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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2016 Nick Offerman (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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  • Rick
  • Murrieta, CA, United States
  • 10-22-16

Insightful, Cover to Cover

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.

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not what I expected

although I love Nicks performance and his well written style that articulates his passion for woodworking very well it did not offer anything for me being a well-seasoned woodworker. The book was essentially 40 chapters of what tools are and the personalities of the people who work at his shop and his woodworking Heroes. if that's what you're looking for it's a five-star read.

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Mildly Disappointed

It was essentially a biography of Offerman's woodworking heroes and coworkers. His performance was excellent.

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Awesome

Nick Offerman is great and I love how he teaches about his craft in this book. I am a wood worker myself and I think this is great for either someone wanting to get started or an experienced woodworker.

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Drier than sawdust.

I ran out of patience during this book.

The occasional funny quip about wood working or relationships is great; but there's a lot of fluff in between about Offerman's employees and peers.

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A rousing battle cry to take up a tools.

Nick waxes on about is love affair with wood, making things from it and the people the share his deviant hobby. I have the hard cover also as to double dip, with both my ears and eyes, the entertainment of this Majestic woodworker. There is an overall theme to this book however, the audio version does lack the story telling the physical book delivers visa vi pictures comics doodles ect.

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A woodworking audiobook *yawn*

What did you love best about Good Clean Fun?

I had no idea what to expect from a woodworking audiobook. I mean, was it going to be instructional? how to join wood? how to build xyz?
Was it an autobiography? "This is how I got good at woodworking"?
Was it going to be a Q and A session?
In any of the above questions, all I could think about was *yawn*....
Although I wouldn't classify myself as a Nick Offerman fan from television or standup or any of his other appearances, I was intrigued. What could THE Nick Offerman teach me about woodworking? and more importantly, could he keep me awake through it?
Well, I was pleasantly surprised that Nick provided a book STEEPED in woodworking history, and taught me a bit on how he (and his whole crew) came to the love of woodworking.
He exalts all of the people around him and teaches us how he built his amazing woodshop. He adds enough humor, that will keep the listener entertained through the entire book.
Nick teaches his listeners, the how and why of the love of woodworking. How to learn, how to grow, and how to achieve the best out of your own work.

What does Nick Offerman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Nick has a unique voice... This completely lends to the book experience. I would choose his audiobook over the written one any day.

What did you learn from Good Clean Fun that you would use in your daily life?

Enjoy what you do. Do what you are passionate about. No matter what life throws at you.

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Expected funny, got hilarious.

Nick Offerman has a knack to make me laugh like no other. His humor and wordplay but also his candid way of not taking himself too serious is refreshing.

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Absolutely recommend this book

Would you consider the audio edition of Good Clean Fun to be better than the print version?

Nick Offerman's voice is like a buttery cascade on your ear drums as he waxes philosophic about the tools and characters in his life and woodshop.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nick Offerman.

What does Nick Offerman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

see above about the smooth sensation of his beard muffled voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Discussing not using a belt sander.

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Meh

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Maybe I was expecting too much about woodworking but the story was kind of boring. It was very heartfelt about his employees but it didn't really do it for me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful