by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  August 23, 2022
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Pyrography is where you decorate or design materials (especially woods) with burn marks by a heated object. This 17th-century art technique has continued its legacy to this day.

The term originated from the Greek words “pur” (fire) and “graphos” (writing), which equals “writing with fire”. From the time of the Han dynasty, it was known as “fire needle embroidery” in China.

Before the term “pyrography”, the name “pokerwork” had been most widely used.

Back then, people used to work with heated metal pokers to get soldering jobs done. As you can imagine, it was a difficult and lengthy process to reheat the poking object again and again.

Modern technology offers a various range of products such as wire-nib burners, laser cutters, and wood burner pens.

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