Pyrography - what is that?

Pyrography - what is that?

Pyrography or pyrogravure is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object such as a poker. It is also known as pokerwork or wood burning.

The term means "writing with fire", from the Greek pur (fire) and graphos (writing). It can be practiced using specialized modern pyrography tools, or using a metal implement heated in a fire, or even sunlight concentrated with a magnifying lens.

When wood becomes art

Pyrography is entirely a  craft. The wood is not colored, but it is the pressure of the red annealed top on the wood and the residence time that determines the shade and marking of the engraving.