Good Clean Fun

Misadventures in sawdust at Offerman Woodshop.

Featuring the woodshop’s ragtag crew of champions, this is the most delightful textbook I have ever seen. It’s full of insights, essays, and inspiring instructions to build your own wooden projects.

You’ll find a variety of DIY offerings for every skill level that include personal, accessible instructions by OWS members alongside mouth-watering color photos.

I also offer my own written recipes for both comestibles and mirth, humorous essays, odes to my woodworking heroes, insights into the ethos of woodworking in modern America, and other assorted tomfoolery.

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8.3" x 1" x 10.3"Hardcover.Autographed by Nick.Personalization not available.

From the Sleeve

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 readers 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 these pages you will find a variety of projects for every skill level, with personal, accessible instructions by the OWS woodworkers themselves; and, what’s more, this tutelage will be augmented by mouth-watering color photos (Nick calls it "wood porn"). 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 if holding this stack of compressed wood pulp is as close as you’ve ever come to milling lumber, or even if you just love Nick Offerman’s brand of bucolic yet worldly wisdom, you’ll find Good Clean Fun full of useful, illuminating, and entertaining information.

Title page includes Nick Offerman’s autograph and the Offerman Woodshop stamp. Personalization not available.

Charming Illustrations

This book includes collages by Pat Riot, and technical illustrations by Ethan Nicolle, the creator of Axe Cop.

Interior centerfold featuring an angelic collage by Pat Riot.
Tinkle Box instructional illustration by Ethan Nicolle.
The Woodshop’s Matty Micucci & R.H. Lee. Illustration by Ethan Nicolle.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Setting Up Your Shop
  3. OWS Yearbook
  4. On Wood
  5. Milling
  6. Matthew Micucci: Pop Top
  7. The Best Way To Fell A Tree
  8. Krys Shelley: Pencil Holder
  9. Laura Zahn
  10. Matty Micucci: Kazoo
  11. Jimmy Diresta
  12. Krys Shelley: Whisky Coasters
  13. Shop Fashion
  14. Nick Offerman: Berry Stool
  15. Mira Nakashima
  16. Josh Salsbury: Jupiter Side Table
  17. Christian Becksvoort
  18. Nick Offerman: Beaver Tail Paddle
  19. Bear Mountain Boats: Ted Moores And Joan Barrett
  20. Ric Offerman: Scrappy Birdhouse
  21. A Quiz About Wood
  22. Jane Parrott: Craftsman Lamp
  23. Laura Mays
  24. Matt Offerman: Slab Cribbage Board
  25. Peter Galbert / North Bennet Street School
  26. Thomas Wilhoit: Claro Walnut Slab Table
  27. Garry Knox Bennett
  28. Michele Diener: Slingshot Dining Chair
  29. Cookout
  30. R. H. Lee: Slumber Jack Bed
  31. Essay On Wood
  32. Acknowledgments

Praise for The Book

Woodworking craftsmanship cannot get more fun than this.

BookPage

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

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

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 Magazine

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