Meet Nora Humm: Wood & Acrylic Casting and Turning


My name is Nora Humm and I live in Calvert Count, Maryland, where I was born and raised. I’ve worked for over 20 years in government Information Technology. I’ve always had a love for the beauty of ‘wooden things’, both perfect, and especially those with their own unique imperfections.


Sometime in about 2006, my father asked if he could put a lathe in my garage… and that is how it all started. After watching him for many months, I realized this was not ‘just a phase’, and that the lathe and accumulating tools and supplies that were taking over, were here to stay.  My father showed me and my brother how to use the tools and got us started. This is now where we most often spend time together, sharing new ideas and suggestions, and helping each other with our individual projects. Our styles and materials have mostly gone in different directions, but turning has remained a family pastime.


For most of the first years, I gave pens away at retirement ceremonies and as gifts and charity auction items. A few years back I decided to start selling my pens and my first ‘official’ customer was The Wheel Clothing Store in North Beach, followed by my first ‘holiday season’ busy with craft fairs and events. From that point, I began meeting other craftsman and artists.


I am a member of the Chesapeake Woodturners’ Association and the Calvert Artists’ Guild.  


I’ve worked for many years with law enforcement agents. The name “Distinguishing Marks” was initially a pun among friends and coworkers...  but I liked it, so I kept it. You can find Distinguishing Marks on Facebook or my website.