Interested in learning about woodburning pyrography? You need books for best results, and we’re here to show you the best of the best that we’ve found for this hobby. There are various ways to approach this new hobby, and each book has its own strengths and weaknesses.
So let’s look at the best woodburning pyrography design books you can buy.
Pyrography Books For Beginners
Learn to Burn by Simon Easton
Learn to Burn is notable because of its step by step approach to woodburning. With it, you can start creating beautiful art with easy to find crafting materials that are widely available.
There are also a total of 14, step by step projects that are segmented by skill level. So as you improve, you can find more challenging projects to work on, so this book will be useful even after you have mastered the basics.
What’s more is the author has added some beautiful photos to show you how the output should look, or you can use what the author has added to create your own enhanced output. You will get 50 bonus patterns along with the 14 step by step projects.
Pyrography Basics by Lora Irish
Pyrography Basics was written by a nationally recognized pyrography artist, so you are getting tips and instruction from a professional. The book delves into the intricacies of choosing the right tools, materials, designs, and projects.
You will have access to six skill-building pyrography projects that are centered on different pyrography techniques. Technique is everything with art, and you’d best start with focusing on mastery of techniques if you want to get anywhere with this new hobby (no pressure, though!).
There are also detailed discussions on using temperature, doing layering, how to write on wood, how to shade on wood, how to create the best textures, and how to create artistic values while woodburning. There are detailed instructions and patterns (step by step) that will hone your skills in the three main pyrography pen tips. Nervous about your output? No worries.
The book encourages the use of practice boards so you won’t mess up more expensive pieces of wood – reserve that when you are ready to commence a project.
Pyrography Designs by Norma Gregory
This book is all about patterns, shapes, lines, and designs.
Containing plenty of art to imitate and get inspiration from, this is the perfect accompaniment to any of the basic books we have discussed so far.
It is 112 pages and is published by the Guild of Master Craftsman.
Intermediate Pyrography Books
When you are done with the basics and you are confident with using the major tips used for the art, it’s time to hunker down and get ready for more challenging projects. The following books are perfect for intermediate dabbling:
Pyrography Workbook by Sue Walters
Pyrography Workbook by Sue Walters features a progressive approach to learning both basic and advanced pyrography techniques.
You will learn about: the proper setup of your workplace, how to work safely with pyrography gear, how to select timber and preparing wood for pyrography, transferring designs to timber, how to best use nib techniques, normal and unusual pyrography patterns and techniques, and how to integrate color in pyrography.
Sue includes three step by step projects, and you will also learn how to burn designs onto leather, paper, antlers, and wood bark.
Additional methods of woodburning are taught: hot wire, torching, engraving, relief, negative, and solar pyrography. Each technique has its own advantages, and definitely need to learn them from the renowned Australian pyrographer, Sue Walters.
Woodburning Realistic Animals by Minisa Robinson
As the title suggest, Minisa Robinson focuses on intermediate to expert woodburners who would like to learn how to create realistic designs on timber.
While everyone starts with geometric patterns and linear designs that are transferred from templates, woodburning realistic-looking animals is another beast altogether.
You will be able to work on a total of 12 step by step projects, featuring the following animals: butterfly, bunny, horse, bobcat, hummingbird, moose, mountain lion, elk, owl, bighorn sheep, zebra, and the African lion.
Additional training on timber, timber preparation and selection, safety while working, and using photos for inspiration, are also included. There are also sections that tackle how you can create your own patterns and designs and how to transfer them to the wood before you even start woodburning. Neat, isn’t it?
Landscape Pyrography Techniques & Projects by Lora S. Irish
Lora S. Irish prepares the pyrography artist for the long haul with this volume: it has everything you need to get started.
The book comes with four practice projects that will help you understand and apply a wide variety of pyrographic effects and techniques, a capstone project for a rustic advertising barn, creative practice board techniques and tips, a comprehensive list of pyrography supplies and tools, and little-known techniques from a master pyro artist.
Simply put, this book has a lot about every necessary domain, with a slant toward creating better-looking landscapes.
Woodburning Realistic People by Jo Schwartz
Nothing comes close to the satisfaction of realism on timber, especially when the likeness of human beings comes close to perfection. Enter Woodburning Realistic People by Jo Schwartz.
Released in 2017, this book teaches people the complex method of doing portraiture on wood minus the usual tools used for portraiture. Portraiture demands mastery of light, anatomy, and the use of specialized techniques to get the best results.
Those who have tried portraiture with charcoal or ink know the challenge – and it’s time that you jumped in if you are getting bored with the usual geometric designs.
You will get expert tips on how to shade, utilize different types of lines, and there are also projects and techniques with step by step instructions (detailed) and photos to help you achieve the best results in the shortest span of time.
The goal is lifelike art, and Jo will take you through the different regions of the human face and give you lessons on skin tone, facial features, eyes, noses, ears, mouths, and hair. Get this book if you want to take your pyrography to the next level.