Gourds by Laurie Banner

Pyroengraving Gourds

pyroengraved gourd craft

I am not a pro!! These basic tips come from what I have learned on my own and are only meant to help someone who is just beginning.

If there is something you think I should add or you would like more info. on a specific topic, just e-mail me and I'll be happy to help.

Please note that when I wrote this tutorial I was using an Optima burner. In a short amount of time, I had many problems with it!!!!! The cord and several pens went bad.......It failed to maintain a steady heat....etc.

I've now been using a Detail Master for a while now and find it much more realiable! Therefore, I have removed the link I once had on this page to the Optima Burners and have added a link at the bottom of this page for anyone interested in getting more info. on or purchasing the Detail Master® online!

Getting Started


Planning the Design


Pyroengraving Tips


Staining, & Finishing

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The Ultimate Wood Burner.....

advanced woodburner
Detail Master Professional Burners
$ 99.99 - $174.99

$ 29.99 ea.
(sold seperately)

Wide Selection of
Replaceable Tips
$ 7.99 ea.
(sold seperately)

Purchase all three to make a complete system. The tips slip into the handpiece and can be interchanged as often as needed.

Purchasing your first professional burning unit can seem quite confusing. You will notice there are three different models of the base unit . The difference in them is their heat range and the number of pens you can plug in at once. I use the "Sabre" model and burn a considerable amount. It provides more than enough heat for me and it never surges like with other brands I have used. I should also add that the "Sabre" model only has one plug for a pen and I have yet to wish it had two ;-) I find it easy enough to just change out the tips!

I really think that the "Dagger" model (which is the least expensive) would have even been enough for me! I would highly suggest buying the least expensive unit if you aren't sure how much you will really use it.

Beginners Woodburning Kit

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