Thursday, 27 January 2011

smouldering wood

fox den pyro 3 jan 2011

The first attempt using my new pyrography machine was so much fun and my hair had the faint aroma of wood smoke for the rest of the evening. It surprised me how slow the process was but I found it so relaxing and satisfying that I’m looking forward to doing another one. First though I can’t decide if I’ve finished this piece or not and I’m in two minds as to whether I should fill in the tree or not. I have a bad habit of always pushing things too far and then wishing I hadn’t so I’ve decided to leave it for now. What do you think?

fox den pyro jan 2011

It’s destined to be either a large key ring or a small wall hanging.

fox den sketch jan 2011

I used an idea from my sketchbook. All my ideas seem to revolve around the forest these days probably because of my daily walks with Floss. It seemed fitting to use a nature based idea on the wood which is a lovely piece of English sycamore.

pyro machine 2 jan 2011

This is the wire tip that heats up to burn the wood. You can make all sorts of marks and tones depending on how long you hold it on the wood.

pyro machine jan 2011

Speaking of the forest, the government is planning on selling off our precious woodland. You can find out more about it here and more importantly, there is a public consultation starting from today that will run for 12 weeks until 21st April 2011. If the issue is important to you then please take the time to respond to it. You can find the document on the forestry commission website and it is possible to respond online. This is our chance to make our views known.

fox den pyro 2 jan 2011

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.


Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Its so wonderful!

Magic Bean said...

It's fab. Never heard of one of these gadgets- what fun. Looking forward to seeing the next one. Ax

Anonymous said...

Looks like good fun! I think you should leave the tree, as it creates a good contrast between what is above and what is below the soil. Kx

Handmade in Israel said...

I love it! Definitely leave the tree as it is. The detail is in the fox and the 'blank' tree provides a good contrast. Love it!

mimilove forever said...

Now that is stunning...I love the wee strokes and the foxy pic is just gorgeous...gawd sake mond your fingers (I'd be useless..3rd degree burns!)...also thrilled to see your stitching madam!
Big Mimiloves to you and the crew!

Lesley said...

Thank you all for your comments and thanks Katie and Handmade in Israel for the advice about the tree. I'm glad you said that! More pyrography coming soon! x

April said...

NO NO NO..after seeing the other piece with the Squirrels having tea- FILL IN THE TREE!!! Trees are proud of their grains and the coloring will compliment the fox...FILL IT IN! It looks un finished- GO FOR IT!!!! Then please let us see!!!