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The Rewards of Woodworking

Western Reserve Masonic Community resident Ken Riedel is a craftsman; he always has been. As a child, Ken learned woodworking from his father as he worked around the house. When he grew a little older, Ken would build planes from solid wood kits. These things developed his love of wood working.

But, it wasn’t till after college and service in the army, that he really began to focus on his craft. Starting with a table saw, Ken would create things. “I like having to make something accurate and intricate,” says Ken. “I like making things and the feeling of accomplishment.” In his earlier years, Ken had a woodshop behind his house. There he would spend his time making octagonal school clocks out of cherry wood. When he moved to Western Reserve Masonic Community, Ken discovered the community’s extensive woodshop, an excellent outlet for his passion of woodworking. “But first,” said Ken, “I had to rearrange the equipment to make it more usable, and a more pleasant place to work. I also put in a dust collector system which was sorely needed.”

A Master Mason from North Star Lodge #638, a veteran, and a craftsman, Ken is always eager to take on any project. He sees it as a way of service. “I really enjoy people bringing things to me that need repair. They have something that needs work; they don’t want to get a new one, so they bring it to me to work on. I fix it and give it back, often better that it was originally.” In this way, Ken continues to serve others while living his passion. “It’s very rewarding. Performing a service for someone else, and making their life a little better.”

- Ken Riedel

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