The Wood Burn Book (Paperback)

An Essential Guide to the Art of Pyrography

By Rachel Strauss

Rockport Publishers, 9781631598920, 144pp.

Publication Date: August 18, 2020

List Price: 24.99*
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In The Wood Burn Book, Rachel Strauss (@woodburncorner) teaches you everything you’ll need to know to master pyrography, whether you're brand new to the hobby or you've been "writing with fire" for years.

This essential guide opens with a brief background to the art of wood burning, a list of tools and how to use them, basic techniques that can be used over and over again, and even what to burn and how to be safe doing it. You will also find a detailed explanation of the process from start to finish, with patterns, techniques for lettering and adding color, as well as dozens of projects ready for gifting, including picture frames, cutting boards, coasters, cardswooden spoons, and jewelry.

Above all, Strauss has created the book she wished she had when she first discovered pyrography: a simple guide that quickly gets the reader successfully burning. With the right tools and a little time, you'll be able to create meaningful handmade gifts without breaking the bank. Whether it’s to create a family name sign as a housewarming gift for newlyweds, or customize baby blocks for a new little one, wood burning is the versatile hobby that can be used time and time again to create memorable gifts for all of life’s occasions.

In addition, wood burning is a practice in mindfulness, requiring patience and focus to awaken the senses and calm the mind.

Mastering the art of writing with fire begins with the ability to follow a line. If you can trace, you can burn.

About the Author

Rachel Strauss is the hands, heart, and mind behind Wood Burn Corner. Rachel found wood burning in 2011 while browsing her local craft store for DIY wedding décor. Its relaxing qualities and beautiful finished look had Rachel hooked. On Instagram (@woodburncorner) she hosts challenges to help wood burning artists from around the globe expand their skills, try new things, and connect with their fellow pyrographers. She started Burn Club, a place for wood burning artists of all skill levels to gather, share, learn, and grow together. Her artwork can be found on the packaging of the Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner. Rachel is a featured teacher on Skillshare for her wood burning classes, and her work has graced the official Instagram feeds of Etsy, Joann, Craftsposure, and many others. She has also presented at both Altitude Summit and Pinners conferences. Wood Burn Corner reflects her love of creating, collaborating, supporting the wood burning community, teaching, and giving back. Rachel chooses to use wood from sustainable sources and donates to organizations that plant trees around the globe. She lives in Fremont, California. 

Praise For The Wood Burn Book: An Essential Guide to the Art of Pyrography

As THE leader in her industry, Rachel Strauss is bringing all of her extensive knowledge to everyone, regardless of their skill level, in The Wood Burn Book, and that's just the beginning. She walks you step-by-step through so many tips and tricks to create stunning works of art that can be forever cherished.
- Peggy Dean, Bestselling author and founder of @thepigoenletters

What a refreshing book! Full of great insights and functional projects, the Wood Burn Book helps newcomers get comfortable with woodburning in an easy, relaxed way. It gives you all the vital pieces you need to burn a project from start to finish, but in bite size pieces to avoid the overwhelm. Rachel’s simple and encouraging approach inspires even the most timid artist to give woodburning a try. The projects are perfectly delightful, using both traditional and non-traditional materials to broaden your skills and experience right off the bat. This is a handy resource woodburning artists will certainly reference throughout their art career. A must-have for every pyrographer’s library. You won’t regret having The Wood Burn Book.
- Jannie Lisonbee,

The ultimate resource for wood burning from a fun artist! So many project ideas to expand anyone's craft skills. Rachel is an expert guide to this addictive, yet soothing medium. 
- Megan Colwell, The Travelling Woodburner (@happicamperkc)

Rachel has created a beautiful guide overflowing with information for those who want to learn the art of wood burning. I love the rich imagery and detailed instructions within each project. It makes me instantly want to pick up a burner and start creating. She has an incredible talent for creating projects that can entice anyone wanting to try this unique art form. Every project is gorgeously designed and crafted. There’s something for everyone from the beginner to the expert. I especially like the Kids art Keepsake project. It’s such an inventive way to turn your child’s memories into a keepsake. Rachel has written a must-get guide book for anyone considering pyrography…Read this book and learn from one of the best
- Aney Carver, Owner of Pyrocrafters and author of "Drawing with FIre"

Rachel is a thought leader in the art of wood burning. Her modern aesthetic translates to beautiful, custom art and her unique ability to teach that art has led to a growing, thriving community within the space.
- Morgan Spenla, The Crafter's Box

From start to finish, The Wood Burn Book provides any level of pyrographer with only the greatest information to learn and improve their craft. You can expect to have tons of fun implementing new tips and trying new projects while you learn from one of the best. 
- Mallory Romporti, Pyrographer and shop owner of @myartofgold