Don Heise

Owner & President, Architectural Wood Specialties


Don Heise has over 30 years of experience with lumber and wood products, including 10 as Owner and President, and over 14 years of experience working with FSC certification (Forest Stewardship Council). Don worked for 15 years as the National Sales Manager of Colonial Craft, a Minnesota company manufacturing architectural mouldings, component parts and door/window grilles, that was instrumental in the development of FSC and in 1994 was among the first ten companies in the US to become FSC chain-of-custody certified. In this position, Don was a key member of the Executive Team, responsible for driving sales/profits. Don has training in Architectural Drafting from the North Dakota State College of Science and was an active member of the Minnesota Wood Promotion Council where he served one year as vice president. His background allows him to integrate design into his woodworking projects, where he has spent time designing and building custom cabinets, and worked with everything from refurbished lumber to reclaimed tin siding. Today Don continues his passion for wood and innovation by splitting his time between Dovetail and being an independent wood products sales representative. His company, Architectural Wood Specialties, Inc., sources high-quality wood products, including FSC-certified and other sustainably-managed designations. Don joined Dovetail as a project manager in 2007 and as a member of the Board of Advisors in 2006. His enthusiasm for innovative design and knowledge of sustainable wood products make him an undeniable asset.


Don has significant experience in Organizational Development, Leadership Training and Continuous

Improvement/Lean practices.