The Process   Once the burning is complete for each item, I go back in and add any color necessary.    I use a wide variety of mediums for the color application depending on what I would like the final outcome to be.  All of my pieces are finished with a low odor water based finish that stays clear, resists yellowing over time and provides a durable protective coating, so that the beauty you see when you receive your item, is the same beauty that will last over time.

 

                            The Process

Once the burning is complete for each item, I go back in and add any color necessary.    I use a wide variety of mediums for the color application depending on what I would like the final outcome to be.

All of my pieces are finished with a low odor water based finish that stays clear, resists yellowing over time and provides a durable protective coating, so that the beauty you see when you receive your item, is the same beauty that will last over time.

The Tools

I'm frequently asked what burner and tips I use.  for the past couple of years my go to burner has been a burnmaster HAWK.  I also have a detail Master unit that I use with a razertip pen and tips.  By far, the burnmaster is my favorite and gets the most hours of use for a few reasons.  The main reasons are that is a solid unit, the pen feels the most natural in my hand, and it's the only pen I've found that doesn't get ridiculously hot while you're using it.  I definitely use the detail master and pens, but always go back to my burnmaster. 

As for the colors I use, it really all depends on what I want for the final product.  I will use everything from wood dye to colored pencils.  I'm always experimenting with different mediums to see what works for what I want to achieve.

The materials

I Work hard, with all of the materials I use in my woodburning, to support small businesses whenever and wherever I can.  From the hinges and latches on my boxes to the finish I purchase for all my items from an independent store.

I do all of the lathe work and turning for my burned items.  Once each piece is sanded smooth, it's ready to burn on.

Each of the boxes I burn on is handcrafted to my exact specifications by a father and son team of woodworkers. I receive the boxes completely unfinished and ready to start the design process and burning.