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“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
- ASIN : B01ESI3Q8W
- Publisher : Dutton (October 18, 2016)
- Publication date : October 18, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 386990 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 331 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #89,706 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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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.
A book I did enjoy that has now a number of youtube posts is done by Paul Sellers (woodworking 1 and 2) and provided me what I needed for a introduction to woodworking, good skills to learn and the bare bones for some other stuff.
I did however make a series of kazoos and bottle openers based on plans from this book and got a real kick from folks' positive reactions. I did smile then, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Well done, Mr. Offerman.
This is because Swanson is a frustrated bumbling idiot who has delusions of his own competency, whereas Offerman is a competent and caring person who nonetheless acknowledges his teachers and those he admires. He shares his understanding of the art of woodworking and provides pointers everywhere to more experienced artists and resources for anyone who wants to pursue the art.
I work almost exclusively with hand tools on smaller projects, I neither need nor want the wide range of power tools he covers (most of the time) yet his approach to woodworking is a wonderful light for my own practice, and I come back to this book time and time again, each time putting it down mid-read because I've been inspired to get out there and get on another project. This is the first time I've ever called out not being able to finish a book as a compliment.
Overall it's just a great read, with both practical advice, but more importantly inspiration to get out and work regardless of our skill level or current equipment.
Depending on your personal bent, it can be an autobiography with side of introductory woodworking, or an introductory woodworking manual with a side of anecdotes to smooth the transition between projects.
I look forward giving a few of the projects a college try as soon as I clear my own to-do list (which, incidentally, the book has inspired me to dig into with gusto!)
Top reviews from other countries
Its a strange mixture of ideas and subjects that shouldn't work BUT it actually works brilliantly.