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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
Removing Carbon Buildup

Removing Carbon Buildup

Carbon buildup on the tip affects the temperature of the tip.  Lora S. Irish’s website, www.carvingpatterns.com, has terrific woodburning tips and advises you to lay fine grit sandpaper on a glazed tile surface and quickly pull the tip across the paper. It not only removes the carbon, but also sharpens […]

by August 2, 2010 0 comments Tools & Tips
Turtle Rising monochrome pyrography on relief carved silky oak.

Sue Walters – Pyrographic Gallery

Pyrographic Gallery Sue Walters is a self-taught, internationally renowned, and award-winning pyrographic artist. After a career in horticulture, Sue began her pyrographic journey after receiving a burner as a present. She soon started designing and burning souvenirs for the Australian tourist industry—and found that the demand surpassed her supply! Her […]

by July 28, 2010 0 comments Features
From the Heart

From the Heart

Linda Sales has done several portraits of the famous clown Emmett Kelly Jr. – and he was very pleased with the images she captured. One day, Linda received a call from Emmett, who asked her to do a portrait of him with a little girl named Missi Anderson. Missi suffered […]

by July 26, 2010 0 comments Features
Razertip Feather Formers

Razertip Feather Formers

The folks at Razertip have come up with a new line of woodburning tips for bird carvers. I experimented with the newly designed Feather Former burning tips and am very pleased with the results. I tested three sets from the collection, #SET4FFCC Coarse, #SET4FFM Medium, and #SET4FFF Fine. These sets […]

by July 8, 2010 0 comments Reviews