Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The process or art of producing designs on wood, leather, or other materials by using heated tools or a fine flame.
  • n. A design made by this process.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the art of decorating wood or leather by burning designs into its surface with the tip of a heated tool
  • n. a decoration so produced

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A process of printing, ornamenting, or carving, by burning with heated instruments. One variant is wood burning.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A method of reproducing a design or an inscription on wood by the application under pressure of heated metallic plates or cylinders, the surfaces or peripheries of which bear dies or matrices in relief.
  • n. The process of burning a design or inscription on wood, leather, or other substance by means of a heated point which is held or guided by the hand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of producing drawings on wood or leather by using heated tools or a fine flame

Etymologies

pyro- + -graphy (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • From naturalism one had passed to domestic pyrography and the the excursionist kodak.

    [Jose] Oswald de [Souza] Andrade

  • She has 22 strings and lovely handcrafting by Dwayne Glanton, including this lovely pyrography of flowers:

    Archive 2005-01-01

  • "What a creative way to show your need for attention." pyrography [1900-05]

    Futures Imperfect

  • In the second were displayed china painting, pyrography, and paintings in oil, water color, and pastel, all by Missouri women.

    Final Report of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Commission

  • The pyrography outfit was produced, and for fifteen minutes Prince

    Long Live the King!

  • Have some one of your friends bring you a chair, a table and an old pyrography outfit, together with some book-ends on which to burn a design.

    Love Conquers All

  • If the mallet hit the chisel so vigorously as to spoil a part of the pattern, its wielder was wiser next time; and the experimenters in pyrography soon learned that a red-hot needle used indiscreetly can dig holes in leather instead of ornamenting it.

    For the Sake of the School

  • It was bound in soft gray kid, and on the back Betty had burned in old English letters, with her pyrography-needle, the motto of Warwick Hall: "I keep the tryst."

    The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation

  • The multitude of indifferently executed small articles which followed the introduction of pyrography is beginning to disappear, people are considering the art more seriously and applying it to more dignified uses.

    Mission Furniture How to Make It, Part 2

  • When the table is not in use for pyrography it can be used for a writing table or a round top provided and attached on which to play games.

    Mission Furniture How to Make It, Part I

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  • Pyrography is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object. (wikipedia)

    October 23, 2007