Pyrography is the ancient art of burning patterns, images, or words into wood. It is very similar to pokerwork. Heat is provided by either a soldering iron type of instrument, which has a point or shaped piece on the end; or by a pen shaped instrument with a shaped wire on the end. This is applied to the wood, and leaves a mark. The longer you leave the metal or wire in contact with the wood, the darker the mark. Ready cut and prepared wood pieces are available to buy, meaning the pyrographer can simply make his mark! The owl, jay and woodland scene are part of a set of 12 placemats we use regularly. They are on round mats about 10inches in diameter. The coasters are approx 4 inch diameter and finished the same as the placemats. They are all backed with a circle of felt, and varnished to be heatproof. The racing car is a small key ring. This has been worked in pyrography, painted with watercolour, then varnished. The three small pen pots all have the same design – a stylised picture and words from Psalm 23. The wooden chest was a gift to our grandson, who requested a sewing box – a treasure chest containing all his sewing paraphernalia seemed to meet the mark!