At one time or another, you have probably used or had a wood burning art kit in your home, and know just firsthand the difficulty of doing the fine lines to bring out the detail in wood burning artwork.
The art of wood burning is also known as Pyrography, from the Greek “writing with fire pur” and “graphos” meaning writing is an ancient art and written communication form dating back to the early ages where fire was the mainstay of an individual’s daily ritual from cooking, staying warm, making items or entertainment. Originally people would heat an object such as a poker used to stir the fire and make marks into the wood. As the skills increased the burnt marks resembled rough outlines of animals or other objects that would reflect on the surroundings of their time.
Over the years people began to hone the skills of wood burning by using different shapes and sizes of objects to begin to fill in the rough outlines to resemble the fur and feathers of the animals. As the wood burning iron became more refined, different tips would be added to create different designs. This with the acquired techniques of applying just the right pressure would separate the beginner to the most accomplished wood burning artist. The most accomplished artist like our Amish craftsman can produce such detail and fine lines, that at first glance you may just think it is a well-done pencil sketch.