I think almost every one of us got to experiment around with wood burning at one point during our childhood. At least I have memories of my eight-/nine-year-old self, vigorously gripping the wood burning pencil and trying to burn a steady line into that piece of wood that was supposed to be a bread board (yes, some Germans do not use plates for their Abendbrot, they use wooden boards), adorned with the image of an hedgehog. Well, my lines were rather clumsy … I never got much further than that with wood burning (for a reason), but the wood burning by Stef Butler from Walsall, England, goes waaaaay beyond those childhood experiments of mine.
Stef calls herself a pyrography artist. Which sounds just as rad as her work is. Her lines surely are not clumsy, but precise, and allow her to carve out every detail of her pictures painted with fire. Stef’s subjects are mostly found in flora and fauna, and are occasionally accompanied by her fine lettering, which comes in a great variety of styles.
Stef operates under the name of Agni Prasada Burning, and most of the wood burning she does is commissioned work for weddings, baby showers, Mother’s Day and other occasions. Her product range varies from big pieces to book marks and tiny boxes for wedding rings.
I have great respect for Stef’s work, because when burning pictures into wood you cannot use an eraser like you can when drawing, and you cannot paint over the picture if you don’t like it the way you can do it with acrylic paint or oil paint. Even if you sketch out your picture, you must be confident with every line you burn!
To get an idea of Stef’s amazing pyrographic art, here is a selection of her works (photo credit belongs to Stef Butler, Agni Prasada Burning):
Stef sometimes also works with skulls/bones:
~ Lisa v. D.