There are times when you are looking through magazines or browsing the internet when you see a term that catches your eye that you need to follow up on. That term for me recently was “pyrography”.

The term “pyrography” (pahy-rog-ruh-fee) is the process of burning designs into wood, leather, paper, etc. with a heated tool. Once you know the the definition you get that sudden flashback to your childhood an go ‘OH’ wood burning. There was probably some point in time when you actually had a simple wood burning tool. It probably looked like a soldering iron.

The simpler tools have a solid brass tip which is heated with an electric current. Those tools are still available, but for more advanced artists the tools have variable heat controls and a variety of wire-tips. The darkness of the designs or images are created by the amount of pressure and the amount of time the heated tip is in contact with the wood.


by Sue Walters

For more information and resources you can visit Pyrography Online. At this site you can obtain pyrography designs as well as participate in web forums.


by Nik Moore

I am including two pyrography artist and an example of their works. The first is Sue Walters and her design is “TigerMaller”. To view other works visit her web site at The other artist is Nik Moore. His work is “Miniture Schnauzer on Horse Chestnut”. To view more of his work visit

If this is an art form that you would like to try then give it a go. You can obtain a basic pyrography tool for about twenty dollars at any craft or hobby store.

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The Ink Well: Allegany, New York

Recently, I was doing some research comparing art easels trying to decide on which type I wanted to purchase for my studio. As any artist knows there are many verities to choose from, such as floor models to desk types. Any of these can purchased online from the major art supply companies, such as Dick Blick and Jerry’s Artarama.

However, having been a small independent business owner myself I wanted to obtain an easel form an independent small business. You have to support your hometown businesses after all. Anyway, that is when I found The Ink Well which is located in Allegany, New York. The store offers a variety of artist supplies and services. When I visited the store I found my artist easel and left with it and several tubes of oil paint.

The Ink Well besides offering artist supplies also provides for custom framing, art design services, large format printing and cleaning of paintings. However, the store has a surprise which I did not expect. The store has an art gallery. In the back of the store is a room that is the art gallery. The gallery displays both professional art work as well as amateur work from local artist. At the time of my first visit I was not prepared to purchase any art work. However, now that I know of the gallery on future visits to The Ink Well I will be adding paintings to my own collection.

For more information about The Ink Well visit their web site at

The point here is support your local businesses and you never know what surprises you might when you do.

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The Art of Arting

I ran across the word ‘arting’ in a recent issue of an art magazine.

What is ‘arting’?

Well, first of all it could have different meanings or no meaning. The issue is ‘arting’ may not be an actual word. It depends on what source you are using to define the word. If you rely on or the Merriam-Webster or even the scrabble dictionary the word does not exist. On the other hand if you rely on the urban dictionary or Oxford English Dictionary the word does exist. The urban definition states it is ‘working on art or homework that has to do with art’ and the Oxford states it is ‘Employment of art or artifice’.

So if you combine the two and get liberal with the definition I would define ‘arting’ as ‘any endeavor that pertains to doing art or enjoying art’.

So grab you canvas and your paints and go ‘arting’.

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