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Pyrography Basics – Burn a Stag or Squirrel ~ FULLY BOOKED!

Pyrography Basics - Burn a Stag or Squirrel ~ FULLY BOOKED!


10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Bookings closed

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On this Autumn Pyrography workshop you will create a burn on a light wooden plaque to hang on the wall, or give as a present.

We will be using sophisticated pyrography machines to create professional results, learning how to burn lines of different thicknesses and shading effects safely. An opportunity to be creative using zentangle pattern designs will work well with the medium, and create a unique piece of hand burned artwork to take home. Even as a beginner you can create a beautiful piece, and will be guided through each stage with demonstrations.

Time allowing, Colour and varnish can be added later in the afternoon, and perhaps a key hook screwed on, to convert to a practical purpose.










Part 1 – safety / operation / effects and practice.

  • Intro and examples of Claire’s work showing different techniques: Stippling, thick / thin lines / shading gradients
  • Nibs – Different pens/machine types (basic or more sophisticated)
  • Guided Exercise – write your name/freestyle different lines on a blank with different nibs
  • Look at changing nibs on pens 
  • Technical aspects and safety

Part 2 -Project – Plan and Burn

  • Trace a stencil of animal, line outline first, then plan with pencil only the sections, shading aspects/effects – and colour
  • Any other elements can be pencilled on
  • NOTE – copy paper doesn’t rub out easily, hence switch to pencil for details, which can be rubbed out post-burn
  • Burn outline at least before…LUNCH


  • Finish burn and shade in
  • Acrylic colour – block colour sections for impact, or use washes for subtlety
  • Add quick dry vanish
  • Hooks to screw in to make plaque into key hook if desired

Extension project …

Hoping most will get to try a few other doodles on hanging beech discs and blanks provided of different types of wood – move on to try harder solid wood and see difference in technique required.

H&S – If you are very smoke sensitive you will not enjoy this workshop, or anyone with Eye, Asthma or other lung condition, although room will be well ventilated.

Equipment and Materials provided: Machines, wood, varnish, gold/silver/white/red acrylic, dust mask.

Please Bring: Pencil, rubber, fine paintbrush plus clear goggles/eye protection if desired. Bring a jumper/wrap if its a cold day as we will have windows open for some of it!

Workshop Tutor:

Claire Bennett is a local artist specialising in Pyrography – the Ancient Art of burning wood. Originally done using pokers, we now have electrical equipment with a range of different techniques and effects available. Good effects without good equipment and planning, can be hard to achieve, so Claire uses a quality machine with different wire nibs to get fine detail. Claire been practising pyrography full time for several years, and sells a variety of wooden products online and at various local craft events up and down the welsh coast.

Places are limited to six participants and must be booked in advance.

Workshop Fee: £36 per person

NB. There is an additional £5 per person for materials, to be paid in cash on the day.

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You may also be interested in other creative  workshops at Denmark Farm including; Beginners Basket making, Make a Willow Laundry Basket, Leathercraft for Beginners, Willow Garden Trug and Tool Sharpening and Repair.  Please see our events calendar for our full list.
If you’d like to make a weekend of it and stay at Denmark Farm, please enquire about availability in our self-contained Eco Lodge or Shared Dormitory.


This event is fully booked.

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