There are many different types of wood you can use when creating pyrography artwork, but is basswood good for wood burning art?
In short, basswood is highly regarded among woodworkers and pyrography artists for its soft and even grain, which makes it an excellent choice for various projects.
In this post, I explore whether basswood is a good choice for pyrography, the benefits of using basswood, and my experience using basswood for wood burning art and other creative projects.
Why Choose Basswood for Pyrography?
Softness and Ease of Burn
One of the most significant advantages of using basswood for pyrography is its softness. This is a huge reason why it’s my go-to wood to burn on.
The soft nature of basswood allows the pyrography pen or tool to glide smoothly across the surface, making it very easy to create intricate details and fine lines.
This feature is especially beneficial for beginners, as it provides a forgiving surface to practice and develop skills on.
Minimal Grain Disturbance
Basswood has a fine and uniform grain pattern, which minimizes grain disturbances during the burning process. You’ve probably seen some wood slices with some crazy grains – though those are really cool, it can be hard to wood burn around as you have to work it into your design.
With basswood, you can create without worrying about irregularities in the wood grain.
Basswood is available in various thicknesses and sizes, making it versatile for different types of pyrography projects. Whether you’re working on an ornament, a large wall hanging, etc, you can easily find basswood pieces that suit your needs.
Another advantage of basswood is its widespread availability. Many craft stores, art supply shops, and online retailers offer basswood boards and panels specifically designed for pyrography.
My go-to basswood wood slices are available from Walnut Hollow. They have the best wood! You can find them online, at Michaels, Amazon, etc.
Unlike some other types of wood, basswood produces minimal odor when burned.
Makes A Great Canvas
I use basswood for many types of projects. Besides wood burning, I also have used basswood as a canvas for acrylic, watercolor, and oil paintings! Its smooth surface makes it an ideal canvas for many mediums. Plus it’s so much more fun to paint on wood than canvas. 🙂
My Experience Working With Basswood
Currently, basswood is almost exclusively the only wood I use for my wood burning art. Many of the reasons why I choose to work with this wood are listed above. I like how soft it is to burn, it’s easily available for me to purchase, and the grain is easy to work with.
For my wood burned signs, basswood is the only wood I use. For coasters, I sometimes also use aspen wood and birch wood.
But honestly, I would always choose basswood over any other wood if I had a choice as it’s just that great to work with!
Also, if you are a beginner wood burner, I highly recommend starting with basswood.
Using Basswood For Wood Burning Art
In the world of pyrography, the choice of wood plays a huge role in the outcome of your art. Basswood provides a great canvas for both beginners and experienced artists to bring creative visions to life.
So, if you’re looking to explore the art of wood burning, consider giving basswood a try – it might just become your preferred canvas for this captivating art form!
Have a question about basswood or wood types to use for pyrography? Let me know in the comment section below. Thanks for reading!