Hey guys, I’m John Malecki. Born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, I’ve bled black and gold my whole life. Now I pay homage to the Steel City as a builder in the neighborhood of Braddock, sharing my craft with my clients and you at home.
Making a career out of woodworking wasn’t always the goal, though. Ever since I was little, I had dreamt of a career in the NFL. After a successful high school football career, I earned a full scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh to play football. As a starter since my sophomore year and captain my senior year, my football career helped me graduate from Pitt with my bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2010.
After college, I signed a futures contract with the Tennessee Titans, then bounced around a few NFL teams for a while — the harsh reality of the NFL. After a bit of dumb luck and help from one hustler of an agent, I was picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers and played with them for about 2 years. I feel honored every day to have had a chance to live out my dream in my hometown.
After finishing my career in the NFL, I took a year off from just about everything. While figuring out my next step, I began tackling DIY woodworking projects in my spare time. I ended up developing a deep passion for the hobby, constantly inspired by the possibilities that lie within my own two hands.
Woodworking was challenging, fulfilling, and fun, hooking me in before I knew it. As I acquired more tools and started working out of my buddy’s garage, I found a new passion: building a life as a builder — the builder — and haven’t looked back since.
For the past few years, I’ve been astounded by the response from the public regarding my work. As it turns out, you never really stop having dreams — whether they’re playing in a Sunday night game or sharing your craft with the world — and I’m grateful every day that I have the opportunity to live mine. So let’s do this; check out my videos, my blog, and get some inspiration for your upcoming project. You’ll be impressed with how far your hands can take you.