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 […]

OWS at PS Arts benefit

OWS at PS Arts benefit

Post by Matty. On May 20th OWS had the opportunity to give back to the community by participating in PS Arts 25th anniversary benefit. Typically a Friday evening for us at the shop entails burning scrap wood in our old Weber grill and sipping a well deserved adult beverage. Not that night. Lee and Matty, […]

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 […]

‘Good Clean Fun’ now on presale!

‘Good Clean Fun’ now on presale!

Hello Woodworking Enthusiasts and the actor Jim O’Heir! So, the news is that we have a book coming out (my 3rd!) about Offerman Woodshop and woodworking in general. It promises to be a real gassy jam, with how-to chapters from every member of our collective including my Dad and my brother! There will also be […]

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 […]

Taking a Seat in Boston

Taking a Seat in Boston

by Nick: In December I had the immense pleasure of attending a 6-day Windsor chair workshop at Boston’s charismatic and venerated North Bennett Street School. Just touring the joint is like a trip to Disneyland, that is, if that particular playground of consumerism could teach one to build a violin or a high boy. My […]

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 […]

Whiskey & Woodchips: the Offerman tasting corner #1

Whiskey & Woodchips: the Offerman tasting corner #1

  Our tasting guide/guru Thomas has some words on our first OWS tasting corner: Several years ago, the shop was contacted with an unusual commission request: a bung mallet. Ryan Montgomery, proprietor of Montgomery Distillery, a kickass craft distillery in Missoula, Montana, wanted a mallet to use on the barreling of their first aged spirits. […]

OWS and Would-Works, a woodworking program for those in need

OWS and Would-Works, a woodworking program for those in need

Matt Micucci has been spending Saturdays with Would-Works and here’s what he has to say about it: It’s a bright, sunny Saturday morning in downtown Los Angeles. To be more exact I’m in the area known as Skid Row. It’s early but the streets are filled with the hustle and bustle of it’s tenants. I […]

Free Woodworking Class for Vets

Free Woodworking Class for Vets

November 11th is Veteran’s Day. On Saturday, November 14th, Off the Saw in Los Angeles will be honoring our veterans by offering a free Introduction to Woodworking class to any vets of any war who wish to participate. Please contact laura@offthesaw.com to sign up. Off the Saw’s commitment to vets is just a small token […]

Labor Day Sale

Labor Day Sale

ATTENTION LABORERS!  Get yourself a set of new britches at 10% off in our store through Friday the 11th.  Work hard, work dirty, look pretty.  OWS

Nick’s new book “Gumption” is now on presale!

Nick’s new book “Gumption” is now on presale!

Dear friends of OWS – we are proud to announce that Nick’s new book is now on sale! “Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers” In this book – Nick focuses on the lives of people who have inspired him. From George Washington to Willie Nelson, he describes a few dozen of these heroic […]

Lift Light Charity Event

Lift Light Charity Event

LIFT, a not-for-profit that helps alleviate poverty and homelessness, asked us to make a light up sign for their charity event last week.  Luckily we have a resident light designer!  Jane took the reins gladly, here are some photos from the event and the process of making the light. In addition to auctioning off notable […]

Work Sharp 3000 introduced by Matty!

Work Sharp 3000 introduced by Matty!

Matty gave us all an introduction to the Work Sharp 3000 recently and would like to impart this knowledge to all of you! This winter the shop received the Work Sharp 3000 Sharpener. I won’t mention the previous methods of sharpening (both old school traditions and modern sharpening wheels). But lets just say sharpening our […]

Tales of Whiskey music video

Tales of Whiskey music video

  Nick’s latest edition of Tales of Whiskey for Lagavulin includes a music video about his favorite things.  Our wood shop is prominently featured but luckily not our secret Lagavulin stash (don’t check the bathroom). See the full video here.

Adam Scott’s Holiday Gift Guide

Adam Scott’s Holiday Gift Guide

We’re so fancy! Nick’s buddy Adam Scott has chosen the Ramblin’ Rump Stump to be featured in Adam Scott’s Holiday Gift Guide for Vanity Fair this year. You can check out his selections here.

Black Walnut Friday Sale – 15% Off selected store items

Black Walnut Friday Sale – 15% Off selected store items

Black Walnut Friday has come a knockin’! Get you druthers and your left overs in line and save on some handsome handmade crafts from our online store. We want you to be able to add our quality hand-honed trinkets to your trawl at your leisure without compromising your holiday (and tryptophan) bliss so this sale […]

The Offerman Rocket Lifts Off!

The Offerman Rocket Lifts Off!

Introducing the Offerman Rocket for sale now in our online store. Nick considers American white oak to be the most noble of woods. It’s simple beauty, strength, and ease to work with has made it a staple in construction, ship building and furniture making. Heck, the USS Constitution ‘Old Iron Sides’ herself was built with white […]

Rump-Stump Ballyhoo

Rump-Stump Ballyhoo

Michele has been hard at work developing a brand new product for the OWS Store. We’re pleased to announce that it has just launched, and is affectionately known as the Ramblin’ Rump-Stump. It’s a collapsible camp chair that is lightweight, rugged, and a lean, mean reclining machine: In light of this new addition to the inventory, […]

OWS Judges Instructables Wood Contest

OWS Judges Instructables Wood Contest

We are honored to announce that the Offerman Woodshop will be the official judges of the 2014 Instructables Wood Contest. We’ll be looking out for your best chunk or slab masterpiece.  Submit your projects here and win big!!

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 […]

The Importance of the Mock-Up

The Importance of the Mock-Up

One of the most important elements of designing an object, a building, a landscape (or anything for that matter) is the mock-up. A mock-up is a scaled (often times full scale) model of a design, fabricated out of inexpensive materials and used to evaluate design elements in question. It has so many purposes, but the […]

Join members of OWS at a lamp-making Workshop !

Join members of OWS at a lamp-making Workshop !

Offerman Woodshop’s very own Michele Diener and Jane Parrot will be teaching hand tools and electrical wiring in this lamp making workshop run by our illustrious friends at Off The Saw. Students will receive a rough cut lamp base, and they will use hand tools and machines to cut channels for the wiring. They will […]

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 […]

We have NEW options for Custom Initials!

We have NEW options for Custom Initials!

Greetings and salutations Woodshop fans! At long last, we Offerman Woodshop is proud to reveal that we now have NUMBERS available for our Custom Branded Products. Everything you see below, we can deliver…. Just enter in your information in the field like you normally would. If you don’t have a symbol on your keyboard for […]

Chop on This

Chop on This

A few weeks back Krys and Matty headed to OWS’s favorite wood supplier, Bohnhoff Lumber, to pick up a few sticks of 8/4 walnut. The Mission:  To create a 42″ by 102″ end grain butcherblock kitchen island.  To put this into meat eating perspective, that’s enough space to put 3 whole hogs side by side […]

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 […]

Annual OWS Father’s Day Sale now on!

Annual OWS Father’s Day Sale now on!

 Sons and Daughters Listen up Forget your Momma buttercup This time o’ year is different, see It’s time for Paternal Worshipry! Sons and Daughters Gather round Does “discount” make a soothing sound? It’s 10% no more no less So come on down to OW-ESSSSS! The annual Offerman Woodshop Father’s Day Sale has begun! You can […]

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 […]