What are your most liked type of woods for Pyrography and why?
hI Everyone! I am new here.
I would like to clarify why I am asking this question, in hopes I might gain more replies...
I am in Michigan, and primarily burn on basswood. I have burned on pine and hate it. I have tried other woods and tend not to like those that burn hot. I didn't have very much success with birch ply, it burned very hot, and I seemed to have no control over it. Maybe the piece I had wasn't a good specimen.
I am asking for suggestions primarily for a friend. His name is Mike, and he lost his sight due to illness a few years ago. Since, he has taken up woodworking. Most of the things he makes are large items like Adirondack chairs.
He asked my help to try and figure out some things he could make that would be reasonable to ship. I immediately thought of the pyrography community. I once lived in the same area as he does, (I have since moved 7 hours south in the state) and had access to a cabinet making factory, and the owner would save the widest basswood planks for me, selling them to me extremely reasonably. I am putting Mike in touch with him for a wood source, and I told him I would find out some wood species, and have Mike go there and see what he can get, and pop them in a box to post to me. I would try them for pyro, and let him know which I liked best, or which others liked best, so he can make up some smalls that will have reasonable shipping, Things like boxes, squares, pendant rounds. This way pyrographers could have an additional source at a reasonable price, and Mike could make some money to pay some medical bills.
So any information you can share would be great. Please also, in addition to types of wood, if you have any ideas for small things he could make that pyrographers would like to burn on, that would be really helpful as well and I will pass the suggestions along to him. When he finishes making some things, I plan on doing a website for him and his wife.