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post #1 of 4 Old 12-05-2010, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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Woodburning with your turnings?

I make a few bowls and pens but at my last woodturners meeting we had a lady that turns her bowls and puts designs on them with a woodburning tool. Does anyone else do things like that? It looks really nice and I would like to get into that some but I'm trying to find out more about it.Is it difficult or hard to learn? I need some input on this.
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It's not hard. It's a lot of fun. Do spend the money to get a good machine. The good quality burners maintain the correct temperature better which makes all the strokes easier to control.
There are a lot of different ways to burn designs into turnings. I do everything from just plain textures to complete drawings. Mostly it's just a matter of coming up with the designs and then taking the patience to do them. I try to practice on scrap pieces of the same wood whenever I can. This helps get the feel for the correct temperature and speed.
There are some excellent books on pyrography but they primarily deal with drawings not necessarily texture. What I recommend is getting one of the books and then pick up a few tips for your burner. Then take each tip and see how many different textures and designs you can do with that one tip. I do this on scrap wood and keep the wood so I can reference what I came up with later.
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Hey, I don't know squat about pyrography, but I did discover Google Books today.

Read Pyrography Books online for FREE! :)
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Here are some examples of going all out in pyrography. This is a contest that was held by woodcentral. As you can see the people went all out. My piece had very little turning or burning but sure was fun to make. Mine is the matchbox mirror.
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