Pyrography 101
A Lesson in Woodburning

by Nedra Denison

Softcover Ring bound
215 x 280mm

Published by Nedra Denison, Waco Texas, USA


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Extract from back cover of book:

Nedra is a self-taught pyrographer who found her artistic talents as a child, She discovered woodburning in 1999 at a woodcarving rally and has been "burning the house down" ever since. Most of the woodburning she had seen was done without any shading. The pattern was merely outlined onto the wood with the burner. Not satisfied with that, Nedra spent the next two years trying to find a technique that would create a finished product that was natural-looking, rather than just outlined with a burner, By trial and error, she evolved a method for shading that created the look of an old sepia photo. It took a while to perfect the technique, and now her work is winning blue ribbons, best of division, best of pyrography, best of show and many other awards. She calls it the "smooth-shading technique".

Several years ago, at a woodcarving show, Nedra was asked to teach a class. Affer some coaxing she agreed and has continued teaching at woodcarving rallies, local colleges, clubs, and in in her own studio.

Nedra had requests from people every day asking when she would be in their area and since It was not possible to be everywhere, she decided to replicate her techniques in an instruction book. Her first book, was geared to the more advanced burner, but many people were still looking for a more basic book that was not simply patterns. Nedra began working to fill this need. "Pyrography 101" is a way for her to reach people who are new to pyrography and/or struggling to learn to make their burnings more natural and realistic. It's like taking Nedra's class without leaving the comfort of your own home!

Nedra lives in New Mexico, with her husband Alan who is a woodcarver. They own Sawdust Connection, through which they promote their woodburnings and carvings and sell pyrography tools and supplies.

This book uses wire nib pyrography machine.

Photos: Black & White



Supplies and Tools
- Supplies you will need, burning tools and pens

Burning Materials
- What you can burn

Burning Tips and Tricks
- How to start your burning, layering, hair, fur, eyes
- "The Magic Eraser," adding color, finishing your work, creating your own style, care and feeding of your burner and pens

Mastering Your Technique
- "Touchdown and landing", using a light touch, temperature, lines, shading pen styles, uses

Creating your Pattern and Putting it on Wood
- Using a photograph or pattern and transferring it to wood

Pattern for Project 1

Project 1: Native American Box

Photo for Project 2

Project 2: Rose Box

Important Points to Remember
- Key things to remember when you burn

- Yaquina Head Lighthouse burning and pattern; Celtic Knot pattern and burning

Pyrography Gallery
"Mothers' Day Rose 11, " "Deer", "Say it in Roses, "Sitting Bull", "Tropical Paradise", "Sunflowers"

- Charts of woodburners, pyrography books, supplies, finding a woodcarving club in your area, email groups to join