Men's Health South Africa|June 2020
LOOK AT THAT BUST Nick Offerman carved it. With his own hands. And a quiet mind. At peace. Hobbies can do that.
Day job: ACTOR AND COMEDIAN The hobby: WOODWORKING The benefits: PEACE, AND FIGURATIVE MIDDLE FINGERS
FOR NICK OFFERMAN, building things with wood means being able to stick it to the Man. Offerman, who gained a cult following for his role as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation and will be starring in the upcoming animated show The Great North, has maintained a woodshop in East Los Angeles for the past 18 years.
“It gives me a really meditative feeling by allowing myself to step out of the sort of consumerist hamster wheel that we all live in,” says Offerman, 49, who discovered the joys of building decks and cabins as a carpenter in his late 20s.
Before he enters his studio in the morning, Offerman usually tells his wife, the actress Megan Mullally, that he’ll be available at lunchtime, and he puts his phone in airplane mode so he can fully concentrate on the task at hand. It doesn’t matter whether he’s building a cutting board or a canoe – woodworking “opens up a free-associating part of your brain,” he says. “Your subliminal self takes over.”
Offerman used to sell his creations, making things year round on commission. But when Parks and Recreation took off, he decided he would no longer profit from his woodworking. Lately, Offerman has been building ukuleles, with the intention of moving on to more difficult acoustic guitars. He could, of course, easily buy a ukulele online in the time it takes to saw a piece of wood in two. But that’s not the point. In fact, he believes in making things with his hands in order “to contribute to the way we respectfully use the raw materials provided us.
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