About Spike

Spike is an editor, author, carpenter, woodworker and speaker, who’s been immersed in the world of wood and woodworking for 40 years. He’s the author of the award-winning A Splintered History of Wood: Belt Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers and Baseball Bats as well as Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects, Woodworking FAQ, The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects and Cabin Lessons.

He’s written for Men's Health, Popular Woodworking, Make, Old House Journal, Fine Homebuilding, The Minneapolis Star Tribune and many 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 books division. He’s made appearances on the CBS Early Show, HGTV and Modern Marvels. 

Prior to picking up a pen he worked as a carpenter for 15 years, and ran his own construction and remodeling company. A hopeless wood addict, he’s the owner of both a wood cowboy hat and a wood bike. He and his wife Kat have 5 children, 8 grandchildren and live in a 165 year-old house in historic Stillwater, Minnesota.