Here’s a sentence you probably never thought you’d read: This Old House is about to cure your Parks and Rec withdrawal.
The OG home renovation show, which is currently in its 37th season (it debuted in 1979), takes a decidedly more old school approach to the subject of restoring houses than many of its current competitors — no flashy reveals, no gasping homeowners, and certainly no prank wars.
It’s a decidedly noble, straightforward and technically accurate approach that would no doubt be appreciated by Pawnee Director of Parks and Recreation, Ron Swanson. Luckily, Swanson’s real-life counterpart, Nick Offerman, shares his character’s appreciation for craftsmanship.
In this week’s episode of Ask This Old House, a spin-off launched in 2002, Offerman makes a guest appearance and invites host Kevin O’Connor into his personal woodworking shop in Los Angeles.
The two discuss their art in the most gloriously Ron Swanson of exchanges, with Offerman suggesting that learning to build a dog house as a child leads to building a “horse house or a cow house, and eventually a person house” and sets in motion the “circle of life” — which of course includes teaching your offspring to help sand.
See an exclusive sneak peek in the video above and check your local listings for air times on your PBS station.