Handmade Expo Market at Hervey Bay PCYC - Darryl Heck from Burrum Heads and his OCD Wood Burning products.
Handmade Expo Market at Hervey Bay PCYC - Darryl Heck from Burrum Heads and his OCD Wood Burning products. Alistair Brightman

Darryl's desire to be crafty

TALENTED wood-worker Darryl Heck has learned to not only live with obsessive compulsive disorder, but also turn the challenging condition into a positive.

The Hervey Bay craftsman was among those showcasing their work at the Handmade Expo and Vintage Market.

It was the third time he had participated in the event, displaying items from his hobby business OCD Wood Burning.

"I think it's just a good opportunity for people with different arts, techniques and crafts to get out there and show people what they're doing," Mr Heck said.

"And it also pays for their hobby too."

For Mr Heck, a wood machinist by trade, choosing a name for his business was easy.

People ask, 'why the OCD?' and I say, 'well if you've got it, you may as well use it to your advantage.

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"I work for Education Queensland now and I watched the kids do the wood burning at school and it got me interested again.

"It's more of a hobby rather than a business... it's good for your mind and good for your soul, it's like colouring in."

Other stalls displayed jewellery, children's toys, baked goods and more.

First held in Hervey Bay in May last year, the market proved so popular, it's now a quarterly event.

 

Handmade Expo Market at Hervey Bay PCYC - Sally and Arkin Mackay from Gympie with their Anti Craft stall.
Handmade Expo Market at Hervey Bay PCYC - Sally and Arkin Mackay from Gympie with their Anti Craft stall. Alistair Brightman

Hervey Bay coordinator Kel Mott said the Fraser Coast had many talented people who produced quality items.

"We've been embraced so well, we get massive crowds in every time," Ms Mott said.

"Customers come back because they know it's all quality and they get to support locals."