Adventures in Wood Burning

Happy Wednesday, and apologies for the blog silence! A big commission came along and ate up most of my work time, particularly in the clean-the-workspace sense. Now that I’ve found all my tool again under the layer of sawdust, it’s time to show you what I made!

Kelsey Ball, owner of Peaks Coffee Co., recently acquired a new wholesale client and requested a custom wood burned sign to advertise her caffeinated wares. The board she supplied was made of an old pine pallet crate, perfectly matched to her company’s rustic aesthetic.

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The board at the bottom is for her company slogan – “Life is about enjoying the peaks and enduring the valleys.”

A quick hop to the store for a large format printout and I was ready to transfer the logo for burning:

This is where I discovered that pine, for all that it is soft, can be difficult to burn, especially with a rough board.

Dremel tool to the rescue! *carving montage*

Carving before burning provided the lines I was looking for and, though more time consuming, worked out nicely:

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Main sign complete!

On to the quote board!

After burning out that large board, the smaller text was a breeze, and the sign was ready for delivery (the quote board will ultimately hang from the main sign):

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Bonus: my work space still smells like freshly burned pine.

I am very clearly a faster worker when it comes to clay, but wood burning is very satisfying in its own right. Now, how to combine the two…

 

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