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.
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