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Wood

ash

Ash

Looks white, brown and red, furrowed with veins, works well with pyrography.

birch

Birch

Off white to a light yellow colour. It has a close grain with an even texture and is easy to pyrograph.

box

Box

Compact and pale yellow, the grain is quite straight to slightly irregular, a fine and even texture.

cherry

Cherry

Pale-pinkish brown, straight grain and a fairly fine and even texture. Medium hard wood, easy to pyrograph.

chestnut

Chestnut

Often spiral, cross or wavy grained. It gives a good contrast of tones.

holly

Holly

Cream-white, sometimes with a greenish-grey cast. The grain tends to be irregular, but has a fine even texture.

hornbeam

Hornbeam

Hard wood with greyish streaks. The grain is irregular making it difficult to burn smooth lines.

lime

Lime

Creamy yellow in colour. The grain is straight and the texture is fine and uniform.

mahogony

Mahogony

A dull hard wood, deep reddish brown in colour. Good for signs, but it gives no contrast for images.

maple

Maple

Creamy white, the grain is generally straight but often curly or wavy. It's fine texture allows for precise work.

oak

Oak

Varies greatly in colour depending on origin. It is very difficult to pyrograph as it is very hard.

pear

Pear

Pinkish-brown in colour, with fine pores. It is straight grained and has a fine and even texture, excellent for pyrography.

pine

Pine

A light coloured wood, with a well defined grain. The alternating hard and soft lines make pyrography difficult.

sycamore

Sycamore

One of the most popular woods in pyrography. It is white to creamy white in colour with a natural lustre.