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Fun with Pyrography

Posted in - Lettering on February 18th 2013 5 Comments

After purchasing a soldering iron for an electronics repair I quickly discovered it doubled as a wood burner. it came with various tips including one that is made for lettering. It was then that I was instantly inspired to find something wooden to creatively burn. Every artistic pyro’s dream!

I remembered the little wooden stool in my son Kallin’s room. It already had some wood burnt type on it that I … was not a big fan of. While I can appreciate the innocent humor of the quote, I was not sure it was a motto I wanted Kallin to adopt. Each generation seems to be plagued with laziness and entitlement. I’d rather avoid any risk of contributing. Moreover, it was a perfect wood burning project so I grabbed it up to get to work! With my husband’s planer and sander I easily removed that ugly uninspiring text.

I knew I just wanted to do something simple with his name. His room is a general sports theme so I quickly sketched out a traditional baseball script with a tail. Once I had that completed I traced/refined it to a piece of tracing paper, scribbled some graphite on the back and did a simple old school trace transfer to the wood.

After a little practice on a scrap piece of wood, I was wood burning away. Having ultimate control with a close grip is not an option with a wood burner so it took a bit of time to get comfortable and find a flow. Also, working over the varying wood grain posed challenges in keeping things steady as well.

After finishing up the letter burning it was on to three coats of polyurethane to make it pop!

While I am still working on teaching a 17 month old how to clean up after himself, I guess he at least has a nice little seat with his name on it to rest on after working so hard at making a mess.

As of now (5) people have had something to say...

  • Miles - Reply

    February 27, 2013 at 1:50 am

    This seems really simple and fun to do. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jacqueline Shuler - Reply

    March 12, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I have a 17 month old grandchild who loves her special chair. Yours is REALLY special.
    I know “pyro” means fire. Did you invent this term?

  • lindsey - Reply

    March 17, 2013 at 3:44 am

    Thanks Jacqueline! I did not invent that term. ha! Its the technical term for wood burning I guess. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrography it was new too me too 🙂

  • Sandra Sandilands - Reply

    October 17, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    What a great improvement on what was there before! Love it.

  • Sandra Sandilands - Reply

    October 17, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    By the way, that original quote was by Mae West

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