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How I Wood-burnt a Picture of a Bengal Tiger.

Updated on February 3, 2015


Pyrography means "writing with fire" and is the traditional art of using a heated tip or wire to burn or scorch designs onto natural materials such as wood or leather. Burning can be done by means of a modern solid-point tool (similar to a soldering iron) or hot wire tool, or a more basic method using a metal implement heated in a fire, or even sunlight concentrated with a magnifying lens.

I am doing wood-burned crafts for several years. Actually, I started doing it when I was child, but only recently I took my hobby on a higher level. My son set up for me a website where I try to sell my works, and I still hope to get more traffic there. Also I have my works displayed on FineArtAmerica site.

I try different techniques with every new picture and in this hub I want to share with you how I worked on a picture of a Bengal Tiger.

The Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris or Panthera tigris bengalensis) is also known as the Royal Bengal tiger. The Bengal tiger is the second largest and the most common tiger subspecies.

The Bengal tiger is primarily found in Bangladesh, India and also in Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and in southern Tibet.

An average male Bengal tigers weigh around 420 pounds.

The Bengal tiger has a body length of 6 feet and a tail length of 3 feet and therefore has a total length of 9 feet long. A female Bengal tiger is only 310 pounds and 8 feet long including tail.

A tigers coat actually has a variety of colours. The standard colours of a Bengal tiger are an orange body with black stripes coming down the sides. The two most common variations are the White Bengal tiger and the Golden Tabby.

I suppose that my picture features the Golden Tabby.

ReuVera's woodburnings© used in this hub CANNOT be used anywhere by anyone else.

My pyrography tools

I took a simple piece of ply-wood bought in WalMart. I took a nice picture of a Bengal tiger.

I fastened a picture to the piece of wood with the help of transparent scotch-tape. I traced the picture through carbon paper.

I tried to trace really gentle, just to get the sketch of the lines.

I started wood-burning from the eyes, then went around the nose.

This is more of the face done.

Here comes the head!

Here is my Bengal Tiger! If you liked it, don't forget to vote it up below! Thank you!


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      jr morris 

      3 years ago

      I have the same nibsburner pyro tool! Nice work eh?

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from USA

      Thank you, Tony! The piece of wood for a Bengal Tiger was bought for a couple of dollars in Wall Mart. It's just a plywood. This time it worked the best, but usually I prefer to make my woodburnings on real tree cuts.

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      Tony Mead 

      6 years ago from Yorkshire


      Well done with your art work, I have done poker work [pyrography] and know how difficult it is. The pice of wood you used is nice too, I think it makes such a difference if your materials are good to look at and touch. I see you are from Russia, I worked there on the river ships as a musician; since that I have been back and seen them smile a great deal.

      Your hub is well put together with enough pictures to illustrate your narrative and keep readers interested, well done.

      I have a hub about my encounter with a real tiger in Rhantambore reserve.

      with respect

      Tony voted up and some buttons

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      Thank you, I appreciate your looking and commenting.

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      7 years ago

      That is beautiful!

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      Neil from best wood planers 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful work, you must have plenty of patience and a real artistic talent. So much detail and all with a hot wire!

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      Ghost, you should put your plans into life. I am sure the results will be awesome!

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      7 years ago

      Now I have to be careful...because I want to start woodburning (pyrography--makes sense) immediately. Did some of that as a youngster and also to decorate some of the trim in an Army barracks room while stationed in Germany, but nothing since (1964).

      But I've never (yet) come close to the Bengal tiger you portrayed so well here, and I never thought to use carbon paper tracing to set the scene.

      For a couple of years, I drew CLUCKERS, an anti-drug comic strip with over 50 characters (my favorite being Shady the Skunk, a drug pusher who changes his life after being run over by a train, the Skunk Squasher Special). LOVE to do a 10" x 14" of Shady to hang on my office wall!

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from USA

      Lynn, thank you so much!

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      Lynn Nodima 

      8 years ago from United States

      Wow! My daughter in law does pyrography, and some of what she does is fantastic, but she hasn't yet attempted anything of this magnitude. I emailed her the link to this. I know she will enjoy it as much as I have. Great hub!

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from USA

      Thanks, my friend. I am craving for a cake!

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      8 years ago

      Well, my dear, it's totally amazing. I bet a piece of cake for you but I just marvel at the details of the picture. Well done and rated awesome.

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from USA

      Vladimir, did you really like it? You forgot to vote it up! LOL.

      Thank you and also thank you for being first to comment.

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      Vladimir Uhri 

      8 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Nice work.


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