TV Woodshop Actor Nick Offerman Paddles His Book

By Bill Esler | Posted: 10/03/2013 7:29AM


Woodworking enthusiast and actor Nick Offerman, whose "Parks & Recreation" character Ron Swanson teaches woodshop using Offerman's real life skills, is in Chicago (Oct.3) and Los Angeles (Oct. 4) promoting his latest book, Paddle Your Own Canoe.

What's the book about? The publisher, Dutton Books, offered its take: 

Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman: Combining his trademark comic voice and actual expertise in woodworking - Offerman  runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, IL.

"I grew up literally in the middle of a cornfield," he says, and the corn has made it into his woodshop logo. Offerman recounts his  work in theater in Chicago, and his beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and how he met his now-wife Megan Mullally.

The book - which I haven't read - is supposed to offer as well battle strategies in the arenas of manliness, love, style, religion, woodworking, and outdoor recreation. Woodworking Network visitors may have seen his humerous video on crafting a wood bobble head - starting with a log.

Apparently Offerman hopes his mix of amusing anecdotes, opinionated lessons and rants in Paddle Your Own Canoe will not only tickle readers, but may also rouse them to put down their smart phones, and maybe even hand craft (and then paddle) their own canoes.  Nick Offerman Woodshop


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Bill Esler, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at or follow him on Google+.

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