Occasional pieces for sale, but most work is custom-ordered.
Pyrography, "writing with fire", is a specialized art technique in which the artist burns a design or picture into wood, paper, gourds, leather, Tagua (vegetable ivory), bone or other natural materials using a heated tool, such as a hot poker, flame, or even solar energy.
Also referred to as "woodburning" or "pokerwork", the art of burning pictures into wood dates back to the ancient times of cave drawing. Due to limitations imposed by sub-quality materials and tools, most early works resulted in rather rough, crude pieces - still amazing, in and of themselves - but not what would be considered a truly fine art form by today's standards...
Modern technology has advanced; adept pyrographers now have the tools necessary to take their artistic abilities to entirely new levels. In the hands of skilled pyrography experts, the very essence, or spirit, of their subjects can be captured in incredibly detailed portraits and scenes.
The more expensive, temperature-regulated woodburning irons typically reach upwards of 2000°. Though the temperature may be adjusted, these units require a great deal of experience and skill to master. Depending upon the manufacturer, some less expensive units range between 450° & 750°.
Regardless of the pyrography tool used, the picture is created using only varied degrees of “burn”; shades and shadows are all regulated by the length of time the heat is allowed contact with the wood. Dark areas are deep, heavy, layered burns, whereas the light areas are made with just the briefest touch of the iron.
Pet Portraits & Memorials
Floral, Wildlife & Tagua (Vegetable Ivory)
Rustic, handmade Antler jewelry
Unique, handmade antler pendants, with rich natural stones. Antlers are selected, hand-cut, polished and designed by me. Natural leather or colorful, handspun fiber laces! A selection of designs and descriptions of each piece are provided with the photos. Feel free to contact me for more info...