Pyrography Burners

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Pyrography Burners

Pyrographstation.jpg
Synonyms: pyrograph; DE: Brandkolben, Brandmalkolben,
Brennkolben, "Brenn-Peter", Elektroschreiber
Type: engraving/marking
Material: wood, cork, leather
Access Requirements: Heat Introduction
Tutors: Lukas
NitramLegov
Pakue
Johannes
Luzian
Keno
Similar (More or Less): branding irons,
encaustic pens (Wachsmalkolben)



A pyrography burner can be used to burn freehand drawings and small patterns into wood, e.g. for marking or decorational purposes. Using a laser cutter is much easier for intricate designs.

Although many of these burners look like a soldering iron, please refrain from using one for soldering - remains of charred wood in your solder will not exactly improve the connections and remains of solder may taint the pyrography.

Health & Safety

  • only solid untreated wood, cork or leather should be burned with this tool as other materials may release harmful fumes (see Wikipedia)
  • make sure you have good ventilation even if "your" fumes are not especially harmful
  • obviously, the burner gets hot and should not be touched while plugged in or shortly after
    • use a metal stand to rest the tool when it is hot
  • regularly check the fit of your tip - especially the screw-in tips of cheap models often don't stay in properly, but we won't invest in a fancier burner until we see how popular the technique is

Use

Sketching your design in pencil beforehand is always a good idea, and scribing it with a pricking awl may help you guide the burner along its lines.

Move the burner along its path until you achieved the desired look - the slower, the darker!

Example Project

Thise shelf was decorated with a pyrography burner:

Pyrography - shelf.JPG


Parkside PBMK 30 A1

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Parkside PBMK 30 A1

Parkside PBMK 30 A1.jpg
Type: Pyrography Burner
Material: wood, leather, cork
Location: chop saw station
Access Requirements: Heat Introduction
Status: available
Manual: manualslib
Tutors: Lukas
NitramLegov
Pakue
Johannes
Luzian
Keno



This pyrography burner can be used to creatively draw and also as a small branding iron with ready-to-use symbols. We got this basic model with some accessories as a donation.

Available Accessories

  • stand
  • 12 different brass tips
Available tips


Ideal ESH

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Ideal ESH

Pyrographstation.jpg
Synonyms: etching pencil;
DE: Freihand-Elektroschreiber, "Arkograf"
Type: Pyrography Burner
Material: wood, cork, leather
Location: Lukas' workbench (until repaired)
Access Requirements: Heat Introduction
Status: needs new tips; in commissioning
Tutors: Lukas
NitramLegov
Pakue
Johannes
Luzian
Keno



The Ideal ESH is an older pyrograph that does not seem to be produced anymore. NOTE: the only electrode wire broke so we need to find new ones! The corresponding "Arkograf" part looks very similar so it may fit this model as well.

a broken tip may still be used for a little while as long as the ends contact each other

New tungsten tips for metal etching would be really nice as well! We might also be missing the second "pen" for this purpose, though - to be verified. It should function similar to a tiny TIG welder, but without the dangerous light. [1]


This tool is not ready for use yet since not all commissioning steps have been completed. The process is not yet tracked on GitHub. Feel free to contribute to making it usable, any help is very welcome!

Task comment Status
Name the tool: - done
Take a picture - done
Find the manual as PDF needed for all machines - add a link to the InfoBox or comment where you could not find it pending
Documentation source for new tips?? Arkograf might work (30 € for 10 pcs) pending
Print QR-Code use the wikicrawler pending
Introduction to be included in "heat" pending
Security Check to be done or witnessed by a manager pending
Test to be done or witnessed by a manager pending
tool's name, owner and approx. value provide to Patrick for inventorization pending
Last step: make it available physically and in the wiki - then delete this template pending





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