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Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop Hardcover – October 18, 2016
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Praise for Good Clean Fun
“Good Clean Fun has helped me discover new ways to have fun in the shop… If Offerman’s goal is to expose a wider audience to the world of woodworking, he’s hit the nail on the head. The guidance is sound and presented in a much more entertaining manner than you’ll encounter in other woodworking books. Good Clean Fun may be the first woodworking book that’s actually fun to read.”—Woodcraft Magazine
“Offerman offers detailed projects, shop tips, and tricks, wider reflections on his career and craftsmanship…Offerman really loves wood. By the time you’re finished, you will too.”—Popular Mechanics
“Part memoir…part technical guide (which provides instructions on how to build fine pieces down to the very inch), and part spiritual guide (there's zen-like life lessons to take away from crafting something with your hands).”—Esquire
"This book is sure to fit nicely in your library and next to you, in your wood shop, whether you are just picking up a new hobby or looking to dive into a career of carving and turning wood." —Design*Sponge
“A witty woodworking tutorial.”—Country Living
"Woodworking craftsmanship cannot get more fun than this." —BookPage
About the Author
NICK OFFERMAN is an actor, humorist, and woodworker. He is married to the most beautiful and talented actress working today, Megan Mullally. They live in Los Angeles, California, with their pups and an impressive collection of assorted wood clamps.
Top customer reviews
This book is Fun: There's lovely photography that will inspire you, and there's several techniques and ideas that were new to me in some of the project-plans. But, what makes this book different is that there are also artist profiles, general shop advice, and Nick Offerman's humor and sensibilities throughout. You probably won't read it cover-to-cover, but then, the book doesn't appear to be designed to be consumed in that way. It's perfect for a casual read; to pick up at the end of the day and read a few pages.
This is not to say that the book doesn't contain practical instruction; it does, and those projects are well presented. You should be warned however that some of the projects here are going to come off as a bit precious for an older experienced woodworker, but then, many of the projects are going to be approachable and exciting to younger and inexperienced woodworkers.
The fun of this book will inspire you to get back into the shop to finish your most recent project.
This book would be a great gift for a wide range of woodworkers with a wide range of interests; you'd have a hard time going wrong.
And man, the book is funny. You get a little bit of everything. Bios of esteemed artisans (Christian Becksvoort, Gary Knox Bennett, Mira Nakashima and others), recipes (e.g. Southern Wild's Apple & Juniper Sauerkraut) and other random interesting observations (i.e. wood come from the inside of trees, shoe sizes can be measures in 1/4's) and many other diversions. So buy the book, read a bit and laugh, and then go make something. It will make you a better person.