Giving a detailed description of each tip at times can be a disservice. The
pyrographer should not limit themselves to any manufacturers definition of tip
usage. Many of our customers have devised uses and techniques for our tips that
we have never dreamed of. The motto we like to use is, "The only limitation
is your imagination". Having said that I would like to offer this general
overview of tip usage that may be of help for the beginner. Our tips are divided
into three basic categories: straight tips, rounded tips, and specialty tips.
Within these categories the tips come in a variety of sizes; the smaller sizes
for smaller areas and finer detail, and larger sizes for larger areas and less
These tips styles are useful on, but not limited to 3 dimensional pieces
where concaved areas are encountered. The roundness of the tip allows the artist
to burn without digging or gouging the wood. Also, by rolling the pen
while burning you can create smooth curved lines on flat surfaces.
These tip styles are for simply drawing straight detailed lines. Feather
barbs, line drawings, etc.
These tip styles were created with a specific use in mind, such as the R
tips that make circles, the double tips that make two lines with one stroke,
etc. Again be careful not to get caught in the trap of thinking that even
specialty tips are limited to their defined use. For instance, fish scale
tips can be used to create different effect and designs, not just to burn
- Rounded Tips A, D ,J - Used anywhere on the carving. These tips are for concaved areas, such as
under the neck and where the leg joins the body. They will follow concaved surfaces
without digging into the wood. The "J" tip can be used to outline feathers. It
allows the artist to turn on a tight radius. The "A" for larger
areas, "D" for medium size areas and the "J" for the
- Pointed Tips B, F, G, K - Used anywhere on the carving.
- Style BR, GR, HR, KR, MR - Developed at the suggestion of world class carvers. the heel has been rounded
off to prevent digging into the wood. The "MR" is especially
useful for stamp art.
- Style C -
A writing tip
used to sign carvings, etc. Also used to burn nostrils and for burning plaques and designs
Style C1, C2 -
Small and large calligraphy, respectively. Not limited to calligraphy
effect. Can also be used for shading by holding tip horizontally, and for
writing by using the corners.
- Special Purpose Tips DA and DG - Double line burning tips allowing you to burn two lines simultaneously. The
"DA" is equivalent to 2 "D" tips and the "DG" is equivalent
to 2 "G" tips.
- Style E - A general
purpose tip with a cutting edge on each side.
- Style FSL, FSM, FSS - Designed to burn scales on fish. FSL - 1/4", FSM - 3/16", FSS -
- Style H - The same size
and shape as the "G" tip, but made with a heavier gauge material. This tip is
sharpened with a wider angle. It will burn a fine line, but does not burn as deeply into
the wood as other tips.
- Style LE - The Flame
tip. A smaller, longer (1 3/8") version of the "E" tip ideally suited to
smaller carvings. It has a cutting edge on both sides.
- Style LM - Same shape
as the "M" tip but a little longer (1 3/8").
- Style M - A Micro tip,
especially useful on miniatures and wherever fine detail burning is desired.
- Style MC - Similar to
a fine ballpoint pen. Each tip is individually ground and polished. this micro writing tip
is used for extremely fine writing, raising a duck bill's nostrils, indenting around a
duck bill nail, carving wrinkles on birds and fish, modeling around eyes, modeling bird
feet, finishing the center shaft of feathers, and signing.
- Style PS - Very useful
for burning in tight and hard-to-reach areas like under wings.
- Style R - Used to burn
- Style S - Designed for
shading and raising feathers on carvings.
- Style SQ - Used in
raising of shafts and outlining feathers. Also suited for flat burning and for raising
sharp lines, shading, and calligraphy.
- Angled Tips - Used to
outline and raise feathers and shading or detailing under wings. Available in 45 or 90
degree angle. (please specify tip style, angle, and whether for right-handed or
use when ordering.)