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Top 5 “Wooden experiences” in France

Top 5 “Wooden experiences” in...

Kat and I just returned from France—spent one week biking through Normandy, visiting many World War II battle sites and memorials, then another week...

BRICKMANIA!! (LEGO heaven)—& great fundraiser for EVOLVE Adoption a

BRICKMANIA!! (LEGO heaven)—& great...

I have the  honor of being involved in a unique upcoming fundraising event to help support EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services. I’ll be the MC...

“Books, Banter & Little Bites” — July 30, Squash Blossom FarL

“Books, Banter & Little Bites”...

On July 30th (2016), I’ll be participating in a fun author event at Squash Blossom Farm. Lucie Amundsen (of “Locally Laid” eggs and same-name...

GIRL SCOUTS RULE (and build)

GIRL SCOUTS RULE (and build)

HERE’S A WONDERFULLY UNEXPECTED NOTE & PHOTO I RECEIVED FROM A TROOP OF GIRL SCOUTS IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS. VERY COOL, VERY INSPIRATIONAL—AND...

SAVE SOME DATES—Authors After Hours & Squash Blossom Farm

SAVE SOME DATES—Authors After Hours &...

Here’s a quick “Save the Date” notice about a couple of unique events coming up. June 3rd, 6:45, at Valley Bookseller/ Daily Grind in...

THE BIRTH OF A BOOKCASE (actually 4 of them)

THE BIRTH OF A BOOKCASE (actually 4 of them)

I was asked to build a memorial bookcase for the Stillwater Library in memory of a long time library lover—Mabel Linquist. The mission was to design...

Woodworking FAQ goes international

Woodworking FAQ goes international

You know you’ve hit the big time when one of your books goes international. Woodworking FAQ was recently translated into Russian!!  

5 Simple Raised Bed Gardens for SPRING!!!!

5 Simple Raised Bed Gardens for SPRING!!!!

Spring is around the corner (or at least down the block), so I’m going to start posting “get ready for spring” projects on a regular...

Spike’s February events (something for everyone)

Spike’s February events (something...

I’ll be doing some out-of-the-ordinary presentations and events in February and invite you all to come on down (or over or up). * On Feb. 6th; 9:00...

HARVEST TOTE holiday gift (think warmer weather)

HARVEST TOTE holiday gift (think warmer weather)

Here’s a do-it-yourself Christmas gift you can make for the gardening (or foraging) lovers in your life—a harvest tote. Great for hauling stuff...