Steve Maxwell Homebuilder, carpenter, cabinetmaker, stone mason & 35+ year DIY authority.

I’m the guy behind all the content on I’m a homebuilder, carpenter, cabinetmaker and stonemason, and I’ve been creating content online and in print since 1988.  I’m an award-winning writier, photographer and videographer with an audience of 1.8+ million monthly on all platforms in the DIY, home improvement, woodworking, gardening and rural living scenes. I’ve acted as expert legal authority on DIY and woodworking cases, I co-wrote The Complete Root Cellar Book, I’ve appeared on CTV, CBC, Breakfast Television and TV Ontario and I publish the newsletter.

I live a hands-on rural lifestyle on Manitoulin Island, Canada with my wife Mary, with our two of our five kids and six grandkids nearby. Mary and I live in a stone house I built myself and I practices everything I cover in my articles, videos and email advice. When I’m not at the computer I’m in the workshop, managing our beef cattle pasture, cutting firewood, working in the garden or fixing equipment.

Connect with me at [email protected] or LinkedIn

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In addition to my editorial work online and in print, I create content for companies large and small, including Ford Canada, The Home Depot, 3M, Champion, VELUX, DEWALT, Milwaukee, Ryobi, Freud, Stanley Black&Decker, Sherwin-Williams, Minwax, Thompson’s Waterseal and others.

Testimonials about Steve Maxwell:

Keep up the great work. Although I am an old-hand (40 + years) at woodworking, I have learned several new things from watching your videos, including this intriguing use of composite decking. Though I have memberships at Fine Woodworking and other woodworking magazines/sites, I seldom learn anything new from them anymore. Your channel is great! Definitely informative!OldSchoolSkill, YouTube

Thank you ever so much for the articles!  Your work is helping so many people… You are great! – Jocelyne in Welland Ontario

Your article was SO popular. You have quite a following! – L. Stratton, Toronto

I’m a first-time home buyer and you’re my mentor for home maintenance tips. You’re offering a really great service for people like me. Thanks. – Facebook comment

Excellent. These kinds of pearls are priceless. Thank you for sharing your experience. – arashjacob, YouTube

Just the kind of information I was looking for. Again, many thanks for the info. – Bill Mersereau, email

Damn you Maxwell! Your videos make me want to buy everything you show! My wife says she’ll divorce me if I buy any more tools. I sure am gonna miss her! – OldSchoolSkill, YouTube

Wow!!! Man… I just became a fan. Great explanation.  Thank you Steve for the help. I’ve already told my friends to look you up for advice. – chrisrock, YouTube

Thank you very much for responding to my query.  Your information has helped me to make the decision not to add insulation to my roof deck during re-roofing.  I will add insulation from the inside, as you have described, as a future project. I enjoy your column very much, and look for it weekly.  The information that you provide is excellent. Thanks again! – T. Ho, Toronto

You are a very professional speaker. Love your videos. – nothing2offer, YouTube

Great vid. Well done. – ack1tube, YouTube

Great! Simple, to the point, short and complete. What more could we want? – vincent7520, YouTube

Your reply saved me from possibly making a mistake and further disappointment. Thank you very much. – B. Paterson, email

Thanks for this thorough and concise overview of PEX pipe and the tools we need to work with it. – OldSchoolSkill, YouTube

Excellent and informative. Can’t wait to build my own dust collection system.localcrew, YouTube

Lots of useful info . . . thanks! – nro542, YouTube


Finally, someone who knows what they are doing. – mossman381, YouTube