Saturday, July 25, 2020

Creative Woodburning: Projects, Patterns and Instruction to Get Crafty with Pyrography

Creative Woodburning is a tutorial and technique crafts guide to pyrography by Bea Locke. Due out 11th Aug 2020 from Penguin/Random House on their DK imprint, it's 128 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats. As almost always with DK's offerings, I was blown away by the detailed, clear, and solidly expert photography. Every photo is well rendered and easy to follow. The supportive text is also clear and spare.

The book follows a logical layout. The instructions presuppose no previous experience on the reader's part.  The book begins with an introductory section which covers tools and supplies. It includes recipes and definitions for everything from materials selection, to sourcing and preparing, linework, shading, stippling and more. 

Roughly the next third of the book contains the projects. They're attractive and look very professional. Each of the tutorials includes a finished project picture, difficulty rating, tools and supplies, and step-by-step instructions. Tips and advice are highlighted in text bars in the tutorials to help readers avoid pitfalls and achieve the best results. Process photos are included in most of the tutorials and are clear and easy to follow. 

The final section includes all the necessary design templates. They are well drawn and easy to print out and follow. 

Really lovely job. I think that an aspiring crafter could make most of these designs armed with this book and the necessary supplies and tools listed.  

Five stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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