Pyrography is the modern name for the ancient craft known as pokerwork or wood burning.
It is performed using electronic machines which heat the nichrome wire “nib” of an insulated pen wired to the machine. Heat is adjustable and drawings or patterns are usually scorched onto prepared wooden articles, although other materials such as paper, cardboard, leather, egg-shell and bone may also be used.
When properly carried out, there is little or no smoke produced although at times heavy burning can cause annoying and harmful smoke.
Participants would be graded according to their experience and then given appropriate instructions.
Class sizes would be limited to 4 minimum participants and 6 maximum.
Fees include materials and notes. For those not having their own equipment it would be possible to use a loan machine from Doug.
Tuition would be given on the safe and correct way to carry out pyrography, how to put original work onto the wood, also how to transfer any chosen image to work on.
An explanation of the art would be given, with a comparison of all machines on the market, plus examples of the diversity of results from pyrographers past and present around the world.
Doug Bell has demonstrated Pyrography at “Working with Wood Shows” annually in all Australian capital cities from 1997 until 2014. Held separate workshops to teach students in all states during this period. He regularly attends 5-day workshops in West Australia run by Collaboration W.A. and is a member of that organisation. He is also an accredited member of the American Association of Woodturners.
His work is regularly exhibited and is held in many collections including the National Gallery, Canberra; also his work formed the foundation piece in 1974 for the collection of Contemporary Craft in the Art Gallery of South Australia.
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