After two New York Times best sellers, 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, even mustache combs.
Now Nick and his ragtag crew of champions want to share their experiences 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 will take listeners 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 this audio you will find a variety of projects for every skill level, with personal, accessible instructions by the OWS woodworkers themselves. 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 just love Nick Offerman's brand of bucolic yet worldly wisdom, you'll find Good Clean Fun full of useful, illuminating, and entertaining information.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
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In my spare time I like to call myself a Woodworker. I have a small wood shop in my garage, and I do my best to make furniture and what not for the house, as time, and budget permits. When I saw a title on Woodworking, written by someone with as much enthusiasm for the craft as I, while being pleasantly surprised to find it written by a comedic talent whom I enjoy on television I had to give it a try. I wasn't disappointed!
Nick Offerman is a well recognized character actor, and notable Hollywood comedian. I'm only famous at my address. What makes Nick and I the same, and thus my attraction to his book, is our title as craftspeople, instilled with the desire to work with our hands, building and designing with wood with a complete understanding that regardless of our lot in life, to a degree we are one in the same.
Like most people who dabble in the wood craft, our devotion to a skill, that still utilizes 14th century tools, while accepting the fact that no matter how much time and effort one applies, to the craft, it cannot be perfected is humbling at best. It is the quest for knowledge, and like-minded people that continues to fuel our desire to make sawdust with the outside hope that a piece of furniture, or a bookcase, or a shelf, or a picture frame, finds its way into a home with the intent of providing a domestic (decorative) need, while ultimately satisfying the craftsman.
This book was a delight! I found it entertaining, insightful, reflective, and humorous, and it kept my attention from start to end. His droll delivery along with his woodworker quips kept me listening and had me on Audible, and Youtube immediately following, looking for additional titles by Nick Offerman. Regardless of whether you're a woodworker, you may find this title as fulfilling and insightful. You will be educated and entertained from the get go, and may even inspire you to go make some saw dust.
A tad on the short side and better to probably just read it rather than it be an audio book. Enjoyed it nonetheless and only marked it a 3 overall because of length and it's viability as an audiobook.
Great book. Beautifully read in Nick's enchanting voice. Inspirational,not just for woodworking, but all aspects of art construction.
Bonus songs at the end a joyous surprise
This definitely is best heard in the author's original voice. It wouldn't sound correct any other way.
I'm an avid woodworker and really appreciate the visibility Nick has brought to the general public about our craft. I'm also excited to read a 'mainstream' book about woodworking. That said, the projects described I wasn't really into. And although I appreciate all the talented people in his workshop and am glad they got their due I didn't really have a connection with these people to really get into their stories. Incidentally due to Nick's slower speech (I listened to this as an audiobook) this is one of the few books I could actually listen to at 250% speed. Since I listen for entertainment though and am typically not trying to rush through, take for it what you will that I listened to it quickly. Again, I'm really glad this book was made, it just wasn't really my cup of tea.
Not the best how to or what you need. More, this works for us. However it's always a pleasure to listen to him even when he is speaking woodworking terms that are beyond most.
I have a friend who makes fun of me for how excited I get after listening or re-listening to each of Nick Offerman's books. This one is no exception. I giggle with delight after each overuse of the rule of 3 knowing that an inappropriate third item will soon accompany its more appropriate listings.
This book takes a step back from the more formal writing of Gumption. This book is filled with casual poses, tips, lists and stories. It is wonderful.
As a scenic carpenter, I enjoyed how much he referenced his work in the technical side of theatre. His admiration and respect for the craft was and is admirable and contagious. I also loved that after each chapter I wanted to go out and do something, design the layout of a shop, watch a youtube video made by Jimmy DiResta, drink single malt scotch whiskey (see what I did there, see question above)
Like in his other books, he often will take a step aside from the text and tell a story or make a comment. I love this and it makes me feel like I am sitting around a fireplace with Nick and he is talking just to me. Again, drinking whiskey.
Always remember that the cells of the wood never die. The tree may be cut down but the wood still lives. We should treat the wood with respect and turn it into something so that it may live on. Ala The Giving Tree, thank you Shel Silverstein.
Nope. Off to the shop.
Nick is full of giggles and joy, buy he also is aware of life.
Read this book and apply it to your self,
he will inspire you to get your self in gear and do some projects.
I am not an avid work worker myself, but I still very much enjoyed this book. It is more than just a 'how to' run a wood working shop. There are various philosophies and life lessons that you can take away.
Nick Offerman is a great narrator, you can hear his giddiness when discussing tools or various types of wood and comes across as genuine when discussing the various life lessons/philosophies mention earlier.
I strongly recommend this book.
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