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    What is one tool or technique you cannot live without. And no fair saying your woodburner unit... that's assumed. But if there is a tip or pen, or other tool you can't live without, let us know what it is and why, and your submission may appear in the upcoming issue of Pyrography. Please private message us with your full name and mailing address so we can give you proper credit in the magazine). And this can be a technique too... if you stipple all the time, tell us that and tell us why!!!

    Bob

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    Bob, I definitely like a soldered tip pen, with about a 3/16" saber tip. The replaceable tips tend to create a little more heat in the handle, when the connection starts to get loose.

    That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. Tom
    If I took the time to fix all my mistakes, I wouldn,t have time to make new ones.

    www.spokanecarvers.com

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    • #3
      Re: Favorite Tool or Technique

      Bob, I use an Optima 1 burning unit with primarily 6 or so nibs. I have been using the Optima for about 20 years and have had no problems. I am a carver so for many years it was used for adding details to some of my carvingsā€¦and signing them. Then a few years ago the wife bought me a small lathe and I started turning bowls, platters and many small lidded boxes. To add embellishments to the turnings I started burning them with various designs. A couple of years ago I was in a local hobby store and they had these lapboards with nice clean wood. I burned a Zentangle design on one and by chance put it in a local show where it sold immediately. Well, I was hooked and have been doing Zentangle designs on many turnings and two-dimensional rounds and squares. Attached are a few examples of some of the many fun pieces I have done.

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        Re: Favorite Tool or Technique

        I haven't gotten to use it much, but I really, really like the Wall Lenk temperature regulator I can plug my cheap little wood burning pen into. I can get really light shades instead of burning the wood to much.
        It's a really good addition to my expensive wood burner.
        My ETSY shop:
        https://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodforddellDesigns

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        • #5
          Re: Favorite Tool or Technique

          Wall lenk? sounds like a good idea!
          "Lif iz lik a box "o" choc lets, ya nevr kno whut yull git!"

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            Re: Favorite Tool or Technique

            Hi Ho or anyone that may be interested, here's a review I did a while back about it-
            http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.co...gulator-53234/
            My ETSY shop:
            https://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodforddellDesigns

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            • #7
              Re: Favorite Tool or Technique

              My Razertip HD#5MP Spear Shader. It's the tool I do most of my work. Dino a.k.a. Rezbar.

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              • #8
                Re: Favorite Tool or Technique

                I do most of my work with the Colwood small ball tip - it's great for "scribble" shading, some outlining and stippling.

                My favorite technique is the scribble shading - you can get a nice, uniform shade, and build up smooth transition shading by going over areas with multiple passes.

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                • #9
                  Re: Favorite Tool or Technique

                  Hello Bob,
                  I have been practicing Pyrography now for a couple months. I have a Colwood Detailer and my favorite tip this far would be the "MR". This tip is very versatile, it allows you to make fine lines, and the rounded Heel makes shading a breeze without fear of the heel digging into the wood. Here is my latest piece I finished which was accomplished with a setting of 4-5 and 90% of the detail with the "MR" tip. I would love to get some feedback on my piece if you have the time.
                  Thanks again and Happy Burning!
                  Matthew Small


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                  • #10
                    Re: Favorite Tool or Technique

                    That is awesome. it looks just like the picture

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