Although their are many more wood carving and pyrography links to be found on the internet, I have found these to be very useful starting points for finding other carvers and pyrography related sites. Otherwise just nicely put together web sites that I frequently enjoy looking at. Web sites are in no particular order, just newer submitted ones near the top of each category. If there is a link here that is broken, or has changed to something inappropriate, please let us know about it.
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Lora S. Irish has a web site with literally hundreds of her patterns available for sale, that covers the spectrum of anything you might imagine burning onto wood.
Cheryl Dow has a web site now. Take a look at several of her latest works in her photo galleries. Cheryl uses, recommends, and also sells the Optima 1 pyrography tools, along with her books, various woods, and patterns.
If your looking for functional African Art, check out Linda Blanchette's web site called Ebon Arts. Ebon Arts is a small American company striving to faithfully and beautifully bring the spirit of African design their customers. Linda's pyrographic art is not only beautiful, it's also functional. With a wide selection of boxes, bowls, and plates, in a multitude of original designs, your bound to find something that you just have to have. Linda is demanding of herself, and of her tools, and was a major influence in the design of our #9M pen tip.
Dumitru Muridian's (aka Dino) work sets a new standard in the definition of "pyrography". Dino specializes in photo realistic portraits of people and guitars. His work is so realistic, you might think it is an actual photo, or some sort of PhotoShop trickery at first glance. Rest assured, this guy is really that good. Here is a local link to my favorite one of his done on paper called "Christian".
Arbutus Gallery features an eclectic collection of wood sculptures by Vancouver BC artist Frederick J. Kay.
Bruce Walker does beautiful relief carvings, or "carvatures" if you will. Take a look at these cabinet doors, recycled doors, and even a live tree trunk. As amazing as these relief carvings are, what really floored me is that Bruce only has the use of his left hand.
Rob Fulton of Spring Grove, IL at nippersinkraptorstudio.com will not only carve you a very realistic bird, he'll even throw in pictures of the entire bird carving process from beginning to end on CD; at no extra charge. All of his carvings are one of a kind, signed and dated by Rob. Commissioned work is excepted.
Looking for fish lures or decoys? Well take a look at Henry's Lure World. Henry Chaffin hand crafts his lures and decoys, and then hand paints them.
If you live near Somonauk Illinois, and your looking for something to do this September 17th through the 23rd, then you need to check out The Carving Shop web site of Joe Dillert for the 2nd annual GPO (Great Pig Out). Last years shindig was mostly for carvers, but there will be plenty of pyrographers attending this year as well. Activities include various seminars and classes (Ol Don, Cheryl Dow, and many other instructors), demonstrations (Carousel Horse Carving), as well as a people's choice award prizes (bring your carvings/pyrographic art, and your tools ;-). Detailed information about GPO 2001 can be seen at Bob Morris's web site, Woodenhorsestudio.com. Proceeds from this years GPO benefit "The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois".
Creative Woodworks & Crafts Magazine Online is geared toward intarsia and scroll saw topics. It features free patterns, articles, current issue overview, back issues, shop directory, submission guidelines, and much more for today's discriminating wood artist. While this may not seem directly related to carving or pyrography per se, many people that do scroll saw and/or intarsia use our tools to augment their work.
Jeff Greef Woodworking site is an online magazine of woodworking project plans, techniques, and resources for the home hobbyist woodworker.
Martyn Bednarzcuk specializes in ornamental carving and gilding, as well as sculptural work. He works closely with designers and architects creating original interiors and exteriors, private, public and corporate art to match the clients artistic preference.
Tom Pierce just got his site up, and we'll be getting more up to date in the coming weeks. Allot of Tom's carvings to be seen here, as well as other interesting links and stuff.
Terry from Bartlesville, OK has got a site with some interesting links (check out the Lizard Lady link ;-), and some photos of his hand carved carvings.
Here an interesting site done by multi-talented artist Michael Dunn. He not only does outstanding wood carvings, he is also very accomplished in other areas including bronze sculpture, and computer graphics among many other things.
A web site by Mike Dunk. A nicely crafted page with many pictures of his carvings, including many helpful tips to fellow carvers. Mike purchased an Optima 1 pyrographic burner a few months back, and is putting it to good use.
A home page by Bruce S. Haug Still under construction, has some good links, and pictures of his carvings.
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Pyrographyonline.com is a resource dedicated to teaching and learning pyrography. There is also a review of the Optima 1 Dual burner there, which doubles as a step by step tutorial for one of Lora Irish's most popular patterns.
Click that button, to join a list server just for pyrographers. There are three different ways to subscribe. Either you can download individual emails (may include list members uploaded photos), download the digest version (no photos, only text), or just read and enjoy it online with your browser. A great pyrography resource, give it a try today.
Bill Judt's Woodcarver mailing list server. The best source for woodcarving information, news, and camaraderie. Of course, you'll also want to check out his BI-monthly woodcarving electronic magazine (Ezine for short), not to mention his personal home page.
A great place to start learning the basic techniques and skills of pyrography, The Woodburner is dedicated to encouraging and teaching people about woodburning. Included on the site is a nine step "start learning" guide, as well as a message board where you can ask questions or get extra help. You can also subscribe to a newsletter, or just look in the newsletter archives.
The Northwest Wood Carvers Association has a page up now, and has information the carving shows that they host in their area soon (Federal Way, WA). Their featured artist is Judy E, Caldwell, a consistent winner of several show awards.
Chip Chats or NWCA web site. If you enjoy carving of any kind, get a subscription to their affordably priced full color magazine. It includes show reviews, carving patterns and projects, editorials, and several articles by noted artists.
If you know of or have a web page dedicated to decorative wood carving, please email me its URL. Please include a description of your web site to be used to describe it on this page.
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