Celtic knot

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Project by Bill posted 03-26-2013 10:25 PM 1225 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This my first official go at pyrography. This project was very relaxing, good thing, too, because it took me three hours to burn the top. I have been reading “The complete pyrography” by Stephen Poole. Like everything else in woodworking it takes a lot of practice and patience, but is definitely worth it.

Woods used are curly maple and wenge. The stripe in the side is put in before the board is resawn, and allows the corners to mach up perfectly.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 03-26-2013 10:38 PM

VERY nice!! Just out of curiosity, was it a “WOW, I’m done and it took me 3 hours!!” or more like “I’m finished and it only took me . . . HOLY SMOKE . . . it’s dinner time!!!”? Inquiring minds and all that.

I’d like to try pyrography but if the tool doesn’t have a fence, guard, guide, jig, hold-down, or brace, I’m usually a danger to myself and those around me – not to mention the wood. I’d probably end up with some Escheresque pattern on a box with previously identifiable but now unrecognizable grain. That wouldn’t be bad if my name were Escher and I had his talent. Unfortunately, neither is the case. :)

Well done.


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#2 posted 03-26-2013 11:32 PM

Pretty much the second one, but then again it usually is.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#3 posted 03-26-2013 11:50 PM

Nice looking box with a great job on the pyrography!!! 3 hours doesn’t sound too bad at all for the quality of work you accomplished!!


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#4 posted 03-26-2013 11:51 PM

That’s just way Celtic Cool!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#5 posted 03-27-2013 12:20 AM

Great job !

-- Todd

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#6 posted 03-27-2013 12:38 PM

Nice. Good looking box too.

I have always wanted to try that. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 03-27-2013 01:47 PM

Very nice. It looks good and I’m sure that it want be your last pyrography project.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 03-27-2013 02:12 PM

By the looks of the Celtic knot you show here, I’d say you are well on your way to adding even more interest to your already exemplary work ! Thanks for sharing my friend ! P.S. What kind of tool would you suggest for someone interested in adding shading and depth to their work ?(what did you start with?) thanks for any suggestions, don s

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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