Are You Up to the Smell That Wood Challenge?

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Are You Up to the Smell That Wood Challenge?

People who know of actor and comedian Nick Offerman know that he’s a talented and passionate woodworker and maker. In this past season of his and Amy Poehler’s popular TV show, Making It, he and Amy did a fun segment of him trying to sniff-ID various species of wood while blindfolded.

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It was this video that inspired Cristiana, of Get Hands Dirty, to launch her own “Smell that Wood” challenge.

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After she does hers, she challenges another YouTuber, Johnny Brooke from Crafted Workshop, to SMELL THAT WOOD! Johnny answered the call.

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Then the nosy arboreal challenge was passed along to Matt Cremona.

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Matt then challenged Jay Bates. As far as I can tell, Jay has yet to snort a reply.

How are you with the olfactory identification of wood? Better bone up because someone may be shoving a strip of exotic hardwood under your honker at any moment.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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