Frequently Asked Questions
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Woodturning FAQs Q: Can you use a piece of wood that I provide?A: Using your own wood, though I would love to, can come with some complications. The state of the wood is difficult to determine, even if the outside of the piece looks healthy. Wood also has a tendency to warp over time, especially after carving or turning. Warping can also lead to cracks and rocky bases if fresh or wet wood is used for turning. For these reasons, … Read More

My Story
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MEET WOODTURNER DOUG HECK DOUGLAS@HECK-SOLUTIONS.COM | 410-259-6406 I am a self-taught Carroll County wood turner, enjoying the beautiful wood that God has given us. He puts the beauty in – I get to show it off. I began turning wood in 2004, finding that woodturning was to become my new passion. Most of the wood I turn is from the Maryland area and from trees that must come down or have already fallen. It’s hard for me to see a … Read More

Upcoming Events
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Carroll County Artists’ Studio Tour 2019 Dec. 7 & 8, 2019, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM STOP #1: Doug Heck – 3300 Whippoorwill Drive, Taneytown, MD 21787 I’m glad to be a part of the Carroll County Artists Studio Tour. This is a group of talented, local artists. Please plan time to visit a few of the studios and be inspired. Better yet, visit them all! I’m Stop #1 on the Carroll County Artists’ Studio Tour. For more information about … Read More

Red Oak Bowl Blanks - Wood Turner Doug Heck
Woodturning Bowl Blanks of Red Oak
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I’ve cut out about 50 bowl blanks so far. There are likely more than 50 left … then I have to return to Herdon with the empty trailer to cut up and haul back another 7′ section, 3.5 feet in diameter, plus a few other smaller pieces. No time for boredom.

Handcrafted Wood Podium for the Taneytown History Museum
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Nearly finished with another Taneytown History Museum project. I was asked to make a simple podium for a display … this is the result. I wanted to make something that could be used beyond the current display. It has no finish on it. I’ll finish it tomorrow evening. The wood has some spalting, so it will have beautiful character.

Douglas Heck, in Taneytown, MD, will be on the Carroll County Artists Studio Tour 2019
I was accepted to the Carroll County Artists’ Stuido Tour 2019!!
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I was just accepted to the Carroll County Artists’ Studio Tour, 2019!! My workshop is listed as Stop #1 (of 17 total – Stop #2 is another fave with Thistledown Farm Pottery also in Taneytown, Maryland). I cannot wait to have the community out to share in my passion of woodturning! Learn more about dad and the other local artists at http://ccartists.com/artists/!!

Weeping Cherry Wood Turned Candle Stick Set
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Finished the third of a set of three candle sticks for 3″ pillar candles out of weeping cherry this afternoon. The linseed oil is still drying/curing (you’ll see some on the paper in the individual photos), but I couldn’t wait to get a few photos of them. Kelly, my daughter and professional photographer, took some photos for me – what background colors do you like best??

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