After two New York Times bestsellers, Nick Offerman returns with the subject for which he's known best his incredible real-life woodshop. Read more...
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After twoNew York Timesbestsellers, Nick Offerman returns with the subject for which he's known best his incredible real-life woodshop.
Nestled among the glitz and glitter of Tinseltown is a testament to American elbow grease and an honest-to-god hard day s work: Offerman Woodshop. Captained by hirsute woodworker, actor, comedian, and writer Nick Offerman, the shop produces not only fine handcrafted furniture, but also fun stuff kazoos, baseball bats, ukuleles, mustache combs, even cedar-strip canoes.
Now Nick and his ragtag crew of champions want to share their experience of working at the Woodshop, tell you all about their passion for the discipline of woodworking, and teach you how to make a handful of their most popular projects along the way. This book takes readers behind the scenes of the woodshop, both inspiring and teaching them to make their own projects and besotting them with the infectious spirit behind the shop and its complement of dusty wood-elves.
In these pages you will find a variety of projects for every skill level, with personal, easy-to-follow instructions by the OWS woodworkers themselves; and, what s more, this tutelage is augmented by mouth-watering color photos (Nick calls it "wood porn"). You will also find writings by Nick, offering recipes for both comestibles and mirth, humorous essays, odes to his own woodworking heroes, insights into the ethos of woodworking in modern America, and other assorted tomfoolery.
Whether you ve been working in your own shop for years, or if holding this stack of compressed wood pulp is as close as you ve ever come to milling lumber, or even if you just love Nick Offerman s brand of bucolic yet worldly wisdom, you ll find Good Clean Fun full of useful, illuminating, and entertaining information."
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Though the subject matter isn’t identical, I can’t help but think of comedian, woodworker and guy-who-played-Ron-Swanson Nick Offerman’s newest book—following the successful Paddle Your Own Canoe and Gumption—as the modern-day corollary to Your Cabin in the Woods, at least while I’ve got them side by side. Both books advocate a close relationship with wood; both stretch from there to explore the accouterments of such a life; both sparkle—in a manly fashion—with the charm of their author’s personalities. Upon opening Good Clean Fun to a random page, I found a tongue-in-cheek Beard Length Virility Chart. That might tell you everything you need to know. If not? Here’s where you learn how to make whisky coasters, a “scrappy birdhouse,” a “slumber jack bed” and even a kazoo. These and other projects are contributed by Offerman’s woodshop buddies and family members, packaged up with much mirth, fun collage illustrations and what Offerman calls “wood porn.” Woodworking craftmanship cannot get more fun than this.