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The Workbench Life is a how-to haven for new and experienced DIYers. The online destination is geared toward men who have an interest in home improvement and renovation, automotive projects and tech gadgets that can help enhance their home and ride.

Editorial Team


Fred Albert has written about home improvement for more than 30 years. His articles have appeared in numerous national magazines, including Metropolitan Home, House Beautiful, Home, Coastal Living and Remodel, and he is the author of two design books. A graduate of Yale, Fred served as editor in chief of Style 1900 and Seattle Homes & Lifestyles magazines, and spent 11 years covering home improvement for The Seattle Times.

Caitlin Ultimo is an online editor for Studio One. She has written and edited lifestyle, beauty, health, finance and family content for four years. Her work has appeared in national publications including Parents magazine, Parenting magazine and Parenting.com.

Michelle Carlton is a group editor at Studio One. She was previously the editor of Kiwi magazine, a parenting publication focused on healthy living. She's also written and edited content for magazines such as Tango and Venus Zine.


A resident of Utah, Dennis Bertucci has been restoring antique furniture since 1979. He has specialized in Arts and Crafts restoration for more than 20 years, and produces his own line of furniture.

Mark Clement is a licensed contractor and home improvement expert, and the host of MyFixItUpLife.com.

Robert Ferguson began writing 13 years ago as a means to share his vast knowledge in the residential home improvement industry. More than 30 years of hands-on experience -- most recently as a state-certified contractor -- has allowed Robert to focus his writing on the residential and commercial construction industry. He has used this knowledge base and experience to provide professional content and copywriting for all areas of home improvement to clients across the U.S.

Elizabeth Lilly is an online contributor for ThisOldHouse.com. Her work has appeared in regional and national publications and online. She grew up in a home improvement–obsessed household, and is the resident Ms. Fix-It in her New York City prewar apartment.

Ron Marr is the lead columnist for Missouri Life magazine, and is the author of The Ozarks…An Explorer’s Guide, published nationally by W.W. Norton. For more than a decade he served as the editor and publisher of the Montana-based Troutwrapper magazine, and has written for publications such as PlayboyAmerican CowboyGulfshore Life, Backwoodsman and USA Today. An experienced luthier and woodworker specializing in acoustic folk instruments, Ron’s creations can be seen and heard at MarrsGuitars.com.

Justin Mastine-Frost is a Vancouver-based writer and BMW technician who eats, sleeps and breathes all things automotive. If he's not elbow-deep in an engine bay somewhere, he can usually be found tearing up stretches of West Coast highway.

Rick Muscoplat is a former ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician whose blog includes more than 1,000 articles designed to help DIY home mechanics diagnose and repair their own vehicles. In addition to blogging, Rick writes “how-to” articles for a major auto parts manufacturer and several auto parts retailers, and is a contributing editor for The Family Handyman magazine. His articles on automotive repair, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, appliance repair and general home maintenance appear in every issue.

Judy Polan (JudyPolan.com) is a freelance arts and design writer, as well as an award-winning musician and recording artist. A resident of Northampton, Mass., she was senior editor for Style 1900 magazine, contributing editor and book reviewer for Modernism magazine, contributor to Berkshire Living and their annual Home + Garden supplement, and staff writer for the Jewish Ledger newspapers.

Christian Vandervort has been a contributing writer and technology consultant at HomeTips.com for six years. He is a graduate of the Los Angeles Film School, with specialties in cinematography and editing.

Don Vandervort is the founder of HomeTips.com. He has written, edited or produced more than 20 home-improvement books, including The Home Problem Solver and How Your House Works. Nationally recognized as a home improvement authority, Don was a segment host on HGTV’s The Fix, and has been featured on CBS’s 48 Hours and ABC’s Home show. Don served as MSN’s home improvement expert for five years.

Michael H. Yost is coauthor of The Man Cave Book and creator of the official Man Cave website, ManCaveSite.org. Mike has contributed to numerous media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and GQ magazine (UK Edition), and has made many radio and TV appearances.

Editorial Policy

The information published on this program is produced independently by StudioOne or has been approved by the program’s managing editor after review. Content is written and edited by leading experts to ensure that only the most accurate information is published. 

StudioOne follows accepted journalistic quality standards and principles in source selection and fact verification, and endorses ASME’s “ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers,” including “Best Practices for Digital Media.”


StudioOne does not mention the name or specific products of a given sponsor, although that sponsor’s product categories may be mentioned if they are relevant within editorial context. 

Unless indicated, content contributors are not employed by or on retainer by the program’s sponsor. If a contributor is employed by or on retainer by the program’s sponsor, we agree to disclose this relationship in the biographical note on the page where that contributor appears. 

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