Mark Clement, Contributing Writer

Mark Clement

Contributing Writer



Mark Clement is a carpenter and professional remodeler who loves telling stories about tools and how-to’s in any way he can: articles, TV, online, and books—including a novel called The Carpenter’s Notebook. So much so, in fact, he says he “may be the most published person you’ve never heard of.”

Proudest DIY

“That’s easy,” says Mark. “Joplin.” Through a series of impossible-to-arrange events his wife coordinated, they together designed and built a massive playground for the devastated city of Joplin, Missouri, after a tornado ravaged the town in 2011. With a crew assembled via Facebook, they descended on Joplin and into the wild world of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. In 90-something hours they removed two tennis courts, built their hearts out, made friends, broke equipment, and left a place better than they found it. “There’s something more important going on when one undertakes a project, big or small. The goal isn’t to be the hero or save the family or have the best story at the cookout: It’s to get done what needs to be done. That’s Important, capital I,” says Mark.

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