Pyrography, known to many as woodburning,
uses the heat from a tool or instrument to burn images or designs
onto wood, leather or other materials. It has been an art form for
as long as there have been men roaming about the earth. It can be
documented as far as the cave days when men used the burnt ends
of pieces of wood to draw illustrations on the walls of the caves
they lived in.
The term pyrography was coined when burning
on wood became a popular art form during
the Victorian period. In this day and
age artists use burning pens to create
fine works of art that have become big
Just like other forms of illustration, woodburning requires patience
and vision. What might have been just a piece of scrap wood can
be transformed into a work of art. Woodburned crafts are so special
because every piece is a hand made original.
The real skill is in the way you use
the woodburning pen itself. There are many different types of
points that can be used for detail work. Each point serves a different
purpose. If you are interested in burning your own designs you should
begin with something relatively easy. Remember it may look easy
to do but it requires a lot of practice, patient, and skill! Here
are some more techniques.
Woodburning Tool Tips
- All purpose - This is the point that usually comes with
the woodburning pen. It is good for adding deep, dark detail as
well as shading.
- Script Point - Used to create broader lines and softer
- Shading Point - Subtle shading and gradation
- Dot Point - Used for dot patterns or softer more delicate
Also learn about how to add color
to you work.
We also provide links to many other web sites dealing with pyrography.
Here is a listing of other pyrography sites