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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007
8:11 am
Pyrography on Paper
This is a new pyrography project based on Norse designs. This is the first of many:

Norse Design I: Horse Heads, Pyrography on hand-dyed paper.
See a larger version BY CLICKING HERE.
Thursday, May 17th, 2007
3:52 pm
Pyrography artist on Etsy.com
Since I sell some of my own work on Etsy.com, I like to highlight other artists on the community there.

Please take a gander atSixth and Elm, a seller with some truly beautiful and unusual work. Many of the boxes there have intricate script burned into them.

Monday, May 7th, 2007
10:23 am
New work.
This one is based on a sketch by Alphonse Mucha:

Pyrography on birch panel, oil color and gold leaf.
See a larger version BY CLICKING HERE.

This one is an original:

Valkyrie, pyrography and watercolor on cotton rag paper.
See a larger version BY CLICKING HERE.
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007
3:46 pm
What woodburning tool do you use?

I'm a gourd artist looking to buy a new, professional-grade wood burner. I thought I'd ask the members of this community what burning tool(s) they use. I'm considering a Hot Tool or Razertip. I've been using ten-dollar crafting burners, but it's time to move onto something that will hopefully burn hotter and faster and save me some time. I appreciate your advice.

7:41 am
Greetings!  My name is Cheyenne, and I live in Denver.  I am a professional furniture maker and general woodworker by trade, and I recently took up the art of pyrography to add to my skillset.  Last month I picked up a Colwood Super Pro kit, and this is the damage I've done:

"Fox and Grapes" on oak cabinet door.  The original image was a watercolor done by an artist named Kitsumi, and I interpreted it here:

Wolf face on elm oval.  I cut the elm myself out of my own backyard and let it dry.  I have hundreds of these disks drying so I can mass produce stuff like this for a Memorial Day yard/souvenir sale in the mountains.

I especially enjoy wildlife and anthropomorphic images.  I am slowly weaning myself off of my regular job as a bus driver so I can do stuff like this full time.  I want to incorporate woodburning, scrollwork, and carving into my original furniture designs.

I am looking to get as good as possible in the least amount of time, because I have opportunities I'd like to explore if I'd only had the skills.  I've bought some books and tutorials which were really helpful, and I want to get some DVD instructionals, but at $50 a pop I hope that the information in them is worth it.

Anyway, I'm off back to the shop now.  I'm refacing a kitchen cabinet set and I'm trying to convince the client to let me do some small woodburn images to accentuate his kitchen.
7:34 am
An apology from the moderator
Hey folks,

I'm sorry I've been absent from this community. I have a good excuse; I had a baby in the fall and I'm finally getting back to my routine.

I noticed several past posts I missed commenting on; I'll make that up! I will also be adding posts with interesting links and get back to commenting regularly.

Thank you for posting so much wonderful work. I want this community to thrive and your contributions are keeping it going.

Keep burning!
Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
5:21 pm
Latest work - hello I'm new here
Is it Friday already? I've really burned through this week - snort, har har! ;)

Sorry, little pyrography joke there, folks. I'll be here all week. Try the veal.

Where the magic happens...now with extra CLEAN!
My workspace/studio 

A few more at my flickr page.
Saturday, January 27th, 2007
2:37 pm
So amazing!
Wednesday, November 29th, 2006
6:25 pm
I wish it wasn't so dead in here... I will keep posting though... maybe someone is out there.
Here is the geisha I did the other day.
Kris says it's not done.. needs more. I kinda think so too, but what I don't know.
Ideas? Suggestions?

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And I just finished this guy about 5 minutes ago. literally... Any one who is a fan of Dracula, or vampires should know who this is...

Continuing my "dark themes" is Vlad himself.
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Tis all.
Sunday, November 26th, 2006
12:36 pm
Here are the first 2 ornaments after burning. Still have to drill holes, and stain... but I think I am going to be making a bunch of these, so I'm going to stain them all at once.
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I think I'm going to look for a nutcracker image, and maybe do some with that on it.

I had an idea just now to make one for each one of Jeff's cousin's kids. It's going to be a lot, but I think they would really like it.

