Magazine article Sunset

Mark Harmon: The Actor Talks Trailers, Boats, and Remodeling with His Wife, and Reveals His Favorite Escape

Magazine article Sunset

Mark Harmon: The Actor Talks Trailers, Boats, and Remodeling with His Wife, and Reveals His Favorite Escape

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On his Airstream trailer. It's a 1972, 24-footer. I got it off a horse ranch in Arizona. I originally figured I'd just replace the cabinet fronts. But it got more expensive. I put in a custom bird's-eye maple and white-birch interior and the painted checkerboard floor. By film-set standards, the trailer is actually pretty small. But it's completely practical.

On carpentry. I used to hang out in my dad's workshop on weekends. Later, when I was starting out as an actor, I became a roofer and a framer to make money. But what I really enjoyed was finish work. I like the longevity of it: If you do it right, it will be around a lot longer than you are.

On renovating houses. I rebuilt my own house before I was married. It had 3-foot stone walls--it had been a toolshed in the 1930s. It took about two years. Our current house was a complete redo. Probably everybody except us would have torn it down. But if you give a house a chance to talk to you, you learn things. …

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