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What is Pyrography?


Pyrography is applying graphics with heat. People all over the world and throughout history have decorated wood by burning marks on the surface.

Almost any hot object can be used. Metal "pokers" heated in a fire, metal objects with interesting shapes (such as gear wheels from old clocks) blowlamps, hot sand and of course the modern electrically heated stylus can be used as a brand or to produce works of art.

Type "pyrography" into a search engine and look for images. You will find thousands of examples of works of art done in the medium. On the right here I have shown a lovely turned beech platter with celtic design by Lesley Langham and below a magnificent portrait of an old house by Daniel Wright. Below that are a selection of household objects and ornaments which can be decorated.

Any suitable surface can be decorated by pyrography. Wood, cork, leather and paper are used.

pyrograph by Daniel Wright selection of pyrographed objects

Peter Child machines are available from Turners Retreat. Please see notes below if you live outside the UK

For customers outside the U.K.

Machines are available for most countries complete with the appropriate power cord and plug and with a transformer suited to the electrical supply voltage. UK, European, American, Canadian, Australian and Japanese versions are made.
Robert Sorby is the manufacturer now and machines are available from most Robert Sorby retail outlets. See the website for a list of dealers in your country.
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You cannot buy anything from this website. The Peter Child business closed in 2016 and this website is kept in the hope that it will be useful and informative to you.

Turners Retreat
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Turners Retreat also trade as Craft Supplies. They sell Pyrography tools and also woodturning tools, accessories and sundries. They have a shop, a web shop and a nice printed mail order catalogue.