Crafting a Hardwood Mustache
You know you’re addicted to woodworking when everything you encounter, everything you do, is somehow peppered with a reference to the craft. Case in point: our favorite woodworking actor, Parks & Recreation’s Nick Offerman. Let’s see, there was the reference to “spalted maple,” the visit to Swanson’s workshop (actually Offerman’s real shop), and who could forget the recent Christmas special that portrayed Ron Swanson visiting a woodworking expo where he encountered Fine Woodworking editor Asa Christiana and contributing editor Chris Becksvoort?
Perhaps none of these however, can top the skill required to pull off Offerman’s crafting of a typical Swansonesque bouffant and accompanying mustache out of wood. Slightly disturbing-yes-but typical of our slightly obsessive-compulsive tendencies as woodworkers. When you’ve got an opportunity to bring woodworking into the conversation, you might as well exploit it!
Nick’s no stranger to the pages of Fine Woodworking magazine. His first appearance came in a cover article for issue #222.
A typical "Swansonism" from NBC's Parks & Recreation: Ron's homemad harp.