Good Clean Fun

Nick Offerman is a woodworker, just like his Parks and Recreation character Ron Swanson. Offerman’s third book, Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop, is devoted to woodworking, and EW is excited to exclusively present an excerpt and photo from the edition, as well as plans for Offerman’s book tour.

The actor, comedian, and woodworker runs Offerman Woodshop, located in East L.A. Offerman Woodshop produces fine handcrafted furniture as well as fun stuff like mustache combs. Good Clean Fun includes Offerman’s woodworking wisdom, a behind-the-scenes look at the woodshop, instructions for making some of their most popular items, projects from Offerman’s brother, Matt, and his dad, beautiful color photos (which he refers to as “wood porn”), and a dose of “woodworking mirth.”

Offerman has written two other books: Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living and Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers.

The 13-stop tour will kick off on Oct. 17 in New York. Good Clean Fun comes out Oct. 18 from Dutton. See the photo, tour dates, and excerpt below. You can preorder the book on Penguin’s site.


Excerpt from the introduction of Good Clean Fun

Howdy, neighbor. Here comes a good-looking book chock-full of woodworking mirth and knowledge. In this brawny tome from the fine folks at Dutton books, you will be treated to:

1. Many words from me, as well as some phrases, with maybe even a diatribe or two, on the topic of woodworking, plus a butt-load of punctuation.

2. A dozen or so “how-to” project chapters, featuring each member of Offerman Woodshop, including my dad (handsome, sure, but he also features the wisdom of his age); my brother, Matt; and myself.

3. Tomfoolery (a.k.a. grab-ass). As in any good shop or shop book, we also take the occasional break for some ribaldry, which means irreverent behavior, which means fun.

You will see a lot of really beautiful photography, so I encourage you to pace yourself, and maybe have a pot of coffee to hand before digging in so that you don’t swoon too readily at the woodworking prowess of our Michele and our Lee and the rest of the tribe here at Offerman Woodshop. Whether you have some serious shop skills or have never wielded so much as a hammer, we have projects for all levels of skill contained within this text. There’s a lot of ground to cover, so let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work.

Good Clean Fun
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