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Mar 28, 2012

Take a Video Tour of Nick Offerman's (Ron Swanson's) Workshop

created at: 05/28/2013

Nick Offerman, the actor who portrays TV's current greatest character, Ron Swanson on Parks & Recreation, is an active woodworker who supplemented his income while getting established as an actor by making custom furniture. 

Known for using huge, live-edge slabs of walnut in tables, as well as building canoes and fancy mustache combs, the Offerman Woodshop is as cool as you'd think it would be.

In a recent issue of Fine Woodworking, Nick tells the story of getting his start in building theatre sets in Chicago, but upon moving to LA, translated his rough carpentry skills to fine woodworking and furniture making. They shot an excellent video of the space, which is the stuff of dreams for any… read more

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Feb 08, 2012

Guess the Process: Phil Cuttance's Faceted Lamps & Vases

created at: 02/08/2012

Phil Cuttance's Faceture series is incredible to simply look at, but learning how they're created is even more facetnating. (See what I did there?)

Cuttance… read more

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Mar 08, 2011

Behind the Scenes: How Jeans are Made

created at: 03/08/2011

I went to a Jesuit high school with a dress code (collared shirt tucked in, dress pants, no shorts), and so spent most of my teenage years in, literally, fancy pants. When I got to college, it was totally weird to wear jeans to class, but once I got in the habit again, I haven't been able to wear non-demin pants unless it's dress-up time.

Like me, you likely wear jeans most days of the week. And though we see them everyday, and they look like most other pants, they actually have a really fascinating manufacturing process that's worth checking out in… read more

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