About the Author

Spike Carlsen is an editor, author, carpenter and woodworker, who has been immersed in the world of wood and woodworking for over 30 years. He is former Executive Editor of Family Handyman magazine where he wrote hundreds of articles on home improvement and oversaw the creation of dozens of books including the revised Readers Digest, Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual.

He has written articles for Old House Journal, Fine Homebuilding, Workbench, The Minneapolis Star Tribune and other publications. He currently writes “Ask Spike” for Backyard Living magazine. He has made appearances on the CBS Early Show, The Weekend Today Show, WGN-TV, Good Morning Texas, HGTV’s “25 Biggest Remodeling mistakes” special, USA Radio and many other national radio and television shows.

Prior to becoming an editor he worked as a carpenter for 15 years, and ran his own construction and remodeling company, working on projects ranging from energy efficient homes to historic restorations.

He and his wife Kat have five adult children and live in Stillwater, Minnesota. He recently returned from Tanzania where he helped bring electricity to a remote secondary school, and install a smokeless, wood-burning “rocket stove” for cooking. In his spare time he enjoys biking, restoring vintage radios, woodworking and renovating (and renovating and renovating) their 1850s Greek Revival home.

 

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