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President

Phone: (401) ***-****  HQ Phone
Ocean Woodturners
39 Boston Hill Road
Fairhaven, Massachusetts 02719
United States

Company Description: Ocean Woodturners was formed in the spring of 1996 by Ken D'Ambrosio of North Kingstown, Rudi Hempe of Narragansett and Bruce Arnold of Jamestown. Ken actually...   more
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President Emeritus Ken ...
www.oceanwoodturners.com, 16 Aug 2012 [cached]
President Emeritus Ken D'Ambrosio
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Ken D'Ambrosio Ocean Woodturners Founder and First President
As most members now know, Ken, D'Ambrosio, a founder of Ocean Woodturners and its long-time president, stepped down in December, handing over the reins to Mike Murray.
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I first met Ken through a classified ad. Ken had placed an ad in my paper looking for a buyer for an old horse of a lathe he had. He just bought the Rolls Royce of lathes-a custom made Nichols (his lovely wife, Dori, probably still doesn't know what that cost!) and he wanted to unload the old one he had.
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A little background on Ken: He came to Rhode Island after falling in love during a visit here. He had a highly successful marketing and advertising business in New York City and one day had to do a photo shoot in Newport. Driving through the state was enough to convince him he wanted to move to a more relaxing place.
Now Ken is one of those disgusting persons you sometimes meet-you know the type-whatever he does, he does well. Ken is an award winning marketing expert, an expert photographer, an expert wine-maker, an expert stone carver and expert gardener-the list goes on. Artistically inclined, he decided after seeing that Connecticut exhibit that he wanted to further explore the art of woodturning. He is now an expert woodturner.
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From the very beginning Ken urged the members to bring something to the table, to share knowledge.
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All of this and more would not have been possible without the creative foresight of Ken D'Ambrosio who got an idea several years ago and ran with it, bringing all of us on an enjoyable and educational journey.
All of us who enjoy working with wood, exchanging ideas and helpful hints, joining together with other hobbyists, owe Ken a great debt of gratitude.
Special Tribute
www.oceanwoodturners.com, 26 Feb 2009 [cached]
President Emeritus Ken D'Ambrosio
Ocean Woodturners Founder and First President
As most members now know, Ken, D'Ambrosio, a founder of Ocean Woodturners and its long-time president, stepped down in December, handing over the reins to Mike Murray.
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I first met Ken through a classified ad. Ken had placed an ad in my paper looking for a buyer for an old horse of a lathe he had. He just bought the Rolls Royce of lathes-a custom made Nichols (his lovely wife, Dori, probably still doesn't know what that cost!) and he wanted to unload the old one he had.
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A little background on Ken: He came to Rhode Island after falling in love during a visit here. He had a highly successful marketing and advertising business in New York City and one day had to do a photo shoot in Newport. Driving through the state was enough to convince him he wanted to move to a more relaxing place.
Now Ken is one of those disgusting persons you sometimes meet-you know the type-whatever he does, he does well. Ken is an award winning marketing expert, an expert photographer, an expert wine-maker, an expert stone carver and expert gardener-the list goes on. Artistically inclined, he decided after seeing that Connecticut exhibit that he wanted to further explore the art of woodturning. He is now an expert woodturner.
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From the very beginning Ken urged the members to bring something to the table, to share knowledge.
...
All of this and more would not have been possible without the creative foresight of Ken D'Ambrosio who got an idea several years ago and ran with it, bringing all of us on an enjoyable and educational journey.
All of us who enjoy working with wood, exchanging ideas and helpful hints, joining together with other hobbyists, owe Ken a great debt of gratitude.
Photo Gallery
www.oceanwoodturners.com, 18 July 2002 [cached]
Ocean Woodturners president Ken D'Ambrosio presents the Make-A-Wish Foundation a check for $1000.00 during the July 18th, 2002 meeting. The money was raised at the exhibit set up at the Wickford Art Festival.
2002 Newsletters
www.oceanwoodturners.com, 26 Feb 2009 [cached]
Ken D'Ambrosio, club president, wondered if there are any members in the club who could assist the club in this regard pro bono. Can anyone help us with this?
KEN announced that the club forgot to appoint a nominating committee at the last meeting and so he asked for volunteers.
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SHOW & TELL:Ken opened up with a broadside -unveiling a huge, three-foot-high, bowl/vase made of black walnut that a lady in Cranston donated to the club. Ken certainly put his big Nichols Lathe to good use on this one. It was finished in Ken's special finish.
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Larry Dunklee showed a shallow bowl, George Nazareth produced another superb segmented bowl and once again Ken suggested that someone in the club should document George's prowess with segmented turnings with a video.
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Ken D'Ambrosio - Mounting and Unmounting a Turning
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President Ken D'Ambrosio asked Rudi to seek more information.
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Ken also suggested that perhaps a Power Point presentation could be put together on the construction of the engine.
Because humidity affects the operation of the engine when we try to run it by air pressure, it was suggested that a small DC motor could power the machine instead. Ken suggested that that decision be left to the committee that built the engine.
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Ken announced he would like to offer free turning lessons to club members at his home on Sunday mornings. All members have to do is to give him a call to reserve a spot. He will take up to three persons at a time.
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Ken said George's works are so well done, they should be the subject of a video.
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President Ken D'Ambrosio read a thank you from the Make A Wish Foundation for the donation made by the club. Ken also said he was disappointed that the latest issue of the AAW magazine did not include a photo of the club's steam engine but it was pointed out that at times the AAW spreads out photos among issues. Ken also announced the AAW was looking for an editor.
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Ken suggested we invite the director to attend a meeting to explain what might be involved.
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President Ken D'Ambrosio opened the meeting at 7 p.m. with about 45 people present including two guests of Larry Dunklee's-John Ross and Chuck Burcott and also David Bonneau, Ron Chatterly, Perley and Annetta Dolak from Wildwood, FL, Alice and Robert Joyal of Florida and Ann Danis.
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Ken announced that starting in September, he will offer woodturning instructions in his shop on Sunday mornings. He will have three lathes and so will be able to accommodate three persons. If you are interested in taking advantage of this great opportunity, give Ken a call at 295-8494 or e-mail him.
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Mail Call: Ken reported that there is an exhibition called "Woodturning in North America since 1930" at the Yale University. The show runs from Sept. 10 to Dec. 1 at the Yale Art Gallery.
Rhode Island news | projo.com | The Providence Journal | Local News
www.projo.com, 19 April 2006 [cached]
On Cottrell Road, politicians and reporters gathered on the large, well-manicured lawn of Ken D'Ambrosio, the president of a communications firm and a friend of the governor, for speeches and a perfect view of the explosion.
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