Wood Burning Blanks
would always be considered the wood of choice for novice wood burners.
Its fine and uniform texture allow it to be worked easily. It's
light, almost white colour allows for great contrast and shading.
It can be easily worked into boxes, and craft items with relatively
basic woodworking tools.
Basswood is reasonable in price, with very
few knots and very dimensionally stable. You will never see sap
pockets in basswood (unlike pine) that can interfere with your finishing
process. Basswood "almost" burns equally well across, or with the
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Eastern white pine
is often used as well. It is soft and burns easily like the basswood
but the variation in density between spring and summer wood makes
pine a little more difficult to learn on. It is more difficult to
"burn in" even lines of consistent width, particularly
across the grain. Pine is a nice wood though, if you would like
to incorporate the knots into the pattern you are burning, as an
added feature of the design. Knotty pine cabinetry and wood burning
seem to go together.
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like oak and ash, are similar to pine in that they do not burn evenly
across the grain lines. The woods are denser, so require more temperature
and more skill to achieve pleasing results. Experiment on wood scraps
of different species before you commit a lot of time to tracing
on a pattern. Make sure that whatever wood you chose, it will give
you the contrast and even burning that your are looking for.