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    Spike Carlsen
    April 2011
    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 author of the award-winning A Splintered History of Wood: Belt Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers and Baseball Bats and the just-released Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects. Spike 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, The Minneapolis Star Tribune and many other publications. He is Projects Editor for FreshHome magazine, contributing editor to American Woodworker and serves on the Advisory Board for Men’s Health magazine. He has made appearances on the CBS Early Show, The Weekend Today Show, WGN-TV, Good Morning Texas, HGTV’s 25 Biggest Renovating Mistakes special, USA Radio and many other national radio and television shows.

    Prior to becoming an editor and writer 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 historic Stillwater, Minnesota. In his spare time he enjoys biking, restoring vintage radios, woodworking and renovating (and renovating and renovating) their 1850s Greek Revival home.