About

J. Leko

Furniture Maker, Designer & Instructor

Professional Experience

  • 2009 – 2020 Designer/Craftsman/Proprietor, J. Leko Furniture Maker, LLC., Huntsville, AL
  • 2009 – 2015 Special Assistant Instructor, Marc Adams School of Woodworking, Franklin, IN
  • 2011 Woodworking Instructor, Greengate School, Huntsville, AL
  • 2007 – 2011 Staff Instructor, June M. Hughes Arts and Crafts Center, Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL

Professional Affiliations

  • 2019 & 2018 Red Seal Endorsement, Cabinetmaking

Education

  • 2008 Master Woodworker, Marc Adams School of Woodworking, Franklin, IN
  • 2002 PhD, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL
  • 1997 MS, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL
  • 1994 MS, Space Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL
  • 1992 BS, Space Sciences (Computer Science Minor), Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

Grants/Awards/Residencies

  • 2017 CERF+ “Get Ready” Grant
  • 2013 & 2012 Artist in Residency, Marc Adams School of Woodworking, Franklin, IN
  • 2013 Kickstarter, Re-creating an 18th-Century Oeben Mechanical Table
  • 2012 Marc Adams School of Woodworking Excellence Through Education Award

Exhibitions

  • 2015 ArtFields, Jarrito’s Restaurant, Lake City, SC
  • 2014 Red Clay Survey: 2014 Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL (catalog)
  • 2014 & 2013 Monte Sano Lodge, Monte Sano Art Festival, Huntsville, AL
  • 2012 Emerging Artist, Panoply, Huntsville, AL
  • 2011 pARTy – a benefit for The Arts Council, Huntsville, AL
  • 2011 Wood Expo at the New England Home Show, Boston, MA

Bibliography

  • Michael Steeber, “Made on iPad: creative workflows and insights offered by professionals”, 9to5Mac.com, 29 November 2018. https://9to5mac.com/2018/11/29/ipad-pro-creative-workflows-tips-stories/
  • Justin McFarland, Interview, WAAY TV 11 A.M. News, Huntsville, AL, 15 October 2014
  • Christopher Schwarz, “Please Support J. Leko’s Campaign to Build a 1750 Table”, Lost Art Press Blog, 22 January 2013. http://blog.lostartpress.com/2013/01/22/please-support-j-lekos-campaign-to-build-a-1750-table/
  • Lucy Berry, “Challenge accepted, Huntsville carpenter recreating an 18th-century French masterpiece”, The Huntsville Times, Huntsville, AL, 15 May 2013, p 12A
  • Beth Norwood, Among Friends, Talking about Art, WLRH Public Radio, 6 & 13 November 2009

Publications as Author

  • “Design and Formation of a Louis XV Leg”, Furniture & Cabinetmaking, 288, October 2019.
  • “Are Winding Sticks Necessary?”, Lost Art Press, 2012. http://blog.lostartpress.com/2012/09/13/are-winding-sticks-necessary/
  • “Plane Both Faces Equally When Thicknessing by Hand”, Fine Woodworking, 221, 82, September/October 2011.
  • “Why you should get really hammered”, Letter to the editor, Popular Woodworking, 178, October 2009.
  • “Brother can you spare a dime?”, Shortcuts, Woodworking Magazine, 13, Spring 2009.
  • “Q&A: Can a miter-saw blade be used on a tablesaw?”, Fine Woodworking, 202, Tools & Shops 2008/2009.
  • “Are joinery floats useful?”, Letter to the Editor, Woodworking Magazine, 9, Spring 2008.
  • “What’s the difference? Bevel-up vs. bevel-down planes”, Fine Woodworking, 197, 26, March/April 2008.
  • “Fundamentals of sharpening”, WoodTalk On-Line, 2007.

Teaching Venues

  • Northern Alabama Wood Crafters, Huntsville, AL
  • The Arts Council, Huntsville, Huntsville, AL
  • Greengate School, Huntsville, AL
  • Marc Adams School of Woodworking, Franklin, IN
  • Florida Institute of Technology, Huntsville Site, Huntsville, AL
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL
  • Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

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