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Old 02-16-2017, 10:23 AM   #1
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Default Nick Offerman's Wood Shop

I love this guy... His work is pretty damned phenomenal as well....
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Old 02-16-2017, 10:31 AM   #2
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I saw his shop on one of the ETV woodworking shows.
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Awesome guy..have seen his standup a few times he's also very funny. Probably the least "hollywood" actor ever he has a very interesting story

Love his old delta..pretty sure he would fit in nicely on GJ

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Old 02-16-2017, 10:44 AM   #4
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Ryan, thanks for posting. I think that there are some very true words spoken in that interview that would benefit anyone who is new to woodworking or were contemplating beginning woodworking.

Especially here at GJ, we tend to gravitate towards bigger and better tooling and that often means power, but your video shows fairly eloquently that you don't need to spend $10,000 to get started.

I wish he would've shown is more of the shop but there are some good lessons and that interview to be passed along.
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Old 02-16-2017, 11:26 AM   #5
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He has a couple great books out there. Touches on woodworking in all of them.
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Old 02-16-2017, 11:55 AM   #6
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thanks for sharing
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Old 02-16-2017, 12:21 PM   #7
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He has also written several 'guest' articles for Fine Woodworking magazine.
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And a cover shot IIRC
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Old 02-16-2017, 08:55 PM   #9
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Hi Ryan.

Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed the video - it has some really great insights - the biggest, in my mind, was to get out there and try. Having made a really simple console table for my basement family room, it struck home. While what I did wasn't perfect, I sure enjoyed doing it and am proud to tell folks when they stop by that I made that....

Good stuff.

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Old 02-16-2017, 09:56 PM   #10
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Thanks for posting that Ryan.
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Old 02-17-2017, 07:41 AM   #11
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Interesting. The guy has made wise choices in equipment to supplement his hand tools. I liked his comment about making a cow house and a horse house, then making a people house, having children and teaching them to sand.
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Thanks for sharing. I saw that episode (and his shop) on last week's Ask This Old House. A show I never miss.
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This is another tour of his shop with Adam Carolla. It's more Adam talking, but you get more of a tour, and I happen to think he's funny.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=tu4_y8VNGJg
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and another, I think the best 'shop tour' video in terms of the overall view & discussion of the tools.

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pretty sure he would fit in nicely on GJ
So, uh... how do you know he's not already?
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So, uh... how do you know he's not already?
No offence... But because he's too busy building awesome stuff in his wood shop or doing that Hollywood stuff. I sure miss Parks and Rec.

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Old 02-17-2017, 01:27 PM   #17
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No offence... But because he's too busy building awesome stuff in his wood shop or doing that Hollywood stuff. I sure miss Parks and Rec.

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He doesn't do "that hollywood stuff", Nick and his wife Megan (tammy 2) are about as un-hollywood as possible for actors. He has his day job like most of us but chooses to spend his free time in his shop hence my comment about him fitting in nicely around here. In the video posted by 'cheechi' he mentions visting finewoodworking forum when researching building his canoe
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Old 02-17-2017, 01:38 PM   #18
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What I like is that he didn't just go to a website and order one of everything brand new top of the line. The planer and jointer are great pieces of old iron.

He did have that Laguna, but other than that not a whole lot of flash.
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I'm sure he's on multiple forums. He's a person too, just like the rest of us; he just has to watch his identity much more closely.

I don't think that interviewer was tracking some of his humor, though.

Offerman, to me, is at his most entertaining when trying to stifle one of his outlandish giggles. He's like a combination of a wise old man and a toddler, seeing the world as it truly is with child-like amusement; very much the personification of many Eastern philosophies in that respect.

I don't know where that man came from, but it was some place special. I don't even like Parks and Recreation, but Offerman is an extremely rare sort of person.

His wood shop is nice, and I'm glad he found a way to enjoy his success in relative peace.
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Not to get off-topic too far, but I read his book, Paddle Your Own Canoe, which is a great read, and I really appreciate how much credit he gives to his parents, and grandparents for his ability and appreciation for working with his hands. I think we can all agree woodworking, or any other trade/hobby is a very good way to teach a lot more than just how to make something.
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