Monday August 7th Demonstration
Janice Levi -
As a child, I was blessed with parents and brothers who constantly challenged me to try new things, to experiment, to explore, to analyze, to create. As an adult, I entered the field of secondary education, and have taught journalism, photography, and drama. I then became a counselor, working with at risk and discipline problem students in alternative school settings.
A few years before retirement, I revived an old interest from my childhood—my father’s old Sears lathe and those times that he would let me hold a turning tool to a scrap of wood. I wanted to do that again, so in 2001, my husband gave me a lathe for my birthday. I immediately joined the local Houston area woodturner’s organization and found that I had just entered a man’s world. But the men were gracious and two who lived nearby became my mentors, insisting that I learn toolmanship and safety.
I was fortunate to serve as president of the Houston area club, the Waco club and SWAT
2012. Although I was honored to serve those organizations, it has always been the turning, the teaching and the demonstrating that I have really loved. In recent years, I have begun turning purses and jewelry, a great way to wear those wonderful pieces of turned art out in public.
Today, woodturning has become more than a hobby—it has become my passion. After fifteen years, it is as new and as challenging as it was when I first started.