Pyrography – Wood burning or poker work

noun: pyrography – the art or technique of decorating wood or leather by burning a design on the surface with a heated metallic point

Pyrography comes from the Greek “pur” (fire) and “graphos” (writing), meaning writing with fire. The exact origins of pyrography are unknown, as wood (being organic) doesn’t survive well over thousands of years. Some believe its origins pre-date history, where cavemen would use charred sticks, to mark and burn the wood.
After receiving some gift vouchers for a significant birthday I though I would use them to explore a new craft that would not take up too much space in my already overflowing craft room. I got in touch with a local teacher for a 1:1 session and quickly became hooked on the process and the smell of burning wood…must be my Irish origins as the smell it reminds me of burning peat.


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