Lynda Lyday, has always been a trail blazer in both television and carpentry. A winner of two Telly Awards, one Golden Hammer and author of two published books, Lynda has become the DIY gal in the media, and currently, a guest host for home solution products on the Home Shopping Network.
How it all began…
Lynda was the first woman to win “The Golden Hammer Award” in New York City at a time when very few women were entering construction. Having learned and perfected her trade as a finish carpenter through The United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Lynda was also the first woman to teach carpentry at the union school. She received her contractor’s license in 1993 and soon launched her own construction company, West Village Construction, specializing in apartment renovations in New York City.
In 1997, Lynda was discovered by The Discovery Channel who casted her as one of television’s only licensed female carpenters on “Give Me Shelter.” Lynda went on to host more than 350 home improvement shows for HGTV and The DIY Network. “The Fix” and “Talk2DIY” honored her with two Telly Awards. Consequently, Lynda became the go-to expert, both producing and hosting segments for media venues such as CNN, MSNBC, FOX NEWS, ABC, NBC’s “The Today Show” and numerous other national and local television shows. She’s often interviewed and quoted in newspapers and magazines throughout the country. In 2003, Lynda first appeared on QVC, then in 2011 she became a regular guest host on HSN (Home Shopping Network). With years of experience and recognition in the vast field of carpentry, Perigee Books published Lynda’s first book, Lynda Lyday’s Do It Yourself, and subsequently, Que Publishing published her second book, A Homeowner’s Manual.
It was then that Lynda decided to improve the very tools she works with by creating a series of tools called Lyday Tool Line-- tools with the Lyday Grip—a tool line with a sleek retro feel catering to women and those with a smaller grip. Lynda is currently seeking funding for manufacturing.
Aside from carpentry, Lynda’s other love is sketch comedy where she has developed a web series called “Ask Big Lou.” Lynda’s alter ego, Big Lou--Louisa Capossela, is a widow and mother of four who has a penchant for animal print and an ability to fix things.
TV Host, Master Carpenter, Author, Motivational Speaker, Consultant