Nick Offerman gives handcrafters a home, and you can help
If you wear flannel on your back and sawdust in your hair as a badge of honor, you have a lot to thank Nick Offerman for. He keeps woodworking on prime-time TV, as Ron Swanson on NBC’s Parks & Rec; he talks about the craft wherever he goes, from Late Night with David Letterman to the Huffington Post; and he is singlehandedly responsible for the mustaches on a hundred-thousand hipsters. Sure, they are only ironic now, but it’s a start. Even Offerman’s stand-up comedy act, American Ham, celebrates the handcrafted and hirsute.
But it’s not all show biz with Nick. He runs a big shop in Los Angeles, where a growing number of up-and-coming woodworkers have found a home. The “elves” (Nick’s word) make a wide range of products, from handcrafted gifts and shop gear to full-on furniture commissions, and they keep all of the proceeds, with just 10% kicked back to shop overhead.
You’ll find it all at OffermanWoodshop.com. Hit the For Sale tab on the web site and click on Kindlin’. You’ll be paying Nick back in the best way I can think of.
Offerman with shop manager RH Lee, sporting Offerman Woodshop's new denim aprons.
Tool rolls come in a variety of styles, all with leather-lined tool pockets. This version is my favorite.
The outside is durable denim.
All of the Offerman Woodshop products come with a message from Nick, telling you what the shop is all about.
Everyone needs a kazoo.
Not everyone needs a mustache comb, but this is a mighty fine one.