Wood Burning or "Pyrography"
Woodburning Tools, Technique & Raw Material
A Short History:
The word Pyrography, is of Greek origin, "pur" meaning
fire and "graphos" meaning writing, which then easily
translates to our more common name of "wood burning".
It is the process of drawing a picture on a piece of wood, by burning
lines into the surface of the wood in various shapes and intensities,
with a soldering iron type tool. The longer you hold the wood burning
pen on the surface of the wood, the greater the charring, thus the
darker the colour and the more depth you add. In the old days they
used just a piece of heated metal to add patterns to their furniture.
Here are a few suggestions, and How-To ideas
to make your wood burning or "pyrography" career a success,
but first visit my list of 11
Do's and Don't for pyrography success. It is intended to not
only extend the life of your tools but also the survival of your
Also on line, we've added a few ideas on what pyrographic
machine to purchase, what wood
burning pens make sense to purchase and how to keep your wood
burning tools clean for extended life and greater artistic accuracy.
You may want to read up on how transferring
patterns to your wood
burning blanks doesn't have to be all agony... and last but
not least have fun checking out the artwork of all those that have
gone before you.........
You can't do too badly if you spend a few hours and run around the
web drooling over the many artists that specialize in wood burning
art. Sue Walters,
an international recognized in fine art pyrography and wood burning
of wildlife is not a bad place to start.