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Whether you're new to pyrography or have been woodburning for years, it's good to review the basics.

Our 2010 and 2012 Pyrography special issue magazines include comprehensive articles to help you get started or refresh the rules. Look for articles on building a basic pyrography kit, safety, cleaning your burning tips, and more. You can order either issue by visiting (The 2012 issue will be available March 27.)

In the meantime, scroll to the bottom to find a few articles that we think you'll find helpful. (You'll need Adobe Reader to view them; download Reader for free at


• Pyrography Machine Buyer's Guide: Learn what to look for in a woodburning machine and see pictures and descriptions of the top models on the market. This 2010 guide has been updated in the new issue of Pyrography; click here to read the 2010 version.


• What to Burn: Wondering what kind of wood to woodburn? Want to branch out and try a new medium? Sue Walters' comprehensive guide explains all the options.


• Preserving Your Projects: What do you do when it's done? Lora S. Irish tells you how to protect your artwork.


PLUS, check the forum for more ideas! Author and artist Lora (Susan) Irish regularly shares tutorials, patterns, and tips. Look here for her in-depth reviews of woodburning machines, complete with patterns for putting the machines through their paces:

Optima I Dual Burner

Colwood Detailer

Walnut Hollow Creative Versa-Tool


Woodburning Project & Pattern Treasury  Pyrography Workbook





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