LIVE Building Clinic Instructors

Meet our awesome instructors-industry experts that you've seen in trade magazines or online!

Ben is a second generation high performance builder working as a lead carpenter in Portland Maine. He has a passion for the work he does that leads him to study his craft in an effort to push his skills forward in all areas of home building. His work has taken him from historical preservation of 18th century buildings to net zero new construction.

Gary Striegler is the President of Craftsman Builders Inc., in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He has over forty years of experience as a home builder, trim carpenter, and occasional furniture maker. Gary has been a frequent contributor to Fine Homebuilding, The Journal of Light Construction, Tools of the Trade, and This is Carpentry, as well as starring in several how-to videos on trim carpentry, and teaching classes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking.  Each year, he travels to Honduras and volunteers for construction projects with Mercy International.

Mark Clement is a deck builder, remodeler, author, and Producer at Tools of the Trade (@the_tools_show). You can see his deck building and outdoor projects videos at He has built decks, docks and pergolas from Ohio to Washington, DC and worked behind the scenes of several TV shows including The American Woodshop and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. 

The only thing Mike Guertin likes better than building new homes is remodeling old ones. After 35 years tackling every facet of residential construction from excavation and foundations to interior finish work and tile setting, he’s still challenged every day to find more-efficient ways to build things better. Mike has led hands-on building clinics and classroom presentations at JLC LIVE, Remodeling Show and DeckExpo, International Builders Show, International Roofing Expo and other construction trade shows and events across North America for the past 23 years on topics from roofing, siding, framing and deck construction, to kitchen remodeling, and high performance building.  He's written 3 books, over 180 magazine articles for the Journal of Light Construction, Fine Homebuilding, Professional Deck Builder and Tools of the Trade, and appears in dozens of videos.  Mike works hard and plays hard so don't be surprised if you bump into him above 10,000 ft. hiking through a mountain meadow; kayaking coastal bays or swift water rivers; or backcountry skiing in a remote forest.

Mike Sloggatt has more than 40 year's experience in the trade starting as an apprentice right out of high school. Mike specializes in high-end, challenging remodels near his home on Long Island. He is a contributor to the Journal of Light Construction and also writes for Fine Homebuilding and Tools of the Trade. Mike has been the Frame-to-Finish (Rough) Carpentry presenter for the Katz Roadshow. He teaches seminars and clinics in all aspects of carpentry and remodeling and is a regular presenter at JLC LIVE, Remodeling Show  and DeckExpo, and International Builders’ Show.

Paul Sprague the owner of Toolpig Instagram and editor of the Paul is also a third generation
carpenter that enjoys primarily residential with some light commercial construction. Lately, Paul has been focusing on remodeling along with fire and water damage restoration.  Whenever possible, Paul will travel for
disaster relief work.

Peter Heard is the owner of North Country Carpentry & Restoration, Inc. operating on the east end of Long Island, New York. For 25 years Peter has been restoring homes from the mid to late 19th century. Peter has built a solid reputation by satisfying the design and finish needs of purist homeowners.