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I recommend these books

The Complete Pyrography by Stephen Poole. Published by GMC

Revised edition. 160 pages, 120 photos. Expert advice from this talented artist takes you right from the very basics through to advanced projects and artwork. Steve uses mainly the Peter Child outfit so this book could be considered an advanced manual for our Peter Child pyrograph. Stephen's forte is nature-inspired compositions and so his expertise will allow the reader to tackle fine detail of fur, skin and eyes as well as wonderful insect subjects and flora. Also covering colour work and the pros and cons of gouache, watercolour, woodstains and protective varnishes.

Step-By-Step Pyrography by Bob Neill. GMC

This book presents 30 original pyrography projects in easy-to-follow step-by-step style that are suitable for the absolute beginner to master. The readers will love the clear and simple format which takes away the mystery behind achieving great results. The 30 projects include: door plaques, coasters, key fobs, letter opener, coat hook hanger, jotter board, picture frame, letter holder, trinket box, bread board and many more...This book includes detailed information on tools, equipment and materials. It is suitable for beginner level, with clear instructions and illustrations. All techniques are fully explained and illustrated in full colour throughout.

Introduction to Pyrography: The Art of Woodburning. By Daniel Wright. Published by Search Press 2003 (may be out of print)

a superbly illustrated practical guide to this fascinating hobby. Daniel Wright's enthusiasm for his subject is beautifully captured in a sequence of clear, easy-to-follow step-by-step photographs and unusual projects. Taking his inspiration from pen and ink, engraving and watercolour techniques, he demonstrates many exciting methods and traditional ways of working, creating landscapes, trees, flowers, animals and buildings. Information is included on the types of wood to use, how to prepare surfaces, working with the grain and enhancing designs. He goes on to illustrate shading and faux marquetry, and there's a section on using photographs and sketches to produce unique designs. Daniel's individual, whimsical style is the perfect complement to the objects he decorates: bowls, boxes, plates, frames, panels, a chess set, a nursery stool, and more. He also loves decorating old wooden objects, working patterns, pictures and motifs into the worn textured surfaces. This book will inspire, entertain and instruct you, whether you are a complete beginner, or an experienced pyrographer.

Pyrography Designs, Norma Gregory. GMC

Lots of beautiful drawings to inspire you. Detailed drawings of Birds, Mammals, Flowers, Herbs, Water life, Farms and cottages, Celtic knotworks. 110 pages including some nice pages on pyrography technique.

The Art of Pyrography, Margaret Child. Benfoy Press

This small book is years out of print but a scanned copy is online here. Art of Pyrography

There are lots more books online and also numerous videos on Youtube. Some good ones by Sue Walter.

Peter Child machines are available from Turners Retreat. Please see notes below if you live outside the UK

For customers outside the U.K.

Suitable units are available for other countries as follows : - -
Euro 240 volt machine fitted with Schuko plug.
U.S.A. (and Canada) machine specially made with 110 volt input and U.S. style power cord and plug.
Select from the drop-down list on the Turners Retreat page to choose the correct machine for your electricity supply.

Machines are,in fact, available for most countries complete with the appropriate power cord and plug and with a transformer suited to the electrical supply. The Turners Retreat website lists UK, European, American, Canadian, Australian and Japanese versions and may expand the list as time goes on.
Robert Sorby is the manufacturer now and machines are available from some Robert Sorby retail outlets. See the website for a list of dealers in your country.

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Turners Retreat also trade as Craft Supplies. They sell Pyrography tools and also woodturning tools, accessories and sundries. They have a shop, a web shop and a nice printed mail order catalogue.