Doug Dorken was born in 1950 spending most of his childhood in the Halifax area. He joined the army when he was 18 years old, entering the navy 4 years later. Doug served on destroyers and minesweepers. He travelled around the world picking up carvings in the places he visited. He retired after 27 years. As a civilian, Doug renovated and sold several houses, sold real estate, fished commercially, fish farmed and dove. He carved as a child and started again after fishing ended for the winter seven years ago. Doug has sold his carvings at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Teazer, Five Fishermen Gallery, Wholly Mackeral, The Spotted Frog Folk Art Gallery, Sunset Gallery and Folk Art Maritime. His work is with collectors all across North America, England and France. Doug regularly attends the Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival. In 2011, Doug was the featured artist, his carving Mackeral Skye was highlighted on the poster and received much attention. When put up for auction, it matched the highest bid of any featured piece. His work was featured in Saltscapes Magazine in February 2003 and in the December 2008 issue of American Style Magazine among other publications. Doug has many hobbies which include playing the bagpipes for the local legion, public and private events. Doug's carvings are all done on kiln dried pine or poplar. Buoys are authentic, they have been used for fishing. "When you buy one you have a piece of local history."