the guy on the cover?
Stajka is the cover model for The Carpenter’s Notebook. Nik
is an actual carpenter/contractor author Mark Clement met on a jobsite
while working on articles for Tools of The Trade magazine.
Nik is a true turn-key old-school contractor. He creates his own
designs for new houses and renovations, still drawing his plans
by hand. He manages and works with his crews side-by-side in most
all phases of his projects and still swings the hammer (okay, presses
the lever on the nail gun). Nik lives in Maryland with his wife
and two daughters and is currently working on a number of projects
in both Virginia and Maryland. He has been in the carpentry and
contracting trade for more than twenty years.