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Nick Offerman Really Does Have a Woodshop

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 8th 2010 5:02PM
Ron Swanon in his woodshop on 'Parks and Recreation'
On last week's 'Parks and Recreation' we saw Ron Swanson prove to Leslie how much of a tolerance he has for alcohol: he finished building a small harp in his woodshop while downing a bunch of whiskey. Power tools, precise measurements, minute tuning, the whole works. He even showed her photographic evidence (above).

When I spoke to Nick Offerman at the press tour, he told me that the show would be getting a look inside Swanson's woodshop. When he talked about the prospect, his eyes lit up and said, "I'm very excited about it." Well, now we know why: Offerman owns his own woodshop, and has a website full of examples of his and his crew's work. They make some very nice furniture, and they also build small structures and canoes.

The Offerman Woodshop (or OWS, as they call it) site has a little bit of a Ron Swanson feel to it, as there's a "Beefcake" page with the sub-headline "For The Ladies." Included in the snapshots of shirtless men stretching across power tools and other wood-related products is Rainn Wilson. Let's just say that he was doing his pose for comedic effect. It's as if Duke Silver owned the woodshop instead of Offerman.

"I've heard (Ron) may dabble in wooden recorders, a small wooden Irish harp, wooden canoe, among other things," Offerman told me. Well, we've already seen the harp. Let's hope we see the rest.

By the way, the rest of my talk with Offerman will be posted later in the week.

[via Pop Candy]

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