Michael, you can look online for some good sites that offer getting started tips on pyrography (wood burning). You can purchase inexpensive sets to start with. You can also download some patterns from several sites. Most people start out with a simple soldering iron set that has different screw in tips. Wall Mart carries a good one from Walnut Hollow, you can also get some wood planks there. Hope this helps.
Thank you Brian for the kind words of encouragement.
It's always a good day when you wake up, so don't sweat the small stuff.