Nick Offerman Hones His Craft with Woodworking Shop

When he's not busy with his successful acting career, Nick Offerman is a talented carpenter with a brick and mortar woodworking shop.

The former Parks and Recreation star has owned the Offerman Workshop for 15 years, which he credits for helping keep his life balanced.

“I tell people that making things with my hands keeps me out of the pub. I mean that both literally and figuratively,” the 48-year-old said. “In a wider sense, I feel like making things with your hands hones your problem-solving skills in a way that improves the rest of your life. Working in my shop makes me better at finance, better in traffic and in my relationships.”

Everything in the Los Angeles store -  from canoes to book shelves and furniture – is made by hand and available for purchase online.

Offerman – who also co-hosts the NBC crafting competition series Making It  – believes the resurgence of arts and crafts is due in part to the current state of the world.

“I feel like it’s a reaction to the darkness, superficiality and cynicism that is present today,” the Fargo star said.

And while his carpentry talents have been featured in various magazines and TV shows, Offerman believes it’s a skill everyone should try regardless of skill.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of any effort to shine a light on local handmade goods. I think if every household made something, we’d be a lot better off.”