My Pyrography (Woodburning)

In the fall of 1999, I met an artist from Holland, MI that was really into pyrographics.  I had never even thought about using woodburning to express my ideas.  After trying it, I found that I really enjoyed this media.  It was so relaxing because one has to go slower than drawing because it takes more time to burn wood than to spread ink or graphite. 

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Vegetanimal from Outer Space Cross-Section

The Vegetanimal started out as a papier maché project I did in the spring of 2004.  In January 2006, I created a watercolor featuring the Vegetanimal.  This time, I created a woodburning that is meant to represent a cross-section through the Vegetanimal, revealing the interior make-up of this unusual creature/plant.  It was completed on October 22, 2006.









My third project was to take on the door to my den.  It was unfinished wood and I never got around to staining it and finishing it, so I figured, why not make it into a work of art instead.  In addition to the woodburned designs on the door, it is also adorned with other natural objects such as feathers, fur, wasp nests, a deer jaw bone and teeth, sponges, shells and seed pods.  It also contains two built-in planters at the bottom of the door that hold two living plants.  I did most of it in 2000 and then there were still some empty spaces I thought would look better filled in.  So in December 2003, I filled in those areas and I think it's finally complete.  Although most of the shapes are pretty abstract, near the center is a region with a lot of animals of my own creation.  The part near the lower left looks like a digestive system.  God's Eye appears near the upper left, shooting out symbols of my own design.  Near the bottom right is a trilobite of my own design.  I also took some really interesting photographs of a Polyphemus Moth as well as a Pandora Shinx Moth on this door .

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Whole door 


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Lower Portion
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Top Portion 
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Close-up of animals
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Super Close-up of animals
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Trilobite Close-up
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First stomach close-up
(left side)


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 Second stomach close-up (bottom left)
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Spiral close-up(middle left)
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God's Eye close-up (upper left)
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Mushrooms and butterflies (upper right).  Also shows rainbow from a prism in my window.
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Sea urchin with Darwin fur surrounded by woodburned spiral (lower middle)
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Wasp nest in rabbit fur, sponge with Darwin fur and bluejay feather (top)


Wood Slices

These are my first attempts at woodburning.

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Woodburned slices, 2000



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