Nick Offerman: Woodworker and Actor
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That’s it, as senior web producer at FineWoodworking.com, I’m putting my foot down. From here on out, the man known as Nick Offerman will be referred to as a “woodworker” first, and “actor” second.
Many of you may recognize the Man with the Stache as “Ron Swanson,” of NBC’s Parks & Recreation. And although he may earn the majority of his bread and butter as a successful actor, it’s becoming increasingly apparent to me that his first love is with the wood/machinery/creation trifecta.
A few months ago, when Fine Woodworking published Offerman’s article on How to Level Big Slabs in No Time Flat, the editorial staff chose to run the cover article just as it would any other piece of FWW content: here’s a woodworker doing what they do best. That’s why you didn’t see any reference to NBC on the cover. The fact that Offerman was sporting a full beard at the time (and not the Swanson-esque mustache so many folks are accustomed to) also lent itself to the seriousness of the article. Lets face it: busting out a chainsaw to rough mill lumber before sending it off to a super-awesome homemade leveling jig is serious business.
After seeing Offerman’s recent interview with the Huffington Post, we know we made the right decision. Many thanks, Nick. Oh, and uhhh, who the heck is Ron Swanson?
Offerman's NBC alter ego: Parks & Recreation character Ron Swanson.
In deference to Offerman and the article title he originally pitched for this piece on a slab-leveling jig, we'll refer to it as the Super-Kickass Offerman Leveling Jig for the purposes of this blog post.