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It’s Never Too Early For Ornaments

October 16 - 21, 2022

Janice Levi  ·  janicelevi.com

Workshop at a glance

Turn several different styles of beautiful heirloom ornaments that will be passed down for generations.


  • Spindle turning with spindle gouges
  • Hollowing with small hollowing tools
  • Proportion using the Golden Mean


  • Variety of wood species
  • Banksia Pods


  • Complete at least three heirloom ornaments and several practice pieces
  • Knowledge of proportion as applied to woodturned objects
  • Understanding how to hollow small objects
  • Overcoming the often-fearful challenge of turning very thin and delicate finials

Artist Bio

Janice Levi is a retired drama teacher and alternative school counselor who lives in Central Texas. She has been turning wood for 20 years and has presented at regional and national symposia as well as clubs across the nation. Levi is known for her purses and jewelry but also enjoys turning heirloom ornaments, many of which are enhanced with pyrography and color. She frequently writes for several woodturning magazines.
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Workshop Description

During this workshop students will explore the processes for making traditional, inside-outside, and faux open-segmented ornaments. You will learn how form and proportion are necessary for completing these elegant heirloom turnings. Participants will successfully turn thin, delicate finials with no fear and will also create an ornament that only appears to be segmented. Several species of wood, plus banksia pod, will be used. Precise measuring, tool technique and sharpening, color choices, and creativity will all be studied. Each student will leave with at least three stunning heirloom ornaments plus several practice turnings and a huge sense of accomplishment. Some turning experience helpful.

COURSE FEE: $775  ·  materials list

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