For experienced craftspeople who understand the beauty in creating something with your own two hands, woodworking is an intensely personal (and possibly near divine) experience. One spokesperson of note for this artisan trade is Renaissance man Nick Offerman, a television and film actor best known for his role as Ron Swanson on the critically acclaimed Parks and Recreation. Both Offerman and his fictional television counterpart share a love of woodworking, with particular emphasis on fine furniture. This notable woodworking enthusiast is someone whose work we admire, both onscreen and off. Here’s why this Los Angeles wood shop is one that we look up to – and some of their most fascinating current projects you’ll want to keep up with.
Reclaimed Wood Became More Than A Passing Fancy
While working in Chicago at the prestigious Steppenwolf Theater, Nick Offerman took on the role of master carpenter with the company because, as he says, “I couldn’t get good parts in the play.”
Offerman’s life-long love affair with woodworking began in his childhood, having been raised in the farmlands of Illinois by an amateur carpenter. He carved out his first canoe in Redhook, Brooklyn while his wife (Megan Mullaly) was busy in a Broadway show. This may seem unusual, given the clown characters we see him play in movies and on television. However, it also demonstrates that the love of crafts building and an appreciation for the natural wonder of woodworking knows no bounds, nor profession. After Offerman moved to LA, he realized that building furniture was quickly becoming a serious passion – and eventually, he opened a woodworking shop with his father, Ric.
Focus On Sustainability
Reclaimed wood is more than revisiting history – it’s a philosophy of sustainability. The Offerman Woodshop makes a point of working with materials that are naturally felled or slab rescued – materials that would otherwise simply decay or be demolished. By intervening before the material is destroyed, the Offerman Woodshop turns an otherwise lost resource into a useful product. Wood reclamation is just one small way in which we can ensure that, generations from now, amateur woodworkers will have ample material with which to design new furniture.
The Future Of Reclaimed Wood Furniture
Reclaimed wood furniture is an environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing alternative to conventional wood furniture. The demand for these one-of-a-kind pieces has never been higher, which means that the industry shall thrive as long as we all continue to appreciate the labor, artistry and craftsmanship that goes into each individual piece of furniture. At EcoChic, we love seeing people welcome home creations that are utterly original and can’t be reproduced. Every piece is a patchwork of the past, with its own story connected to a larger history.
As time progresses, the Offerman Woodshop continues to create unique pieces for sale on their site. You can also watch as they continue their yearlong build of a Douglas fir table constructed from 100% reclaimed wood – an ambitious project that will inspire do-it-yourselfers of all trades.
Nick Offerman’s reclaimed wood shop is known for creating some magnificent pieces. Their canoes in particular are elegant creations that remind us of the passion and craftsmanship involved in designing wood furniture. Though Offerman is a very talented actor as evident from his Parks and Recreation work, his woodworking skills are admirable. Offerman’s creations inspire us, and we are proud to share the industry with such a skilled craftsman.