Cabin Lessons: A Nail-by-Nail Tale

Woodworking FAQ: The Workshop Companion

The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects

A Splintered History of Wood

Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects

Building Unique and Useful Kids' Furniture

Spike's Blog

LIBRARY LOVE FEST chat with Spike and Tom Hynes (author of WILD CITY)

Had a delightful FaceBook Live discussion with Tom Hynes (author of Wild City), a diverse group of librarians from around the country and the folks at the Harper Collins library division about our new books. Wild City discusses 40 animals (including humpback whales and coyotes) that call the New York City area home;  a perfect blend of information, entertainment and inspiration! I discuss "A Walk Around the Block" which will be out mid-October.  It was a blast. check it out here 

Spike's Projects


A unique project made from 4 (almost) identical boards

LEOPOLD BENCH: 6 boards, 60 minutes, 1 comfortable bench

This is one of the simplest furniture projects you'll ever find. All you need are a drill, circular saw (or jigsaw) a few boards and a handful of exterior screws. If you have doubts about your wherewithal, see page 4. Great for the garden or anywhere in the great outdoors.