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The April 21, 2017 Orofino Rotary Meeting Rotary opened with this quote from Frederick L. Donaldson in Westminster Abby, London, in 1925: “The Seven Social Sins are: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; and Politics without principle.”
The program for the meeting, attended by 25 people, was presented by Rotarian Mike Riccomini. Mike is a skilled woodworker who developed his skills after Dr. John Riley left Orofino several years ago. Dr. Riley was a woodworker, and when he moved out of the country, he left Mike 30 roughed out bowls, which sat and gathered dust in his shop for 3-4 years. Then to encourage his woodworking, another friend gave him an old lathe. With that encouragement, he was hooked on turning wood.
Mike Riccomini at work at his lathe.
Most of the wood Mike uses has been given him, and includes woods such as pine, cedar, redwood, plum, walnut, sycamore, manzanita and others.
Some of the wood pieces he works with have inclusions of color or cracks. The inclusions make the wood pretty, and he says, “I like pretty wood.” He adds that the wood pieces he uses tell him what shapes and forms the finished projects will look like and be used for. Thus, he makes vases, bowls, candle holders, wine racks, and even sizable items such as cabinets, doors and furniture.
Mike next showed us examples of the wide variety of projects he has completed, and examples of projects on which he is still working.
Mike explained what the terms “head stock” and “tail stock” mean when the wood is attached to a lathe, and he showed us a few of the cutting tools he uses to shape and finish the wood.
Mike has a website at www.riccominiwoodworking. com that features excellent photography of his work by Andrea Wesche (www.ezraphotography.net).
Just prior to the end of the meeting, James Jordan showed us a few of the pens he makes as a hobby, some of which have wood-turned bodies such as this:
Thank you all for an excellent program!
Next week, Jo Moore will talk about the upcoming improvements to the Clearwater Memorial Library. The greeter will be John Goffinet, and the Thought of the Day will be presented by Mike Hedrick.
Upcoming Rotary events include the Community Cleanup (Apr.29), the Ahsahka Road clean-up (May 12), the Rotary District Conference in Nakusp, B.C. (May 12-14), and the Citizen of the Year Award Ceremony (May 19).
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