A custom piece, custom made for you, the customer.

If you’re wondering about the process of turning your idea into an actual factual fire and wood item, have a read of this post, because I’m about to attempt to explain it.

First off, I think, is the important aspect of the price. You want to know how much this is going to cost before giving me the go-ahead to create it.

I won’t charge the earth for my time, and it works out at under £10 an hour. So the other aspect which can alter its price is the materials.

Wood is one of the world’s most abundant resources; you can’t go very far without seeing a tree (unless you’re in the desert…or the polar regions…or atop Mount Everest… Well, you know what I mean).

There’s a treemendous amount of this sustainable resource, but suitable wood is actually quite expensive. I haven’t yet decided whether this is a paradox or an irony, but I have concluded it’s somewhat bothersome.

There are other factors involved, but it boils down to the time and effort required to grow a tree to an adequate size, and then convert that tree into useable pieces.

In another post (yet to be written) you’ll find more on the types, sizes and prices of wood, but for now let’s move on to the next element of the custom made pyrography piece process – the design.

Sometimes we know exactly what we want, other times we only have a vague idea, but regardless of how specific your concept is the next stage is to contact me to chat about the design.

You may be very sure about what you want, for instance recently I was asked to do this house sign with a bullfrog and a leprechaun on.

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During the design process I was asked to make the leprechaun more ‘leprechauny’, so I added a pot of gold and put a shamrock in her hat and hey presto! It was all systems go.

As it was a gift for someone who might see the website I sent the design stages by email, but in the past I’ve also put them in blog posts for clients to see, when secrecy isn’t an issue.

Conversely you may only be certain of elements of the design and happy to leave the rest up to me. This was the case with a sign I made for a friend. He gave me a nice piece of oak and asked for his company name on it, so I began working on some designs.

AEM designs

He chose the one he liked and I got cracking. For the reverse he asked for the name in calligraphy, then trusted the scorching to me and was very happy with how it turned out. Here’s me holding it up and looking like a right doofus.

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So, with a price you want to spend, and a design in mind, the next step is to choose a piece of wood. This is something which requires exploring a little deeper, so I’ll link the wood post in here when it’s written.

For now let’s move on to the next stage, which is to check the designs I’ve done and let me know what you like or don’t like, and if anything needs adding or omitting or rearranging.

We’re nearly there! When you’re happy with the design, and you’ve chosen a chunk of wood for it to go on, if it’s all systems go I’ll heat up the fire and scorch the item while you put your feet up and have a cup of tea.

With the burn completed the next step is to finish it with varnish, which I’ll talk about in the wood post.

And that concludes the process of crafting a custom made item from conception to completion. Look out for a future post on wood types, sizes and prices, and the varnishing process, but for now, cheerio!

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