Paddle Your Own Canoe

One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living

Author: Nick Offerman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698138325

Category: Humor

Page: 352

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When it comes to growing a robust mustache, masticating red meat, building a chair, or wooing a woman, who better to educate you than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in carpentry, Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman’s childhood (born, literally, in the middle of an Illinois cornfield) to his theater days in Chicago to the, frankly, magnificent seduction of his wife, Megan Mullally. Offerman also shares his hard-bitten battle strategies in the arenas of manliness, love, styles, and religion, and invaluable advice on getting the utmost pleasure out of woodworking, assorted meats, outdoor recreations, and other palatable entrees.
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Writing in the Works, 2016 MLA Update

Author: Susan Blau,Kathryn Burak

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1337517739

Category: Education

Page: 688

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In this fourth edition of WRITING IN THE WORKS, the authors have maintained their dual focus on writing as both an academic and practical tool. At the same time, they have updated the content and the spirit of the book for the contemporary writing environment. Students learn to write for the digital world—where visual and verbal messages are inseparable—and do so by exploring serious ideas that will engage a real-world audience. Throughout the book, and in three new chapters, the authors emphasize the skills of synthesizing, defining, and evaluating—skills central to the development of good academic writing and good real-world writing. Students are encouraged to take chances, think big thoughts, and practice skills which will prepare them to ride the global communications wave as more confident, capable writers. This edition has been updated to reflect guidelines from the 2016 MLA HANDBOOK, Eighth Edition. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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The Tool Book

A Tool-Lover's Guide to Over 200 Hand Tools

Author: Phil Davy,Jo Behari,Matthew Jackson,Luke Edwardes-Evans

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1465477675

Category: House & Home

Page: 256

View: 5071

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This user's guide to over 200 hand tools highlights how to use tools effectively, understand them better, and how to properly care for them. Salute generations of craftsmanship, ingenuity, and know-how with The Tool Book. Explore tools from every angle, with detailed patent drawings, exploded diagrams, and step-by-step illustrations of tools in action with the science behind the techniques. Gallery pages display different types of hammers, spades, or chisels, while expert advice tells you what to look for when choosing a tool, and how to use it and care for it best. Discover why each tool is perfect for the job, and why it deserves a prominent spot in your shed, workshop, studio, or makerspace. The perfect gift for craftsmen, makers and anyone with an interest in DIY.
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Good Clean Fun

Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop

Author: Nick Offerman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101985984

Category: Humor

Page: 352

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After two New York Times bestsellers, Nick Offerman returns with the subject for which he's known best—his incredible real-life woodshop. Nestled among the glitz and glitter of Tinseltown is a testament to American elbow grease and an honest-to-god hard day’s work: Offerman Woodshop. Captained by hirsute woodworker, actor, comedian, and writer Nick Offerman, the shop produces not only fine handcrafted furniture, but also fun stuff—kazoos, baseball bats, ukuleles, mustache combs, even cedar-strip canoes. Now Nick and his ragtag crew of champions want to share their experience of working at the Woodshop, tell you all about their passion for the discipline of woodworking, and teach you how to make a handful of their most popular projects along the way. This book takes readers behind the scenes of the woodshop, both inspiring and teaching them to make their own projects and besotting them with the infectious spirit behind the shop and its complement of dusty wood-elves. In these pages you will find a variety of projects for every skill level, with personal, easy-to-follow instructions by the OWS woodworkers themselves; and, what’s more, this tutelage is augmented by mouth-watering color photos (Nick calls it "wood porn"). You will also find writings by Nick, offering recipes for both comestibles and mirth, humorous essays, odes to his own woodworking heroes, insights into the ethos of woodworking in modern America, and other assorted tomfoolery. Whether you’ve been working in your own shop for years, or if holding this stack of compressed wood pulp is as close as you’ve ever come to milling lumber, or even if you just love Nick Offerman’s brand of bucolic yet worldly wisdom, you’ll find Good Clean Fun full of useful, illuminating, and entertaining information. From the Hardcover edition.
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One Man's Wilderness, Revised Edition

An Alaskan Odyssey

Author: Richard Louis Proenneke,Sam Keith

Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books

ISBN: 9781513261645

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 6148

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To live in a pristine land unchanged by man; to roam the wilderness through which few other humans have passed; to choose an idyllic site, cut trees, and build a log cabin; to be a self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available; to be not at odds with the world, but content with one's own thoughts and company: thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them. This book is a simple account of the day-by-day explorations and activities he carried out alone, and the constant chain of nature's events that kept him company. From Proenneke's journals, and with first-hand knowledge of his subject and the setting, Sam Keith has woven a tribute to a man who carved his masterpiece out of the beyond.--From publisher description.
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Know That What You Eat You Are

The Best Food Writing from Harper's Magazine

Author: Ellen Rosebush,Giulia Melucci

Publisher: American Retrospective

ISBN: 9781879957602

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 300

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"There is nothing new under the sun--or on the stove, kitchen table, or in the refrigerator, either. This collection of food writing from the archives of Harper's Magazine demonstrates that Americans have been thinking and caring about what and how they eat for more than a century and a half. The essays in Know That What You Eat You Are have been selected from Harper's Magazine's 167-year history and feature such celebrated writers as M.F.K. Fisher, Upton Sinclair, Ford Maddox Ford, Wendell Berry, David Foster Wallace, and Michael Pollan. Learn how a proper meal was served in 1875, the secrets of Jackie Kennedy's seafood and potato chip casserole, and how to forage for wild mushrooms and survive. There are chilling accounts of efforts to innovate new foods (Fritos, for instance) and preserve them for the late 20th century's burgeoning consumer culture. There are stories of foods coldly regarded as mere commodities (hello, Quinoa) and others that expound on how ensuring that what we eat is actually good is a responsibility we all share. The latest piece in the book is a hilarious crawl though the excess and absurdity of early 21st century dining in New York City that will have readers laughing deeply from their bellies while wondering if they might wish to fill it with an inflated pig's bladder. As the actor (Parks and Recreation), writer, documentarian and woodworker Nick Offerman states in his introduction, this satisfying spread of essays, while an excellent tasting menu of the many-faceted relations between Americans and their foodstuffs, serves as a clear journal of ways in which we have done our eating right, and of course, how we have burnt the toast to a crisp."--Publisher's description.
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