Is this a dead community? Is this a dead art? very seldom do I come across other people who do pyrography.
Please say Hi if you read this community. :)

12:53 am
I told you I was going to try a darker theme...
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What do you think? I have some other ideas ready to go, but I need more wood. :)

One of them is a vampire sucking on a wrist... it's very dark, and evil looking.
Another is just a very feminine sexy looking nude vamipre. Her hair covers everything but her curves. It only goes part way down her chest so it's not naughty... ;) But it is dark. And, they eyes have potential. I know not very Christmasy.

I also have some wooden stars. I'm making them in to ornaments. I'm going to wood burn angels on them, and drill a hole in them to hang them with a ribbon.
I'll post a picture when I make one. Probably tomorrow.


Current Mood: creative
Saturday, November 25th, 2006
1:51 am
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It's not quite done, but it IS quite late. So I am done for now. I may give it a border. And I have to clean up the color a bit.

But, What do you think?
Friday, November 24th, 2006
10:48 pm
Howdy, Hope everyone had a nice Holiday.

I'm working on a Gargoyle tonight. He's really cute. I'll post a picture of him after it's finished.

If you decide to add color to your wood burning, what do you normally use?

I use color pencil.

I'm dbating on adding color to the gargoyle's eyes. I'm thinking yellow, red, or green.



Current Mood: creative
Monday, November 20th, 2006
11:40 pm
HI.. newbie to this community...
Hello, does anyone still use this group? I've been doing pyrography for years now... but it's more of an off again on again hobby. I have many varied art interests, so I jump around a bit.

Here are a couple of my favorites. I made these last year.

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What do you think?
Friday, July 14th, 2006
1:50 pm
Art Nouveau
This is a birch panel I recently finished:

Nouveau Mermaid, Pyrography, oil pencils & wood stain on birch panel.
See a HUGE version by clicking here.

This one has not been varnished yet so I could get a glare-free image for my online gallery.
Wednesday, July 5th, 2006
12:10 pm
Burnt offerings
I'm burning some miniatures. It's very hard to get clean detail lines on small wood surfaces. Woodgrain makes for an uneven burning surface but I'm really happy with the results I've had so far.

I haven't sealed this one yet but I will use several coats of acrylic gloss to coat it. This one was my 'test piece' and is about 1.5 inches in diameter:

The design is based on illuminations from the Book of Kells, modified to fit the medallion.
Thursday, June 29th, 2006
3:05 pm
Pyrography artists online: Kathleen Marie
Please take a gander at this link for inspiration:


Kathleen Marie produces some wonderful work. I've never seen a better example of integrating woodgrain textures to create environmental elements and landscapes. She uses some color on pieces and lets other pieces just exist as natural wood tones. Beautiful pyrography!
Monday, June 19th, 2006
11:26 am
New pyrography/mixed media
This is the first "excerpt" from Dr. Victor Frankenstein's notebooks in a series I'm creating:

Frankenstein's Notebook (One), Pyrography & mixed media on cotton rag paper.
See a larger version BY CLICKING HERE.

And here is a detail:

The text is not from the actual novel as I'm trying to create "supplemental" pages that detail the monster's actual construction. I'm culling info from medical journals (another of my hobbies) but some pages will blend notes from both medical text and Shelley's novel.

The anatomical hand is burned into the paper, with touches of watercolor and acrylic added for color.

(Cross-posted to artists.)
Monday, June 12th, 2006
10:28 am
End of a long break.
Hey folks! I know this community has been very quiet lately. I haven't done my part due to some non-pyrographic projects eating a chunk of my time.

But I'm back on track and burning again. This is my latest, mixing pyrography with other media:

All the lines and figure shading are burned. Please take a look at the larger photo (linked below) to see the textures. The color has depth and a metallic sheen that doesn’t come through on the digital image; it looks cloudy here rather than metallic. The pattern in the figure is an old Norse design and the filigree is finished with burnished copper.

Legacy 1
Pyrography and mixed media on cotton rag paper.

See a larger version by clicking here.

There will be more of these. I really enjoyed making this one and there are more things for me to explore with it.
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006
11:48 pm


The pyrography of Yulia Surba

Current Mood: creative
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