by Sue Walters
This is a complete course in the art of pyrography. Walters covers the properties of various materials (wood, leather, paper, gourds, tagua) and their preparation, pattern transfer, using color, and choosing nibs.
A texturing chart and well-illustrated exercises help the student develop the full range of effects possible with the three principal nibs: skew, writer and shader.
Step-by-step projects are graded for the beginner (ducks and bulrushes), intermediate (head of a golden eagle), and advanced (wolf). Each project expands skills in rendering hair, feathers, eyes, grass, water, etc. Ten patterns, shown in both line and tonal formats, include chickadees, a polar bear, a raccoon and a squirrel.
Softcover, 8-1/2" x 11", 137 pages, 2005.