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Best features in types of wood to use in woodburning

By on December 21, 2015
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By far, the best types of wood to use in woodburning have proven to be basswood, Italian and Birch plywood and Maple. However, since different types of wood vary in their quality, the best way to tell if a particular type of wood is appropriate for woodburning is to determine if they hold most important quality features that good woodburning material should. It is important to determine if it produces as little grain as possible, whether or not it provides a good amount of contrast between shades, how appropriate the texture of the wood is and whether or not the wood will release toxic matter in contact to heat. Read our thoughts on most important features that the wood you would use for your woodburning projects should have.

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Minimum grain

A good quality wood for woodburning should produce as little grain as possible, during the process of woodburning. Grain appears as a consequence of friction between the woodburning pencil and the wooden surface. Grain can make all the work more difficult and pose a safety hazard. On the one hand, the build-up of grain during the process of woodburning can cause the pencil to slide, and basically, disturb the aesthetic of the whole piece. On the other hand, grain poses a safety hazard, because sliding of the woodburning pencil can result in skin burns and other injuries.

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Contrast

An appropriate type of wood for woodburning should create a good contrast between the clear and the treated surface. This way, once you draw the line across the surface of the wood, the area that is burnt should easily go dark, without having to apply too much pressure. If the material requires too much pressure so that it would show a trace, it creates a too sharp line and poses a safety hazard. If you need to burn too deep to get a trace, you are in danger of inhaling toxic matter.

Texture/softness

The Wooden material should be soft enough to be burnt with minimum pressure. If the material requires you to push hard in order to treat it, it makes the work uncomfortable and compromises the quality of your work. Before you start working on your material, make sure to inspect it for this quality. The wood just mustn’t be too hard. If the wood is too hard for you to work with, your patterns, images, and shading will lack elegance, and it can even cause you to make errors due to exhaustion.

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Minimum toxicity

Different types of wood contain various toxic matter which you might be inhaling while woodburning. Get informed about the chemical structure of the wood you wish to work on before you start. Sadly, consequences of chemical poisoning don’t necessarily show during or shortly after you finish your work. Devastating consequences to your health might show years later when it’s already too late to protect yourself. Guide yourself with the thought that it is better to be safe than sorry, and do your homework to make sure that the wood you are working with doesn’t contain any hazardous chemicals.

We are devoted and passionate woodburners, who have been practicing this craft for many years. Woodburning is a noble and delicate craft, which requires passion, devotion, and full engagement.

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We are devoted and passionate woodburners, who have been practicing this craft for many years. Woodburning is a noble and delicate craft, which requires passion, devotion, and full engagement.

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