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Spike Carlsen

Writer and Author Spike Carlsen

Writer and Author Spike Carlsen


Spike Carlsen is an editor, author, carpenter and woodworker, who’s been immersed in the world of wood and woodworking for 30 years. He’s author of the award-winning A Splintered History of Wood: Belt Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers and Baseball Bats as well as Woodworking FAQ and Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects. His newest book—Cabin Lessons—will be available April 21st.

He’s made appearances on the CBS Early Show, HGTV and Modern Marvels.

He’s written for Old House Journal, Fine Homebuilding, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, American Woodworker and other publications. He is former Executive Editor of Family Handyman magazine where he wrote hundreds of articles on home improvement and woodworking, and oversaw the creation the Readers Digest, Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual.

Prior to becoming an editor he worked as a carpenter for 15 years, and ran his own construction and remodeling company. He and his wife Kat have five children and live in historic Stillwater, Minnesota. In his spare time he enjoys biking, woodworking and working with the staff and students at Bomalang’ombe Secondary School in Tanzania on establishing a tree farm and other projects.

His newest book, “The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects” will be available March 24, 2014.

You can email Spike by clicking here.