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Ardington School of CraftsDoorway
Pyrography - Burning Designs on Wood
Course Date: Wednesday 29th November 2017
Category: Wood & Willow
Tutor: Bob Neill
Price: £80


Pyrography is very similar to using a pen or pencil. Anyone can create with Pyrography. With a little practice you will soon perfect the technique, mastering the use of pressure and speed of stroke

Further Detail

After giving a brief talk on the history of Pyrography, Bob will demonstrate various techniques along with the correct and safe use of the tools.

You will begin by starting with simple tasks, working on things such as small plaques, coasters and key fobs. As your confidence grows so will the size of piece you can work on...things like plaques for picture making, cheese/bread boards etc.

If you're worried about not being able to create a design or don't consider yourself artistic then you can use rubber stamps, stencils and transfer paper to help create designs

For more images take a look at Bob's website here


This course is suitable for a range of abilities including beginner


There will be a good selection of blanks to work on costing from £1 to £8

Materials are not included in your course fee. All materials will be provided by the tutor, payable to the tutor during the course

Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book if your course involves buying materials from the tutor - tutors are unable to take card payments at the school

Please bring with you:


Your own line drawing designs

Your own wood to work on - if bringing your own, it needs to be either Sycamore, Beech or Birch Ply

Tutor Profile

Bob has taught art at secondary level in Derbyshire and London for over 20 years. He was one of the leaders in developing 'basic design ideas' in art education in the early 60's.

During the 60's and 70's Bob exhibited large abstract paintings, mosaics and metal constructions in many top galleries across the country. His experience of using wood, metal and plastics took him into another area in the seventies - designing and making toys for disabled children.

In 1975 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Scholarship in order to exchange ideas with toy designers in the USA and Canada.

By the late 70's he had become part of the pyrographic revival - a traditional craft practiced for many years in South America, Africa, Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe.

Bobs decorated turned work developed through his many contacts on the 'craft fair' circuit during the early 80's and his teaching at craft supplies.

In 2003 he was awarded a Shackleton Trust Scholarship - teaching pyrography in the Falkland Islands.

Timings & Refreshments

Please aim to arrive between 9.30 and 9.45am to allow for a prompt 10am start. Fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with homemade cookies in the morning, a complimentary sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. ​SPECIAL DIETS: As peoples' allergies, intolerances, special diets and preferences are so many and varied, we are not able to cater for these. However, we will be able to cater for a gluten free diet so please tell us on arrival