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Ukuleleblues
09-04-2016, 03:59 AM
Does anyone have experience in wood burning a design on a wooden instrument (ukulele, dulcimer, guitar)? Pics of the finished product or advice on wood burning equipment and the process would be greatly appreciated.

Booli
09-04-2016, 05:41 AM
Seems to me that what you are talking about is called:

either 'Pyrography'

or 'Pyrographics'

I have dabbled with it a bit on scrap wood using a 100-watt soldering iron, but have no formal training or info other than what I saw here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrography

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEX9-Rgw3uk

maybe these links will help you?

let me know...:)

Ukuleledad
09-04-2016, 06:42 AM
Does anyone have experience in wood burning a design on a wooden instrument (ukulele, dulcimer, guitar)? Pics of the finished product or advice on wood burning equipment and the process would be greatly appreciated.

Well that's really weird! My Aunt is a professional pyrographer, and I spoke to her only the other day about putting a design on a ukulele. She said that it would be straightforward BUT it could only be done on an unvarnished surface.

If you google pyrography, you will get loads of info on equipment - get some scrap bits of pine board for practice.

kypfer
09-04-2016, 12:31 PM
I've seen something very similar produced using a metal stencil and a blowtorch. Making the stencil will obviously take as long as it takes, depending on the intricacy of the design, but thereafter the production of the finished "artwork" is a matter of seconds and it is totally reproduceable.

Inevitably, practice will be needed ;)

bonesigh
09-04-2016, 06:34 PM
I wood burned a name around a soundhole once for my Daughter's friend. Then she chose a different uke! LOL now somewhere around here is a uke that say's 'Rosemary'. Sometimes I think of adding parsley and sage but the burning was so tedious (for me). Perhaps I wasn't doing it right or it's because of the surface not being just plain wood. It was (is) an inexpensive Korala with a basic dull finish.

PhilUSAFRet
09-04-2016, 09:28 PM
I haven't, but have toyed with the idea. A decent wood burning pen with an assortment of tips would help. Here's one guy that does it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcUP8CCDJ2c

Lori
09-05-2016, 07:07 AM
Laser engraving is an option, but it gives a different look. Easy to reproduce for multiple pieces though, and great for delicate detail. Kanile'a has a model called the Island Tat that looks like it is using that technique. Luna ukulele also has several examples of laser engraved designs.

–Lori

Down Up Dick
09-05-2016, 07:15 AM
Yeah, I was gonna suggest looking at some Luna Ukes to see if you like the look.

I have a Luna "Peace" Uke that I like a lot. Plays well and sounds good too. :old:

stevejfc
09-05-2016, 12:20 PM
Laser burning is pretty much all you see now

dkp
09-05-2016, 10:32 PM
I'm going to burn a honu onto my cajon. Not a big investment since the cajon cost about $50 whereas my performane ukes cost close to $2000 each.