There is nothing easy or difficult in term. And the same couldn’t be more true than with Pyrography. To get you up to speed, let’s go back to the most basic pyrography design rules that you should and must always play by.

When it comes to wood burning, it’s either you are investing in the best pyrography tools or losing money in the mix. As suggested on Positively Splendid, make sure to invest in the best tools to get started the right way.

Rule #1: Invest in the Right Tools

A good wood burning tool is one that is lightweight and easy to hold. This tool is ideal for wood burning letters and designs, as it is easy to hold and manipulate. It comes with several nice tips to use in projects: a chisel tip (my personal favorite), a cone-shaped tip, a rounded tip, and a teardrop-shaped tip. Wood burning for beginners is so much easier with the proper tool on hand!

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At the end of the day, only the best tools can enable you to create high quality wood burning designs. After all, you don’t want to burn your cash on tools that won’t serve you best.

I can’t emphasis enough how important it is to choose the best wood for the project. This is exactly what Lowes also recommends.

Rule #2: You Must Choose the Right Wood

Soft woods with minimal grain, such as pine or aspen, are easier to burn than hardwoods. As you work, use 320-grit sandpaper on a solid block to lightly brush away any residue or buildup from the tip of the woodburning pen. If you do this while the tip is hot, avoid holding the sandpaper in your hands or touching the paper more than a second.

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Choosing the right wood means the assurance that you will end up with the best piece of art that you plan for initially.

There is no better way to get the most out of pyrography than consistent practice. A post on Reddit recommends that you should practice often to become good in the art.

 Rule #3: Practice Makes Perfect

Practice, practice, practice. I know it sounds cliche, but it’s honestly the only way you’ll learn. Try different tips, different designs, shading varieties, etc. The more you burn the better you’ll get. Good luck!

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As people say, practice makes perfect. And, that’s the rule of the game as far as pyrography, aka burning with fire, goes.


The good thing with this art is that it does not have so many rules. So, it’s easy to become better in burning with fire with time.