Picks of the Week 1/14 – 1/21/2011

Welcome to the first Picks of the Week!–what will hopefully be a continue series highlighting the weekly listings and relistings of Pyrographers of Etsy team members. Anyone can curate a Picks of the Week, just let me know what week you want and I’ll set you up. And don’t be intimidated by WordPress either. If you need step-by-step instructions for how to make your first post, I’d be happy to oblige.

A couple quick notes: I don’t think its appropriate for curators to include their own work, and it’s probably best to keep the number of highlighted items to a minimum (I chose five). Also, be sure to include the tag “Pyrography Team” in all of your woodburning-related listings in order to stand a chance of being included in one of these posts.

It wasn’t easy, but I managed to narrow down all of our work from the week of Friday the 14th. Click the images to see their listings on Etsy.

Parizadhe's Steampunk Gears Spoon Set

Parizadhe's Steampunk Gears Spoon Set

First up, the work of our team Captain Parizadhe! Her work can be found in two Etsy shops: Greenwood Creations and Greenwood Occasions. Steampunk is huge on Etsy, but usually as jewelry. I never would have thought to do it as woodburning. Notice how rather than burn in the gears, Parizadhe burns the space around them, which is much more difficult and time consuming. They look great!

lindakellyart's Original pyrography grapes and vines gourd design folk art

lindakellyart's Original pyrography grapes and vines gourd design folk art

Color and texture are what stands out about this gourd art by lindakellyart. It looks like something that would be fun to touch, and the color palette is limited enough that it looks thought out (the colors have a distinct feel together). I also like lindakellyart’s explanation on the gourd’s Etsy listing about who it would be good for (everyone, but “especially you wino’s”).

jerryswoodworks's Broken Heart Wine Bottle Stopper

jerryswoodworks's Broken Heart Wine Bottle Stopper

This wine stopper stands out from the rest. Jerry found a way to use an imperfection in the wood as part of the composition of the burning, and it looks very well done. Be sure to check out all of the other wine stoppers in his shop!

cchanart's Chinese Goddess Gourd 5

cchanart's Chinese Goddess Gourd 5

cchanart’s Chinese Goddess Gourd 5 is amazing, as is everything else in her shop. It’s delicately crafted and demonstrates a perfect blend between pyrography and painting. My favorite details are where she blends the leaves into the background rather than giving everything sharp edges. Take a look at the closeup images on the gourd’s Etsy page.

greenwomancrafts's Celtic Ogham staves made with corresponding woods

greenwomancrafts's Celtic Ogham staves made with corresponding woods

I had to look up what these were, so for anyone else like me, here’s a page with an explanation of Ogham Staves. With these staves, greenwomancrafts uses pyrography for practical reasons (it’s more durable than paint), which is different from how most of us use it. These staves also seem to be for the wood lovers among us: Each staff corresponds to a specific species of tree, and greenwomancrafts actually used the correct species for each divination symbol.

That’s it for this week. I welcome feedback and I’ll try to have something for next week unless someone else wants to take a stab at it.