program after dropping out of college and have since worked in several shops in England and the United States. Since 1995 I have operated NR Hiller Design, Inc., making my living through commissioned work for clients in the Midwest and occasionally farther afield. My work has been published in national periodicals such as Fine Woodworking, Fine Homebuilding, American Bungalow, and Old-House Interiors (now Old-House Journal), as well as in several of the Taunton Press’s special-interest publications. My spec piece “Corona Plumosa,” which I built with a grant from the Indiana University ArtsWeek program, was selected by Wendy Maruyama for exhibition in the Indiana State Museum’s juried show of studio furniture in 2013. I teach occasionally at Kelly Mehler’s School of Woodworking near Berea, Kentucky, and the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Whiteland, Indiana, and I will be presenting four sessions at the Woodworking in America Conference in Covington, Kentucky this September. (For information on the conference, see

Features of my open studio:

Joinery and finishing demonstrations

Sale prices on completed pieces in stock

See my website,, for more information about my work and upcoming events.