Over the past dozen years, I have made plenty of mistakes while woodworking. Usually, those miscut pieces of wood end up in a friend’s chimenea, never to be seen again.
But, what if I told you that some woodworkers intentionally burn their projects as an art form? This process, called pyrography, is a very popular craft that can produce some breathtaking images on wood or leather.
Through the careful application of a heated ‘pen’, the artist can control the intensity of the line, the amount of shading and even how deep the char from the tool travels into the wood. The results can be spectacular, looking like a pen and ink or charcoal drawing.
Pyrography.net offers a primer on the process, reviews the tools you will need to do the craft, provides examples from other skilled artists and a host of additional information on the craft.