Simon Easton, who earned a Bachelor of Art from Manchester Metropolitan University, has received numerous awards for his woodturning, silver-smithing and pewterware work. His work has also been displayed at Pewterer's Hall in London and has toured the UK as part of the "One Tree" exhibition. He lives in Wiltshire, UK.
As a child, I took a brief stab at woodburning. My brother had received a kit as a birthday present and was willing to share.I don't know what happened to that artwork of my youth, but wow, woodburning (formally pyrography) has come a long way.A few weeks ago, a new book arrived at my desk. One look at the cover and I was hooked on woodburning all over again. Now, it's classy, even contemporary. After browsing through "Woodburning with Style" by Simon Easton, I bought a woodburning kit the following weekend.The way Easton presents his subject matter is simple and well presented in words and pictures. He starts with the basics: what tools you need and how to use them safely. Then come simple projects, with how-to photos and tips all along the way. He gradually sees us through making coasters, key rings, clocks, door signs and plaques. Planning, drawing, using patience, trying new objects, patterns and subjects.
The book wraps up with color techniques, eye-catching Celtic patterned border plates and appendices: types of wood, texture and pattern samples and resources.Thank goodness for "resources," because I was wondering where to get those bangle bracelets shown off on the book cover. I'm planning on turning some out for Christmas presents this year.Recently I purchased a couple of wood blanks in a local crafts store and sat down with Easton's book to give it a try. What I learned is I have a long way to go, and eventually I'll have to spring for that pricey pen.But all this inspired me to contact Easton by e-mail about his terrific new book and get the scoop about woodburning as art.
Were you born into pyrography?
I first experienced pyrography at a young age but I certainly don't consider myself to be young now! I remember using a pyrography kit in Design and Technology lessons at school to make a games board when I was 11 or 12. I then didn't touch any woodburning equipment again for another 15 years or so.
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"Woodburning with Style is the perfect book if you're just learning. Not only will it teach you about the equipment available, it covers decorative techniques, lettering, portraits and more, before providing a chapter of inspirational projects and photographs to really get your imagination going. - "Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement Magazine "It's packed full of useful tips and projects and basically everything you need to know about woodburning. Beautiful photos and a lovely writing style that will appeal to anyone!""Go buy!!!! "- Ruth Cunliffe, Crafter and Editor of Tip Top Toppers.blogspot.com "Woodburning with Style is beautiful in its own right and could happily grace any coffee table whether you are into pyrography or not. The presentation style is very accessible, a comprehensive guide for beginners and more experienced pyrographers. Chock full of tips and techniques that walk you through 'how to achieve a look' but not so structured that you would not be able to develop your own style". - Aviya Glass Blog
"Even new crafters can easily decorate any wooden surface and discover how to easily embellish objects with rich texture, patterns, and motifs". - Chip Chats Magazine
"Easton's teaching style imparts guidance while letting you find your own creative niche with the art form. If you are a beginner, this book will have you wanting to learn more, and if you are an experienced pyrographer you wlll be inspired by Easton's designs. "- Decorating Digest Magazine