Wood burning is a creative art that has no barrier to entry. Even if you are completely new to the idea of burning with fire, getting started should not be difficult. In fact, the requirements are so simple and learning the concept is easy. Throughout your wood burning escapade, you will be interacting with different wood burning tools. Here is how you can get the most out of them.

To get started with wood burning tools, you first need to get familiar with them. In fact, that’s what Arts of Manliness recommends.

First, Understand the Tools

The first thing you need to do, before working on any project, is to simply get familiar with the tool. Get a piece of scrap wood, plug in the woodburning tool and let it heat up for about 5 minutes, and test out “drawing” on the wood with the various tips just like you would with a pencil. It’s that simple. (Be sure to let the tool cool down for 5 minutes before changing out tips; it’ll then have to be heated up again for a few minutes.)

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You need to know your tools for the obvious reason that you cannot do Pyrography properly if you do not understand how the tools themselves work.

According to Pyrography Tools, the number one mistakes beginners make is pressing wood too hard with a wood burning tool. This is wrong. Avoid it, completely. 

Burning Wood Gently

Many beginners make the mistake of pressing too hard with the pyrography tool onto the wood. Using light strokes makes it easier to guide the pen. You must work from light to dark building up the layers of color. Gradually build up to the dark areas – it is easy to make areas darker but almost impossible lighten it. Remember that the longer you hold the pen in one place – the darker and deeper the burn will be.

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Going light is always better, because it lets you get amazing results out of the time you invest in burning wood.

We can’t emphasize enough how important safety is. In fact, Most Craft advises that you pay attention to safety when handling your tools of work.

Understand that Safety is Key

Sure, it sounds like common sense to be cautious when you’re using a heated tool, but it’s easy to get so absorbed in your work that you forget you’re holding a dangerous object.

You need to look out for not only your hands while doing this, but any surface you might accidentally set the pen on. Woodburning tools get very hot, so make sure you are only ever touching the handle until the pen cools down completely. When you must touch or remove the hot pen tip, do it with small pliers.

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The last thing you want to do is to set your Pyrography pen on by accident. You also don’t want to hurt yourself, so make sure you are using the pen only until when your hand can’t handle it.


With these ideas on your fingertips, getting started with wood burning should not be a difficult art to get around.