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How To Get Started In The Art Of Woodburning

Updated on February 9, 2017

Putting It All Together Or Woodburning 101

I have written a dozen HubPages on this art form and it came to mind that I should really try to tie them together.There is so much information to learn and most of mine has come from doing rather than reading about it. I probably wasted a lot of time, in trial and error, with my approach to pyrography. That brought me to this Hub. There is a long history behind woodburning. There are some awesome artists working at it today, and there have been a lot of books published on the subject, It would be a good idea to read up on pyrography if you plan to give it a try. I think a little research would really be enlightening.

Get A Book On Woodburning

Book browsing can provide you with ideas on design and technique.This should help you realize that woodburning has unlimited possibilities. It is comparable to drawing but the finished product has a texture you can feel. Many artists work on three dimensional surfaces and that holds some advantage over drawing. There are many wildlife wood carvers who use pyrography to finish the hair and feathers on the creatures they carve. The extreme detail you can achieve with a razor tip is almost unbelievable. A little research on the subject will definitely inspire you to pursue your own creativity. I would encourage you to take a long look at what some artists are doing with this medium.

Other Hubs To Check Out

We have a few other Hubbers who also enjoy this art form. They have produced hubs of their own, showing how they use woodburning to create artwork. It would be worth your time to take a look at these pages. The more you see, the more ideas you will come up with for your projects.

BY rmr

BY SweetiePie .

Work On Wooden Bowls

Great For Halloween Treats
Great For Halloween Treats

Take A Look At Pyr = Fire

There is a belief that pyrography or a form of it is the beginning of all art. It started with the caveman using the ash to draw on stone walls. I can imagine a tribe of cave people setting around a big fire. It is raining and cold so they cannot go out to hunt. They are so bored and so hungry that they start to play in the fire with sticks. One of them accidentally makes a mark on a lump of wood with his hot stick. The burnt edge marks the wood black and he starts to experiment with the stick. Next thing you know he is drawing pictures of hamburgers.


Then a million years later someone invents the burger. It is all great history, you might want to read up on.


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      miranda 9 years ago

      i really like this page. it shows very good detail on the bowls and they are very nicely done.

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Thanks for the compliment. I'm trying to write better hubs. Not being familiar with a keyboard and all of the functions makes it hard but, I am slowly learning.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Great hub Susan. I've always loved the smell coming from the wood.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Please post any photos of your finished products, if you do.....would love to see what you come up with.

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      rmr 9 years ago from Livonia, MI

      I love it! I tried this many years ago, and had forgotten all about it. I'll have to go out and buy some supplies. Thanks for a great hub!

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      SweetiePie 9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I love your craft ideas for woodburning! Great ideas for Halloween!

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Thank you G-Ma. I must admit that I purchased the bowls for a special project. I would love to see a photo of the one you made in high school. You don't have to empty it. I would rather make my own, now that I have the tools to do it. I have been accused of being a pack rat, it is my art supplies you know? Bless you...Susan

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Not only is your work nicely done but the bowls you use are also very nice.  I had a friend who made bowls and many other things like that (but he was killed in a head on collision a few years back) and it reminded me of him. 

      When I was in high school many years ago now I first learned to woodburn.  I cut out a square tray from wood, then we drilled holes in so we could weave the sides and a handle and wood burned  on the bottom of the tray.  I did a baby bird sitting on a tree branch...still use it (and painted the bird scene) and that is my extent of wood burning...My grandkids can't believe I made it and still have it.  I am a pack rat tho..  G-Ma :o) hugs