Join Nick and Support Would Works

Join Nick and Support Would Works

Our fundraising campaign is off to an amazing start! Thanks to your generous donations and outpouring of support–we are four days in and have already met Nick’s extended dollar for dollar matching goal of $24,000. Our hearts are warmed by this incredible outpouring of support for Would Works–a non-profit social enterprise which provides woodworking jobs […]

Set building skills put to the test with a mini-golf course

Set building skills put to the test with a mini-golf course

Last month I landed my dream job–I got to help artist Rosten Woo build  a mini-golf course for a public exhibition called “The Back 9” in downtown LA.  Dreamy not only because of the necessary “research” trips to the Sherman Oaks Castle Park, but also because I got to tap into old techniques and materials from my set-building and interactive […]

Offerman Woodshop Pleasure Faire was a hit!

Offerman Woodshop Pleasure Faire was a hit!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the–dare I say, first annual?–Offerman Woodshop Pleasure Faire last weekend! For those of you who live in farther corners/greener pastures and weren’t able to attend, here is some of the evening’s flavors in digital form.  Still hungry? Well there’s always next year. Angel City Lumber generously hosted this […]

Notes from the 2016 Furniture Society Conference

Notes from the 2016 Furniture Society Conference

By Lee: Last month, I had the honor of presenting alongside Laura Zahn of Allied Woodshop and JD Sassaman of Pier 9 at the 2016 Furniture Society Conference in Philadelphia.  The conference was packed with furniture makers, sculptors, academics and instructors, curators, and designers from across the US, Canada, and Asia. Presentations focused on the […]

Summer Slabbing with Angel City Lumber

Summer Slabbing with Angel City Lumber

During the last two weeks of May, we joined with the brawn and brains of Angel City Lumber for our quadrennial slabbing session.  These two urban foresters are the force behind a burgeoning sustainable lumber operation that collaborates with the municipality and private landowners to keep fallen trees from the landfill or the wood chipper […]

Woodworkers’ trek turned into furniture for upcoming exhibition at Craft and Folk Art Museum

Woodworkers’ trek turned into furniture for upcoming exhibition at Craft and Folk Art Museum

Last summer, two woodworkers and long time friends–Lee, shop manager at OWS, and J Sassaman, shop manager at AutoDesk’s Pier 9 workshop in San Francisco, shaved their heads and hit the southern Sierra for a 200 mile trek along the John Muir Trail. Along this historic trail and amidst this magnificent landscape, the two conceived of a […]

OWS Reading List

OWS Reading List

By Lee: We get a lot of emails from people wanting to get into woodworking and wondering where to start. While I always first point them in the direction of Off the Saw, where we teach woodworking workshops or College of the Redwoods, where some of us have sought refuge and instruction–the truth is that […]

Teaching with reclaimed timbers at Cal State University Long Beach

Teaching with reclaimed timbers at Cal State University Long Beach

By RH Lee: A couple years ago, a local woodworker/artist named Ryan Taber contacted Offerman Woodshop about a woodworking program at Cal State University Long Beach that he was in the process of bringing back to life. Shortly thereafter, Ryan came to the shop for an informal tour and soon we were all gathered around him in the break […]

MOVEMBER SALE!

MOVEMBER SALE!

Movember, the month when mere mortals try and emulate the follicular fortitude of the facial hair greats: Sam Elliott, Theodore Roosevelt, and our very own Mr. Nick Offerman.  This Movember, tame your burgeoning bristle with OWS’s moustache cultivating accoutrements, like the hand carved Moustache Comb or the Moustache Cultivation Kit, both 10% off throughout the week.  A percentage […]

Labor Day Special This Weekend!

Labor Day Special This Weekend!

In honor of Labor Day, we will be giving away a free signed copy of Nick’s book–Paddle Your Own Canoe (now in paperback) –with any store order over $100.  Now somebody please grab a broom.  

Praise the Pinch Dog

Praise the Pinch Dog

If you missed the first post about this project, you can find it here When we left off, Lee and Krys were cutting dados in the edges of these giant triangles to receive splines for the circular glue up. Plenty of glue and hefty splines helped to keep all of our radial seams strong, but […]

A few little sticks

A few little sticks

About a year ago,  back when the winters were cold, a friend of ours gutted an old guitar factory wherein to build himself a humble home.  Being very environmentally minded, he saved us a few little sticks from the old building and asked us to make him a small table on which to eat his […]

Azumaya

Azumaya

We have been busy this Fall building ‘Azumaya’–a Greene & Greene inspired pergola for the Japan House gardens at the University of Illinois  (Nick’s alma mater). Azumaya was designed in honor of, and in collaboration with Nick’s sensei, Shozo Sato. It was built here at Offerman Woodshop in Los Angeles, and shipped to Champaign Illinois […]

OWS Tax Day Sale!

OWS Tax Day Sale!

It’s that time of year folks–maybe you got a little extra change from Uncle Sam to spend on a cap or comb, or maybe you simply need to play your post tax blues on a handmade wooden kazoo. Whatever the case, you can use the promotional code: WALNUTAX to get a 15% discount on all […]

OWS member starts a collective woodshop in Downtown LA!

OWS member starts a collective woodshop in Downtown LA!

Los Angeles enthusiasts: our part-time member, full-time hero, Laura Zahn is leaving our little woodtopia to start a new one in Downtown LA. She’s still looking for new members so go to the Off The Saw website to apply for some bench space. We are also hoping to host a series of workshops in collaboration […]

Nick’s book is available for presale today

Nick’s book is available for presale today

And he’s here making some small scale canoe paddles which will be given away to a few lucky customers. You can order yours at here: http://www.amazon.com/Paddle-Your-Own-Canoe-Fundamentals/dp/052595421X/ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/paddle-your-own-canoe-nick-offerman/1115 http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780525954217

OWS & the Exploratorium

OWS & the Exploratorium

If you haven’t gone yet, get yourself to San Francisco this summer and visit the new Exploratorium! We worked on a bunch of the new interactive exhibits on display there. We love the Exploratorium & you will too. remember to bundle up, its winter in SF now. http://www.exploratorium.edu/