Good Clean Fun

Good Clean Fun

Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop

Book - 2016
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Actor, comedian, and woodworker Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation character Ron Swanson) runs Offerman Workshop in East L.A., which produces fine handcrafted furniture as well as fun stuff like mustache combs. In this book, Offerman shares his woodworking wisdom, a behind-the-scenes look at the woodshop, instructions for making some of their most popular projects, beautiful color photos, and a dose of 'woodworking mirth'.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2016
ISBN: 9781101984659
Characteristics: 344 p. : ill. ; 27 cm


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"You will see a lot of really beautiful photography, so I encourage you to pace yourself, and maybe have a pot of coffee to hand before digging in so that you don’t swoon too readily at the woodworking prowess of our Michele and our Lee and the rest of the tribe here at Offerman Woodshop."

The author shares the passion for woodworking that inspires him and his companions at the Offerman Woodshop, provides instructions for some of their most popular projects, and includes humorous essays and odes to his woodworking heroes.

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Jun 02, 2019

“Always maintain the attitude of a student.”

-Nick Offerman

That is the tone of this book throughout, keep an open mind – you might just learn something. It is filled with tips on choosing and acquiring equipment both power and elbow grease driven as well as how to set up a wood working shop large or small. He also generously shares leads on sources for materials and contacts in the custom wood working business. Nick Offerman also writes in depth about wood working wisdom such as stop your work to sharpen your tools even as you’re tempted to just plow ahead to finish the job. Even with his vast knowledge, Nick Offerman is modest and self effacing which makes this book a real gem.

The reader and author, Nick Offerman, has a deep mellifluous voice with a humorous lilt which adds to the enjoyment of the message he is sharing which is “…the gift of good work to fill our days.”

Wordsmiths…handy(wo)men…crafter types…this is the book for you. The information is presented in a whimsical, humorous tone. Even if you don’t have any interest in setting up a wood shop, you will enjoy just listening to the author read this book aloud.

May 14, 2019

Really great read overall. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the people he's met and realized that I, myself, have chatted with one of his woodworking friends about maker stuff.
The only critique I would say would be in the project plans. A lot of them just require a lot more machines than most home woodworkers have. At least those of us running in a significantly smaller shop. Sadly I don't have the space to prep my own lumber as much as I want to. Though he did inspire me to get a card scraper and it's worked out beautifully in a lot of my projects.

ArapahoeHollyR Dec 27, 2017

Great project ideas narrated in hilarious prose by Parks and Rec star Nick Offerman. Filled with equal parts practical woodworking advice and entertaining anecdotes.

JCLThomasM Jul 03, 2017

You don't read Nick Offerman's latest (just) for the projects but for the collection of characters that make up this book, proving that the woodworking community can be diverse, alive AND well past the bearded burly male archetype. (We <3 Nick)

SnoIsleLib_BrianH Apr 21, 2017

Nick Offerman offers up much more than good clean fun. You don't have to be a woodworker or even wannabe woodworker to enjoy his latest book. Get to know his family, friends, coworkers, idols, mentors and sensei through his candid introductions. Through each connection we learn a bit more about the author's enthusiasm for wood, woodworking and his ideology about crafting in America. Of course he presents this info in his trademark fun humorous comedic sarcastic and witty way. Oh...and the projects in this book are both interesting and varied in style and complexity. So the wannabe woodworker may just be inspired enough to try his or her hand at a project made from wood.

laurendouglass Feb 27, 2017

Do you enjoy meat, wood working and dense facial hair? If the answer is yes then place a hold on the latest from Nick Offerman, Good Clean Fun. If you loved Offerman in Parks & Recreation as the indefatigable man's man Ron Swanson then this book is for you. If you like Good Clean Fun you can also try his earlier book, Gumption: relighting the torch of freedom with America's gutsiest troublemakers.

Erratic_reader Jan 14, 2017

Viewed as a woodworking book, this is very unhelpful in my opinion. If you happen to be a woodworker with a shop full of machines and no ideas of what to make with them, you might get some ideas here.

Dec 06, 2016

Great book, easy to read and a great starting point for beginner to amateur woodworkers. I liked the fact that it wasn’t a master woodworker explaining different methods to you, it was a self taught woodworker that even wrote his mistakes in the book. Who, explains how to remedy these mistakes and finish the project. I enjoyed it!

Nov 12, 2016

The meat (lots of it, preferably steak) and potatoes of this book is Offerman's promotion of the values of hard work and the DIY lifestyle, a refreshing change from a celebrity (self-decribed small 'c') scribe who we assume enjoys a pampered, hands off existence. Filled with great woodworking tips and life livin' wisdom, too.


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