Yes, I do custom turning.Why someone asks for custom turning?Many folks are more sensitive to preserving our environment and making the most of what we have before us.Remembering Loved OnesI have had a number of folks ask for custom turnings from wood, from a tree, on their property as a memory of the person for whom the tree was planted.Using a Downed Tree for Wooden WareSome folks who have had to remove a tree due to damage to the tree … Read More
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
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.
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.
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.
Got a little turning in this evening. You can see part of my second load of red oak behind the new bowl blank. Good thing I like turning!
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.
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.
The galleries show an examples and the variety of the things that can be turned from wood. Gallery of Bowls Gallery of Ornaments Gallery of Other Items