Spike Carlsen launches new book

Local author, Spike Carlsen celebrates the launch of this third book next week with some help from his four-year-old granddaughter.

Carlsen not only reads from his new book, "Woodworking FAQ: The Workshop Companion," he will talk about how non-fiction books are created and conduct a "sawing" during which he’ll build a Leopold bench with this granddaughter. All this takes place at 7 p.m. April 25 at the Stillwater Library.

"Lots of people shy away from woodworking because they feel they lack the skills and tools," Carlsen said. "But it’s actually a lot like cooking: You follow the recipe, you work slowly, you gradually build your arsenal of tools and skills – and pretty soon you’re building useful stuff and a sense of accomplishment."

"Woodworking FAQ" consists of 300 pages, 150 illustrations and hundreds of tips and hints that address the most common woodworking questions.

"There’s something in this book for everyone – beginner to advanced woodworkers," Carlsen said. "And it’s a great guide for those just wading into the hobby. With 15 million avid woodworkers in America and more joining the ranks everyday, a guide like this is essential."

Carlsen is the former executive editor of The Family Handyman magazine and currently writes for "American Woodworker," "Mens’ Health" and other publications. Prior to becoming an editor, he worked 15 years as a carpenter and general contractor.

His first book, "A Splintered History of Wood," was selected by NPR as one of their best books for gift giving and was a finalist in the Great Lakes Book Awards. His second book, "Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects" was released last year.

The event will be in the Stillwater library’s Margaret Rivers Room. Books will be available for sale through Valley Bookseller.