Pyrography, a term coined by the Victorians, originally from the Greek words pur - 'fire' and graphos - 'writing', giving a more grand title to the art of pokerwork. Victorian pokerwork involved a two-person team working together to keep a series of variously sized irons in a fire at the desired temperature to create elaborate artworks. Essentially, the hotter the iron the darker and deeper the lines. The cooler the iron the lighter and shallower the lines in the design.

I use a Peter Child pyrography machine which has been designed specifically for burning designs into wood and leather; it's a wonderful tool because the hand piece never becomes too hot to hold whilst working (other machines' hand pieces become too hot in less than ten minutes) and the variable temperature means you can achieve very fine detail or fast, bold lines and block work large areas - maximum temperature is 1100 degrees. The nickle chromium wire, inserted into the front of the hand piece, can be shaped to create particular designs or formed into a point or spoon bit (for burnishing) to create line work, textures and tones. I use Turners Retreat for my pyrography supplies, they offer an excellent and reliable service. 

I teach pyrography in one-to-one and workshop settings. For more information on teaching, or if you have any questions, please see the Teach page or email me directly using the contact link on the right.

Commission - Community Field Sign

A sign for a local community field in Grampound. 

Solid oak - planed to dimension and pre-drilled fixing holes, finish: All Weather varnish