Who here does wood burning/pyrography?

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  1. Grizzled Grizzly

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    I've just really started getting in to it. I use a Walnut Hollow VersaTool. This was my first piece. I wanted to jump in a little over my head to see if I could handle it

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    Not bad I don't think and I really enjoyed doing it. Learned a lot about the process and what I could do next time to be better.

    This is a bamboo cutting board I did for a friend for last Christmas. She loved it.

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    I'm looking to start doing some burning on some walking sticks I've made and maybe some leather burning.
     
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    What that is sweet!!! Now I need to see a European mount of a wapiti to be a full believer.

    Nice work!
     
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    I think you're "handling" it rather well. I have one, haven't done anything quite that detailed yet, though I did make my grandson a story disc set I hope to use with him when he's a bit older
     

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    Nothing as elaborate as yours, but I made this for my niece for Christmas. First time I used my wood burning tool. The body of the butterfly was a knot in the wood so I just went with it. It looks better in person than in the picture. Pics don't seem to show the depth. It was a lot of fun but I haven't gotten a chance to do any more.

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    I was actually just thinking of doing some woodburning on an old hiking stick. Simple stuff, that is. Some really impressive work posted here.
     
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    Thanks folks. Those story discs are cool. Using the knot as part of your art is neat. I've seen peoples art that incorporate the grain of the wood into the image they burn...works for water and clouds. There's a woman I follow on Facebook, Minisa Robinson (or Minisa Pyrography). She uses the same tool as I do and usually only the shader tip and she creates some insane art...portraits, wildlife, etc. Her detail is insane. She has several YouTube videos too on her process.

    Keep at it and it's like anything else, you get better each time you do something.
     
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    my work might not be anything really fancy-but wood burning sure is a great way to make something your own, put your mark on it, and it sure seems "right," in the bushcraft way. I often hope that it gives a rather celtic or old world feel to the tool.
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    Dude. DUDE. That is (all due respect to Mexico and Catholic customs) effing RIGHTEOUS.
     
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    My girl has been doing it for a while. She made 33 pieces in month and half for Christmas presents. On cypress no less. I'll post pics of the family tree later. I also have a tomahawk pic floating around somewhere. If post it but cleared pics off my phone.
     
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    Thanks! She is originally from Cali and a HUGE sugar skull fan, she fell in love with it!


    That Ogham alphabet burning is pretty cool! I did something with Elder Futhark runes on my Chogan hawk:
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    Thanks. That's actually Germanic runes on the cane, with some great traveling scripture from the Bible.
     
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    Tree cookies!!!
     
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    I would like to try it using a magnifying glass. On gourds....A woman at our local Farmers Market designs gourds this way, she sits there with her magnifying glass, burning beautiful images onto the gourds. it is mesmerizing to watch her
     
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    Now that is unique and I bet takes a lot of patience and skill.
     
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    I've watched a guy do burnings at our local French & Indian war reenactment every fall using a fresnal lens. I even picked up a large and a small one for fire starting. Haven't messed with actual pyrography with them yet.
     
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    I have a Colwood Detailer, but don't have the patience to do much with it. I have used it to burn text on some wood carvings my dad has done. Most recent use was to put text on some Christmas ornaments he made for my first grand-daughter's first Christmas last year.
     
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    The Colwood Detailer is nice. Do you have the fixed tip or removable tip pens? If you ever think it's taking up too much space, I might be interested in buying it if the price is right :). I'm thinking of upgrading to a better unit.
     
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    I have one fixed tip "ball point" pen and one replaceable tip pen body and 2 or 3 replaceable tips. It's one of those tools that doesn't see much use, but when needed, it is handy to have around.
     
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    I didn't think about it earlier, buy an adjustable modifications for your burner, it'll help a lot being able to regulate the heat.
     
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    Bump this up, in case we have other woodburners since way back. I gotta get mine out again, too
     
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    Here is a plate that I did.
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    Bump New toy for Christmas:59:
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    @CowboyJesus I know this is an old post, but do you mind sharing the Scripture references you used? Can't believe I'd not thought to burn Scripture on some of my sticks. Now you've got me thinking.
     
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    A project I've been working on... First attempt at pyrography, other than a couple of times with craft stuff when I was a kid. A Runic inscription written in "short twig" or Rök runes, primarily used in Norway and Sweden.

