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Winter Wolves Scene

Winter Wolves Scene

Pyrography 2012 Online Bonus In “Pattern Making Made Easy,” Danette Smith teaches readers how to use free computer software to turn photos into pyrography patterns. Danette demonstrates the steps with a striking photo of two wolves, which she used with permission from photographer Monty Sloan. Readers interested in recreating Danette’s […]

by February 24, 2012 0 comments Patterns
Danette Smith's "Eagle Territory" is one of many woodburned artworks in the 20th Century Pyrographers exhibit in Andrews, N.C.

Pyrography Exhibit

  The first international all-pyrography exhibit is taking place now at the Andrews Art Museum in Andrews, N.C. Called “20th Century Pyrographers,” the exhibit began in early June and continues through August 27, 2011. Danette Smith is a pyrographer and one of the artists featured in the exhibit. She has […]

by July 27, 2011 0 comments Features
For this drum, Lora burned both the gourd and its leather face. She notes that leather is especially easy to burn.

Multi Media

There doesn’t seem to be a medium that Lora Irish hasn’t mastered or a technique she hasn’t tried. She’s literally written the book on pyrography, three styles of wood carving, scroll sawing, tattoo artistry, and copper jewelry making. Lora draws, paints, sculpts, and scrapbooks. She’s recently become interested in gourds. […]

by May 13, 2011 0 comments Features
Si decorated these napkin rings with simple daisy designs and patterned borders, made by pressing different tip shapes into the wood.

Burning Outside the Box

Given that Simon Easton calls his pyrographic art “Wood Tattoos,” it seems natural that he cites television tattoo maven Kat von D among his inspirations. It is surprising, however, that this talented artist has been developing his unique style of woodburning for just four years. Si’s background is in art—he […]

by April 11, 2011 0 comments Features
Burning a Gourd with a Pyrography Quilt Pattern

Burning a Gourd with a Pyrography Quilt Pattern

Gourds are a great medium to burn on. In this video, Australian pyrographyer and author Sue Walters demonstrates a simple technique to divide a somewhat irregularly shaped gourd into sections. Then Sue shows how to burn a simple quilt-inspired pattern onto the gourd.

by April 4, 2011 0 comments Videos
Pyrography pictures on wood by Ivaylo Hristov

Pyrography pictures on wood by Ivaylo Hristov

Ivaylo Hristov of Bulgaria, creates amazing, intricate city scenes using a pyrography tool. Some of Ivaylo’s work features carved out areas and thin add-ons that increase the depth and dimension of his pieces.

by March 28, 2011 0 comments Videos
The Tea Strainer Nib Cleaner

The Tea Strainer Nib Cleaner

Check out this terrific video from Australian pyrographer and author Sue Walters. Instead of using an abrasive such as sandpaper, use a fine wire mesh, such as a tea strainer, to clean carbon and other buildup from your burning tips (or nibs).  

by March 22, 2011 0 comments Tools & Tips
Use a saltine cracker box as the basis for a birdhouse

Saltine Cracker Box Bird House Pattern

On the PyrographyOnline Message Board, Lora S. Irish has posted a tutorial on how to create a birdhouse around a saltine cracker bix. The idea behind this design is to create an easy to make side hole bird house out of a media that I can pyro burn. So I […]

by March 17, 2011 0 comments Patterns

Charity Quilt to Benefit Japan Relief

Members of three of Fox Chapel Publishing’s message boards, PyrographyOnline, Woodcarving Illustrated, and Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts are joining together as a group to create charity quilts. Members are burning, carving, or scrolling designs onto 4″ x 4″ squares that will be joined together to create a beautiful and eclectic quilt. […]

by March 17, 2011 0 comments Features
Wild Rose Corner demonstrates that a wide range of values can be created just by learning to control how much time you use to make an individual burned stroke.

Creating Tonal Values

Before you start your first full project, it’s helpful to get a feel for your woodburning tool and to practice creating light and dark areas as well as various textures. You can practice these patterns on scraps of wood. If you prefer to keep all of your exercises in one […]

by January 4, 2011 0 comments Patterns