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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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Mildly Disappointed

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

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Fun

Lots of great fun mixed in with wonderful tips. Good times. I usually listen at 2x speed, but went back down to 1x to ensure I got all of that sweet sweet Nick Offerman comedic timing. So funny.

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Spirit animal: Nick Offerman

This tome gives a wonderful run down on tools, people, and life around the Offerman shop. It too leads to many deviations down rabbit looking up Windsor back chairs and Canadian boat companies. This book expands the listeners horizon.

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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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Amazing

As if the iconic voice of Mr. Offerman needs applause, here we go.

This book is amazing. If you like sawdust, or think you might like sawdust, this book is for you. Mr Offerman's storytelling ability, coupled with such a unique voice, had me engaged from beginning to end. His witty charm, the ability to speak to the layman, as well as the professional were digestible on all accounts.

How to set up a shop, what tools to use, shameless plugs to brands of tools and then walking you through his experiences, as well as others experience is infallible. He not only praises the object of wood and it's majesty, he also respectively touts those that work for him and those that are iconic in the trade.

I was deeply saddened as this book came to a close, I would have allowed it to go on forever. I want to empty every pocket as to secure and consume all that this man has produced. The ending is a treat and I hope you purchase this, I'm going as far as to purchase the print version; however, knowingly the voice in my head will try and imitate his voice, I will fail miserably, but laugh all the same.

Enjoy, you won't be upset with this purchase!

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Beer and sawdust, not necessarily in that order.

What did you love best about Good Clean Fun?

I loved hearing Nick speak of his outstanding band of woodsmithing friends.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Good Clean Fun?

I enjoyed hearing about the Japanese bench plane. I think that particular tool may have brought tears to Nick's eyes when witnessed, and I experienced the same sort of nerd-ish delight when I saw one in use.

Which scene was your favorite?

So many enjoyable moments. I appreciate the references to all of the businesses, and I'm presently exploring them all.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Find a way to enjoy what you do.

Any additional comments?

Thank you Nick, my brother-in-bearding. I am inspired by your buoyancy and mirth.

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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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Good Clean Fun Review

I can't say enough about this book or Offerman's writing in general. I am a huge fan and have partaken in all of his writings thus far. I am not a wood worker and thoroughly enjoyed this book. At this point in my life, I can't rightfully make the time to give wood working a shot, but this book makes me want to. In a BIG way. Fans of Offerman and wood working alike with thoroughly enjoy this amazing tome.

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Learned more of wood here than in videos.

Learned more of wood here than in some videos. Excellent book to listen to, fun and interesting. ...oh and educational.