Book Review: ‘Good Clean Fun,’ by Nick Offerman




good clean fun
As you’d count on,
Nick Offerman’s newest e book, “Good
Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop,

is humorous and provoking – and that’s key in attracting new
woodworkers.

Let’s face it: Many people are sometimes far too severe and
prescriptive in terms of instruments, strategies and speaking
store. Slightly levity – together with stable instruction – goes a
good distance in serving to people to know that woodworking shouldn’t be
solely satisfying, it’s numerous enjoyable.

In his chapter on the instruments and equipment in his Los
Angeles-based store, for instance, not solely does he give a
thorough rundown of the whys and whats of the Offerman Woodshop
tools, he peppers his textual content with partaking private asides.
On sanding tools: “Famously, woodworkers hate sanding extra
than some other exercise within the store, however I typically love this
course of, apparently as a result of I’m dumb.” On the planer: “After I
found that I may mill my very own wooden to no matter dimension
I desired, slightly than relying upon the one sizes out there
from the house enchancment retailer, I felt like I had simply been
outfitted with an unbelievable superpower.” (For me, that second
was after I realized you possibly can glue two or extra boards collectively
to make an even bigger board. Whoa.)

And whereas the Offerman Woodshop setup is decidedly enviable,
the initiatives introduced in “Good
Clean Fun
” are, for all however a couple of, achievable with however a
modicum of kit (and there are a number of tooling options
introduced for many) and doable for even the rank newbie. And
that’s the overriding message of this e book: Anybody can do that;
you simply should attempt – so right here’s a handful of enjoyable methods to get
began and construct your abilities.

The modern initiatives, introduced with easy-to-follow
step-by-step photographs, illustrations and instruction, vary from
the fairly easy, together with a bottle opener, coasters and a
kazoo; to the intermediate, amongst these a three-legged stool, a
aspect desk and a canoe paddle; to the more difficult,
together with a eating chair and mattress.


good clean fun

Josh Salsbury’s “Jupiter Facet Desk” mission.

However what I discover maybe most partaking about “Good
Clean Fun
” is that it celebrates the group of
woodworking and making: Solely two of the 13 initiatives are from
the creator; the others are from members of the Offerman
Woodshop: Matthew Micucci, Krys Shelley, Josh Salsbury, Ric
Offerman (Nick’s father), Jane Parrott, Matt Offerman (Nick’s
very humorous brother), Thomas Wilhoit, Michele Diener and

RH Lee
. Offerman goes to nice and entertaining lengths in
this e book to underscore his perception that woodworking (and making
something) is greater than the instruments, wooden or completed mission;
it’s concerning the rewarding friendships which can be developed by
craft.

To that finish, together with the initiatives (and bios of the
above-named makers), the e book consists of partaking profiles on
only a few of the folks Offerman finds inspirational and
integral to his woodworking schooling: Laura Zahn, Jimmy
DiResta, Mira Nakashima, Christian Becksvoort, Ted Moores and
Joan Barrett, Laura Mays, Peter Galbert and Garry Knox Bennett.


good clean fun

“Good Clear Enjoyable” options profiles of some well-known names
in woodworking, together with chairmaker Peter Galbert.

There are additionally a couple of Offerman Woodshop recipes and beverage
pairings for the right store group meal – which Offerman
writes, “…provides significantly to the well-being of our hearts and
brains, to not point out our pocketbooks.” It’s merely one other
side of constructing group whereas making one thing. Then consuming
it.

Whereas “Good
Clean Fun
” shouldn’t be probably the most authoritative or complete
woodworking e book out there (you’ll should seek the advice of others to
study, for instance, find out how to arrange a desk noticed or handplane, or
make the “final router desk”), it’s by far probably the most
entertaining woodworking e book I’ve ever learn. There are, after
all, loads of good (and a few nice) books out there on
woodworking instruments, equipment, joinery and concept – there are
only a few that commemorate in such a fascinating manner the enjoyment of
woodworking.

Briefly: Extremely advisable.

— Megan
Fitzpatrick
@1snugthejoiner

Need to hear extra from Offerman himself? Take a look at the
audio interview under.


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