Since my old hands are causing me trouble carving I have been thinking of burning too, any suggestions where to start?
Hi Alice, I was waiting for Nedra to respond to you before I posted to your question. By all means, check with Nedra as she has had lot's of experience woodburning. I have a friend who got me interested in gourding and woodburning. After using her woodburner I decided that I wanted one too. I purchased a RazorTip and have found it to be just what I needed. There are many other brands out there and all have their merits. I can only talk about experience with my RazorTip. I really recommend what ever woodburner you purchase get one with heat setting you can control. The one heat fits all is just to darn hot, and you can burn an area you really didn't want to be so dark.
So, do some research talk to Nedra and possibly do some reading on woodburning and supplies needed. www.foxchapel.com
has some good informative books on woodburning. Even www.amazon.com
usally has some good speicals on their books. If you can test drive some woodburners to see which one fills the bill for you that would be the best thing. A good woodburner is an investment, so take you time in making your selection.
It was great for me getting into woodburning because I could also burn on my carving too.
Like Nedra, send me an email email@example.com
or Private Message me on this site if you have any questions. I do have some woodburnings on the web site www.colorjourney.com
just go to the Pyrography/Woodburning Gallery.
I think you would enjoy woodburning, and you know it's not just gourds or wood you can burn on. Leather burning and illustration board burnings has become very popular. As I recall some artists are even burning on watercolor paper. Carefully, and on low heat of course.
Also I would be remiss if I didn't tell you there are safety factors involved with woodburning. Always wear a protective mask or filtered respirator and a well ventilated room. Any of these safety nose masks, glasses can be purchased at most hardware stores. I also wear safety glasses, and my respirator has two replaceable filters on each side of the nose piece. I have found that I can use my powercarving portable dust collector when I burn. Works great to move the smoke from the burning wood away from me.
Much success in deciding to look at woodburning and if I can be of help too, us let me know.