Published by Nedra Denison, Waco Texas, USA
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
Tips and Tricks
your Pattern and Putting it on Wood
Pattern for Project 1
Project 1: Native American Box
Photo for Project 2
Project 2: Rose Box
Points to Remember