Sourcing Wood

Wood is all around us. Fortunately, I have a number of folks who think of me when they have trees cut down on their properties. A friend of mine, Tim, came along to help with cutting and loading the wood. Mike, the owner, also provided a hand loading the wood onto my trailer. I’m always thankful for help.     We had trunks from one pin oak, one red maple and two honey locusts. The wood was wet and very … Read More

A Rough-Turned Maple Bowl In-Progress

Here’s a quick look at a medium maple bowl, freshly roughed out on the new lathe. I roughed it out green – it had some moisture in it, but it was not very wet. The bark peeled off fairly easy … some of it flew off during turning. The result is a very pretty natural edge bowl.

Weeping Cherry Woodturning Projects

I’ve been working on many woodturned pieces in Weeping Cherry, mostly bowls, but some candle holders for 3″ pillar candles.   This wood finishes very nicely. Once sanded, I applied three coats of boiled linseed oil. The candle holders above are made to hold 3″ pillar candles. Finished in linseed oil.

The New Laguna REVO 1836 Lathe

I just purchased a new lathe. WOOHOOOO! I already had a few lathes in the wood shop… so you might wonder WHY in the world I would retire my Jet 1442 Lathe. The Jet 1442 Lathe still comes in handy, but the new lathe, having arrived a few weeks ago, will allow me to work with larger cuts of wood. This means I can turn larger projects! My trusty Jet 1442 Lathe, pictured to the left, will get some rest … Read More

Welcome to my website…

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

Turning Green on the Lathe

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.

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