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    thanks. that specific cane has psalms 121:8 on it. i've also done a hiking staff for my pastor, with a psalm that he had referred to as a hiking psalm, though i can't lay my hands on what chapter it was

    i would also suggest (for individual verses) exodus 13:21, psalms 191:105, psalms 17:5, 18:36, 23:4, 25:4, proverbs 4:18, 16:9, isaiah 26:7, and mark 16:15. short chapters i like are psalm 8 and psalm 24 (i think this might have been the one on the staff)

    thanks for bringing this back up-i just picked up a new cane, and of course i need to personalize it! i've considered "heart, soul, mind, strength" in galifreyan. but maybe i'll go back to one of these verses. or symbols.
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    like the presbyterian church symbol.
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    or the symbol on the lutheran hymnal.

    just my thoughts on the matter-no pressure!
     
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    @Metaldog translate for us? I'm intrigued.
     
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    The inscription is actually written in the Old Norse language, so it will not translate to English by converting the runes. The inscription says "One is timid/weak; the other bold/strong. Together/united they are whole/complete." It is a tribute to the symbiotic relationship between ravens and wolves. Read more here: https://stemjobs.com/wolves-and-ravens/ and here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/dinner-guests-how-wolves-and-ravens-coexist-at-kills/

    Not only are wolves and ravens two species I admire, but they have deep meaning for many ancient cultures, including the Vikings, and even the Native Americans. I am of Norwegian descent, and proud of my heritage. The picture in my original post is that of an axe handle. A C.S. Viking Hand Axe to be exact. The handle is finished, but I am currently in process of engraving the axe head with a Viking style raven on one side, and a wolf on the other side. The project is a tribute to my heritage, and to these fabulous animals.

    The inscription also pays tribute to the axe itself, with the wood being timid/weak, and the steel being bold/strong. Together/united they are whole/complete. To some folks it may seem odd or silly. But, it makes perfect sense to me. And something to be proud of when the project is finished. :)
     
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    Outstanding!
     
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    great work on here- I have a Grizzly (Made in Canada) with dual pens....I only have 2 pens- one like an old timey ink well pen and another that looks like a larger heating element. Is it a good unit ?- I have done some very basic stuff with it...
     
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    hello,
    those are AWESOME & inspiring @CowboyJesus I have a Chestnut walking stick & was considering creating a similar design on such. I could go down the Celtic (Kel-tic) knot design or something Nordic? as yet undecided.
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    i haven't done any wood burning in over 30 years butt i do still have my burner. i also took a metal box from radio shake and added a plug and a dimmer switch to regulate the heat.
     
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    Those a great references! I especially like Psalm 16:9. One that came to my mind was Micah 6:8. Thanks for sharing all of these. Now I've just got to make some choices and get burning. :)
     
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    B544DCB5-F316-4BED-96DC-99FDB22372E7.jpeg Did this one night while bored. I play around with pyrography and watercolor. I’m not a great artist so my visions don’t always make it to the page/wood.
     
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    Hadn't ran across that one-but it brought to mind Deuteronomy 10:12-13 too! Duh-since I was already thinking soul heart mind strength......
     
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    I'd forgotten that Deuteronomy had such a similar passage. Inspiring words.
     
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    you ever start something, and just get caught up in it?

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    more personalizations on @Chevrolet4x4s 's hawk. in case it's not obvious, i was really embracing a viking theme here. this hawk will definitely never be mistaken for someone else's now!!

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    Here is a more recent work, Yggdrasil done from some tattoo artwork I found.
     
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    Sugar skull I did as a practice piece a while back, turned out nice...kinda wished I'd done it on something better.

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    Same skull. Experimenting with adding color with pencils.
     
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    This was done on a wooden mug my cousin makes.

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    Wowzers! Good work, you've come a long way since the first, and that one was awesome!
     
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    Haven't read the thread yet, but will do so. I do a very little bit but only just starting and has been just some lettering. Burned/inscribed the top of a hand-sized wooden treasure box (from Hobby Lobby) for a keepsake box for our newborn son.
     
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    Bought a wood burning tool for the first one and just haven’t used it since..
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    This one I just burned with a torch for that sweet look.
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    I've got a Colwood Detailer but the only burning I do is my initials, wood species and date on the bottoms of my kuksas and bowls.
     
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    Expensive tool for such a simple task :)
     
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    That's pretty sweet right there
     
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    That's true. Some of my signatures have to be really small and the availability of really small writing tips for this one is what sold me on it. Plus the easily adjustable temperature control and wide range of temps for different woods. It's an excellent tool.
     
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    added a ruler to the bottom of my walking stick, so i can better judge tracks and plants.

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    wish i could the handy collage thing, but here's some work i'm doing on a cane. some nifty norse raven symbol i fell in love with.

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    and this symbol at the bottom. still need to decide on the message to run down between them.

    @WY_Not this was the cane i was intending those passages for. still deciding what i like i best!
     

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