About the word pyrography. It is self-explanatory when looking at the Greek words that make up the word – “Pur” meaning fire and “Graphos” meaning writing.
Thus “writing with fire” describes the pyro art form and its tools for wood burning perfectly.
Alternative terms for this pyrography craft are pyrogravure, pokerwork, or wood burning.
About Pyrography Tools
The freedictionary.com describes this art form as “the process or art of producing designs on wood, leather, or other materials by using heated tools or a fine flame“.
Wood burning is not only for wood, there are other mediums that you may choose from. When people say “wood burning” it is natural to assume that the only material used is wood, but this is not true.
Leather, canvas, bone, and gourds are the most common alternatives that are used.
These do tend to need a little more experience as they are not as forgiving as wood when making or correcting errors. The irregular shapes of the gourds and bone do require some manoeuvering and patience too.
About Adding Dimension To Your Art
For those artists who want to break out into a little more than just wood burning, other woodworking skills, like carving, can be included in the design.
Also, coloring and tinting the artwork on completion of burning create different effects.
These add another dimension to creating interesting and decorative objects.
Wood Burning Tools and Burners
Pyrography pen tips are also a personal choice with time showing which nibs and tips are best suited to your subject matter and basic wood burning techniques.
What to Look for in Pyrography Pens and Tools
Quick Heating: When you are ready to start burning you want a tool that heats up fast. You don’t to be sitting around waiting forever for your pyrographic tools to heat up to the correct temperature.
Adjustable Tips: The best wood burner tool should have tips that you can interchange to achieve the results you are wanting. Ultimately you need tips that offer thick lines, fine lines, and differing shapes and edges all using the same wood burner pen.
Variable Temperature: Some wood burning art tools only stay at one heat – this may get the job done but it is far more satisfying having a tool with which you can control the heat yourself. You will be able to be more creative and have more control over your individual techniques.
The Best Wood Burning Tools & Pyrography Pens
You will find the best wood burning tools and pyrography wood burner pens for different uses and budgets on this website.
One thing to bear in mind when buying wood burning machines is that these tools will last a very long time. But, naturally, with anything, electrical problems do occur.
So to make the best choice, it is advisable to do your research on the product, look at customer reviews and the star ratings. Taking all this into account should ensure you make the right decision.
Buying your tools for pyrography should take careful thought.
Look at the best pyrography tools and supplies for your needs and have the confidence to move forward and create, experiment, and, most of all, enjoy your wood burning.
All the pyrography art found on this website is with kind permission by Minisa Robinson Pyrography