Current Projects

Below are assorted projects I’m currently working on.  

3/7 –  Hi!  I just want to let you know that I temporarily closed my Etsy store until the end of March.   I will be visiting with family, and won’t be on my computer very regularly.   If you leave any comments or send me an email, be patience as it could be a bit before I respond.     

I’ve got several blogs & youtube videos that will go public on a set schedule, so you’ll continue to get content about pyrography from me.


Raspberry Bandit – 3/3

I’ve got most of the raccoon done, but still need to fine-tune some areas.  Right now I’m concentrating more on the leaves around him and the dark border around the artwork.  I’m going to allow some leaves and the end of the raccoon’s tail to extend onto the border.   





Lioness – 3/3

3/3 –  I worked for a very limited amount of time on the lioness, so she’s still looking like a paint-by-number to me.  It will get better looking, but that is still many hours down the road.  

2/28 – I worked some more on the lioness and it’s definitely in an ugly phase right now.  I’m blocking in some of the facial features and eventually it will get a lot smoother.  Right now it looks like a paint-by-number.  





Little Beggar Sparrow – 3/3

I started working on the ground near the sparrow’s feet.  I’m debating how far to extend the ground.








Pygmy Owl – 3/3

The owl’s head has a base layer of color to it, but it obviously needs to be darkened up and contoured (given shape).  I’m not sure if I’m done with the eyes/nose area yet.  I’ll probably decide that after the rest of the head is done and see how they look together.   







Davy’s Dragon – 2/19

I worked a little on Davy’s Dragon today.  

Davy is youtuber who does wonderful drawings with an ink pen.  I got Davy’s permission to use the drawing and I’m having a lot of fun with it.    Below is a link to his YouTube channel.

My purpose with this drawing, is to show how different mediums and artistic styles can alter how a drawing looks.  


Ship on Leather – 2/9

I’ve gotten a little more done on the ship, but there’s still a lot of work needed.     










I’ll try to provide another update in a few days.



7 Responses

  1. I really like the idea of pyography. I am starting out this week. Loooking forward in this new adventure, your pics are inspiring. What wood do you mainly use for your drawings?

    1. Hi Alex,
      Congratulations and welcome to the growing community of pyrographers. I love pyrography! Hopefully you will too.

      As for wood, the majority of my work is done of basswood. It’s my favorite and I purchase it at wood stores. Not to be confused with home improvement stores or lumber yards. The easiest way to find the type of wood store I’m referring to is to search for exotic wood stores. The boards have to be cut and sanded (a lot) before they are ready to use though.

      After that would be maple or poplar. Those woods can be found at home improvement and lumber yards. Some of the boards come in very wide widths. I’ve seen 14″ (35.6 cm) wide. I use a lot of birch plywood too, but I mostly for educational pieces.

      I hope you have a lot of fun with your new hobby!

  2. Hi Brenda,

    I’m looking forward to your upcoming tutorials You make pyrography very accessible by clearly explaining and showing details of techniques.

    Do you offer specific feedback on follower projects? I’ve burned two projects, which look okay to me, but would really benefit from having an experienced artistic eye give a critique.

    Thanks for all you do!

    1. Hi Dawn,
      what timing. I was busy working on a tutorial when I saw your comment come through. I can only try to offer advice on your projects, but I have to warn you that I don’t have any experience with this so I can’t promise how helpful I will be. Send me photos to: If you are using any reference photo it would be very helpful to see that also.

      I know that Valarie Connell of Drawing with Fire is working on adding new segment to her channel where she makes suggestions on how to fix or improve user submitted artwork. She’s done one on her youtube channel before, so I’ll ask her if I can refer people to her.

  3. I’m so glad I found your site! It really is digital gold. Your wood burning is absolutely beautiful and a true inspiration.

    Thank you, Brenda. Keep up the excellent work!

    1. Hi Dudley,

      I’m happy you like my website and thank you so much for the super nice comment about my wood burning. Wood burning (pyrography) is so much fun for me and I’m always learning something new. My ultimate goal is to inspire, encourage, and, if needed, browbeat others into trying to wood burn too! Ok, only joking about the browbeating.
      Thanks again and I hope I’ll continue to meet or exceed your expectations!


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