Monday, July 27, 2020

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

The Wood Burn Book is a tutorial and project guide to pyrography by Rachel Strauss. Due out 18th Aug 2020 from Quarto on their Rockport imprint, it's 144 pages and will be available in paperback format.

The book has a logical and easy to follow layout. The instructions presuppose no previous experience on the reader's part.  The book begins with an introductory section which covers tools and supplies, safety and selection and leads into lots of mini tutorials which show how to transfer designs and achieve different effects with the pyrography pen, add color, finish designs and more.
Roughly the next half of the book contains the projects. They're attractive and look very professional. Each of the tutorials includes a finished project picture, 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. There are a number of different contributing artists whose projects provide a wide variety of aesthetics for the reader to choose from. There are no templates included in the book, but the projects show a number of creative methods of adapting stock pictures and designs to use.

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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