Joe Leonard

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Joe Leonard is a self-taught carver with over 48 years of experience. He first started carving after completing a three year course at Cooper School of Art in Cleveland, Ohio where he eventually taught for one-and-a-half years. He worked in the advertising field for several years and eventually developed an interest in carousel horses and animals. He started restoring animals for collectors throughout the world. Numerous awards have been won by Leonard’s carvings including many “Best of Show” awards. He has been featured on the back cover of Fine woodworking magazine, Equine Image magazine, Carousel News & Trader. He has also been included in several books including Painted Ponies and a book called Mythic Creatures published by The American Museum of Natural History in New York City. One of his largest and most prestigious commissions was designing and carving 17 large armored carousel horses for the Disneyland Paris Carousel outside Paris, France. Two of his larger carvings, an Armored Pegasus and a Griffin, are in a traveling museum exhibit called Mythic Creatures. The exhibit was created by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and has traveled to more than 14 museums around the world including the Field Museum in Chicago, the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, the Holzdebro Museum in Denmark and many others. Joe has been teaching carving workshops for over 21 years.

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