Welcome to my new website…
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Hi! I’m Douglas Heck! I am a self-taught woodturner, local to Taneytown, Maryland. I warmly welcome you to my new website. Here you can learn about me and how I got into woodturning, keep up with my projects in the wood shop, and shop for products that are expertly handcrafted with locally-sourced wood. Looking for something custom, or craving a project made from a special cut of wood? I take custom woodturning orders! Thank you for joining me on this … Read More

Doug Heck - Wood Turned Maple Vase In Progress
Turned Maple Vase In Progress
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Here’s a little experiment with a piece of maple this evening. The lighting isn’t great, but I wanted to get a couple quick photos.

Custom Woodturning
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Yes, I do custom turning. Personal Keepsakes Many folks are more sensitive to preserving our environment and making the most of what we have before us. When a tree needs to come down or when a tree has fallen, the family may want to preserve their memory of the tree by having something special made from the wood. I’ve had a number of folks ask for custom turnings from a tree on their property as a memory of the person for … Read More

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My name is Doug Heck, and I am a wood-turner located in Carroll County, Maryland. I am a database engineer that loves playing in the wood shop. Self-trained on the lathe, I love what I can create out of a simple block of wood, God’s creation. For me, the process of turning a block of wood into a piece of art is peaceful in a meditative way. Perhaps I can create something for you some day soon… Please enjoy your … Read More

Doug Heck - Wood Turned Bowl In Progress
I’m Turning Bigger Bowls Now
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A simple cylinder shape just turned to go on the lathe, destined to be a big wood turned bowl. The pencils give you an idea of the size.

Doug Heck - Wood Turned Bowl In Progress
Playing in the Wood Shop
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SHOP TIME!!!! I knocked out a good number of pieces yesterday, including these pictured. Rough-turned bowls in-progress… they will have to dry for about 3 months before I finish them.

Doug Heck - Wood Turned Bowl In Progress
Turning Green on the Lathe
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I took a break this afternoon to do a little wood-turning. So, yes, I’m posting a few more photos of wood – what can I say, I’ve been busy and having fun! The first image was taken inside – the other 4 were taken outside. These pieces are green (wet) and have no oil or other finish on them yet.

Gallery of Other Fun Items
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Here a few of the other items I’ve turned. Constantly changing the types of objects I turn presents a good challenge. Each item may require different methods of securing the wood to the lathe, but I enjoy figuring out each challenge.

Gallery of Ornaments
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The ornaments began with my father-in-law, Bill, who made ornaments for the ladies of the family every Christmas. Once I started turning, Bill gave the ongoing project to me. The challenge is to design and turn a different ornament each year. Here are some of those ornaments.

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