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Burning Basics For Bird Carvers

Burning Basics For Bird Carvers

Realistic bird carvings are the envy of many woodcarvers. The best in the business command top dollar for commissions, win piles of awards, and quickly gain respect from their peers. To keep a competitive edge at the next competition or to satisfy your own desire for the best results, you […]

by October 25, 2010 0 comments Techniques
White-tailed Deer Portrait

White-tailed Deer Portrait

Try your hand at woodburning with this scroll-and wood- burn project. Pyrography, or woodburning, can be as simple or as complex as you wish to make it. This combination of different techniques results in a wonderful conversation piece that is warm and inviting with a rustic flair. It is sure […]

by October 11, 2010 0 comments Techniques
Dimensional Woodburning

Dimensional Woodburning

The human eye gathers information about an object or scene in two separate ways—the amount of light that strikes an object and the color of the object. Once the eye has determined both the light value and color value of an object, the information is merged to create the image […]

by September 27, 2010 0 comments Patterns
Pyrography Workshop with Sue Walters DVD (excerpt)

Pyrography Workshop with Sue Walters DVD (excerpt)

Discover the simple techniques of pyrography as you stand alongside one of today’s finest woodburning artists, Sue Walters. Ideal for the beginner, or for any woodburners looking to improve their skills, Pyrography Workshop with Sue Walters is like having a private tutoring session. In addition to learning all of the […]

by September 13, 2010 0 comments Videos
Woodburn Realistic Fur

Woodburn Realistic Fur

Woodburning caught my attention at the first woodcarving show I participated in, back in 1982. At this particular show there were two sections, one for the carvers of birds, and the other reserved for miscellaneous carvings. I had brought an array of wildlife carvings done in natural wood, most in […]

by August 30, 2010 0 comments Techniques
Layered and Burned Squirrel Clock

Layered and Burned Squirrel Clock

Woodworkers have used pyrography to add details to their work for years. This project combines layered scrolling, shaping, and woodburning to create a realistic outdoor scene. Instead of backing the portrait with a traditional backing, we added a photograph Dave took. The clock is a work of art that combines […]

by August 25, 2010 0 comments Step-by-Step
Scrolled and Burned Gourd Wolf

Scrolled and Burned Gourd Wolf

Scrollers are always looking for new and different things to cut, from exotic woods, to paper, to acrylic. So why not try gourds? I was going to the Mount Gilead Gourd Festival in Ohio as a vendor. At that time, they required 20 gourd creations for me to come. They […]

by August 19, 2010 0 comments Patterns
Scrolled and Woodburned Hand Saw

Scrolled and Woodburned Hand Saw

We have all seen painted hand saws, so I decided to try burning one instead. Its now one of my favorite projects for wood burning! To make a hand saw, I use the clearest pine I can find–the less grain the better. As a pattern, I use my father’s old […]

by August 16, 2010 0 comments Patterns
Wood Burning Tips and Tricks

Wood Burning Tips and Tricks

The speed of your stroke determines the darkness of your burned line. The burner tip should just caress the surface of your wood. A smooth, flowing stroke will create a light to medium burn. A slow stroke will create a darker burn. Keep the tip of your woodburner as clean […]

by August 9, 2010 0 comments Tools & Tips
Protecting Woodburned Work

Protecting Woodburned Work

Woodburned projects will fade over time, more so when exposed to direct light. You need to protect your project without sacrificing the overall appearance of the burning. Deft semi-gloss or Krylon satin sprayed on work well. Brush-on varnishes, on the other hand, tend to be too think and generally add […]

by August 4, 2010 0 comments Tools & Tips