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Woodburning A Handcrafted Gift

Updated on February 25, 2013
Rooster Designed to Match Kitchen Decorating Theme
Rooster Designed to Match Kitchen Decorating Theme

Make A Woodburned Gift That Is Personalized

You can create awesome gifts by woodburning designs that celebrate the recipient. The artwork you make can be based on personal interests such as collector themes, a favorite sport, professional status, or even something more personal. I have found that my pyrogaphics often become cherished treasures because of the personalized approach I take when I create them. This can also solve the problem, of what to buy, if you need a gift for somebody who has everything.

Last year I made a plaque for some friends who had their wedding ceremony at our boat marina. I used a 2"x12" weathered board, 20" long, to work as the plaque. I added a piece of heavy natural fiber, marine rope that was tied in a knot in the middle, formed into a heartshape and then looped at each end creating adjacent framing for their names. I used nails to anchor through the rope, driving them securely into the plaque.

The center of the plaque was where I started woodburning. I burned all of the lettering, something like "On This Day" , August 26,2007 "The Knot Was Tied" and some sort of written blessing. I put His and Her nicknames in the loops and finished the wood with a couple coats of tung oil. The wood and the rope added that boating theme, and the knot and the heart symbolized their marriage union. Yes it actually turned out real nice and boy I wish I had a photo to enter here.

My only suggestion here is to use your imagination, and take care to put forth your very best craftsmanship. Pyrography applied to something like the wedding plaque has some other advantages. It is easy to inscribe a note of presentation to the recipients, on the back side, and your signature.

Happy woodburning!


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    • LondonGirl profile image

      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      You do some absolutely lovely stuff!

    • C.S.Alexis profile image

      C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

      Thanks SweetiePie,

      I did that one for a friend as a gift for their new home. The idea was to match a table runner in the dinning room. It worked out fine. I really do not like it myself. That is what happens when you do custom work to match other decor. Sometimes you have to do artwork that is not in your own taste. C.S.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Just looking at this one again and I love this picture. Glad to have "refound" this treasure.

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Thank you SweetiePie. I hope to get some photos of other works I have sold in this area published in my next hub on woodburning.

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      SweetiePie 9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Beautiful piece of art. Good job!

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Thanks for giving me the second time around.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      I've been promising myself to come to reread your hub because last time when I read it company came unexpectedly before I had a chance to comment.

      I love your work. It looks just great. Nice job.

      regards Zsuzsy